Why not name typhoons after corrupt officials?

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 03 2013 06:41 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2013 04:06 AM

MANILA - Trust Filipinos’ creativity and humor in times of scandals and tragedies.

After asking government officials to take public transportation so they will experience the difficulties of commuters, netizens this time are asking the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to name typhoons after corrupt politicians.

In a petition via Change.org, Ismael Tolden called on netizens to support the move addressed to PAGASA.

“The devastation they cause is so great... Mother Nature can't even compete with them for the destruction of life and property,” he said.

“Sign up now! Let this be a constant reminder of how our hard-earned money has been stolen or misspent by corrupt politicians,” he added.

The petition has obtained 870 signatures as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. It started on Tuesday morning.

Change.org, an alternative venue for one’s call to action, has received at least 20 petitions on the pork barrel scam.

After the Million People March in Luneta last August 26, more groups are organizing events meant to mobilize the public to stand up against corruption.


Art director Alvi Siongco has used Facebook to announce an event on Saturday at the SM Megamall food court called “Continuing the Unfinished Work of Edsa 1”. It will start at 10:00 a.m.

Siongco said the event was initiated by Fr. Tito Caluag, who called for the gathering “for a dialogue on what we can do regarding the current issues plaguing our country; actions which could/should have a lasting positive effect on our nation.”

“We must share the desire to renew the Spirit of EDSA 1's hope and dream for genuine freedom and democracy. Let us discuss shared values we will witness to and propagate. Let us aim for a 21 September (a Saturday) in our communities - some sort of town hall reflection, prayer and conversation that will lead to a shared community course of action,” Caluag said.