Has Typhoon Pepeng left our country Philippines Segundina?
The typhoon Ondoy brought unexpected and dreadful damage to our land and our people — heaping its fury largely on Metro Manila. While the Filipino people all over the world, together with the government, grapple with the loss of lives and the massive destruction of property, society seems to be attacked by another sinister of typhoon Pepeng and more fatal phenomenon.
We do sympathize with the people who have lost family and property from Ondoy. We are standing behind the continuing efforts of people and government to respond to the crisis. And we pray that in the process, we may find the key that allows us to see and appreciate the good, to believe in one another, and to harness the positive energy within and among us that promotes peace and harmony.
Politician’s response to Ondoy was, by most accounts, too little, too late. I think it was only our man from Olongapo, Dick Gordon who had the most hours punched on his time card.But perhaps more importantly as we look to the future is to determine what factors led to the “inevitable.”
The damage was made worse by the slow response by the government and has brought up another political storm for the Arroyo administration. It has become the local equivalent of Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., for which the inefficient government response had such an adverse impact on the former Bush administration that was then in power.
Somehow, Gloria Arroyo shifted the objective to damage control wearing her pink boots tried to test the water for someone has told her that it was only a knee-deep,then she realized that it was a chest-deep. Some naughty media pundits says she did it too often ( ang magpakodak), and forgot her duty is to amend the consequences of the disaster.The ramifications are still brewing. The only statement we can utter is that Gloria Arroyo needs to learn this lesson very quickly and time is running out fast because by 2010 who knows?–Villar won’t prosecute her if he wins!!!
Elected politicians in Metro Manila areas needs to find the will to insist that dangerous areas be abandoned. It’s not a popular political position and any politician espousing it can expect a backlash, but it’s the right thing to do for the future. If we find the backbone to mandate change, the deaths of hundreds of our fellow citizens will not be in vain.The real crime of this event is not the responses after the event, however one might feel about those responses — it’s the lack of responsibility by governments and even ordinary citizens before the event that is criminally negligent.