Anderson Cooper, I Also Saw What You Saw … By: Geraldine Uy Wong

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Help me get this to Anderson Cooper:

Mr. Anderson Cooper, I want to thank you for reporting on the miserable conditions that you saw when you covered the Tacloban calamity scene 5 days after the typhoon. Your report came out on Tuesday, the day I was herding our relatives to the airport to finally get out of Tacloban. A day before, I was able to board the relief cargo plane of Air 21 Express from Manila to Tacloban when I was given the chance, getting there on Monday noon, and immediately I set out looking for my family members. On the way to the city, I saw what you saw, countless dead bodies strewn on the ground in various stages of decomposition, extensive destruction everywhere I looked, injured people walking on the streets looking like zombies – hungry, confused, desperate.

The stench of death permeated all around us and sent chills down my spine. Countless times as our vehicle moved down the road, we were stopped by people in the streets begging for food. The roads were only passable by one lane, and along the way, I saw officers of the BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection) manually remove the dead bodies, along with the unbelievably massive amount of debris scattered all around. Because of this, what would normally take 40 minutes or less to traverse became an agonizing 2 hour ride. I saw what you saw, Anderson, and it angered me as much as it did you. I was also heartbroken, for this is the place where I spent some of the most wonderful summers of my childhood. I vowed to myself that I would speak up about the government’s incompetence as soon as I got out. If I ever get out. . .

I arrived at the city hall tent as was part of my plan, because when I was still in Manila, I did hear that there was a command post of the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) where we can get celphone signals and internet connection. From there, I was supposed to make some inquiries before I would set out on foot to look for my relatives’ houses. It was while I was there that I saw with my own eyes how this government agency led by its head, Secretary Dinky Soliman, tirelessly and heroically worked almost 24/7 to immediately bring relief not only to the city of Tacloban but also to the outlying municipalities and towns that were affected by this calamity. I could not even begin to grasp the massive amount of work that needed to be done. I wanted to know why the government action seemed to be excruciatingly slow, but I couldn’t stay around long enough because my mission there was to find my relatives, and I did not want to be distracted. Thankfully, thankfully, I found them in two separate locations. They were cooped up in their houses, whispering in the dark, afraid to attract criminal elements that were reported to be going around looting. They could not believe I was there right before their eyes, and it was the first time in so long that they had a glimmer of hope that they would be rescued.

We hastily fled their houses in the middle of the night, I placed all of them in one location, and then I went back to the city hall because it was a strategic point where I could get the proper celphone signals and stay connected to the outside world. I made some frenzied phone calls to my family in Manila, and it was from them that I found out that Cebu Pacific Air was offering humanitarian flights beginning Tuesday morning! All systems were in place for our eventual escape, and all I could do was pray to God that my plan would go on smoothly. After I instructed my cousin to look for 2 vehicles that could transport all 16 of us the next day to the airport, I decided to stay in the city hall overnight so that I could still keep in touch with my family in Manila. It was critical that I get all the assistance from the outside world so I could strategize better. Oh, how I proved now more than ever that communication or the lack of it could be one of the determinants for life and death!

As much as I was staying around for the rest of the night, I started going around to ask the officials why things are what they are. These are what I found out:

1. After the typhoon struck on the first day (Friday), the whole world lost track of the areas hit by the calamity. ZERO COMMUNICATION! It was even said that satellites could not locate Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar from the map, as if they were totally erased from the face of the earth. Unlike the tsunami event that hit Japan, where they were still connected to the outside world, Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar were shut out. How can we even begin to help them? And so, even as the magnitude of this calamity is being identified as similar to Japan’s tsunami event, circumstances were totally different. It was only the next day that we heard from Ted Failon of ABS-CBN what happened, and as the world watched in shock, it was then that we began to realize the massive destruction that hit this part of the country. This generalized cut of link to the outside world was to continue for the next 3 days, until Globe Telecoms was able to slowly bring back some of the signals on the 4th day.

