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Beware of the anger of the Tacloban poor

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It’s back to the streets, as a demonstration was held in Tacloban City last Friday to protest the slow response of the Aquino administration to the relief and social services needs of thousands of survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas.

After enduring for more than two months deprivations in food, shelter and medicines, more than 12,000 residents of Leyte and Samar converged on devastated Tacloban to express their indignation against the agonizing inaction of the national government, whose relief workers were still recovering decomposing corpses from the ruins at the rate of three a day, so the relatives of the dead can give the remains a decent burial. Under Filipino custom, nothing can be more sacrilegious and profane than leaving the dead unburied, especially by a negligent state.

In their mass action, the survivors of the catastrophe signaled the government that they have had enough of the inadequacy of its response and its insensitivity to their sufferings; they expressed their outrage in the streets, where their protest can no longer be ignored.

The organizers of the demonstration were no activists identified with the political opposition; they are associated with a religious movement called the People Surge led by a member of the religious, Sr. Edita Eslopor.

“The massive number of people is proof of their intense discontent over Mr. Aquino’s criminal negligence and utter incompetence in looking after the welfare of the people. This is just the first of a series of protests that will fill the streets of major cities across the country to express their indignation at the Aquino administration,” Eslopor said.

The movement did not attack the shortcomings of the Aquino administration in curbing corruption involving regime officials, in the context of its “daang matuwid” governance slogan.

Efleda Bautista, a convenor of People Surge, was reported by the Manila Standard Today newspaper to have said that last week’s turnout in Tacloban belied the Social Weather Stations survey finding that the people in the typhoon-devastated region had given President Aquino a “very good” satisfaction rating. Countless lives have been lost in Yolanda’s wake and damage to agriculture and public and private properties cost millions of pesos. The devastation wrought by Yolanda may have been horrific, but the more horrendous is the government’s ineptness in ensuring the wellbeing of the people. People Surge also held the administration responsible for the high death toll (6,201 as of Jan. 14) in the region, saying it failed to ensure the safety and welfare of the victims when Yolanda struck.

People Surge also assailed the government’s “slow delivery of immediate relief even after two months, the corruption-riddled bunkhouses, and the anti-people, no-build policy imposed on residents within the 40-meter stretch from the shore.”

The movement seeks to spread its momentum to urban centers such as Metro Manila, where two people power revolutions unseated the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in February 1986 and the administration of Joseph Estrada in January 2001.

President Aquino should be extremely wary of the possibility of a Tacloban Surge catching fire in Metro Manila. It would be supreme irony if Mr. Aquino, a beneficiary of Edsa 1, the first people power movement in 1986, became a victim of an expanded protest action driven by the anger of the poor, not by the middle class. This movement developed as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a pastoral letter at the end of its three-day 108th Plenary Assembly at the Pope Pius XII Center, calling for more action against economic and social exclusion, injustice and poverty.

The pastoral letter said that despite economic gains, poverty remains “scandalous” in the country, corruption rampant, and peace an elusive dream. The bishops called attention to the fact that: “The income gap between our rich and poor has not closed. The richest 10 percent of our population is earning 10 times that of the 90 percent, with the income of the richest families soaring way beyond the income of the poorest.”

They pointed out that figures do not even reflect the devastation wrought in the standoff in Zamboanga City between government forces and members of a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front last September, the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu in October, and Yolanda in November.

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  • Elbs

    Another trashy analysis from this gma loyalist

  • alex_diaz2014

    This “demonstration” by “angry” Tacloban residents are actually being organized by Mayor Romualdez, to cover up for his incompetence and to direct the blame on the national government.

    • Mamang Pulis

      yun na nga…

    • DannyGane

      i agree…

  • Mamang Pulis

    Lolo doro, since you come from that place, why not try help out and bury the dead yourself? It is the job of the LGU to take care of the dead—di po ba? That’s why it is spelled : L O C A L.

    Inadequacy? Lolo doro, you have reached your golden years and yet you cannot define self reliance, self respect from utter selfishness…at the moment, the place have been inundated by local & foreign aid and yet some very selfish people are deriding all these and project all the efforts as inadequate—that includes you lolo doro…you are so focused on powerpoint graphs and excel spreadsheets…why don’t you stop whining and start working?….besides, you are tucked away somewhere safe and earning so much that you can even pay for archangel luci’s meal…di po ba…if you believe in that story…pero I doubt it….anyways if you have a soul, may your lord god give you the rest & peace you need….

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      * * * * *
      MP, sometimes when you’re serious, you’re deadly serious. You could give the good old writer the shivers!
      – – -

  • talagalangha

    The published SWS and Pulse Asia surveys are based daw on 1,200 respondents, where 76% were very happy with Pinoy’s response to the storm victims..

