So the news has been continue spreading about the tragedy in Cagayan de Oro and the feedback regarding our follow-up post on the flash flood and feeding program start pouring in via emails and comments. All seeing the event from different interesting aspects which I would like to share to you.
Credit first to the Global Voices Online that has given a little ping back to get the attention of the writing staff regarding a few unread posts which also discuss the disaster of Cagayan de Oro and it’s Misamis Oriental Region. Without them, we may not have bumped into a further detailed discussion narrated by a Mindanaoan located in Imperial Manila who talks about the experiences his fellow father members like mother, father, etc have in Cagayan de Oro.
I wonder myself why the local services and groups are not showing off their support towards their fellow Filipino who struggle right now in the Philippines, particularly the 75,000 evacuees of Northern Mindanao. The local television and the attention of the local media currently lies in other issues, concerning the dead of Erap’s Mother, the increase of Oil Price, and the victims of Gaza, but where is, if any, news about the local disaster that we are having here in our own Country?
The People living in the said, Imperial Manila, appear not to care much, if not, at all about what is happening here in Mindanao, as if they have that twisted mentality which says, “What concerns people in Manila, concerns the whole country.” Which is totally incorrect.
Cagayan de Oro has been struggling for days now, but it’s not only Cagayan de Oro that is facing trouble due to the flash floods but also it’s nearby localities like Iligan, Gingoog, Balingasag, Naawan, El Salvador, Opol, Alubijid, Initao, Manticao, and Tagoloan. Summing a total of more or less 75,000 affected people.
It’s as if the people in the Philippines are more concerned and feel more grief about the victims in Gaza, rather than their own brothers and sisters in their Mother Land, it’s really good to know that at least, there are a few hands that still wish to help without any exchange expected, unlike some politicians; who are trying to gain publicity in showing their so-called support towards the victims. Fake smiles, a few goods; that’s heck not enough for 75,000 people.
CDO Flash Flood causes from a Religious point of View
Which has really caught my attention was a comment left by one of my readers in regards to this issue where he/she states one of the ten commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”. Why did that reader of mine come to such a commandment?
The explanation goes like this. Cagayan de Oro City hosted the Black Nazarene a few days back, which was actually just a few hours before the rain started pouring over the Cagayan de Oro and the cities nearby. And according to the one who has left a response regarding the issue on my blog post, he says that, that could have been the very reason for the rain and the flash flood. ’cause, it’s as if you’re worshiping another God, the Black Nazarene is not Jesus, by the name itself the two differ, and it’s like the people of the Church are putting more faith into the said-t0-be miraculous Nazarene than into the ones whom we should really put our faith into, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit. (well, that’s what I understand based on his comment).
While from my classmates point of view (Jonathan who has played the guy role in the Peace Role Play).
“For me, he’s not interfering with the earth because we have been given the freedom that were responsible for our own consequences, maybe in very rare occasions, why does a hosti turns into a heart shaped blood in a catholic church where statues are being worshiped?”
All of us see the event from different angles and perspectives, but after all, we’re facing the common problem, more than 75,000 misplaced brothers and sisters of ours are still out there with their future a bit unsure. Even my Uncle has joined the discussion with fellow family members a while ago about the Cagayan de Oro Flash Flood and the reasons and causes of the Flash Flood in Misamis and Cagayan.
One of my uncles is contradicting the statement that one of the readers threw in relating to the Black Nazarene, because, “if there would really be a God, if there is really someone who rules above the earth, hence he has done a lot of things wrong. Why are there young people that suffer from Cancer? Why are there Children that die on Leukemia? Doesn’t God have mercy on them?” A statement that is very common to the one that blogging friend Patrik has thrown in.
CDO Flash Flood causes in Scientific and Rational Explanation
It is a interesting topic to debate upon whether it has any relation to any religious personnel, but of course, the inpatient ones will always move to the rational side of things. Like for example Illegal Logging in the Cagayan de Oro region which contributed to the flash flood, and the soft soil that is present in Cagayan which made the place very muddy and may also be a cause to the natural disaster. But whatever the cause may be, there’s one thing that we will always gonna go back to, and that is the people who stand at the side of the victims after the event.
As far as my knowledge is concerned the only people who are really trying to help out by heart are the CDO Bloggers which are headed by the Feeding Program of Chiq Montes. But what about the other organizations? The help from Politicians, parties, and their like?