2. Unlike the tsunami that happened in Japan where their airport was not affected, supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed the airport, which was just beside a big body of water. I need not say more, for CNN did cover the airport scene. All equipment, radar, watch tower destroyed. Absolutely no electricity. With that, Tacloban was even more cut off from the outside world. Nobody could either come in or go out. No relief to be brought in, no means of transportation for the national leaders to arrive with, no means of escape for the suffering people . It was only on Sunday, or the 3rd day since the typhoon hit, that the airport had a generator to make it operational, because Air 21, a Philippine cargo company, took it upon themselves to bring some much needed generators to make the airport operational. And that is how the airplane of the Philippine president and the first few government C130’s was able to land in the airport. 3rd day served as the first day when things just started to move. And lest I be taken to task for mentioning the benevolence of Air 21, yes, I admit that this was the same cargo plane that I took to be able to get to Tacloban on Monday, but it is precisely because I heard that the company was one of the first to offer humanitarian help gratis to the government that made me act to get quickly hooked up with the owners of the company and be able to hitch a ride.

3. The super typhoon decimated a big part of the population that so many people are still missing and unaccounted for to this day, and the rest who survived were either maimed and injured, were grieving for the loss of a loved one, struggling to cope with the tragedy that befell upon them, or simply looking for ways to take care of what remained of their family. In other words, everyone was a victim. And who are these people? These were the soldiers, police, red cross staff, social welfare staff, airport staff, bureau of fire protection (BFP) people, nurses, doctors, even the officials like the mayor and vice-mayor! And so if we look at things in this perspective, we begin to realize why there were no military and police to protect the people in the first few days, no staffers to repack or distribute relief goods, no BFP personnel to take care of clearing up the roads filled with dead people; in other words, there was hardly anyone there to put order into things as they were all victims themselves. I found out from one of the officials I spoke with that the people who came in much later to fill those places were flown in from Manila or pulled out from the other nearby towns that were not as badly affected. And so, those BFP people I saw clearing the road on Monday, the soldiers who were helping to slowly put order into the place, the red cross staffers who tried to address the health concerns of the victims, and even the DSWD staffers who were being deployed to evacuation centers and relief centers to distribute food and water, were mostly imports and volunteers from other places, and they were only able to start streaming in on the 3rd or 4th day! Therefore, the lack of manpower was not due to a lack of preparation but because of the unexpected loss or absence of these people who were supposed to be the government’s frontrunners!

4. And of course, let’s not forget that logistics is the lifestream of relief operations, but how could logistics have been tapped properly this time around when all roads were practically closed, nearly all means of transportation were destroyed, and if there were any remaining vehicle to move around with, either the key could not be found or there was not enough fuel! Even the ships could not dock on Tacloban shores, because the Coast Guard could not risk inviting another naval disaster seeing that the bodies of water were littered with debris. Is all this due to an ill-planned disaster preparation? I don’t think so. For after all, we have heard that the warehouses filled with food and rice in preparation for the typhoon were all soaked with water, the fuel depots were flooded, and even the evacuation centers where the residents were filled into, precisely to prepare for the coming supertyphoon, practically served as the death chamber of these same people. In our language, the fact that these people were properly evacuated and the government had food stocks stored is enough proof that the government prepared for this. But then again, this was no ordinary typhoon. In fact supertyphoon Yolanda is now being called the worst typhoon in the WORLD’S history.

These are only a few of the major points – not to justify, but rather to rationalize and logically explain why things happened as they did. To put things into their proper perspective. If America, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina, a far tamer weather disturbance in comparison to Supertyphoon Yolanda, struggled as well for several days and weeks to cope with the disaster, with then Pres. Bush earning the ire of your countrymen, how in the world could we expect that the Philippines, a much poorer country with very meager resources compared to the massive resources of a superpower country like yours, be able to miraculously stand up on its feet just a few days after this magnitude of a disaster? Even the spokesperson of the United Nations admits that they are really struggling to cope with the efforts to distribute help in this present situation.

And so I write you, Anderson, to let you know that at this time, when our country is at its darkest moment, Filipinos need to rally for each and every one of our countrymen as well as for our leaders. We hear that our government officials like Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Mar Roxas, and Dinky Soliman arrived at Tacloban a day before the supertyphoon was to hit the place, meeting it head-on. And even as they struggle with their work and commit lapses along the way, we see that our leaders are doing the best that they could under the present circumstances. I still hope that you do your part to report on the truth and cry out in disgust if you find the conditions detestable. We appreciate what you and Andrew Stevens and the rest of the media are doing, because it keeps our leaders on their toes as they know that the whole world is watching them.

