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THE LAST THING WE FILIPINOS OUGHT TO DO

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photo taken from cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/10/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-developments/)

When news of the aftermath of Yolanda(a.k.a. Haiyan) reached us, we were devastated. My facebook newsfeed was and is still full of pictures, videos, news updates of missing people, notes from survivors- everything that painted a picture of the shocking destruction made by the supertyphoon and the tsunami-like storm surge that killed an estimate of almost 10,000 in just one area, left thousands homeless, and wiped out entire cities. Not only that, my facebook wall has also been full of personal opinions on how the affected should be helped, complaints on delayed relief efforts, derogatory remarks about the government and the president- even of volunteers, media people, fellow doctors, and the Red Cross– blogposts on people being insensitive about what they post on their facebook walls, attacks on churches and religious organizations, and disputes, yes quarrels on social media about anything pertaining to the use of social media in such a time as this. And this too, is heartbreaking.

Dear fellow Filipinos, the whole world is watching us. We claim to be strong in the face of adversity; we claim to be heroes for withstanding the strongest typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters beyond our imagination, but we seem to go on lashing out at each other- judging people by the content of their facebook walls, judging victims who have looted grocery stores, attacking the president or any other politician, attacking churches and whole religions, complaining, oh, endless complaining about almost everything- from the delay of relief operations, to the blackouts, tv programs deemed insensitive- almost everything. Please, let us stop.

Let’s not judge the president for his seeming lack of sensitivity and reported lack of manners by walking out. We don’t know exactly what was on his mind. Let us not judge the church who reportedly refused to help survivors, we do not know what really happened, and if they did really refuse victims, it is not for us to judge them, they are not accountable to us. Let us stop making or even exaggerating the stories about politicians from the affected areas who are also victims of the tragedy. I am sure they are doing their best in helping. Let us stop complaining about the delay of relief operations to the affected areas. We do not know exactly what it entails for the volunteers to travel to the affected areas. We also do not know what it entails for truckloads of relief supplies to reach the area. We know nothing about the logistics. Let us stop judging volunteers if they post photos of themselves helping out on facebook. We are not aware of their intentions, and even if it were to brag, it’s not for us to judge them, at least they’re helping out. Let us stop judging victims who have looted groceries, helping themselves to whatever is left- food, clothing, even appliances- these people have lost their homes and loved ones, and have gone hungry and psychologically traumatized for days. Let us not judge the media for still allowing “happy” shows on television amidst the mourning. They might just want to cheer us up. If you can’t take it, you can turn your television off. Let us stop judging our electric companies for the blackouts, it was actually caused by a lack of power supply due to damage of electric lines and powerplants- and I know this because my brother and of course my dad both work for the National Grid and they haven’t slept (and gone home) for days. Let us stop arguing about the cause of Yolanda, whether it was man-made or divinely appointed. Only God knows why it happened. Let us not blame God for this disaster. We do not know His purpose. We can only trust and hope. Let us not put the blame on the victims for their sins either, it’s like saying the whole earth deserves to be wiped out right now. We are no better than them.

Let’s stop judging. Let’s stop blaming. Let’s stop complaining. Let’s stop arguing and attacking each other. This is supposed to be a time for unity, a time for solidarity among the Filipino people. We ought to love and forgive each other. We ought to help each other, move together, hope for the better. We ought to pray. We ought to live up to our own reputation of being strong (and happy) in the face of adversity. The last thing we ought to do at this time is attack a fellow Filipino. This isn’t war, people, this is a tragedy.

327 thoughts on “THE LAST THING WE FILIPINOS OUGHT TO DO

  1. There are two disasters to address… The natural disaster of the typhoon and the unnatural disaster of the system in the Philippines. I am a foreigner living in the Philippines. First of all let me say my heart and thoughts are with all the victims of this terrible disaster. But people need to voice out against the authorities and burocratic nonsense that is delaying getting the aid to the people that so desperately need it. Whilst all positive traits, the resilience, good nature, passive nature, “put-up, shut-up & make-do” mentality have been instrumental in the allowing their government, politician dynasties, business oligarchs & catholic church to completely abuse the people into the gutter and keep them there whilst they have looted & plundered untold riches public funds. We can’t stop the natural disasters of typhoons, earthquakes etc. but we vCAN stop the unnatural disasters that these people are causing on a daily basis. Speak up and make these people accountable! Make them act! Shame them into submission!

    1. So, you think this is the time for aggressive political propaganda and negativity instead of focusing more in giving physical/material help, spreading positive energy, giving hope for the future and calmness for a bit of peace of mind in this confusion for the people affected by the calamity?

      Ok. Very sympathetic of you.

    2. I totally agree with you andychud. instead of being ashamed when Anderson Cooper said that the Philippines is a poor country with corrupt officials running it, I was happy because maybe by exposing the shameful things that these corrupt officials are doing, some changes will finally happen. If the money that was siphoned off by Napoles and her government cohorts were used to improve the lives of the Filipinos then maybe we would have been more prepared and equipped to meet this natural disaster, or there would have been fewer people living in shanties, or we could have built better facilities where people can wait out a storm. I could go on and on but my point is, if it takes something like this to expose the inadequacies of the way our country is governed (in every level) then so be it. As the saying goes, truth like surgery hurts but it heals.

      1. Correct.. We need to shake the hearts and minds of these people….So what if it is shameful? That is the reality. These people already have not wooden hearts but hearts made of stones… or steel. Maybe some people from the outside could make sense into their minds and might help to bring some real changes into our country. They are already insensitive to the sufferings of the Filipinos. What is only important to them is to fill their bags of money which actually belong to all Filipinos. You are truly right fern, if this is the way or one of the ways to expose the inadequacies of our government, SO BE IT!~!!!

  2. ganito na lang gawin natin: tumulong ka muna either by donating something or helping sa pag.ayos ng mga relief goods, magdasal, magpadala ng positive energy sa area of calamity, any – and then saka ka pumuna, magcrticize, mag air out ng saloobin mo.

    sa bawat puna mo laban sa gobyerno, sa kung anong simbahan, at sa kung sino mang politiko, dapat ay pantayan mo ng tulong mo un. so pag babatikusin mo ang kairesponsabilihan ng pnoy, at dahil presidente na sya na tinitira mo, aba dapat ang tulong mo ay medyo ipantay mo rin di ba?

    pero ito isipin mo, u r helping and thus sending out positive vibes; you are angry at something or somebody and thus u send out negative vibes. ibalance mo, after u got angry, may natira pa ba sa positive vibes mo?

    1. let me level with your thoughts.. just because we help we stop there? just because we are angry we stop there? No, the bigger question is what are we going to do to prevent this from happening again? and good people never stop at anything to help in any means even at the hardest times..

      1. But is this the time to divert the attention from what is needed to be done today ie helping the people affected by the calamity, to be halved towards the discussion in rehabilitating and fixing the government?

      2. Randi, what diversion are you talking about? there is no diversion, only the truth, and the truth is this, that and everything else is out of place and we have to pick them up one by one with the right attitude and action in preventing them from happening again. Aside from donating/repacking/praying ofcourse, we should think ahead (long-term solutions), be vigilant and think for the people (refer to my above post).. let’s go for change and then let’s be united to actualize it..

        All this is a process that does not happen overnight and with just one click.. for now, what i’m trying to suggest is for social and political awareness

      3. I am sorry but I have deleted (or have yet to delete) and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

        If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

        There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

        I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

        Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

    2. Been there done that, now does this qualify me to bash those who are not functioning well? It’s part of character I think, that it needs not to come to such a painful picture for one to act. Some act immediately. And when they see that they can do it, then they know that the government is laxing and so are many others who just choose to talk but do nothing. Kung nagawa ng mga estudyante ko na magraise ng 15k at ibigay sa Ormoc, kahit na 20-50 pesos lang ang baon nila, bakit nagawa naming magtulungan? Eh ang Gobyerno di makagalaw, ang decision sobrang daming red tape. Ang daming Perang pumasok, 4Billion and growing, nasaan na? Lagi silang sub-sob sa pagpaplano, eh simple lang naman ang problema. Gutom ang tao, kailangan ng makakain, marami sila, lahat dapat mabigyan at maabot. Maraming daanan na hindi madaanan. Send Head to manage the growing needs. Arrange for daily meals and shelter and transportation while clearing road. Employ the locals who are affected, so while waiting, they are earning and clearing their own town and being paid for it. Ang daming naka tengga sa evacuation areas na capable mag trabaho. Sila ang dapat bayaran. Bakit kailangan pang mag import ng mga tao? Eh ang daming tao dun. Kaysa sa nagugutom sila sa paghihintay, bat di sila i-employ ng Gobyerno sa clearing operations. Give them guidlines and strong Supervisors from Capable towns and let the locals be the legs of the town, para hindi sila mawalan ng ginagawa at nasisiraan ng bait. Meploy them to do the work. THey are already there. Just provide them the compensation, the food and the temporary shelter in evacuation camps. Para hindi sila tumatagal dun na walang pinagkikitaan ad as a result cannot provide or fend for themselves. If the government keeps on saving the money for restructuring and re-engineering the towns sturctures, eh aanhin pa ng mga taga doon yun, kung patay na sila by the time matapos ng Gobyerno yun? “Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ang Kabayo”. Ang layunin po namin ay lalo pang i-push ang gobyerno na bilisan ang rescue and relief operations while at the same time making the evacuees functional and also slowly earning to eventually have something to start with, while they clean up the town and clear roads to reach the other towns that are hard to reach due to debris. Mamaya na isipin kung ano ang pag-reingineer. Assess nyo muna after ma clear yung area, kung ano ang meron at wala ang mga lalawigan na iyan.

