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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
MANY netizens--celebrities and ordinary folks alike—expressed, through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, their sympathy to the victims of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that mainly struck Cebu and Bohol on Tuesday morning of Oct. 15.
Aftershocks have been experienced in these places for days after.
There were, however, unfriendly posts and comments by other netizens, who said that, we, inhabitants of Cebu and Bohol or the Visayas in general, deserved the wrath of nature because of our wicked ways.
These accusatory posts and comments, no matter how compelling these may sound to them, are unkind, careless, and irrational. It is discomforting to imagine why, of all people, fellow Filipinos would badmouth us.
Their hasty generalization was perhaps culled from reports that they gathered regarding the rampant trade of illegal drugs here, the many cases of human trafficking and issues involving Catholic priests.
But this portrays the good Visayans of engaging in evil acts.
They should have kept their faulty suppositions to themselves and instead donated relief goods for the victims of the calamity.
If they could not keep quiet, then they should have at least prayed for the fast recovery of Cebu and Bohol and for the country not to experience a cataclysm.
I won’t go into a look-who’s-talking sort of criticism against the people making the tactless statements and the innumerable unfortunate events that they too had encountered.
It is wrong to blame one another because of some tragic events, especially if one lacks actual and substantial knowledge of the event. Instead, we, Filipinos must, for the betterment of the nation, help one another in both word and action.
To be scientific about it, Phivolcs has already explained that the earthquake was caused by the movement along a newly discovered fault located somewhere in Sagbayan, Bohol. Meaning that, it was not an instrument to punish only select areas of the archipelago.
As for the churches in Bohol, it just happened that these were constructed using the technology available centuries ago. To the modern eye, these structures were built with low structural integrity.
For the believers and the pious in our community, the Visayans remain the most numerous and the most religious among the various groups in the Philippines since the introduction of Christianity by Spanish colonizers centuries ago.
This religiosity goes with the traits of humility, hospitality, kindness and compassion, traits that not even a catastrophe can undermine.
That earthquake was nevertheless a test of the faith of the Cebuanos and Boholanos.
So should we believe that God was so busy protecting our shelters that He forgot His own churches? Should we believe that God has chastised us for our wickedness and that we need to repent because of it?
Whatever. What I can only say is that our churches may have collapsed, but never our faith.--Edgardo Abregana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.