And even as we grieve, we are immensely grateful and overwhelmed with the help, support, and love that the whole world has sent our way. As I write this, it is the 7th day since the disaster struck, and now we see more and more people able to escape out of Tacloban. We did our own escape on Tuesday through Cebu Pacific Air, the airline that was the first to offer humanitarian flights for evacuees, with absolutely no charge! More and more roads are opened up for transportation, buses and trucks are filing in to bring relief, as well as to bring the people out. Same goes for the military ships which can now dock on ports. More and more people are given relief distributions, and doctors and paramedics from all over the world are able to come in to set up their medical missions. The ten choppers brought in by the USS warship was an immense boost to ease the logistical nightmare we have initially encountered, with just 3 government C130’s for use in the first few days. The UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Singapore, UAE, and many other countries sent in valuable equipment and transportation aside from aid. And I’m sure it’s hard not to notice, but practically all the citizens of this country contributed in his or her own way to ease the pain of our fellow Filipinos. Corporations readily offered their products, services, and facilities for use in this whole national operation. Our bayanihan (helping each other) spirit is a source of great pride! All told, we expect the sufferings to ease up a little, but it would be ignorant to say that we expect all things to be well. Tacloban, Samar, and Leyte will never be the same again. Our country will never be the same again. But if there is one thing that we have learned, it is this: we need to bring back the lost trust of the people with our government. For the longest time, we have been ruled with corruption and greed. Even to this day, we continue to suffer the effects of these evil thieves in our government. I wish they had been the ones swept up by the storm surge and thrown back into the seas. But not all are rotten tomatoes. I hope that Filipinos will now learn how to choose their leaders. It is time for the Filipino to stand as a nation and be strong again.

Anderson Cooper, after all this is done, please do not forget our country. If you have the time, I invite you to go around the other parts of the country which you will find to be extremely good-looking, and you will also find out that the Filipinos are some of the most wonderful and kind-hearted people in the world. Aside from this, I would also request that you and your colleagues do the following:

1. Please please please do whatever you can to make sure that the immense aid in CASH that we have been receiving and continue to receive, rightfully go to the rehabilitation of the devastated areas and not to the pockets of the corrupt few. Along the way, you might want to do a prize-winning documentary on the corruption problems of our country. On this, you will do well to be introduced to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to get most of your resource materials. With her by your side, your job will be half-done and I assure you an immensely enjoyable experience in her company.

2. Because you are Anderson Cooper, a well-respected veteran journalist who the world listens to, we ask you to please help the cause of our Philippine Climate Change Commission negotiator Naderev Sano for concrete steps to halt global warming. It is global warming and climate change that cause these disasters to happen, and the Philippines is said to be one of the countries most greatly impacted by this. We have suffered for so long, how long will we suffer more?

3. Anderson, can I also ask you to commend and show the pictures of our brave men and women as they perform their tasks, just as you show the ineptness and slow response of our officials to the current situation? Just to be fair to both sides and create an equal balance into the picture. The last thing we want is to see our dedicated volunteers lose their morale.

4. Lastly, I ask that someday, when the time is right, and the country has hopefully risen up from this fall, please come back and show the world that this time we did right. If that day does not come, I will be the first to get out of the Philippines and declare it a banana republic forever.

Anderson Cooper, for all that you and your colleagues do, we salute you! Please help our country as we struggle to be a strong nation at last. Thank you.

Remarks: I decided to share this post that I found from facebook posted by Ms. Geraldine Uy Wong for the following reason: I am one of the Filipino who felt dismay about the slow coordination of the Philippine government in connection to relief distribution. But this post is right, Filipinos should also know the real stand why it happened from the words of the people who actually experienced the turmoil. In times like this we Filipinos should hand in hand helping each other to rise and stand again….  

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Anderson Cooper, I Also Saw What You Saw … By: Geraldine Uy Wong”

  1. No matter what your opinions are, the very root cause of our problems in the Philippines is the ineptitude of those serving in the government and corrupt public officials. For decades now our country has been run mostly by incompetent, greedy and plain dumb elected officials. These are groups of shameless people who just want to have power to enrich themselves. Shame on you especially the pork barrel people..

