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Mizuno's family members located 'alive, but starving' in Philippines

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:02 p.m. HST, Nov 18, 2013

Family members of state Rep. John Mizuno who had been missing in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are now all accounted for and alive.

Mizuno's wife, May Besario Mizuno, was just contacted by her sister-in-law in Leyte, who said their family members are "alive, but starving." They are in Barugo, a town 30 miles from Tacloban City.

No relief aid is getting to their town, she said.

May Mizuno said, "Our immediate plans are to assist them in traveling, probably by boat," to Negros Oriental to be with family.

May Mizuno, president of the Congress of Visayan Organization, is working with the Philippines Consulate General, the Filipino Community Center, and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii on relief efforts.

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koji wrote:
i dont understand how no aid is being received, cant they just drop off supplies by plane if they are no runways?
on November 18,2013 | 03:09PM
wiliki wrote:
No airplanes.... or worse not enough parachutes? IIRC it has been reported that their air force has only four large transport planes. We're talking about millions of people. Probably best to send teams in to drill wells for drinking water where there are not enough natural springs. And the army should assist in a rapid harvest of whatever rich is available-- not to mention buying up thousands of tons of rice in the private market. The market should provide for immediate rice needs? For longer term, extra harvests with free army workers will bring in more rice than the non-profits can supply.
on November 18,2013 | 03:50PM
Pocho wrote:
special treatment when you got the connections.
on November 18,2013 | 03:26PM
Skyler wrote:
I'd hardly call 'starving' getting special treatment.
on November 18,2013 | 04:08PM
Pocho wrote:
bro, they're finding away to transport the inlaws to a hotel the family's staying at. Come on now, you know the people you get the inside help. Garrans they eating now! No doubt about it.
on November 18,2013 | 07:31PM
Skyler wrote:
Yeah I guess you're right, but how many others are doing the same thing? Most people only look after their family.
on November 18,2013 | 07:53PM
Pocho wrote:
He needs no newspaper advertisement time, a lot of people in Hawaii have missing/lost loved ones in the PI's.
on November 19,2013 | 05:02AM
HD36 wrote:
I do recall he gave hundreds of state computers to the Phillipines.
on November 18,2013 | 05:11PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on November 19,2013 | 12:23AM
copperwire9 wrote:
What in the world are you talking about? Shame on you.
on November 19,2013 | 12:23AM
wiliki wrote:
It's a small world....
on November 18,2013 | 03:40PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Somebody better get on it. Mizuno's family is much more important than everyone else's.
on November 18,2013 | 03:40PM
HD36 wrote:
Yea he's one of the best beuarocrats in Hawaii.
on November 18,2013 | 04:41PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Great for Mizuno and his family, but why is the SA focusing on him and his family? What about the hundreds or thousands of other Hawaii residents with roots in the typhoon-devastated area? Is it because, as a politician, he can do more for the SA than the others?
on November 18,2013 | 04:31PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
I don't always agree with you ronin, but you are right on target with this one.
on November 18,2013 | 05:12PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Get a reality check - any known person, politician or celebrity, is always good news material. People are more interested in what is happening to them than they are in an unknown person.
on November 18,2013 | 06:12PM
thatsmyname wrote:
I agree why is he so special? He is no better than any other person with family there. Who cares just about him but I guess if your a politician you get more publicity.
on November 18,2013 | 04:50PM
HD36 wrote:
Yes, as a career politician any free pr could be a launching pad to step up to a full time government job.
on November 18,2013 | 05:18PM
ekit wrote:
So what ? Thousand of other people's family are also without food. Why is John's family so special? Any other news ? Hello !
on November 18,2013 | 09:03PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Perhaps it never occurred to all you smack-talking people, but perhaps this article focused on Rep. Mizuno's and May's family to provide a raw example of the hardships people are experiencing, or the difficulties they're having getting food and shelter. Where in the world is your humanity?
on November 19,2013 | 12:26AM
Datahorde wrote:
Write a story about the unknown struggling family across the street or next door, not the politician that does nothing for the local families here in our islands.
on November 19,2013 | 04:34AM
HD36 wrote:
Very True. And his slogan is ," Mizuno For The People"
on November 19,2013 | 06:09AM
AJSay wrote:
Do I care more about his family then the rest of the population that is faced with these challenges? Come on, StarAdvertiser, I think the population as a whole deserves to be regard with the utmost respect. This is kind of embarassing to be so selfish and have it publicly announced versus helping the WHOLE Population!!
on November 19,2013 | 06:19AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
His family is starving and he gives the SA a pic of himself with that grin? This seems rather insensitive on his part and politically opportunistic. If my family were starving I would never allow the SA to post a pic like that. Very inappropriate in the context of the article...
on November 19,2013 | 06:35AM
rigormortis wrote:
File footage
on November 19,2013 | 06:48AM
mongoosa wrote:
Did you ever check out his egotistical Facebook page? He does anything for publicity and brags about every little thing he does. He also litters the streets with that same smiling mug every election….two inches apart for a mile stretch. I agree as to the inappropriate picture.
on November 19,2013 | 09:06AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Human nature at it's worst right here on display, even in the midst of such suffering and deprivation. All you people would be better advised to contribute to alleviating the pain and suffering of these poor people rather than wasting energy quarreling over inconsequential details about a local politician. Save your skewering and bickering for a more appropriate forum.
on November 19,2013 | 09:46AM
kaipokama wrote:
BTW Vice Speaker Mizuno's wife has raised over $100,000 for the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Why so much hate from these people who have not submitted anything. Vice Speaker Mizuno is also working on legislation to get expedited tax exemption for charitable purposes for the victims of typhoon Haiyan, this will provide millions of relief aid dollars to the people - all victims of the super typhoon in the Philippines. That's why Mizuno is the Vice Speaker of the House, that's why Mizuno has been awarded the Legislator of the year three times. Mizuno have also saved the department of human services in 2010 when lingle wanted to close it, thereby saving social, health, and human services for over 300,000 Hawaii residents. God Bless Mizuno for his help - may God forgiver all the haters who have done nothing but assert hateful thoughts.
on December 25,2013 | 12:31PM
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