PHUKET: We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the many victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week, and commend the multiple relief efforts still underway here in Phuket to help residents on the islands of Samar and Leyte, the most badly affected areas.

Among those who deserve praise are some familiar names, such as Phuketís Rotary Clubs, along with the islandís Filipino community and the people behind the special benefit show by Black Eyed Peas rapper ďapl.de.

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