    I saw the interview of Anderson Cooper who was the Philippine voice to the outside world, with Richard Gordon and I was embarrassed by the responses of Mr. Gordon who showed with no emotion as if there was no urgency. No matter what others say, the Philippine government did not really prepare for this typhoon to the extent of its capabilities.

    Thank you Anderson of CNN.

  2. You witnessed the horrible experience of our countrymen but did you try to help any of them or you were just focused on your family? Did you know of somebody from up there so that it was easy for you to take the C-130? What did you do after you saw your family alive and well, live the place and wash your hands and think: oh well, my family is saved now by the people I have connections… end of story. Did you watch the video clippings of Mr. Anderson showing a woman who was in the street with dead bodies of his family member who stated she sleeps there in the street with them? If the woman was you, how you would have wished that somebody come to your aid. I acknowledge that people fr the government were helping tirelessly in specific areas but if you were in hard-to-reach areas instead of your experience having access to all the help you need, would you have wished and hope that relief and transport would be accessible to you? Well, if your answer is yes then your letter is a piece of TRASH. It is implied in your letter that you wanted this hard working officials or your connections to be acknowledge? Well, then your letter is wrongly addressed, you should have made another one for our President to commend this people. Also, is it not that if you helped people with sincere intentions, your satisfaction comes from the number of people you helped or those whose life you touched not fr receiving this much sought commendations fr other people? And by the way you are demanding Mr. Anderson Cooper to do this on top of what he did already to spread our story? Shame on you! You are asking too much fr a person who does not owe you a thing. And you want to level up your letter to this person who is already known worldwide because of his courageous coverages of unfortunate people affected by manmade and natural disasters? What a swell-headed you are. Instead of trying to hide the hunger, homelessness, and grief of the people who have dead, missing, and injured family (which your family survived and escaped), we should be grateful that this respected and selfless personality once came to our poor country and our destroyed city to see for himself in a humanitarian point of view how our victims in general are suffering and that includes my relatives who are still in Tacloban experiencing difficulty and the luck of food. This is his legacy and I am proud of whatever he did. There is no place for pride when the lives of the people who were affected are at stake. Put pride first where it should be at this time: in the TRASH BIN.

      1. How do you say thank you to people who spread the news on hunger, suffering, and grief of the victims and casualties? Criticize them for sharing the truth? I feel sorry for your indifference. And in another scenario, I will not allow my patients to suffer and be hungry as much as I can because I care and that feels good, not better eay!

  3. This is an open letter coming from a person who saw the actual situation of Tacloban after the math while she was searching for her relatives. I decided to re-post it of course with her permission to show the other side of the story. I knew for some her intention in posting this letter will be questioned but I admire her determination to shred light for what was the real situation after the math.

    I do understand for many who are complaining and keep on commenting how Philippine government haft the situation. I know, knew and understand where it coming from because I am a Filipino who lives also in this country.

    Like you, I got angry of knowing how the government handle the situation because it clearly showed their lack of system. Why? because the typhoon hit us yearly although Yolanda is the worst one but still it happened yearly. I am just wondering what our government been waiting for to implement a long time solution for this problem.

    But let us be fair to all government officials who dedicated their whole selves to serve the Filipino people and for those who had no shame let us condemned and not to Vote them again for any position.

    I am hoping and praying for all the victims to be healed and have the strength to move forward and stand again… Let us Bangon ….. Pilipinas…

    To all person, foundation, organization, TV Network both local and international, different countries …Thank you so much for the continuous support for the Philippines. God Bless you all…

  4. I take my hats off to Ms Uy, for a well articulated and balanced article. I presume Ms Uy is more than an ordinary middle class Chinese/Filipino family whose mission objective in
    Tacloban was to get her family of 16 out to Manila distant from harms way. Her frantic preoccupation to help her family out of Tacloban, was a remarkable feat which did not allow her a to give succor to those poor and helpless poor and injured. Her mission objective was the safety of her family, period. What she says, she was there and she saw what Anderson Cooper of CNN had witnessed and reported. She didn’t give a hand because her family needs her to get them out to Manila. I saw what happened in New Orleans, Mississippi, Mobil and Texas. The disaster in these areas was not of the magnitude visited Tacloban and other cities, In place and responsive trained personnel could minimized loss of life and injuries.