      1. I am sorry but I have deleted (or have yet to delete) and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

        If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

        There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

        I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

        Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

  3. Actually it is easier to complain than to keep calm. Does complaining get things faster? Does anger and aggressive bashing of the government makes it better? No, the article is not saying to pretend that we are in control but does bashing the government help at all to attract more help for the Philippines? With all the complaints I’ve been reading and all the government bashing, it makes me more distrustful in sending help. Its not about the image BS as you were saying but its the knowledge and hope for the people who wishes to help that what they send will eventually arrive.

    This article is about focusing on the positive, to give hope and calm in the midst of confusion. Not complaints and anger, finger-pointing that will add more fuel to the frustration, desperation, grief and misery that the people affected by the calamity is already burdened with.

    It is easier to let emotions go rampant than to keep calm and do what needs to be done at this time. What this article is asking for is to divert those negative energies to positive work. Kicking, ripping and complaining about the government is not what needs to be done TODAY.

    I believe the author is hardly in a bubble, is very observant and can clearly see what’s happening around her. Are you not judging her now when you said that as if she has not lost anything to a tragedy? Yes, you have the right to bicker but others also have the right to have peace of mind.

  4. You should criticize the government AND help the victims. There is nothing wrong with pointing out the mistakes and shortcomings of the government because it is the reality. If we are passive about how the government acts, there will be no change. If you keep on criticizing without giving help, then all you did was whine. If you don’t criticize but keep on helping, something like this will happen again. If you criticize AND you help, you are doing something that can lead to a change.

  5. Napansin ko lang kasi, ang ibang mga Pinoy kapag nag kamali lang, kahit konting konting pagkakamali lang, ibato agad lahat na pwedeng ma insulto sa isang tao. Bakit ba?

  6. Yea, go spread panic too. If there’s a disease spreading there, then the area would be quarantined. Way to go in helping spread the word to delay the relief efforts…

    You are either a delusional psycho or an internet troll.

  7. Through all of these rhetoric, I should suggest that those who are allowed to complain should only be those who have done something tangible in some form or another, like volunteering or giving out donations in kind or in monetary form, if they do have something to complain about. What i observe though is that those who extended tangible help where the least likely to complain, while those who are just observing and watching the situation have the most complaints.

    1. we imply change for the better and us being united, rather than just any complain or nonsense judgement.. they are NOT the same. it is not only about the degree of help we give but the foresight we also perceived for our dear Philippines and the people. Let us not be indifferent to the issues at hand but prevent from any of this to happen again.

      All this is a process that does not happen overnight and with just one person.. there has to be change then us being united to actualize it. For now, what i’m trying to suggest is for social and political awareness

  8. Yes, let’s not judge. But I’m sure we all want an explanation.
    And I hate unnecessary complaining as well.
    But if your complaining means things will be better, that people will be more cautious with what they do especially when what they do affect so many people… Then go ahead and complain.

    1. Right…I have the right to complain as a citizen if we see wrong doings,not just keep silent…I have the right to ask where donations goes,bec.I donate!!!

  9. The best we can do for now is to help the people who are in need, at wag na tayo magturuan kung sino ang dapat sisihin. Let’s not do the blame game at this time, dahil wala talagang mangyayari. Alam naman natin na hindi na maaasahan ung mga tao na nasa gobyerno eh…

  10. We are not blind sheep. If it were not for complaints and the negative posts, would the people from other nations even be interested to help us? It is because of this seeming complaints and cross-sectioning of our government that will push people to work and act. I see the negative comments as a way to clarity and openness of the system. With this kind of check and balance, the Government will actually have to act according to the constitution and for the people, not for a people who are seated, but for the people each one of represents and should be speaking for. These are not just negative comments they are also constructive criticisms, and they are pure emotions of being human. Idealism is good, but in crisis like this, we need to voice out what we see in order to let the government know that the people are watching them. It’s sitting quiet and letting things unfold without being involved is being passive! It’s like being the Juan waiting for the Guava to fall in his mouth while he lays on the ground minding his own business. Results are gained from both negative and positive remarks. A Nation that cares to speak out and not be silent about what it thinks is better than one that silently just follows without questioning possible corruption. We all have to right to know. It’s being ignorant that the least thing one can do. It is good to be informed, to talk about the matter, and communicate our opinions, feelings and emotions to better understand the needs of the nation. Although I do detest people who bash, sometimes, its the only way to get to the hearts and heads of those who should wake up and start acting. We talk but we should also move and act. Wag lang salita ng Salita. Act and make an effort to be productive in this state of Calamity. Hindi nga ito war, it a Calamity, but it is a war for life, to save people and to save families and communities. If others can make who not of our country, why is it that our country and government which has received over 4Billion in Donations failed to work faster? Yun yung gustong malaman ng Taong Bayan? There is a lot of Money, why isn’t the lives of our fellowmen the top priority of the Govenrment when they have the resources. We do not wish to be heros for Bashing our Government! We are questioning them because we care about our friends and relative who are there. Ang daling mag judge nga ninyo sa mga nagbabash, you do not understand how it feels, if you do though, it still doesn’t mean you represent the feelings of all that have gone through the tragedy. I’ve spoken to friends who have come to me for help for food and water just last night. One week na ang Yolanda, bakit naghihirap pa sila. Ang daling magjudge pag hindi kasi ikaw yung gutom? Don;t you think people have a right to complain to the people who should be there to assist us? Kaya nga yung ibang private sectors, tulad namin, kami-kami naalng gumagawa ng sarili naming mga paraan para maka-collect ng relief goods at cash para ipadala sa kanila doon. We do our work and at the same time we are vigilant to watch our Government who should also be doing our work. I doubt if you’ve never complained in our life. But you are right, we should not attack other Filipinos, but we should be truthful and not be silent as well. So I am for both being civil in informing and being vigilant about our government in this tragedy. I will trust them, but it doesn’t mean I will not speak out when there is an obvious reason to do so. We can ask for solidarity, that is not the point of all this. The point is, we are a free people, and we can in our own way speak of our own accord… And we will be willing to receive the opinions of other upon us for bashing the Government. Because it is our constitutional right as a freeman to speak up and to say our views. We will be civil though. I think that is where we can all be fairly standing on same grounds. We cannot blame other for what is happening, I highly doubt, because track record na natin ang corruption, so we have to be vigilant, we have to report, we have to inform, and we should be active in influencing people to act against corruption and abuse by individuals who make our Government look like a fiasco. That is each one’s responsibility. And since, The PResident took up teh Job of being the Head of State, he is at the top of the chain of command, and when the majority of the body is in chaos, the Head is always accountable for the majority for the body’s incapacity to function as it should. The Chain of Command is present, therefore, He must know and be accountable for the rest of his government.

    1. I agree with you. I don’t even know anybody from there. What matters is they need help. Right now. Our government should act NOW.

    2. yep i couldn’t agree more.. i had a comment earlier this morning and somebody got pissed and erased it.. maybe she/he couldn’t handle the truth and it was only for awareness sake and i was being respectful too. maybe the likes who post something contrary to this main article will be the next to be deleted.. i’m just saying

      1. Well, this is a helpful comment… Aren’t you being a little judgmental now about the reason behind the deletion of comments? Just because one is promoting positive vibes doesn’t mean they can’t handle the truth.

        Or maybe there’s just an auto-trimming on comments when it reaches a certain number so that more current comments can be read. The last number I saw last night was more than 250 comments, I am not going to read all through that. Especially when most of the comments are quite repetitive, totally missed the point of the article or spreading more confusion to what is being focused on as important for the time being– the people affected by the calamity.

        Yes, it is important to air out grievances and call out a change in governance. But, and I am getting repetitive with this, is this the time for that?

      2. I am sorry but I have deleted and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

        If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

        There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

        I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

        Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

      3. my comment didnt have any foul language or anything directed towards you, but why did you delete it? i was just disagreeing with you.

    3. That’s right! He is The head of the country. So more maturity and decision making skills are expected. Can’t fulfill the job? Then he should know what to do.

      People are not expecting magic or a miracle to happen. We are hoping for urgent actions in times when it is needed the most. That’s all!

      Good point here alextorian.

    4. I am sorry but I have deleted (or have yet to delete) and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

      If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

      There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

      I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

      Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

    5. I AGREE WITH ALL OF YOU.
      Ok,so we help out,we donate,we volunteer,we unite for the common good,for the many thousand’s of people who lost there home’s family and loved one’s,After nun what?
      Time and time again the Philippine’s have proven itself to be a strong unified country however when it come’s to preparation,organization and accountability we lack it,Why?
      Well we should asked ourselves that,We voted for the same people over and over again,this are the people who turn there cheeks when they see someone dying of hunger,who avoids responsibility for there actions and even blames there subordinates for not being prepared and even argues at the international media when obviously everybody in the world is watching,Lagi na lng paulit ulit after ng tragedy na ito balik na na nman sa bulok na systema,who know’s bka next time d2 na sa manila mangyari yan.
      Im just saying insanity is a pattern that we do unconsciously……I know lahat ng bansa sa ibang mundo corrupt but people,hindi naman dapat ganyan ka corrupt na hindi natin kyang ipagtangol or alagaan ang sariling atin bakit kylngan dumating pa sa ibang bansa ang tulong hindi ba natin kya na tyu na ang gumawa ng paraan?,Kelan tyu magigicing?sa corruption na walang katapusan sa panglalaiit ng ibang bansa,sa pagtarato satin na maids ka2long or toilet cleaner’s?or puro manual laborer jobs na doctor ka at titolado pg dating sa knila caregiver ka lng?We are soo much more than that…..
      Sa pabalik balik at sa walang katapusang salita na BAHALA na……
      People wake up,Im not pro binoy im not anti-either.I just love my country and I hope CHANGE will happen soon……..Diba ky sarap sabihin na after lahat ng problema natin ay nagawan ng paraan.ska natin sasabihin IT’S ALWAYS SO FUN HERE IN THE PH……
      Hindi yung pag ka gicing mo,bat kataas ng pamilihin bat kataas ng bill ko sa kuryente tubig,gasolina at gasul?bakit hindi aq mkpag aral sa isang matinong eskuwelahan na libre at kumpleto sa gamit?bakit ang karapatan q bilng isang pinoy ay wala pg ng punta ka sa kahit na anung government agency loob man or labas.now I didnt really know what happened sa kababayan natin na naranasan ang delubyo at hirap but I am greatful na hindi,
      Gusto q lng po malaman ng lahat na the FILIPINO PEOPLE IS CAPABLE OF CHANGE FOR THE BETTER,NOT FOR THE WORST SO THAT NEXT TIME THAT THIS HAPPENED ‘S WE WILL BE STRONGER,PREPARED AND NOT USING THE FILIPINO SLANG NA BAHALA NA…………………………….

