I came from the place hard hit by the typhoon with thousands of casualties- I came from Tacloban City, Philippines. I saw dead people, I saw the faces of the people who has lost their loved ones and their reaction after the storm. The stench and feel of death around you cannot go unnoticed. Everyone relied on one another during day one. In this blog post, I just want to point out a few things about the issues that arose because of the typhoon.
When the tragedy struck, it was the victims who has helped themselves, buried their dead, gathered strength to find food, helped their neighbors. You see, the Local Government Unit (LGU) was prepared. People were notified about the super typhoon. They even did the pre emptive evacuation and the people had panic buying causing some establishments to close late during November 7, 2013.
We were prepared. To some extent, those people who did not prepare enough, I think they believed that the typhoon was just like those that have passed in Tacloban. We faced typhoons a lot in Eastern Visayas, so maybe the people thought that it would be swift.
You see, today,the national government is blaming the LGU for the death of so many. I tell you Mr. President, if you had been there during the typhoon, I bet my sweet ass all of your hair had fallen off your head by now. Don’t you dare tell us we were not prepared because no matter how prepared, even the richest people in Tacloban, were also victimized by the typhoon. No matter how prepared a person is, if he was to face that kind of typhoon, he might be rotting now despite his preparedness.
2. Inefficiency of the Mayor
Now, on to those people who say that the Mayor is inefficient, can you please assert your statement? I checked those people on Facebook who commented on some of GMA News’ posts and they did not come from Tacloban. It is disheartening to read that those people who were not in Tacloban during the rampage of the typhoon were the ones who has strongly commented about Tacloban’s lack of preparation and has questioned the leadership of Mayor Romualdez. Uh-uh. No. They clearly do not know what they were talking about. I pity them for relying on media’s false or sometimes exaggerated reports.
I repeat, I came from Tacloban. I saw first hand and before my very eyes what really happened there. How families fought for their lives during the tragedy. How the leaders of Tacloban reached out to the constituents as soon as the skies cleared up.
As a Filipino, it is noteworthy to know who are the powerful people in the country- those that are written in our textbooks. Well, this is the result of being a nephew of the famous Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. The Mayor of Tacloban City is the nephew of Imelda Romualdez Marcos. The father of Alfred Romualdez being the brother of the elegant First Lady. We all know that President Aquino is the son of Ninoy and Cory Aquino.Now that is history and if I may say, that is the reason why the President declined to help Alfred Romualdez.
Isn’t it heart breaking that the President whom you have thought who would help everyone would be the very person who would abandon you in the midst of distress? The very father that the voters have chosen to care for them has left them and blamed them instead of being unprepared.
I stand on my ground that you, Mr. President is unprofessional. You should have set aside all those history of your family feud and political rivalries. You should have thought that majority of the victims do not give a shit about your families because they needed assistance from the national government. And with that you owe the people an apology.
4. Blame Game
We sincerely hate the blame game you are playing. We need help. All of the affected people need help from the state. Stop irritating us. You act like a kid, instead of helping out, you keep on blaming others for your lacking.
5. Domestic and International Aid
I detest the occurrences that are happening. Aid scandals all over the news. I guess that the President’s “tuwid na daan” was all just a lie. Your corrupt officials in the government do not aid in sending the relief goods to the people. They were even the ones who stole from the victims.
It is a shame that the Philippines is facing this kind of issue in the international community. I am truly saddened by what’s happening. Many are starving due to the acts of corrupt officials and not because of the tragedy. I can only bow my head in shame. No wonder the Philippines isn’t a progressive country at all. The official prevent the progression.
The only way to help the victims of Haiyan is to directly give the people the relief goods instead of handing it to the government. We cannot trust the Philippine government at all.
With that I express my heartfelt feelings of disappointment.
The author is a native of Tacloban City, Philippines and is currently relocated in Davao City. Her family is left in Tacloban City.