    1. Well her self-centeredness in his family is far less appreciated than people who really who risked their life to help. This is nothing but ordinary act that does not go above and beyond the call of service.

        1. Of course, no question about that-family first. But if you are trying to advocate for the people, you have to send an open letter regarding the general condition not just a portion of the population who got access, right? What good was this letter imply- that Anderson Cooper was wrong in saying that it is not efficient? That the government was able to provide food and medicine for all victims. Had he given the false information to please everybody whose needs they where able to access, will countries all over the world extend their hand to help us? What will happen to the rest of the victims? Die of hunger or diarrhea or infection? You’re such a hypocrite if you think everything’s well for all of us when in fact the opposite is happening. This does not seem right to me.

  5. When the Philippine government was “embarrassed” into action by Anderson Cooper’s reporting and many lives were saved and further misery avoided because of it, that reporting was very good indeed. This article by Geraldine Uy-Wong doesn’t look like it was meant for Anderson Cooper but for Filipinos who are swayed by its appeal to “amor propio” and its tone of “may pagdadamdam”. The good deeds of those who performed their jobs effectively weren’t overlooked, surely, by the people that were served. If those good deeds weren’t featured by Cooper, it was because they were absent from where he was reporting. And if those deeds weren’t spread out in the media, what of it? Shouldn’t the fact that they saved lives and prevented misery be enough acknowledgement? Why do we need to be acknowledged by anyone outside our sphere of service at all, anyway, if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do? Tama na ang drama, tama na ang pagdadamdam of the bruised ego–for these are our biggest stumbling blocks to truly meaningful action and these encourage us to turn a blind eye on what is really going on in the Phils. The Filipinos in the Philippines and elsewhere weren’t embarrassed by the reporting from Anderson Cooper-in fact, thousands upon thousands have responded favorably to it because it impelled the government into some kind of action and perhaps the foreign aid workers to take the initiative where it was lacking on the ground. If the government was embarrassed, it deserved that and more. Moreover, do not equate the government with the Filipino people, nor the administration with the Filipino people, nor the self-serving politicians with the Filipino people. Cooper’s reporting did not drive a wedge among the Filipinos, for they are always united in their love for their country. What Cooper brought out is the long simmering anger and discontent with the way the country is being ruined and ran to the ground by self-serving politicians and their ilk. Korina Sanchez opinions don’t represent Filipino sentiments–they represent her naked poltical ambitions, which need anyone say, is damnable specially at this time of suffering and destruction. That she says what she says in the guise of having the people’s welfare in mind is damnable, to say the least. So, Geraldine Uy-wong, whoever you are, or if you really exist…take a look at the relief goods that have been repackaged, and the flipflops that have Korina Sanchez’ name on them–and ask yourself..am I really that blind? Am I swayed by amor-propio? Am I swayed by celebrity worship and ego centrism or whatever else to react adversely to some disinterested and unbiased journalism that among rational thinking people serves to lance the festering boil in our body politic and ineffectual system of doing things? Who are you, really, Geraldine Uy-Wong, and more importantly, by writing what you wrote, WHOM DO YOU SERVE? REALLY.

  6. GOVERNMENT BEWARE: NO MORE EXCUSES
    May the death and those who suffered be not in vain and served as a cruel reminder of this catastrophy to all of us.

    Weather has been modified, be it man made or global warming, whatever! Our country lies in the path and natural habitat for typhoons and earthquakes.

    May Yolanda and Bohol earthquake be a grim wake up call for the government to prepare:

    1. Revising a better system on national disaster not only on risk reduction and management but to include rescue, relief and communication operations.

    2. Revising better plans on urbanization, land use, building constructions etc. with due respect to natural waterways, faultlines, environment etc.

    3. Creation of an independent body for our country’s preparedness on the dwindling earth’s vital natural resources. What are we going to do if oil supply suddenly diminished or controlled?

    Let us all be united as one and push our government for the immediate preparation of this plan while the iron is still hot. This issue will be forgotten once Napoles case starts.

