Posted by: Chuck | November 14, 2013

Stop the blame game, President Noy, time to unite

My eyes reddened as I looked at the picture – a grieving father carrying his lifeless six-year-old daughter to the morgue in Tacloban City, a morgue that I could imagine wouldn’t even be able to accommodate the young girl, with hundreds already inside and hundreds more lying on the streets covered with newspaper, blanket, banana leaves and whatever the residents could get. Imagine the emotions that were engulfing this man while he was grieving over his young child’s death — worrying about the fate of his family and friends, worrying where to find food and shelter for his wife and other children, seeing lifeless bodies everywhere, wondering what future lies ahead for them, watching desperate neighbors wandering aimlessly around while others looted stores, and seeing how the typhoon “Yolanda” wiped out his entire town. Multiply that sad scene several thousand times, and you can imagine the tragedy that befell the people of the provinces that were hard hit by the super typhoon, one of the strongest
on record ever and the strongest to make landfall.

President Aquino back to his old ways of placing the blame on everything, even the super typhoon on his political foes while refusing to accept responsibility himself, as proven again during his visit in Tacloban, Leyte, when he claimed that the local government executive, who happens to be a Romualdez, and related to the Marcoses, the leader of the independent minority bloc in the House of Representatives yesterday appealed to the administration to stop its blame game amid the devastations wrought by super typhoon Yolanda to the islands of Leyte and Samar and nearby provinces, saying that the crisis calls for unity even among opposing factions. In a press briefing held at the covered basketball court in Makati City where volunteers were busy repacking relief goods for the typhoon victims, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said it was unfair for the administration to pin the blame on local officials, particularly those in Tacloban, for the loss of lives and properties in their areas of responsibility. “Now is not the time to blame,” said Romualdez. “This is the time to unite. “We have to bury our dead. We have to address the immediateness of the people, coordinate with the Department of Health, the Red Cross, we have to work together and move on,” said the representative.

A U.S. aircraft carrier set sail for the Philippines from Singapore on Tuesday to accelerate relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in one coastal city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply as rescuers reach hundreds of isolated towns and villages.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, carrying about 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, was joined by four other U.S. Navy ships and should arrive in two to three day. 

I understand that General Luga that Central Mindanao Command of the AFP are now acting on the Northern Cebu area for the Rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations… Bear with the AFP for a rather slower action because the volume of work is just too much to handle… but they will around to help the people.

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