    1. I don’t see why that quote about the horse should apply to the situation. Are you saying that the Filipino nation will die if we don’t resolve the issues right now instead of making sure that the survivors do survive NOW?

      Its like taking advantage of the situation to promote aggressive political agendas. And when the heat of the moment is gone, when the calamity is overcome, those people who are very heated with their arguments, complaints and call/cry for change in the government will just drop everything and forget the whole thing because, meh– old news, we can’t capitalize and point fingers now since the horse is dead. Then repeat from top when a new calamity/dangerous situation happens again.

      No, the complaints and clamour for change can still be heard EVEN AFTER THE CALAMITY IS OVERCOME as long as everyone holds onto what they believe in that is right. That is the living spirit for the Filipino nation to look forward into the future.

      People in Tacloban, Ormoc and Panay are not the only Filipinos in the Philippines. The politicians, the corrupt government branches are not the only Filipinos in the Philippines.

      There is you, there is me and the rest of the Philippines who can see, hear, feel what is right. Are we going to be dead after this situation that we need to do everything right now instead of concentrating on the people affected by the calamity and what they need aside from the physical/material help?

  11. can we stop posting pictures such as above. lets be responsible. even if our intentions are good. but simply look at that picture. so irresponsible and insensitive. a body is among the trash yet somebody is at the background. the photo taker himself is showing insensitivity. instead of taking picture take that body first out of that pile. a little respect is all that person need. very bothering…

  12. KBGaloreport… your intentions are very noble, trying to deescallate the situation by inserting forgiveness, understanding and being nonjudgemental… those are true! but the situation is far beyond that now. the typhoon victims are hungry, scared and dying… people like me are sending loud messeges to everyone for help because it is greatly needed… now! Noynoy was elected to lead the Filipinos… he is not acting like one, so we need to step up! keep praying but understand also that work needs to be done… now!

    1. I am sorry but I have deleted and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

      If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

      There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

      I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

      Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

  13. Filipinos will rant, complain, talk, ask, shout out, etc… it is our way to release anxiety, frustrations, depression… we talk to release burden… thats who we are…. but these are just all talk… because we are also hospitable, we go out our way to help, we give up to a point we have none…. that what we are we are people oriented… we are very sociable… we cannot live without others… thats who we are…

  14. Thanks for this article. I stand corrected with regards to the public officials since some of them are willing to help the victims and survivors (those who are not media-happy and prefer not to be a media-hype person). Like what you said, we should be united with one another, and I really agree with that. I believe that each person could benefit others through his/her own uniqueness. And we Filipinos have our own uniqueness, so why alienate someone just because he/she’s different? We should be united despite our differences. Here, it is more beneficial than ranting against each other.

  15. I agree with you. I am working in Canada right now and I am not so proud of how chaotic the relief operation is (duh, i haven’t witnessed a massive operation by our government yet). When foreign aid started to arrive, I knew that finally, the people would soon be our of desperation. And what is that BS in Aquino? Lol…….. I’m glad there is facebook so people can now express how they feel. I feel ashamed when assistance didn’t get to Tacloban and other areas the speed it was needed… Newscasters of Canada, CNN and Anderson showed their frustrations with how our leaders are dealing with the worst-ever hurricane recorded. No EMERGENCY RESPONSE…

    1. Yeah. Even if people rant here and there, what is so shameful about that? That is their way of expressing their frustrations with the government. What is more shameful is how slow the government is acting on this matter which is how other countries see it. Not just us but people from other countries who are trying to help. If they can act that fast, WHY CAN”T OUR OWN GOVERNMENT DO THAT??????

  16. I agree with alextorian.. arguments, negative comments help us realize what is the best thing to do.. this also helps the government to wake up to reality.. they exist to protect and support us (people) and other responsibilities they need to uphold. Having these arguments/complaints further strenthens our country. I don’t disagree with the main article though that at this time we need to be one.. but all this blaming and arguments is a natural phase that NO ONE can just tell to stop.. and this doesn’t mean WE are not helping because we are giving what we can from our ends.. and with the help we are sending, we are further frustrated with what is happening… but one thing I am hoping though that from all these events.. we will mature as a nation..

  17. Kaya naman tayo nagreact ng mga ganyang masasakit na comment sa gobyerno e dahil yun talaga ang nangyayari. Kung hindi sila mabagal magpadala ng relief, di naman tayo magkocomment na matagal sila magpadala ng rwlief. Tama?

  18. People need to complain because it stimulates action from thek people who are paid to help the people. We have to complain that the relief operations and everything else have been really slow because that is the truth. I see people complaining about people who constantly complain but do nothing, but the truth is that’s how those people help, by calling gov’t personnel and agencies out. I’m not saying that all of them are effective as SOME OF THEM ARE JUST REALLY IRRITATING. My wife’s family was fortunate enough to have escaped alive, but it is only now that they are really able to escape as we are waiting for them to arrive via Cebu. From the time the typhoon hit up until today, they never saw any help, never saw any rescue as they had to rescue themselves injured and all.

    It is a given that the scale of this relief and rescue operation is unprecedented, but we need to be able to rely on our government to move mountains in these situations. That is what is expected from leaders. More than the taxes that we pay for their salaries, they need to earn the faith that we entrust with them. I am really disappointed but I still fully support the government because the alternative is counterproductive.

    Right now I just really need to see and hear the government man up, own up to their shortcomings and not make excuses. I need to hear them say “we are doing our best but we know it’s not good enough” because they certainly can’t make up for their shortcomings. What happened is already done, they failed to rescue and give relief to my wife’s relatives in the 7 days since disaster struck.

    So again, people need to complain, especially about the people that are paid with our taxes, it is our right, but I would advise people to be smart about how they complain to avoid seeming like they’re “one of the people who do nothing but complain”.

  19. Strong words from multi-awarded film director Peque Gallaga.
    From Nelson Bakunawa’s wall

    Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.

    Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which are more concerned with their showbiz image than confronting, accepting and dealing with the problem. What our leaders tell us is contradicted by the reports from international commentators who are understandably more objective and growing less dispassionate as they witness the horrors around them. What our leaders tell us is also contradicted by the victims in these areas who are slowly able to give us the true picture of the realities of the situation. And the reality is that people are starving. The dead still lie on the streets even five days after the event. There are anguished souls scavenging for whatever they can to survive, as well as professional looters ambushing the helpless and relief caravans. It’s a war zone out there.

    This disaster has affected, not only the islands in the path of Yolanda, but all of us as a nation. We have all been judged and found wanting. But more worrisome, is that we take a long hard look at our leaders and we judge and we find them wanting. It is worrisome because we have chosen them and are paying them to serve the needs of our nation and it seems that they can’t deliver. I don’t think that anybody, even the most criminal politician, can be that hard-hearted and close his eyes to this calamity so I can only surmise that they don’t know what to do. That they are impotent and incompetent. I am 70 years old and I don’t know what to do, but then again, I didn’t run for office promising the voters that I would take care of national concerns.

    I am a private citizen and like most of my fellow citizens, have given of what I have to the relief effort. I have given to the point of hurting. I am 70 years old and have been stupid a lot of times for seven decades. I want to think that I can be a little less stupid now. This time, I want to make sure that my hard-earned money will reach its intended goal. I am sick and tired of throwing away my money; of making our politicians wealthy because of my unconcern and my inattention. I am sick and tired of my stupidity.

    So I very much care now where all this help is going. I read Marvin Xanth Geronimo who was there when Yolanda struck: that TV personalities and politicians like Mar Roxas and Ted Failon going to Tacloban for the photo op. They never helped; endless tracking video shots of flattened towns with people walking clutching a plastic bottle of water with no government presence whatsoever; Korina Sanchez calling Anderson Cooper “misinformed”. Cooper was in Tacloban. Korina was not; the US landing 5 planes full of goods and not allowing any politicians to touch any of it. How much more do we need for us to realize that the enemy was not Yolanda? Yolanda was just a force of nature. The enemy is our leaders. And the leader of our leaders is the President.
    So what now? There’s nothing I can actually do. I can only rage, rage against the dying of common decency. I can only rage against this man who claimed in a Christian Amanpour interview that he couldn’t get to the disaster areas because the weather after the storm left didn’t permit him to fly. This is 24 hours after the sun was shining all over the Philippines by then. I can only rage against a man who made light of the tragedy, refusing to identify it as a major disaster; who made light of a victim of looting who was shot at by telling him, “But you did not die, right?” I rage against a man who continually blames the LGU’s on the ground for their incompetence and their inefficiency because it is beginning to dawn on me that these Visayan LGU’s happen to be Romualdez people and this man is playing politics with people’s lives.
    This is a crime. What this man does is unconscionable. I can only state it here. I can do nothing about it for now. I will wait for whatever movement develops after this fiasco and I will join it. But for now, what I can do is to declare that I am deeply offended by the people who try to stop me and others from stating the obvious. All those people who charge us for criticizing, for being negative, for Aquino bashing – I am done with these people. In a very Yellow Army way, they try to hide behind an illogical argument that we cannot help if we criticize. I don’t know how good these friends are at multi-tasking, but one does not cancel out the other. We can help and we can criticize. And at this point I am convinced that we do help when we criticize; if at one point we can, as Hamlet says, “catch the conscience of the king”. But I know that this is futile. This man is no king. He is not even a real representative. What can you expect from someone who never worked an honest day in his life. What could he possibly relate to?
    So my friends who accuse me of Aquino bashing: I want you to know that I’m done with your line of thinking. Either you defend this man or you defend the people that this man is ignoring. Don’t believe that the people are his “boss”. This was a piece of advertising sound byte created by showbiz experts to get the unthinking masses out there to swallow this uniquely unqualified man. This man who is totally unprepared for the most difficult job in the country. So my friends, as far as I’m concerned, you choose him or you choose the people. But if you instruct me again to stop bashing this man I am unfriending you. I will unfriend you in Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, and out in our leaderless streets. ~~ Peque Gallaga

