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150047.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:47 pm Reply with quote

This is a question to which I don't have an answer - just thought it was interesting. Last December, the president of the Philippines declared a “state of national calamity” following a typhoon. The more familiar phrase is “state of emergency.” Is there a difference?

151066.  Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:35 am Reply with quote

Apparently, Britain’s war in Malaya in the 1950s was officially an “emergency” because owners of rubber plantations lobbied the government. They were worried that if it were called a “war,” their insurers wouldn't have to pay up for the destruction done to their businesses by guerrillas.

S: Morning Star, 19 Jan 07

205428.  Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:35 am Reply with quote

I think it was called a "calamity" because under the country's "General Appropriation Act" they have a "national calamity fund".

The Philippines define "calamity" as:

A state of extreme distress or great misfortune caused by adverse event or natural force, causing widespread loss or extensive damage to livestocks lives, crops and properties.

Just a matter of semantics.



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