The two impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino this week make for disappointing reading: Their premises are premature, their logic strained.
That CNN resident meteorologist Mari Ramos quoted its findings in the course of reporting on the passage of Typhoon “Glenda” (international name “Rammasun”) indicates that Project Noah (noah.dost.gov.ph) has become an invaluable resource. Here is an initiative that deserves all support and funding, providing as it does vital information intended to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters such as the typhoons that regularly visit the Philippines.
In the wake of Typhoon “Glenda,” the numbers are in, and they seem, well, in a sense, encouraging: 40 dead compared to 200 when Typhoon “Milenyo”—a storm of comparable strength—struck in 2006; zero deaths and zero major injuries in the City of Manila; likewise with Albay, which bore the brunt of the storm but reported zero casualties; and more than 400,000 people evacuated to higher grounds both in Metro Manila and in the provinces, with most residents cooperating fully this time and not taking lightly the government warnings to remove themselves from the path of disaster.
How far do public school children in the rural areas travel to get to school? Stories of their determination are both heart-tugging and disturbing, highlighting the perennial lack of educational facilities for the hope of the motherland.
Wheelchair dealers must be ecstatic. If the current political climate holds, a number of government officials, their staff and enablers will soon be on trial for large-scale corruption. But some of them are being stricken by exotic ailments that land them in the merciful confines of a hospital. Cue the wheelchair.