AMID the criticisms President Benigno Aquino III is getting from various sectors over slow government response to typhoon victims, Senate President Franklin Drilon said it is high time that Filipinos send a powerful message of unity and hope instead of criticizing its own government.
Drilon said criticizing one another at a life and death situation like this will not help at all.
The Senate President explained that what happened is nobody's fault "and blaming each other or blaming the President will not change anything."
Drilon said the global warming had turned the storm into a lethal monster and typhoon Yolanda is three times stronger than hurricane Katrina that hit the US many years ago.
The Senate leader reminded those criticizing the Aquino government to review the situation of typhoon Katrina where the United State government failed to respond quickly enough.
President Aquino, he said, has done his part despite the challenges he faced. He personally took charge of relief operation despite impassable roads, obliterated seaports, and he did his best to mobilize and rushed supplies to the victims.
Typhoon Yolanda is one of the strongest, if not the strongest typhoon to hit the country. The super typhoon made landfall in five places in the country on November 8 and wreaked havoc in many provinces in Visayas. Local officials of the worst-hit Tacloban City confirmed that only few houses were left standing.
The Senate President said pointing fingers will not help in uplifting the lives of the victims in Visayas.
"Our fellow Filipinos need our help now. This is the time for immediate action. Filipinos should stand up. We need to unite as one big family. Hindi po makatutulong ang anuman criticism," Drilon said.
According to Drilon, it is a sad fact that the Philippines has been hit by various challenges like the Zamboanga siege, typhoon Santi that hit Luzon, the magnitude-7.2 earthquake and the recent super typhoon Yolanda, which the government is trying to address in its best capacity.
Instead of criticizing, Drilon asked the people to help the government in finding the solutions that will help those affected areas.
"This is the time to show our heroism. Fault finders should help in rebuilding this nation. This is our chance to show that we Filipinos will not bend in times of crisis." Drilon maintained.
Citizen Disaster Response Center reported that there are about 4.4 million people affected in 1,741 barangay in 343 municipalities and 39 cities in 36 provinces in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Caraga Region. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)