KAPAMILYA actor Jericho Rosales and his wife Kim Jones brave the rains and went out of their way to try to help residents inside their village who were trapped inside their homes as typhoon Ulysses battered Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
Using their surfboards, Jericho said he and wife Kim decided to help the rescuers when they saw the flood situation early this morning.
“This morning paglabas namin, baha na. Usually kapag baha dito kasi, ganyan talaga. Laging ganyan ang problema. Sometimes walang boats or flotation devices so naglabas kami ni Kim ng surfboard,” (When we went out this morning, it was already flooded. This is always the problem. Sometimes there are no boat or flotation devices so Kim and I took out our surfboard), he said.
“Okay naman ‘yung mga napuntahan namin sa bahay, safe naman sila, thank God. May mga iba lang na hindi na mapuntahan nung rescue teams kasi malakas na ‘yung agos and wala pang boats,” The houses we visited were okay, the people are safe, thank God. There were other places which the rescue teams could not reach anymore because the flow of the water was already strong and there were no boats,) he added.
Jericho is an avid surfer since 1999, and he did the same thing when tropical storm Ondoy hit the country and also affected his subdivision in 2009.
When asked how he would compare today’s situation to when Ondoy hit, Jericho said: “Wala akong data or facts pero in a sense na hindi natin nalaman na tataas ng ganito ang baha, mas malala ito para sa akin.” ( I have no data or facts but in a sense, we didn’t know that the flood would rise this much, for me, this is even worse).
“Kasi parang paggising ng mga tao, napuyat sila kagabi, paggising nila ganyan na. Maraming taong hindi nakaalis. Based on nangyari na before tapos caught by surprise na naman tayo na ganito, I think in that sense medyo mas malala ito,” (When the people woke up, they were sleepless last night, and they woke up, it’s already like this. A lot of people failed to leave. Based on what happened before, again, we were caught by surprise. I think in that sense, this is worse,) he explained.
Amid what’s happening, Jericho said it is still best to remain calm and just be better equipped for something like this might happen again in the future.
“Stay calm and siguro it’s too late now to complain or anything so mas maganda, kung tayo mismo in the future we can prepare. It’s always preparation para sa akin. Preparation ng mga nasa bahay and ng mga rescuers. Of course, support the rescuers. I hope they get enough funds for rescue. We get better warnings sana for the people para hindi na mangyari,” (Stay calm and maybe, it’s too late for us to complain now, or anything, so it would be nice to prepare for the future. For me, its always preparation, for those who are in the house, and the rescuers. Of course, support the rescuers. …hope we get better warning for the people so this will not happen), he said.
Despite the situation, Jericho is hoping everyone will stay strong and healthy.