    Here we have 12,000 in public telliing and showing their displeasure, 100%.

    Whic would you believe..? If you are a yellow, si Pnoy and his false surveys…

  • DannyGane

    Tacloban poor should be angry at their mayor,,,

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    Tacloban laruan ng mga politico lalo na ang Romualdez at Marcos vs. Aquino.
    Huwag kayo maniwala, inuuto lang kayo. Pareho local at national ang may kasalanan.
    Sabi nila dalawa lang ang tao sa Pinas, ang Ginagago(bayan) at mangagago (politico).
    Solution: mag-alsa o mag himagsik para patalsikin ang trapo o mag-alsa balutan sa ibang bayan.

  • http://senior1938voice.wordpress.com/ Nicasio Martinez

    Those who have much to say about how things are not going in the right
    directions, what are you doing that’s getting things turned around
    and headed in the right directions? This is not about this politician
    or party, religious leader or layman, NGOs corrupt or righteous,
    citizens rich or poor, scoundrel or deemed worthy. Rain falls on the
    just and unjust alike as it did on the day of Yolanda.

    So, what am I doing? What do I want to do? That is the question besides
    criticizing and accusing, wasting valuable time, while people are
    suffering and will eventually die of exposure and disease, the way of
    all major disaster, at least in my life-time, 76/years!

    I have in the past, and will if called upon do my share in this event
    according to my abilities and limitation if called upon. Interestingly enough– no
    one calls! Is this your experience too? Well maybe we need to
    connect. I have a high online profile, not difficult to find.

    In my 76/years of living, I’ve volunteered and been a part of community
    uplift and I’m not dead yet. How about you?

    Just growing tired of the negative garbage which does not add up to a hill
    of beans, only more confusion and destruction of some good intents.
    It is easy to put it all on the head of any leader national or LGU,
    but what of you?

    Maybe the time of the poor citizen has come again– praise God.

  • Bayang_magiliw

    As usual, A VERY PREDICTABLE ARTICLE FROM AMANDO DOROGISTA WHO IS A MEDIA ATTACK DOG OF CCCC (CBCP, Corrupt and Communist/China Coalition)! THEIR MILLION (PESO FUNDED) MARCH IN MAKATI FAILED, THE ZAMBOANGA SIEGE FAILED, THE BINAY EPAL DONATIONS FAILED! SO NOW THIS GROUP HAS BEEN CAPITALIZING ON THE YOLANDA VICTIMS IN THE VISAYAS TO CAUSE CONFUSION AND DOWNPLAY ALL THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP THE VICTIMS!!! THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THEIR FUNDED WAR IN MINDANAO VIA THE BIFF!!!

    Malaki ang pondo ng coalition na ito na galing sa PAGNANAKAW SA PONDO NG GOBYERNO, SMUGGLING, ILLEGAL DRUGS, HUWETENG at sa suportang galing sa TSINA!!

    Ang mga kilalang pamilya/grupo/gobyerno na myembro ng CCCC ay ang mga sumusunod:

    1. CBCP
    2. Gloria Arroyo and Dynasty
    3. Marcos/Romualdez and Dynasty
    4. Binay and Dynasty
    5. Enrile and Dynasty
    6. Estrada/Ejercito and Dynasty
    7. Revilla and Dynasty
    8. Noli De Cashtro
    9. Tito Sotto na PROTEKTOR ng MGA DRUG LORDS
    10. Honasan
    11. Mga kumunistang kilusan sa Pilipinas
    12. Ang gobyerno ng TSINA
    13. Duterte and Dynasty
    14. David Tan at ang mga ka-grupo nyang mga SMUGGLERS
    15. The PINEDA HUWETENG FAMILY
    16. Prof Leonor “loser” Briones
    17. Anthony “INC Media Attack Dog” Taberna and his sidekick Gerry Baja
    18. Miss Wari (Misuari)
    19. People Surge – Sister Edita Eslopor, OSB, chairperson (capitalizing on the Yolanda victims misery to gain support)

    CCCC ANG SALOT NG BAYAN AND THEY MUST BE ERADICATED!!!!

  • Moonworshipper

    What we don’t understand, we get angry about.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Mr. Amado Doronila (or was it the Inquirer) supplied a title reminiscent of the ominous Shakespeare warning in his Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.”

    Mr. Doronila, you reminded me of what Samuel Johnson wrote more than three centuries ago.

    “Censure,” he wrote, “is willingly indulged because it always implies some superiority: men please themselves with imagining that they have made a deeper search or wider survey than others and detected faults and follies … the pleasure of wantoning in common topics is too tempting to a writer that he cannot easily resign it; a train of sentiments generally received enables him to shine without labor, and to conquer without conquest.”

    That is you, old man.

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