Bahala na

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Friday, December 13, 2013


WHEN one says, “bahala na,” it means one has tried to do what needs to be done and is leaving everything else to fate or to God. It can also mean, “Let’s see what happens,” or as a line in the song says, “Let it happen, I won’t care.”

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, told Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez “bahala kayo sa buhay nyo” for not writing a letter stating the city government can no longer function.

You know what he meant.

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President Noynoy Aquino has a message to critics on how he handled the calamities besetting the country, especially super typhoon Yolanda.

Speaking before the Filipino community at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan, PNoy told his critics:

“Bahala na si Lord sa inyo, busy ako (Let the Lord deal with you, I’m busy).”

President U Thein Sein of Myanmar (Burma) was not so busy he found time to visit typhoon victims in Bantayan Island.

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PNoy said the problem with critics is that they don’t want to run for a government position.

“Those critics already have an industry in the Philippines. It’s easier for them to write and hit anyone. They should take our place and try to do what they can,” he said.

Did you wonder why no statue has ever been erected for a critic?

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PNoy said the Philippines would be able to rise from the human and economic tragedy wrought by super typhoon Yolanda.

“As always, we will show to the world our ability to unite and rise during trying times,” he said.

Some sectors misunderstood his message. They raised prices of fuel, electricity and others.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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