  20. Ang pagtulong lalo’t sa ganitong sitwasyon ay isang dakila at very noble na act of humans. Pero iba ang leadership na kailangang kailangan ng mga tumutulong. People who help – need somebody to direct them. I donot think that ASKING for a leader to “show up” where he is needed is a negative act. At ang pagkatok mo sa kanya dahil kailangan mo siya ay hindi masama o negatibo. Iba ang pakiramdam ng tumutulong pero hindi mo alam kung tama ang direksiyon mong ginagawa o may mas mabuti pa bang paraan considering the situwayon. Lalo na if you are a foreigner to this land. Ganito na lang, tanungin natin ang sarili natin, ano na ba ang naitulong ko? Meron na ba? tayo lang ang makakasagot niyan ng very honestly. Kung wala din lang naman naitutulong kundi lip service lang e naiintindihan ko na kung bakit negative ang tawag ng iba. Katulad din lang nga nung leader natin. Lip service. Pity. Like really. Dasal – Gawa – at Pagwawasto ng Mali ay ang kumpletong pagdamay sa nahihirapan at nagluluksa. To me, ang pagbibigay ng hanggang convenient lang sa atin is not giving. It just makes us feel good. While giving till it hurts, helps to alleviate the needy and it helps to make them feel good. Now that is giving. May God have mercy on our sins and heal our land.

  21. All this blogger is asking, is for us to pause and reflect. Nothing more, nothing less…because when we truly do, we cannot feel helpless over the situation of our countrymen wherever we may be. We will be able to put our energy into good use and accomplish many good things, big or small.

  22. Hey moderator (KB Galorport),

    Did you delete my comment? It was getting a lot of response. Are you afraid of people questioning your post?

    Here it is again, just in case it’s a wordpress error:

    ——-

    I think I understand what you’re trying to say, but it didn’t exactly arrive there. What you’re saying is to basically shut up. Don’t judge, don’t criticize, don’t complain. Man… i don’t know where you’ve been but this is basically the reason why people of evilness have trampled on us for years.. because we’d rather shut up and be the “good filipinos” that we are! there is this false virtue of not complaining. of “tiisin na lang”.

    I am in no way encouraging Facebook bashing, and if what you want to say is just to stop bickering around and put our intellectual resources where they should be (e.g. being vigilant, watching what the government is doing, looking for ways to help), I completely agree. But in your very cheesy post, after telling people not to judge (which is human nature, by the way), you present no concrete suggestions at all. But only “to pray”, “to hope for the better”. And the most ridiculous of all–“to live up to our reputation of being strong and happy in the face of adversity”. My dear… this should be the last thing on our mind when people are actually dying of hunger and sickness… We should fucking raise hell if that’s what it takes for this stupid government to listen! How many tragedies would we have to endure before the government finally establishes a relief system that works for disasters like this? The President himself said that we expect 20 storms/typhoons a year… Typhoons are nothing new. And still, tragedies like this have become a regular occurrence.. One has to wonder, why don’t we have a solid operation when emergencies like this strike??

    WE SHOULD THINK. WE SHOULD VOICE OUR CONCERNS. WE SHOULDN’T SHUT UP.

    And lastly, you said “Let us stop making or even exaggerating the stories about politicians from the affected areas who are also victims of the tragedy. I am sure they are doing their best in helping.”<<—– How can you be sure? Bold statements like this should be supported with facts. Were you there? Or was this just another hopeful statement?

    Filipinos, we need CRITICAL THINKING. Yes, kung gusto nyo magdasal, sige na. But I hope you all understand that things don't end there.

    **And before I get a lot of flack for this, let me say that this anonymous poster did more than preaching and DID move her ass.

    1. I am sorry but I have (yet to delete) deleted and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

      If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

      There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

      I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

      Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

    2. bravo eonesmt……….let us finally stop pussyfooting & call a thief a thief, liers liers or are they just incompetent fools…..look at what we & the world have seen…… cabinet ministers getting emotional on TV, DILG sec. directing traffic on a impassable road, a president brazenly declaring on international TV “reassuring” during an interview with CNN studio reporter Christiane Amapour that the Philippine government’s relief and rescue operations were well on its way. The President even said, “all national roads have been reopened and most national airports are back to operating levels” In fact, CNN ground reporter Cooper was actually reporting live and showing actual footage from the ruins of Tacloban airport.. news anchor, Korina Sanchez who also happens to be the wife of Department of Interior and Local Government secretary, Mar Roxas became defensive and said that Cooper doesn’t know what he is talking about. Sanchez probably thought that her husband’s directing traffic on the streets of Tacloban could be considered a rescue operation. Vice President Binay giving reliuef goods…….. with his name plastered all over the plastic bags….. our own military absent from the scenes for the first few days. and finally I quote from an internet article ;
      The lack of leadership in the Philippines makes some Filipinos wish that foreign troops could just take over administration of the country forever. The Philippine government has become irrelevant. Members of congress are only good at grandstanding during Senate hearings in the guise of “aiding legislation” that hardly ever result in any significant outcomes.
      Hopefully, the deaths of thousands of Filipinos during the super typhoon will not be in vain because this disaster is finally exposing the incompetence of the Aquino government not only to the rest of the Filipino people, but also to the rest of the international community. ” end of quote…

      .I disagree only with one thing……”the incompetence of the Aquino government…… no not just this administration (though this is the worst), but the Philippine government per say.
      We have doomed ourselves, our country by putting the same people in government over & over again, just look around you, The same family names crop up everywhere in government, over over again.

      So go ahead ….. judge, blame, point fingers, cuss, rage, rave , be unchristian, demand accountability……. but don’t ever ever forget that WE put them there!

  23. I can’t imagine how one can comment positively when you can’t find any positive feedback from the victims themselves and continuously hears complaints from those missionaries (from international communities who just intend to help). Lest, the article simply implies to anyone to close their eyes on the facts and live with lies.Any kind of comment is good – positive means praising and negative creates discussion and simply expresses our concern and interest in the issue and hopes it invites attention and that immediate action be taken by proper authorities. Just remember that there is freedom of information or expression. The best yet is to think positively.

  24. Kai, ikaw na! sikat na sikat. hehe.. but i totally on your side.. tumulong na lang kesa magbash and mangblame sa social network. 🙂

  25. +1, Like, Voted up.
    People should always call out ineptitude from the government. We cannot deny that the gov’t. right now is working real hard getting help to the people. But things could have been better, if they could have prepared way better. People make convenient excuses that we are a third world country with lack of infrastructures and equipment, yet it was the government who let us become a third world country because of their ineptitude, corruption and lack of preparation.

    1. Agree. People are just voicing out their anger at the government because they think that they can do better than this. . If we just keep quite, and act like it’s okay for the people in Tacloban to starve and to suffer… then I’m sure this will happen again and again.

    2. Oh humihirit ka pa.. ok na sana comment mo may pasaring ka pa.. do not mention any irregularity if your sincere of your comment..

  26. I agree w most. This is not the right time to play the blame game…. But, who should start stopping that game?

    Answer: the president! Did he stop looking for someone to blame? No!

    Im admit doing trashtalks against him. But damn it’s so frustrating that he cannot act so fast at anything. Not even in a calamity like this. And let’s all admit na karamihan ng interview nya even before, if hindi sya magpaparinig eh naninisi sya.

    Dont you think this is his karma? Na most people ngayon sa facebook, twitter and news eh sinisisi na mabagal sya?

    And yes, the situation he’s in right now.is quite difficult to handle. But as a president he is expected to have a good judgement and good call especially in times like this.

    1. Let us understand that the President is also human. He is single. If he only had a firstlady/wife he will act normally like other presidents. He needed a woman to help run his huge family of Filipinos.

      1. Petroniojrc naman, kung maghihintay pa tayo na magka-asawa at magka- anak sya eh dyoskolord, eh di lalong tirik na ang mata ng sambayanang Pilipino(jk)… But seriously, i do not even heard na nagbigay sya ng speech para sa mga nasalanta, palakasin man lang sana ang loob… Wala bang ganon? O baka namiss ko lang…

      2. sorry but I highly beg to differ. having partner won’t exactly make someone function better. it’s an illogical excuse. being accountable and responsible is. the relentless blame game and lack of organisation and management on his part are some of the many things that frustrate most of us. i won’t just sit down and watch in apathy as this amateurish play goes on and on. not taking action or calling out on what’s terribly wrong, is the worst offence we can ever commit.

    2. I agree with Petroniojrc that the President is also human. He has his limitations as a person and we know what those are. Yes, it is also true that the process for giving help is slow and lacking but we have to consider as well the fact that the problem is in the system of our government. The president is at the frontier of all these because he is the head of state. I am NOT defending the president rather reiterating that IF the system was changed prior to the occurrence of the said tragedy, things would have been different. As stated in the Wednesday issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, it is man-made and caused by nature – a combination of the two. IF the people have been prepared for disasters, IF the infamous PDAF has been used in its rightful purpose, then probably the repercussions of the typhoon has been lessened.

      I see now that I am guilty of the blaming game BUT it is inevitable! People has been given access to social media and it is natural for them (us) to voice out their (our) opinions because they (we) see something wrong. Don’t you think that this is better than hushing up and swallowing our covictions? I think that what should be avoided is uninformed criticisms that only sound like whining rather than an actual appeal to the government.

