Manny gives Bibles; Ricky returns sardines-A A +A
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
BOXING champion Manny Pacquiao gave away Bibles to 436 typhoon evacuees sheltered in tents at Eastern Samar State University in Guiuan.
In Medellin, Mayor Ricardo Ramirez returned 20 cartons of sardines to the Cebu chapter of the Vice Mayors League.
A book makes a good gift, a writer once noted, it's "never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal."
Pacquiao's Bible can induce obesity only if one pigs out on burger and fries while reading it.
It can lead to sin if one reads only its stories of incest and murder and copies the crime.
But surely the Bible will bond the evacuee with the boxing star. The Yolanda victim may be a non-reader but he'll keep Pacquiao's book.
But how would've the evacuees reacted if they got only the Bible, no P1,000 cash and no food pack for each evacuee, just the words of God to survive post-Yolanda hunger?
They might have been disappointed but wouldn't return the Bibles in protest, as Mayor Ramirez did with the tin sardines given his town by the vice mayors group.
Ramirez grumbled that while all the other Cebu towns got P50,000 cash on top of the sardines, Medellin got only the sardines.
The mayor alleges he's a victim of political vendetta. He's not a donee being choosy but his town is getting less than the other towns.
Medellin folk, as ultimate beneficiaries, apparently didn't have any say on the mayor's move to return the foodstuff.
"Dawat uli" (accept/return) complicated relief work there. To the credit of donors everywhere, there was no "hatag bawi" (give/take back) anywhere.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2013.