Last Words by yours truly…
C’mon people, Manila, Philippines. Look at your own country before you take a glance of the happenings in the world. Gaza’s problems can wait, serve your neighbors first, before reaching out to others.
what are many theoties about this inccident happened in cagayan de oro??
The CDO people did not just expect that the killer flood is going to happen in the City. The City has always been spared by floods wxperience by those place facing the Pacific Ocean, and those that are frequented by strong typhoons and storms like Luson and Visayas.
Inability for the city development planning office to project that the places where the big flash flood passed are not supposed to be for human settlements and so the entire city, under the leadership of unwilling or political leaders without strong will to relocated or impose policy for non-settlement of risk areas, was and is unable to enforec appropriate laws that prohibit people from putting up their houses in those hiogh risk areas.
Go Kevin Go!
thanks for mentioning the cdo bloggers 🙂
Don’t conclude us. We are not worshipping the Black Nazarene as another God. If the Black Nazarene is the cause of the flash flod why punish all the people, including you(who did not belong to us). Don’t make your mind as small as the mongo. Think wider.
THERE ARE NO THEORIES! WHAT HAPPENED IN CDO CAN BE EXPLAINED THROUGH COMMON SENSE! FLASHFLOODS IS WATER IN THE WRONG PLACE! FLOOD IS HEAVY WATER RUNOFF, IT IS UNABSORBED WATER BECAUSE OF LACK OF TREES! LOGGING! DEFORESTATION IS THE CULPRIT! SO ACT!
i agree with you! the people are even the ones making all these mess. It's all understandable. I conclude that we should take care our mother earth and start being responsible in all our actions to prevent such catastrophy.
Dear Mrs. Daisy Cline of CDO EXPAT LADIES CHARITIES.
Rather you want to admit it or not the reality is your your group is defined by its members and the misbehavior of certain trashy members does affect public opinion regarding your charity. This said you should "police" your members by establishing rules of conduct for your members instead of letting their trashy behavior stain the image of your group. In fact most organizations have such rules in place.
Also, A whorehouse, Spooks, is not a appropriate venue for a charity. If the expats in Cagayan de Oro want to meet in that establishment so be it but certainly it is not a suitable venue for charitable venues. I mean do you honestly realize the the pimp owner, Michael Mountstephen, profits by selling pussy and turning pinays into mere objects? Not to mention what the populace of CDO must think seeing you ladies and your foreign spouses meet in a whorehouse that no respectable lady would step foot in.
Check out blog below for more info:
Dear Evan Iliadis,
Nobody here cares what you think (or even if you still retain that ability).
Here is a link to volumes about your sanity, your vendetta and how you got where you are now. The disease and the medications are debilitating.
You should concentrate your last year on your family, not on the internet producing lies, falsehoods and garbage.
Your time would be better spent with you family, unless like your friends in Bohol, they left you too.
People on here discussing REAL issues, like the floods in Cagayan de Oro. And here you are, spreading more fertilizer.
prayers accompanied with actions are the only solutions to this problem.
we must now be alarmed and prepared for it.Cagayandeoro.
the people are the ones responsible in making our environment a good place to live. let's not allow evil doings ruin our life. let's not wait that our children will suffer much in the next generation to come.. move! act!
Below is a email that Gordon Elletson , of Cagayan de Oro Philippines, sent Mike. This email is very interesting as in it Gordon Elletson admitts to bathing with a small child. This is obviously disturbing seeing how Gordon Elletson has no children in the Philippines though he does have a few in America that he was a deadbeat father to.
Gordon Elletson will most likely state that that his wife watches hi bath with small children but then that will bring his wifes morals into question as what kind of self respected Filipina would allow her elderly white husband to bath with small children? Can we say enabler?
——— Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: My shit’s fucked up
To: Mike Roy
Been there, done that.
That shift changing is fuckin’ up your sleep habits.
Fucked up sleep habits lead to depression.
Depression, (if you had it before the sleep pattern was messed up) is nothing to screw with.
Damn near killed me.
Eat and drink right.
Try some chocolate once a week or so (sometimes that helps)
We know you’re there. Stay in the back if you prefer. It’s okay.
Yep, a group that on normal situations, would never happen. hahahahahaha
You take care. Write me now and then if nothing else.
