Bulusan residents hope for 'safe' eruption

by Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 10 2010 02:30 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2010 10:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon has been spewing ash for days, but residents are still reluctant to leave the surrounding areas.

Many continue to stay and hope the destruction will not be bad.

When asked by ABS-CBN News what he thinks about the signs of unrest shown by Mount Bulusan, Carlito, a young boy, suddenly fell silent and pointed to the volcano.

At past 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Mount Bulusan spewed ash anew.

Residents of Casiguran town watched in silence as another ash explosion occurred.

Alicia Espernon, who fled from her home, is worried about her relatives and neighbors who were left near the foot of the volcano.

"Ang gusto ko, bumaba sila. Huwag silang matigas ang ulo. Kasi ang iba nga, ayaw. Ako, 'di talaga ako nabalik do'n. Nandito ako lagi. Araw gabi, nandito ako. Nakakatakot siyempre. Biro mo 'yan, 'di natin alam kung anong mangyayari sa bundok na 'yan," said Espernon.

Before the ash explosion, ABS-CBN News was still able to reach the foot of Mount Bulusan after an hour of walking.

Eriberto Binson, one of the residents in the area, said he and his family only stay in the evacuation center at night. They return to their house in the morning as it is difficult for them to leave it and their livelihood behind.

"Sinabi nga sa amin, pinapaalis na kami rito. Wala naman kaming mapupuntahan," said Binson.

As Mount Bulusan showed unrest again, the residents can only hope that a destructive eruption will not occur.