  27. Hatred and negativity has no place here when everyone is scrambling to help. I agree…. BUT IS IT TOO MUCH to ask of a president to give an inspiring speech that unites, rather than divides, the nation?? I’ve been scouring the internet for any speech he may have given to give me any reassurance or semblance of sensitivity to his fellow countrymen. I think the people are aching for a leader who can give everyone hope and a feeling of unity. Right now, he fails in that miserably as he continues to be on the defensive in all interviews. Does he even have feelings??? At the very least, aren’t his staff writers capable of making a speech that can start healing a frustrated nation? He keeps trying to downplay the magnitude of the tragedy and referring to the dead as just casualties. Has this president no feelings??? Can his heart just bleed a little on national tv and convince me that everything will be OKAY?

    1. I agree Sonia..i’m sure the ralatives/family of those corpse on the streets doesn’t share the same sentiment tho…. Can you blame them?? If that is your loved one lying dead on the street, would you let them rot, wait 5 days before you do something? Just sayin.

      1. @OK– This government will be accountable to everyone once the dust settles. All I’m saying is that even at the bare minimum, the president disappoints. At the bare minimum, he should inspire a nation at a time of crisis. He is failing miserably even on that. It is so admirable how all the citizens are all scrambling to help, volunteering, donating, organizing themselves—all without any inspiration, instruction or direction from the government. If Manila feels the frustration, what more the victims at ground zero. Allow people to feel their frustrations and anger as long as no one is hampering efforts. It is every citizen’s right and responsibility!

  28. I have my relatives there. In the first 2 days, I didn’t do what you call “complain” as it is understandable that the government has been taken aback by the devastation. I started demanding accountability (yes, it is not blaming it is command responsibility!) when after 3 days , no centralized mobilization has been done. First, there was forewarning about the strength of this typhoon. It has been compared to Hurricane Katrina. Does the president even know what happened there in the US?? His ineptness is glaring and I don’t care if the whole world knows about it! Lives are at stake! He and his minions applied for the job to be leaders of this country. They were given the privilege to lead us. So I demand that they perform their job! The president supposedly got elected for his experience in the congress and senate. He is no longer new or foreign to calamities. THe presidency is not an on the job training! You don’t want a doctor who would want to practice on you during the surgery! .

    When do you demand accountability from them? My relatives can’t eat “HOPE”, or words like “BE a little patient! We are doing our best”. THe people there need CONCRETE ACTIONS. When I do constructive criticism, I am being the voice for the helpless and hopeless victims. To remain silent, does not sit well with my conscience.

    Am demanding where was his promise in his speech prior to the tragedy:
    Here’s the President speech before Yolanda arrived. He was bragging about these in his speech to assure the public:

    “…Nakastandby na rin po ang 32 eroplano at helicopter ng ating Air Force, nakaposition na po ang 20 na barko mula sa ating Philippine Navy sa Cebu, Bicol, Cavite, at Zamboanga. Ang mga relief goods ay naka pre-position na rin sa karamihan ng mga apektado o maaring maapektuhang lalawigan… umasa po kayong darating agad ang tulong pag hupa ng bagyo….”

    Listen to those words?? He said it and I was patient for 2 days when there was no concrete help but for 5th and 6th days and corpses are rotten and survivors are dying of hunger and all he cares about is that the media got the figures of death wrong simply smacks of INEPTNESS!.

    If the international community starts saying that Haiti’s response to their earthquake tragedy was so much better than our government, that is an insult! I don’t wish to compare to Japan as you will say we are a third world country, but HAITI??? For Pete’s sake, they are supposed to be at the bottom of the economic ladder! .

    I will what you will call “complain” bec I don’t want to be silent in the face of evil. Yes, negligence and ineptness in the time when seconds count , when TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, is evil! I will be the voice of the victims not only bec I got my relatives affected but for the sake of them deserving to have the dignity of being treated rightly as children of God after what they have gone through!

    Is it the time to do so? Yes, we can both help and at the same time demand accountability. Knowing Filipinos, I doubt if they would demand so after time has elapsed and things will “settle” down. People will go back to their shitty celebrity obsessions with the media enablers.

    The last thing we Filipinos ought to do is to shut up and let the course of ineptness ride. Ineptness in a huge tragedy is one too many!

    1. I am sorry but I have deleted and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

      If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

      There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

      I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

      Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

      1. Dearest Kai,

        I hope you take a chance a read this article from Peque Gallado and perhaps this open your mind. That’s all I have to say to that. You should RESPECT the judging, anguish, frustrations ALL THE FILIPINOS. PLEASE I ASK OF YOU TO READ THIS ARTICLE and perhaps it will give you some sense of we are saying to you… love and peace…

        From Director Peque Gallaga:

        Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.

        Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which are more concerned with their showbiz image than confronting, accepting and dealing with the problem. What our leaders tell us is contradicted by the reports from international commentators who are understandably more objective and growing less dispassionate as they witness the horrors around them. What our leaders tell us is also contradicted by the victims in these areas who are slowly able to give us the true picture of the realities of the situation. And the reality is that people are starving. The dead still lie on the streets even five days after the event. There are anguished souls scavenging for whatever they can to survive, as well as professional looters ambushing the helpless and relief caravans. It’s a war zone out there.

        This disaster has affected, not only the islands in the path of Yolanda, but all of us as a nation. We have all been judged and found wanting. But more worrisome, is that we take a long hard look at our leaders and we judge and we find them wanting. It is worrisome because we have chosen them and are paying them to serve the needs of our nation and it seems that they can’t deliver. I don’t think that anybody, even the most criminal politician, can be that hard-hearted and close his eyes to this calamity so I can only surmise that they don’t know what to do. That they are impotent and incompetent. I am 70 years old and I don’t know what to do, but then again, I didn’t run for office promising the voters that I would take care of national concerns.

        I am a private citizen and like most of my fellow citizens, have given of what I have to the relief effort. I have given to the point of hurting. I am 70 years old and have been stupid a lot of times for seven decades. I want to think that I can be a little less stupid now. This time, I want to make sure that my hard-earned money will reach its intended goal. I am sick and tired of throwing away my money; of making our politicians wealthy because of my unconcern and my inattention. I am sick and tired of my stupidity.

        So I very much care now where all this help is going. I read Marvin Xanth Geronimo who was there when Yolanda struck: that TV personalities and politicians like Mar Roxas and Ted Failon going to Tacloban for the photo op. They never helped; endless tracking video shots of flattened towns with people walking clutching a plastic bottle of water with no government presence whatsoever; Korina Sanchez calling Anderson Cooper “misinformed”. Cooper was in Tacloban. Korina was not; the US landing 5 planes full of goods and not allowing any politicians to touch any of it. How much more do we need for us to realize that the enemy was not Yolanda? Yolanda was just a force of nature. The enemy is our leaders. And the leader of our leaders is the President.
        So what now? There’s nothing I can actually do. I can only rage, rage against the dying of common decency. I can only rage against this man who claimed in a Christian Amanpour interview that he couldn’t get to the disaster areas because the weather after the storm left didn’t permit him to fly. This is 24 hours after the sun was shining all over the Philippines by then. I can only rage against a man who made light of the tragedy, refusing to identify it as a major disaster; who made light of a victim of looting who was shot at by telling him, “But you did not die, right?” I rage against a man who continually blames the LGU’s on the ground for their incompetence and their inefficiency because it is beginning to dawn on me that these Visayan LGU’s happen to be Romualdez people and this man is playing politics with people’s lives.
        This is a crime. What this man does is unconscionable. I can only state it here. I can do nothing about it for now. I will wait for whatever movement develops after this fiasco and I will join it. But for now, what I can do is to declare that I am deeply offended by the people who try to stop me and others from stating the obvious. All those people who charge us for criticizing, for being negative, for Aquino bashing – I am done with these people. In a very Yellow Army way, they try to hide behind an illogical argument that we cannot help if we criticize. I don’t know how good these friends are at multi-tasking, but one does not cancel out the other. We can help and we can criticize. And at this point I am convinced that we do help when we criticize; if at one point we can, as Hamlet says, “catch the conscience of the king”. But I know that this is futile. This man is no king. He is not even a real representative. What can you expect from someone who never worked an honest day in his life. What could he possibly relate to?
        So my friends who accuse me of Aquino bashing: I want you to know that I’m done with your line of thinking. Either you defend this man or you defend the people that this man is ignoring. Don’t believe that the people are his “boss”. This was a piece of advertising sound byte created by showbiz experts to get the unthinking masses out there to swallow this uniquely unqualified man. This man who is totally unprepared for the most difficult job in the country. So my friends, as far as I’m concerned, you choose him or you choose the people. But if you instruct me again to stop bashing this man I am unfriending you. I will unfriend you in Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, and out in our leaderless streets. ~~ Peque Gallaga

    2. 73sophie I totally agree with you.. I am an OFW and am working as a nurse…though I don’t have relatives who were affected in tacloban but I do have relatives in northern Cebu who were affected as well but was not broadcasted that much maybe perhaps the devastation in leyte was too overwhelming.. nevertheless, my collegues and workmates here have been anxiously waiting for news regarding their families in different parts of leyte and I could feel their frustrations especially towards our government. For people telling us to stop the “blame game” which we refer to as “command responsibility” that will never happen.. I don’t see the point of giving false reassurances to people which were clearly done by our officials.. if UNPREPARED then why not state the obvious.. why save face? and FYI majority if not all OFWs from different parts of the world are sending help in cash and in kind (and im just stating this for people who say na hanggang salita lang kami or that we should just shut up and help).. yes we are complaining because as much as we want to be physically present in the relief operations, we can’t since we are supporting our families as well.. one thing I can promise you, my collegues and I will never stop sending help to TRUSTED NGOs so they could help our beloved kababayans..
      let all these be a lesson for all of us and not only to our officials..
      And by the way, I consider these arguments learning experiences for all of us. We get to share points of view but amidst all these, we only have one goal and that is the betterment of our country and its people. As we arise from these calamity, we will become a stronger nation more than ever.. we would be SMARTER in choosing our leaders and more vigilant in ensuring corruption is eliminated, and from these advocacies everything else follows (get rid of poverty.. unemployment etc..)