I’m always here.
oooops, lil girl just said “Tito Gordy, lets take a bath”
she been doing that everyday all month
she washes my legs and my back
I get to wash her hair.
gordy dos 17dec07
Sorry to intervene in a subject that might be different of the one I want to inform you, but is still about tragedy, respect and dignity and since the original subject is about Cagayan De Oro I felt is the appropriate place to post. It's about a new tragedy taking place in the area, a new form of prostitution has been imported by a portion of the expat community with center of operations the SPOOKS WHOREHOUSE in the CDO red light zone.
Please, take a look on the site below and mail us with some suggestions. Is the author of this blog willing to investigate the allegations or open this subject for debate?
Thanks in advance for your response
Mitch Brown is Justin Arledge. Known druggie and alcoholic and frequenter of houses of Child prostitution in Butuan City.
That is before he killed a Chinese boy. Son of a local merchant in the hardware business.
Alang Sa Kasayuran Sa Tanan,
Niabot sa akong panimoot nga kadaghanan sa mga dumodoong sa Cagayan de Oro, nagakinabuhi nga murag sila dili mga dayo. Ingon sa mga dumodoong, ang mga opesyal daw ang naggahin kanila ug tungod para magpuyo nga hapsay sa Cagayan de Oro. Akong ginalauman nga ang mga pulong nga gibuhian sa mga dayo, dili tinood, kay kung mao man, masuko gayud ako sa mga nidaog nga opisyal sa pag-atiman nila niining mga dumodoong. Tinood kaha ang ilang gipanayon? Kung dili man kini tinood, akong ginahangyo sa mga opisyal sa lugar nga pangitaon ug pahawaon kining mga tawhanan sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. Kung walay kalihokan nga mahitabo sukwahi sa mga dumodoong, kini nagpamatood lang nga ginapaburan sa mga taong naa sa posisyon ang ilang mga kalihukan.
Ang unang dumodoong nga gikan sa Amerika ginganlan ug Gordon B. Elletson. Si Gordon Elletson nag-angkon nga siya nagapang-abuso ug mga dalaga ug nag-angkon nga siya naay sakit sa paghunahuna. Dilikado kaayo kini nga tao sa mga nagapuyo sa Cagayan de Oro. Niaging tuig, si Gordon Elletson ang niatake sa isa ka batang lalaki nga ginganlan ug Xavier Madlangbayan sa outreach program sa US Embassy didto sa Pryce Plaza Hotel, cagayan de Oro. Tungod niini, gikasuhan si Gordo sa pag-abusar, apan kini wala makapungong sa iyang pag-gawas ug pag-uli, apil pa ang pagpakalat mahitungod sa iyang trabaho kadungan sa pagtawag sa lolo sa bata nga si Dr. Severino Madlangbayan ug unggoy nga gakaon ug saging. Gidimanda sa pamilya ni Madkangbayan ang dayo apan wala sila makapakita ug ebidensiya. Sa akong nahibaloan, nagapangita ang doktor ug paagi para maabrihan pag usab ang kaso. Wala pa nakuntinto si Gordon elletson, iyang gipakalat ang mga hulagway sa mga batang babae nga nakasuot lamang ug bra, uban pa ang mahitungod sa iyang pagkaligo kauban ang mga batang babae ug ginabayaran kini niya matag adlaw. Makalagot kaayo kini nga balita labi pa kay sa ginaingon ni Gordon nga gina-proteksiyonan siya ni Congressman Rufus Rodriguez gikan sa ikaduhang distrito sa Cagayan de Oro.
Ang ikaduha nga dumodoong gikan sa Bretanya nga ginganlan ug Michael Mountstephen. Iyang gihugawan ang maayong pangalan sa Cagayan de Oro. Ang dumodoong nanag-iya ug isa ka kasa nga ang pangita mao ang pagpamaligya sa mga batang babae sa Cagayan de Oro. Ang dautang dumodoong nabuhi sa iyang pag-abusar sa mga babae ug kini iyang giangkon sa mga pag-tipon tipon sa internet. Gawas sa pag-gamit sa mga batang babae para maka kuwarta, gigamit pud niya ang Department of Tourism sa Pilipinas para mabaligya ang ilang mga serbisyo sa http://www.spooks.com. Gisulatan namo ang direktor sa DOT 10 pimaagi sa e-mail nga nagkanayon mahitungod sa mao nga kasa nga dili rehistrado sa DOT 10 ug bisan kanus-a dili mahitabo nga marehistro kini. Apan, padayon gihapon sa pagpakalat si Michael Mountdtephen mahitungod sa iyang binuhatan. Ang nakadugang gubot pa niini ang pangsulti ni Michael nga ang mayor sa ciudad ug uban pang naa sa posisyon ang magkauban nga naga suporta kaniya sa Cagayan de Oro City.
