By Mahar Mangahas
Both of this week’s two releases of the first findings from the fourth-quarter 2013 Social Weather Survey showed steadiness in the sentiments of the Filipino people, despite the horrendous suffering and damage recently wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
By Julie Hall
Accustomed though it is to disasters, the Philippines has taken an extraordinary pummeling in recent months and endured more than its normal portion of pain and distress.
By Dante Dalabajan
The past few months were notable for the bad news that hogged the headlines. One—noteworthy for the amount of money it involved and the big names it has so far implicated—was the pork barrel scandal. Predictably, the scandal has moved the chattering classes to circle the wagons against the thieves of taxpayers’ money. But while it is indeed an issue of taxpayers’ money, it is equally true that it is an issue of money taken away from poor farmers and fishers who were used as a ruse to steal us blind.
It now appears that the Aquino administration is indeed neglecting the victims of Typhoon “Pablo.” The spotlight is now on the young students among these victims: They are starting the new school year in tents provided by Unicef, using school materials that reportedly have been “scavenged.”
This is in reaction to the editorial “Hunger” (Inquirer, 3/2/13) which stated that “The raid (last Feb. 26) on the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao City would not have happened had national and local officials been sensitive to the situation of the survivors of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.”