  29. Quoted: “My name is Geraldine Uy Wong and I am a private citizen who had just arrived from Tacloban after I successfully pulled out my relatives. Now safely back in Manila, I read and hear comments criticizing the DSWD and I feel that this is quite unfair. We are all guilty of judging the government, but I was there in Tacloban to see for myself how the people of DSWD work. Beside her in the command post, I witnessed how Sec. Dinky Soliman marshalled her task force to address the enormous job ahead that even my mind cannot grasp. Tirelessly, she champions everyone to keep going even as the morale is evidently low, as she herself goes through her never-ending list of to-do’s, 24 hours being not enough for the enormous task that still lies ahead. Yet she is gracious, her presence is reassuring, and she has the steady look and smile that tells you one thing : we will not stop working because many people need our help. I ask everyone to please give the government a chance. If you receive a message, an email, or a post criticizing this government agency or even other departments, please think twice before you share or like. Instead, I ask you to go to the nearest DSWD relief center to deliver your donations. While you are there, you might as well volunteer to do even just an hour of volunteer repacking work. The government is really doing its best. It will be even more efficient if the private sector pools its resources to support the entire national operation – that of helping our fellow countrymen in this worst calamity ever imaginable. I hope you can share this message, even by word of mouth, so that people are not discouraged to help. I am afraid that others will tend to believe the false things that they hear and will be disheartened to help because they think it is useless.”

    1. Geraldine Good AM/PM.Sa palagay ko po ay mali ang sistema na pina pairal sa DSWD sa ngayon. Think of it na hindi lang isang Barangay ang naapektuhan dito sa kalamidad na ito.Instead na sila ang mag repack ng “Relief Good” pwede naman sigurong Sako ng bigas/box of noodles/sardines na lang ang ibigay sa sa sampung tao na nakapila at sila nalang ang mag repack para sa sarili nila.kailangan lang ng magandang sistema ang distribution ngayon for this chaotic time.

      1. @ambot lang… Di ba talaga kayo nakakaintindi. Palagay mo lang yan. geraldine was there and she saw how DSWD was doing. Ikaw, andun ka ba? You only base your judgment on what you see on tv. You cannot just give a sack of rice to 10 people in line and let them repack it themselves. Hindi mo ba nakikita, nag aagawan na. They aret raumatized and they would do anything to get more than the other.. And that is understandable. This is daily food we are talking abt, bakit hindi kau makaintindi! Nakakafrustrate! Andami nyo reklamo! Tama na nga muna. Instead na magreklamo, go there yourself and help! Stop bashing!!

    2. I’m glad for you & for your family….. but come on repacking? all the donations coming in from organizations around the world have done these before, they are experts…… they come in packed, ready for distribution to families, why is it sitting in warehouses being repacked by DSWD personnel……. problem with us filipinos we have short memories…….. remember Davao, the rice in the DSWD warehouses that were for distribution for Typhoon Pablo victims……. never distributed, finally the townspeople took matters into their own hands & “confiscated ” them!……… again & again its the same story, lets finally get together & call a spade a spade, nakakahiya man, let’s demand accountability from our government!

  30. Dear you

    At the moment I definitely agree its not time to judge but rather help the hungry and the dying. Once the dust settled then the ugly truth should will once emerged that the Philippine government are ill prepared no matter how big or small natural disaster that will strike our country. You don’t need to be an intellect to analyse or even make your inference that the politicians and law makers who sits in power that supposed to be governing and protecting the welfare of Filipinos, who supposed to be promulgating contingency planning against calamity, who supposed to be creative with decisions and implementations never learn and will never learn from mistakes. Someone has to be responsible for all this suffering and I’m afraid Im pointing not just one finger but my whole hand to the Philippine government. The conclusion here its long over due they’re not fit for purpose! They’re the same clan and ruling class that cause real misery to our beloved country for such a long time and they don’t really care and will never care. The distressing picture of the aftermath of the storm is the true representation of Philippine government, chaos and decay!

    My heart breaks to those who continuously suffering from this unprecedented disaster!

  31. Isang paghamon sa lahat ng gustong tumulong sa ating bansa, pumunta kayo ngayon dito sa Visayas lalong-lalo na dito sa Leyte at Samar para maranasan ninyo ang hirap, sakit, sakripisyo, gutom, kawalan ng tulog araw-araw. Mag-volunteer kayo kaysa sa sulat lang. Action speak louder than words. Isang volunteer lang po na galing pa sa ibang bansa na handang tumulong. Hindi po ako nakadikit sa gobiyerno o affiliated sa gobiyerno natin. Ginagawa po ng gobiyerno natin lahat ng makakaya nila para maabot lahat ng apektadong bayan. Capiz, Aklan, Bohol at iba pang karatig probinsiya sa Visayas ay apektado rin. Kung nandito kayo maiintindihan ninyo kung gaano kalaki ang pinsala ng ating bayan halos buong Visayas. Hindi ninyo alam kung anong uunahin mo pagkatapos mong mag-abot ng relief goods, kung magbubuhat ka ng mga patay na nakakalat sa daan, kung maaawa ka sa mga taong nagugutom na natutulog lang sa tagpi-tagping bahay, kung paano mo matutulungan ang mga sugatan na walang sapat na gamit pangkalusugan. Mararanasan niyo rin na maglakad ng milya-milyang daan dahil hindi kayang abutin ng sasakyan para maabot ang ibang lugar dahil sa baha at taas ng tubig, nasira at naputol na daan, sirang tulay, punong-kahoy at iba pang ‘debris’ na nakakalat sa lansangan. Mararanasan din ninyo na maharang ng mga armadong kalalakihan upang kunin ang ibang pagkain at kagamitan. Mararanasan mong di makatulog dahil sa kabi-kabilang ungol ng sakit at pighating nararamdaman ng ating mga kababayan. Mararanasan mo ring ibigay kahuli-hulian mong pagkain dahil lang sa mga batang nangangailangan at magtitis kang makihati sa iba mong kasamahan. Hindi lang po reported ang mga ibang lugar. Kung nasa ibang bansa man kayo, Hinahamon ko kayo na mag-fasting ng 1 meal o isakripisyo ang kunti ninyong suweldo at ibigay niyo sa mga International relief centers. Maraming kaparaanan para tayo ay makatulong. Mas makakatulong tayo kung ginagawa natin ang nararapat kaysa puro salita lang. Maraming salamat sa mga nagpaabot ng kanilang tulong sa ibang bansa. Gaya ng US, UK at Canada. Maraming salamat sa mga taong nagbigay ng donasyon, sa mga kapatid natin sa ibang bansa na nagpaabot ng tulong. Sa mga taong gumawa ng paraan para lang makalikom ng salapi, sa mga batang estudyante sa Amerika na nagtinda ng lemonade at juice, sa isang Chinese student sa Canada na nag-initiate ng fund-raising campaign sa kanilang school dahil lang sa gusto niyang matulungan ang kamag-aral na naapektuhan ang mga kamag-anak sa Visayas, sa mga nagbigay ng free-concert, free hugs, para lang makalikom ng salapi sa mga biktima ng bagyo, sa mga nagbigay ng kanilang buwanang ‘paycheck’ dahil dodoblehin ng kanilang kumpanya ang bawat salaping ibibigay at ito’y magiging 4X dahil dodoblehin din ng kanilang gobiyerno. Maraming salamat din po sa mga eskuwelahan, simbahan at mga pribado o publikong sektor na tumulong maging ito’y sa salapi o kagamitan man. Maraming-maraming salamat din po sa patuloy na nananalangin para sa kalakasan, kaligtasan at sa patuloy na pagbangon ng ating mga kababayan at ng ating Inang Bayan.Tayong lahat po ay magkaisa, tayong lahat po ay sama-sama.Kapwa Pilipino tumulong ka, sambayanang Pilipino bumangon ka!

    1. Tbko xtre,
      Salamat sa iyong pagpinta ng hirap na dinadanas ninyo? Have you actually pick up the bodies off the streets? Ang tanong ko lamang po ay wala ba talagang sapat na manpower para gumawa ng pagbuhat ng mga katawan sa daanan at tumulong sa inyo? Hindi po ba dapat na ibat ibang sektor ang naka-assign sa iba ibang task? Napakalaki nga pong gawain ng lahat ng iyon kung walang mga volunteer…. So, ang atin po palang kailangan na tulong higit sa lahat ay hindi relief goods kundi mga tao..bodies, volunteers?

      1. Sorry for the late comment, we are too busy.
        Read this and you will better understand

        Quoted from Geraldine Wong:

        “Help me get this to Anderson Cooper

        Anderson Cooper, I Also Saw What You Saw . . .

        Mr. Anderson Cooper, I want to thank you for reporting on the miserable conditions that you saw when you covered the Tacloban calamity scene 5 days after the typhoon. Your report came out on Tuesday, the day I was herding our relatives to the airport to finally get out of Tacloban. A day before, I was able to board the relief cargo plane of Air 21 Express from Manila to Tacloban when I was given the chance, getting there on Monday noon, and immediately I set out looking for my family members. On the way to the city, I saw what you saw, countless dead bodies strewn on the ground in various stages of decomposition, extensive destruction everywhere I looked, injured people walking on the streets looking like zombies – hungry, confused, desperate. The stench of death permeated all around us and sent chills down my spine. Countless times as our vehicle moved down the road, we were stopped by people in the streets begging for food. The roads were only passable by one lane, and along the way, I saw officers of the BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection) manually remove the dead bodies, along with the unbelievably massive amount of debris scattered all around. Because of this, what would normally take 40 minutes or less to traverse became an agonizing 2 hour ride. I saw what you saw, Anderson, and it angered me as much as it did you. I was also heartbroken, for this is the place where I spent some of the most wonderful summers of my childhood. I vowed to myself that I would speak up about the government’s incompetence as soon as I got out. If I ever get out. . .