Tinood kaha ang ginakanayon niiining mga dumodoong? Ang gahum ba nga gihatag sa katawhan para mahimutang sa maayo nga posisyon ang ubang pulitiko gigamit lang niya para suportahan ang pagpang-abuso sa mga batan-on, pagsuportan sa mga dautang tao gikan sa gawas sa nasud? Akong ginalaoman nga kini dili tinood ug mao man kini mahimong hamon sa mga naa sa lingkuranan nga mahatagan ug pagtagad. Pinaagi niini, maipakita sa katawhan nga ang mga sama anang butanga dili kinahanglan mahitabo sa ciudad. Kini isa lang ka panawagan ug hinaot nga mahatagan kini ug pagtagad sa labing madali nga panahon para atong makita ang hustisya.
Para sa dugang pang mga detalye mahitungod niining mga dumodoong, mahimo ninyong makita ang mga ebidensiya nga natigom sa http://sexpatswallofshame.blogspot.com/. Dinhi inyong masaksihan ang kadautan nga among gipangbutyag ug hinaot nga kini mahatagan ug pagtagad.
Gordon Elletson makes it sound as though he is a innocent citizen, sober since 1991 and a non-abusive person.
Truth is he was drunk there in CDO and called Bradley Hughes to help him. Also, Gordy Elletson has a long history a abusing both women as well as children !!!!! For evidence of this abuse just look at what his biological son Chad Elletson had to say on his FACEBOOK account in link below.
We already have contact with Chad, who seems to be a nice man, and it seems Gordon not only abused him but also his mother. I think history has repeated itself in Cagayan de Oro Philippines as Gordons self caught up with him in CDO.
First of all, I don't want to contradict what other people are saying here…As of my point of view, the disaster that happened here in Cagayan de Oro City I agree maybe it is because of religious reasons. Because if you'll look at the situation, people worship Black Nazarene too much as he came here in CDO. iT is true in the ten Commandments, one of which saying "You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments."
But people, nowadays believed on saints and make images of them, even God's image and Mama Mary…Looking on this deeply, is the image really is God's or just other people's who happen to have angelic face? This situation really is something. But whatever I say I know lot's of you will disagree, especially to those believers of this images. I don't intend to hurt anybody but i just want to say one thing…people believe on what most believe to be true, without even consulting and reading the Bible…That's why also God have said that " not all calling my name can enter God's Kingdom"…
yes thats true i think mindanao should separate as another country from luzon and visayas coz if disaster happened in luzon authomaticaly the will put out very quictly state calamity budget funds and help from the government and even foreign helps but when calamity happened there in mindanao you will never see news and if there's no news there is no budget for help and if that happen here in manila surely all the budget will go out and i really hope all those budgets for calamities were all goes to the victims imagine mindanao put 3/4 money income of the whole country and they will never even give a little help for disaster in mindanao?and i really think that this is the time that mindanao should separate from luzon and visayas and i think the muslim people should also make their own country the armm so that there is no conflict of who are the people should really live the land of promise
I was trying to search the reason for the Cagayan de Oro floods…and whoa! This is the only site that spoke about it…Isang napakalaking kahihiyan para sa Media ng Pilipinas? (Is this a shame for the media of the Philippines?) All talk about HELP… (ahh if only I could say bad words…) THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP…HELP to kill the innocents by allowing the continued forest degradation or really HELP???
Kudos to your blog!
Thank you Olive.
I have been very busy though, so I was unable to really keep the blog up to date. This is still about the 2009 flooding.
please help the people who struggling and suffering the calamities
please help the people who struggling and suffering the calamities kn CDO
It’s not the time of pointing our fingers of who’s got to blame. God reminds us to be aware to everything, either good or bad, and then determine what would happen and act wisely. What happened to cdo and nearby area should not happen again, it’s a disaster for them and an extensive warning to all of us that a greater disaster awaits us if we still ignore what these things are for. Warnings of our weather forecaster is just based on what happened from the previous and it’s intensity without knowing the condition of an area that will hit by typhoon. So our lives depends on us, our awareness to anything either it’s small or not can cause a lot. Life sometimes unfair, but then again, blaming someone could not bring back their lives. If someone does no good then someone will have to pay. But still there’s a lot of ways to avoid these things again. Only one God is good, and always be good.., Walk through Him and we will find our way..,