WORRIED: Dottie and Onie Horfilla fear the worst for family in the Philippines.
WORRIED: Dottie and Onie Horfilla fear the worst for family in the Philippines. Austin King

Rocky Filipino man fears the worst for family in Philippines

WHEN you enter Onie Horfilla's snug Norman Gardens home you pick up the aroma of food - and despair.

On the back of receiving an award as Toyota Australia's best auto-technician, the Filipino man yesterday feared the worst with no word or nothing from his brother, who lived at the centre of Typhoon Haiyan's destruction.

Haiyan's deadly path destroyed Onie's home town of Tolosa, near Tacloban City, 580km south-east of Manila.

The typhoon struck the province of Leyte on Friday.

Winds of up to 375kmh smashed Leyte.

The typhoon left behind 5m-high floodwater, enormous piles of rubble and a death toll totalling more than 10,000 people.

Onie, 46, and his wife Dottie have been sending countless text messages to Onie's brother and his family.

But they have received no replies.

"The communication lines are down there...we can't do anything until we hear back from someone," he said.

Mr Horfilla has been away from his home, where he was raised, for a "number of years", he said.

The last time he heard from his brother was about a month ago when the pair sent text messages to each other.

If you would like to show your support call the CQ Filipino Australian Association on 0431229601.



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