        I arrived at the city hall tent as was part of my plan, because when I was still in Manila, I did hear that there was a command post of the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) where we can get celphone signals and internet connection. From there, I was supposed to make some inquiries before I would set out on foot to look for my relatives’ houses. It was while I was there that I saw with my own eyes how this government agency led by its head, Secretary Dinky Soliman, tirelessly and heroically worked almost 24/7 to immediately bring relief not only to the city of Tacloban but also to the outlying municipalities and towns that were affected by this calamity. I could not even begin to grasp the massive amount of work that needed to be done. I wanted to know why the government action seemed to be excruciatingly slow, but I couldn’t stay around long enough because my mission there was to find my relatives, and I did not want to be distracted. Thankfully, thankfully, I found them in two separate locations. They were cooped up in their houses, whispering in the dark, afraid to attract criminal elements that were reported to be going around looting. They could not believe I was there right before their eyes, and it was the first time in so long that they had a glimmer of hope that they would be rescued. We hastily fled their houses in the middle of the night, I placed all of them in one location, and then I went back to the city hall because it was a strategic point where I could get the proper celphone signals and stay connected to the outside world. I made some frenzied phone calls to my family in Manila, and it was from them that I found out that Cebu Pacific Air was offering humanitarian flights beginning Tuesday morning! All systems were in place for our eventual escape, and all I could do was pray to God that my plan would go on smoothly. After I instructed my cousin to look for 2 vehicles that could transport all 16 of us the next day to the airport, I decided to stay in the city hall overnight so that I could still keep in touch with my family in Manila. It was critical that I get all the assistance from the outside world so I could strategize better. Oh, how I proved now more than ever that communication or the lack of it could be one of the determinants for life and death!

        As much as I was staying around for the rest of the night, I started going around to ask the officials why things are what they are. These are what I found out:

        1. After the typhoon struck on the first day (Friday), the whole world lost track of the areas hit by the calamity. ZERO COMMUNICATION! It was even said that satellites could not locate Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar from the map, as if they were totally erased from the face of the earth. Unlike the tsunami event that hit Japan, where they were still connected to the outside world, Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar were shut out. How can we even begin to help them? And so, even as the magnitude of this calamity is being identified as similar to Japan’s tsunami event, circumstances were totally different. It was only the next day that we heard from Ted Failon of ABS-CBN what happened, and as the world watched in shock, it was then that we began to realize the massive destruction that hit this part of the country. This generalized cut of link to the outside world was to continue for the next 3 days, until Globe Telecoms was able to slowly bring back some of the signals on the 4th day.

        2. Unlike the tsunami that happened in Japan where their airport was not affected, supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed the airport, which was just beside a big body of water. I need not say more, for CNN did cover the airport scene. All equipment, radar, watch tower destroyed. Absolutely no electricity. With that, Tacloban was even more cut off from the outside world. Nobody could either come in or go out. No relief to be brought in, no means of transportation for the national leaders to arrive with, no means of escape for the suffering people . It was only on Sunday, or the 3rd day since the typhoon hit, that the airport had a generator to make it operational, because Air 21, a Philippine cargo company, took it upon themselves to bring some much needed generators to make the airport operational. And that is how the airplane of the Philippine president and the first few government C130′s was able to land in the airport. 3rd day served as the first day when things just started to move. And lest I be taken to task for mentioning the benevolence of Air 21, yes, I admit that this was the same cargo plane that I took to be able to get to Tacloban on Monday, but it is precisely because I heard that the company was one of the first to offer humanitarian help gratis to the government that made me act to get quickly hooked up with the owners of the company and be able to hitch a ride.

        3. The super typhoon decimated a big part of the population that so many people are still missing and unaccounted for to this day, and the rest who survived were either maimed and injured, were grieving for the loss of a loved one, struggling to cope with the tragedy that befell upon them, or simply looking for ways to take care of what remained of their family. In other words, everyone was a victim. And who are these people? These were the soldiers, police, red cross staff, social welfare staff, airport staff, bureau of fire protection (BFP) people, nurses, doctors, even the officials like the mayor and vice-mayor! And so if we look at things in this perspective, we begin to realize why there were no military and police to protect the people in the first few days, no staffers to repack or distribute relief goods, no BFP personnel to take care of clearing up the roads filled with dead people; in other words, there was hardly anyone there to put order into things as they were all victims themselves. I found out from one of the officials I spoke with that the people who came in much later to fill those places were flown in from Manila or pulled out from the other nearby towns that were not as badly affected. And so, those BFP people I saw clearing the road on Monday, the soldiers who were helping to slowly put order into the place, the red cross staffers who tried to address the health concerns of the victims, and even the DSWD staffers who were being deployed to evacuation centers and relief centers to distribute food and water, were mostly imports and volunteers from other places, and they were only able to start streaming in on the 3rd or 4th day! Therefore, the lack of manpower was not due to a lack of preparation but because of the unexpected loss or absence of these people who were supposed to be the government’s frontrunners!

        4. And of course, let’s not forget that logistics is the lifestream of relief operations, but how could logistics have been tapped properly this time around when all roads were practically closed, nearly all means of transportation were destroyed, and if there were any remaining vehicle to move around with, either the key could not be found or there was not enough fuel! Even the ships could not dock on Tacloban shores, because the Coast Guard could not risk inviting another naval disaster seeing that the bodies of water were littered with debris. Is all this due to an ill-planned disaster preparation? I don’t think so. For after all, we have heard that the warehouses filled with food and rice in preparation for the typhoon were all soaked with water, the fuel depots were flooded, and even the evacuation centers where the residents were filled into, precisely to prepare for the coming supertyphoon, practically served as the death chamber of these same people. In our language, the fact that these people were properly evacuated and the government had food stocks stored is enough proof that the government prepared for this. But then again, this was no ordinary typhoon. In fact supertyphoon Yolanda is now being called the worst typhoon in the WORLD’S history.

        These are only a few of the major points – not to justify, but rather to rationalize and logically explain why things happened as they did. To put things into their proper perspective. If America, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina, a far tamer weather disturbance in comparison to Supertyphoon Yolanda, struggled as well for several days and weeks to cope with the disaster, with then Pres. Bush earning the ire of your countrymen, how in the world could we expect that the Philippines, a much poorer country with very meager resources compared to the massive resources of a superpower country like yours, be able to miraculously stand up on its feet just a few days after this magnitude of a disaster? Even the spokesperson of the United Nations admits that they are really struggling to cope with the efforts to distribute help in this present situation.

        And so I write you, Anderson, to let you know that at this time, when our country is at its darkest moment, Filipinos need to rally for each and every one of our countrymen as well as for our leaders. We hear that our government officials like Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Mar Roxas, and Dinky Soliman arrived at Tacloban a day before the supertyphoon was to hit the place, meeting it head-on. And even as they struggle with their work and commit lapses along the way, we see that our leaders are doing the best that they could under the present circumstances. I still hope that you do your part to report on the truth and cry out in disgust if you find the conditions detestable. We appreciate what you and Andrew Stevens and the rest of the media are doing, because it keeps our leaders on their toes as they know that the whole world is watching them.

        And even as we grieve, we are immensely grateful and overwhelmed with the help, support, and love that the whole world has sent our way. As I write this, it is the 7th day since the disaster struck, and now we see more and more people able to escape out of Tacloban. We did our own escape on Tuesday through Cebu Pacific Air, the airline that was the first to offer humanitarian flights for evacuees, with absolutely no charge! More and more roads are opened up for transportation, buses and trucks are filing in to bring relief, as well as to bring the people out. Same goes for the military ships which can now dock on ports. More and more people are given relief distributions, and doctors and paramedics from all over the world are able to come in to set up their medical missions. The ten choppers brought in by the USS warship was an immense boost to ease the logistical nightmare we have initially encountered, with just 3 government C130′s for use in the first few days. The UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Singapore, UAE, and many other countries sent in valuable equipment and transportation aside from aid. And I’m sure it’s hard not to notice, but practically all the citizens of this country contributed in his or her own way to ease the pain of our fellow Filipinos. Corporations readily offered their products, services, and facilities for use in this whole national operation. Our bayanihan (helping each other) spirit is a source of great pride! All told, we expect the sufferings to ease up a little, but it would be ignorant to say that we expect all things to be well. Tacloban, Samar, and Leyte will never be the same again. Our country will never be the same again. But if there is one thing that we have learned, it is this: we need to bring back the lost trust of the people with our government. For the longest time, we have been ruled with corruption and greed. Even to this day, we continue to suffer the effects of these evil thieves in our government. I wish they had been the ones swept up by the storm surge and thrown back into the seas. But not all are rotten tomatoes. I hope that Filipinos will now learn how to choose their leaders. It is time for the Filipino to stand as a nation and be strong again.

        Anderson Cooper, after all this is done, please do not forget our country. If you have the time, I invite you to go around the other parts of the country which you will find to be extremely good-looking, and you will also find out that the Filipinos are some of the most wonderful and kind-hearted people in the world. Aside from this, I would also request that you and your colleagues do the following:

        1. Please please please do whatever you can to make sure that the immense aid in CASH that we have been receiving and continue to receive, rightfully go to the rehabilitation of the devastated areas and not to the pockets of the corrupt few. Along the way, you might want to do a prize-winning documentary on the corruption problems of our country. On this, you will do well to be introduced to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to get most of your resource materials. With her by your side, your job will be half-done and I assure you an immensely enjoyable experience in her company.

        2. Because you are Anderson Cooper, a well-respected veteran journalist who the world listens to, we ask you to please help the cause of our Philippine Climate Change Commission negotiator Naderev Sano for concrete steps to halt global warming. It is global warming and climate change that cause these disasters to happen, and the Philippines is said to be one of the countries most greatly impacted by this. We have suffered for so long, how long will we suffer more?

