Compassion as against impertinence-A A +A
Bahin sang buhay
Friday, October 18, 2013
THE 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the beautiful island of Bohol has not only devastated the Boholanos and left them destitute but also made all of us Filipinos, feel unsure of our safety and survival capacities as well. There have been a lot of realities unearthed by this natural disaster that made us realize how vulnerable we all are now that the true workings of the people’s servants have been exposed by the pork-barrel-Napoles-legislator’s unholy alliances.
Where can we, the people, run to when the supposed watchers and keepers of our ‘kaban ng bayan’ are the ones who are stealing and killing us with their deceptions and manoeuvrings? If all of the people’s resources are wasted on the wicked schemes, caprices and whims of our public officials, it’s no wonder that the Filipino citizens have nil chances at survival in ‘natural’ and man-made calamities such as those cooked up by politicians in the Zamboanga standoff.
There will be more Filipinos who will die or be killed unnecessarily because of these follies that supposed government servants have been doing. Even as aftershocks upon aftershocks are being experienced by ordinary citizens of Bohol, Cebu and other earthquake-affected areas, the greedy and the wicked among government officials in these areas are gleefully scheming on ways to cheat on the hapless Filipinos, in terms of multi-million peso assistance now coming in billions of pesos in these areas, that should have reached them by now.
Already, it has been felt by certain municipalities in Bohol where the destruction of roads and bridges have made the thoroughfares impassable. Women holding their empty kaldero aloft, gestures of desperation and hunger are sights that can break our hearts. The affected people are now starting to feel abandoned because of the slowness with which aid are being delivered to them.
Why can’t all these things be sped up? What good are those government facilities bought in millions, flying machines bought by the armed forces for “national security” from people’s money if these are not utilized now that it is needed? Are these only for “counter-insurgency” purposes that kill only Filipinos?
All around the world, we Filipinos have been touted as RESILIENT people, having the adroitness of rising up after a devastation or fall. In reality, Filipinos are good at keeping to ourselves the hardships that we feel, “iluom na lang ang gibating kalisud,..” “God’s will!” That’s what we are, sometimes too blindly fatalistic such that we even fault our God for giving us “trials” in the form of these calamities.
That’s what we were taught how to see life by our colonial upbringing.
But in order to survive, we have to look ahead. We must take on the task of helping ourselves in our small communities and not rely so much on what government can do for us even if we know that it is only right to expect aid from government because we are religiously paying our taxes, even without us knowing it.
Government officials, so-called public servants must endure the people’s wrath as it is only a natural reaction to its infidelity.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 19, 2013.