Collision of ships, the scam: not acts of God-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
TWO big tragedies rocking the nation are man-made: the humongous fraud on public funds and the stupid collision of two ships off Talisay City.
Only the great flood in Manila and other areas of Luzon may be called act of God but even in nature's fury, man has contributed a lot by assaulting the environment.
People can beat breast and tear hair over the scam that stole at least P10 billion in public funds. But they can't look at the heavens and blame God for it.
They can only fault a system that allows alleged racketeers like Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother to set up bogus non-government organizations and, with the probable collusion of some lawmakers, to pilfer public money.
On the Aug. 17 collision, the shipping company that was at fault -- either 2GO Shipping’s passenger ferry M/V Thomas Aquinas or Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp./Sulpicio Line's cargo vessel M/V Sulpicio Express 7 -- cannot invoke fortuitous event for deaths of possibly 120 people.
Both parties are blaming each other.
The crash happened in fine weather near Cebu harbor.
"Rules of the road" apparently were violated.
PSACC/Sulpicio used the defense "caso fortuito" in all its disasters in the last decade, which killed more than 4,500 people. Courts at times overlook human error or wrongdoing if they see the hand of God. That and the slow justice system must have fought off bankruptcy at the company door.
In both tragedies that have shaken us, we see greed in one and bungling in the other, over which we are deeply aggrieved and outraged.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.