        3. Anderson, can I also ask you to commend and show the pictures of our brave men and women as they perform their tasks, just as you show the ineptness and slow response of our officials to the current situation? Just to be fair to both sides and create an equal balance into the picture. The last thing we want is to see our dedicated volunteers lose their morale.

        4. Lastly, I ask that someday, when the time is right, and the country has hopefully risen up from this fall, please come back and show the world that this time we did right. If that day does not come, I will be the first to get out of the Philippines and declare it a banana republic forever.

        Anderson Cooper, for all that you and your colleagues do, we salute you! Please help our country as we struggle to be a strong nation at last. Thank you.”

  32. My prayers to all and my condolences to the people who lost love ones. I’m sure everyone is feeling sad this things happens..calamities like this its .hard for everyone, especially where the typhoon landed.
    Its likely the news media, the Philippine govt. is aware of what to happen before the typhoon started.. They may have warned everyone, throughout the country what to do. to seek safety.
    For some maybe its too late and stayed where they are at. The whole united nation is wacthing. over this typhoon before landed the regions.

    so they;re aware of it, that’s why we all have notice it. they are sending aids to the areas. Its no one fault to blame ,the gov;t..local officials and everyone knows its one of the strongest.
    We are all human beings, where ever we came from!!!!GOD BLESS everyone in the Philippines!

  33. LET US NOT STOP COMPLAINING!!!
    When the government is unable to respond, let us complain! When we see Vice President Roxas guiding traffic on BBC television wherein there are no cars nor roads in Tacloban City, let us complain! When our President is blaming the local governments instead of mobilizing the concerned government agencies, let us complain! When after 6 DAYS there are still no visible relief operations, mobile hospitals, feeding stations, food distribution, let us COMPLAIN! The victims who are hungry and without shelter are our own people. The dead who lie un-buried are our people! If we don’t speak, who will speak for THEM?

    1. Maganda siguro, we complain and we do something. Kasi if you yourself is not doing anything (actual) to help, you dont have the right to complain. We belong in a government, as member, we should not just talk loud, we should act and work as well to help.

    2. I AGREE!…..Vince is right, let us keep complaining, let us keep blaming, point fingers, let us speak & stop being silent because they ask us again to be patient & christian……. like 1 other comment ” how many times do we have to be crucified by our own government”…….. let us demand accountability!

    3. I totally agree with you.. I am an OFW and am working as a nurse…though I don’t have relatives who were affected in tacloban but I do have relatives in northern Cebu who were affected as well but was not broadcasted that much maybe perhaps the devastation in leyte was too overwhelming.. nevertheless, my collegues and workmates here have been anxiously waiting for news regarding their families in different parts of leyte and I could feel their frustrations especially towards our government. For people telling us to stop the “blame game” which we refer to as “command responsibility” that will never happen.. I don’t see the point of giving false reassurances to people which were clearly done by our officials.. if UNPREPARED then why not state the obvious.. why save face? and FYI majority if not all OFWs from different parts of the world are sending help in cash and in kind (and im just stating this for people who say na hanggang salita lang kami or that we should just shut up and help).. yes we are complaining because as much as we want to be physically present in the relief operations, we can’t since we are supporting our families as well.. one thing I can promise you, my collegues and I will never stop sending help to TRUSTED NGOs so they could help our beloved kababayans..
      let all these be a lesson for all of us and not only to our officials..
      And by the way, I consider these arguments learning experiences for all of us. We get to share points of view but amidst all these, we only have one goal and that is the betterment of our country and its people. As we arise from these calamity, we will become a stronger nation more than ever.. we would be SMARTER in choosing our leaders and more vigilant in ensuring corruption is eliminated, and from these advocacies everything else follows (get rid of poverty.. unemployment etc..)

    4. Let us continue to voice out… I am an OFW and am working as a nurse…though I don’t have relatives who were affected in tacloban but I do have relatives in northern Cebu who were affected as well but was not broadcasted that much maybe perhaps the devastation in leyte was too overwhelming.. nevertheless, my collegues and workmates here have been anxiously waiting for news regarding their families in different parts of leyte and I could feel their frustrations especially towards our government. For people telling us to stop the “blame game” which we refer to as “command responsibility” that will never happen.. I don’t see the point of giving false reassurances to people which were clearly done by our officials.. if UNPREPARED then why not state the obvious.. why save face? and FYI majority if not all OFWs from different parts of the world are sending help in cash and in kind (and im just stating this for people who say na hanggang salita lang kami or that we should just shut up and help).. yes we are complaining because as much as we want to be physically present in the relief operations, we can’t since we are supporting our families as well.. one thing I can promise you, my collegues and I will never stop sending help to TRUSTED NGOs so they could help our beloved kababayans..
      let all these be a lesson for all of us and not only to our officials..
      And by the way, I consider these arguments learning experiences for all of us. We get to share points of view but amidst all these, we only have one goal and that is the betterment of our country and its people. As we arise from these calamity, we will become a stronger nation more than ever.. we would be SMARTER in choosing our leaders and more vigilant in ensuring corruption is eliminated, and from these advocacies everything else follows (get rid of poverty.. unemployment etc..)

  34. I am sorry but I have deleted and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

    If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

    There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

    I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

    Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

  35. Pambihira. Iintindihin nalang ba palagi? Dahil incompetent? Makinig siya dahil ang nagsasalita ay ang mga BOSS NIYA , ang TAONGBAYAN! Nandun na tayo GUMAGAWA sila (mga national leaders) pero KULANG at MAY MALI SA METHODOLOGY. Even our government recognizes that at kaya nga pinapabilis na nila. LAHAT naman tumutulong at gustong tumulong. Laha naman tayo nagdarasal. At respetuhin natin ang sentiments ng bawat isa. Kung gusto nng iba tumahimik, eh di tumahimik sila. kung gusto nilang mag iingay dahil may nakikita silang mali, eh di mag ingay sila. Kung gusto ng iba mag sabi nang saloobin, hayaan natin sila. Sa totoo lang, kung madali sa ibang magsabi na UNDERSTAND, RESPECT at kung ano-ano pang kaplastikan gawin ninyo! Wag ninyo lang alisan ng kalayaan magpahayag ng sakit, inis at pagkadismaya ang milyong-milyong pilipino na mas nakakaranas ng pighati sa ngayon.
    Pambihira. Itigil nga natin ang pagpapasweet sa social media at tumulong na lang. Mga plastik!

    1. I am sorry but I have deleted (or have yet to delete) and will not tolerate comments that contain foul language and cussing directed toward me, another commenter, or whoever for that matter. This blogpost was not written to approve of (meaning, I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF) the ineptness of the government and its lack of urgency in dealing with the matter at hand. It was not written to silence people. Nowhere in the article have I written that we should keep silent and stay silent about the incompetence of our government- especially in dealing with corruption. I also did not say that the victims themselves or whoever was affected by the typhoon, or those who are on the ground volunteering do not have a right to complain about the delay of relief operations. Instead, I was addressing us, “fellow Filipinos” the rest of us who (although some have donated large sums of money or have helped in packaging relief goods) are not in Tacloban or any other typhoon-stricken area.

      If you notice in the last paragraph, I have emphasized that this is a time for solidarity and the last thing we should do AT THIS TIME is attack a fellow Filipino. This is not the time for judging, complaining, blaming, attacking each other. It will not do good AT THIS TIME. The president or any person subject to criticism will not be able to hear our complaints right now anyway because they either choose to shut off or are busy in dealing with this calamity.

      There is a proper time and place for airing our sentiments regarding the ineptness, the ineffectivity and the corruption of our government.

      I understand that we are all angry about the corruption and incompetence of our government, but it’s the government we have right now, what else can we do about it? I have been a part of rallies and protests on the streets for the government to change. And believe me, the government hasn’t changed for as long as I can remember. I know it’s sad and frustrating.

      Lastly, let us all respect each other’s opinion. We do not know each other, and so we don’t have any right to judge any one. If you do not agree with what the writer has written, you can just say so, without having to attack her or her person, and judge her according to your interpretation of what she has written.

    2. Patawad po pero, Sana kasabay ng iyong komento ay may ginagawa ka para maibsan ang kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan.

  36. I disagree. The people need a gov. which will protect them. It’s time for a wake up call. God bless the filipino people and the governments that came to their aid and to those that prevented the pilferage of aid from corrupt officials. Long live the people of the Philippines!

  37. Let the people express themselves on social media. Allow frustrated and angry people to vent against the government. That is every citizen’s right. Let the citizens demand results from their government and from their leaders. What is NOT productive is when people start bashing one another for their opinions. If people are content to be quiet and just quietly go about helping the victims, then that is one way to go. But it is not helping anything when citizens are told to shut up with all the complaining and whining. There is much to whine about, unfortunately. And everyone I know who has been demanding action and are expressively getting frustrated, has also helped in their own charitable way. Allow people to talk to the government in their own way. Tolerance is key. If you have a President who doesn’t seem to show any sensitivity or provide any inspiration, then the frustration of his people will continue to compound.

  38. Ang pagtuturo ng labis sa pagkakamali ng iba lalo na sa ganitong sitwasyon ay isang uri ng pagtatakip sa kanyang sariling pagkukulang……….. Matapos sabihin ang iyong opinyon ayon sa iyong obserbasyon, ano ang ginawa mo para itama o mabawasan man lamang ito?

  39. I am not judging & I don’t think the others are either. I am criticizing… I have kept silent long enough.. I want accountability, its time every filipino demands this specially from our churches, media, cabinet ministers, military and our elected officials/politicians. its time we take them to task. they have brazenly stolen, lied, fooled the filipino people time and time again , enough already… maybe if we all demand accountability something good will come out of this tragic disaster.
    the whole world is watching, nakakahiya, nakakainis, nakakabagbag damdamin that the filipino is being victimized over & over again by those who have sworn to protect us

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