    Who knows, our united action now may saved our very own lives and kins and be not at the mercy of our government’s inefficiency and inadequateness and the kind of politics we have. Imagine hindi sila nagka-isa! It is also possible that this kind of typhoon and earthquake can happen in Metro Manila.

  7. I read your letter through an old classmates (Batch 65 of Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School). The Anderson Cooper report had been in social media for number of days. Being a foreigner and well known journalist he’s probably a reliable source, but it’s a question of accuracy and the people who assisted him in gathering the news…. I am very concern about politicizing the situation in Tacloban City.

    I have to find the original source of this letter because I don’t want to be misled reading another incorrect reporting from a person who probably never existed. As member of few social groups, I had been advising them not to politicize … particularly those opposed to the government. Also, I requested that they give credits to many volunteers. If they hate the government because of their bias opinion, that’s their business…. but I request that those who are risking their lives and offering so much at least be respected even in silence.

    Thanks Geraldine. I know our government is not perfect… but in the past few years, I can see the fruit of the good governance, though it’s still a long way to go. At least, someone has to start otherwise the cycle will continue forever.

    Though I have been overseas (Australia) in past 36 years when I migrated here 29 years ago, I am very much a Filipino and a very proud one. As a dual citizen, I never forsake my native land… and though physically absent, I am still able to help in other means particularly in financial aspect. For past few years, I visited Philippines yearly not only to reminisce the past but be part of this progressive country. My wish before I die is be able to tour the country (from Batanes to Jolo) and see the wonders of our beloved country. I hope for the peace in all parts affected by Muslim separatist and the NPA, so everyone would have the freedom to see the whole country.

  8. Geraldine Uy Wong was just airing her opinion based on the experience of a person indirectly but emotionally affected by the recent disaster. Although disaster reporting can be an emotional experience, a true reported should be able to detatch himself/herself from the situation such as the one exibited Anderson Cooper and other veteran international journalist. We all heard from the national government officials that they are doing their best but that is what they think and that’s their opinion.

    Just take the example of the important milestone in the relief operation as mentioned by Ms Wong herself that on day three (3) the airport had electricity not because of government effort but Air 21 took it upon themselves. Why did’nt the government do that? Does it mean no one in the government has the capability to think critically? So complicated it may seem to others but it is after all common sense. Being defensive is a sign of impotence. You must be able to step back, reflect and examine what went wrong and attack the problem from a different perspective not attack and attack the problem like headless chicken.

    Although the view on the ground is very important in situations like this but ground view is only good for reporting and documentation. The view from afar is a far clearer view if you want to see the whole picture. Being an outsider and detatched is the only way you can present the events in a balanced way.

    1. I am amazed in your reaction to Geraldine’s extensive reporting regarding the Tacloban City incident. She gave detailed descriptions of what she saw and experienced, with as many supporting backgrounds to explain the situations. She credited Anderson Cooper for his reporting and even encouraged him to do more for the benefits of the country. In volatile situations like these, Geraldine’s view would at least pacify the morals of many victims which are already reaching breaking point.

      Yet, all you can find and threw to her article were all probable faults that can neither be undone nor encouraging to those who are volunteering. You didn’t even acknowledge the efforts done by Geraldine to provide a different view of the incident. I wish many Filipinos learn to be constructive critics, if we want this country to move on.

  9. This must be chain-shared for the world to better understand how things went as they did immediately in the aftermath that jolted some negativities created by misinformation and misimpression… A very factual, credible account; not an overblown commentary. Many big thanks to the writer for this eye and mind opener…

  10. I can not emphasize how important this to the world. Many think this is just another disaster and point to ‘climate change’. I think that rhetoric needs to be circumsized, deleted and shredded. Right now, for many of us, it is personal. It has affected people I know and I think speculation is not feeding those dear people.

    I am sick and angry at the degradation of a people I love and you looters,. God WILL get you for that. Of I will. lol

    I have already made a donation but it will not be a one time and in a few months I will be sponsoring a child or family over there. My heart breaks because so many friends are lost and like fallen Palms off a young tree. I miss you and love you.

    I am also pleased to report a friend who lives near Tacloban is safe and so is one in Quezon and another also.

    Mahal na mahal kita sobra,
    Larry

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