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I extend my deepest sympathies to all our kababayans who were affected by the worst natural calamity that has struck us in decades, especially to those who lost their loved ones and those whose properties were either swept or damaged by typhoon Ondoy. My sympathies go to you all. As a citizen of this country, I am involving myself in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations. As chairman of the house energy committee, I am also exercising my committee’s oversight functions to ensure that power is restored immediately to all affected areas as long as any threat of danger no longer exists. If there are people still submerged in water, while we badly need power to make our daily lives more convenient and to keep the economy running, we do not want to risk anymore lives brought about by accidental electrocution. At the same time, I applaud the valiant efforts of media practitioners, who despite being victims of the calamity themselves, risk their lives just to bring us on-the spot situations which greatly helped our different agencies in mounting rescue operations at the height of the wrath of typhoon Ondoy. I also heard that some of them were even personally involved in rescue operations. They were our eyes and ears and their efforts have helped save thousands of lives. I salute you all.