For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.
— Elie Wiesel, Professor, Author, Nobel Laureate, Holocaust Survivor
What a weekend.
The previous post really stirred a lot of pots and I am absolutely thankful. Comments and opinions seem to keep on coming every day, and I believe it will keep coming until Eastern Visayas gets back on its feet.
Just a quick rebuttal for those people who keep saying the author or I myself have not been to Tacloban. I have been to Tacloban and I do agree with the issues raised by our letter writer. In publishing that post, I don’t intend to defend the inadequacies of our own government. However, after reading the people’s comments, I do believe that we created our own demons. As the relief and aid continue to pour in, let us not forget the first volunteers, the first responders, the people who immediately took to land travel and the Matnog port. I can’t help but think the more we put our government down, the more we belittle the support and the relief the smaller people gave at the very beginning.
And I think we can all agree that disaster recovery and crisis management are two different things that we — AND I MEAN WE AS A FILIPINO PEOPLE — have to learn more about.
Filipinos hating on Filipinos just because of a difference in opinion…. hay. It’s so disappointing. When tragedy is supposed to bring us together, this happens instead. AND IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Some people call it the blame game, some call it propaganda. Whatever it is, we as a people always fail to recognize our pros and cons first before we pass judgment. And oh, what a shame.
There are more and more people in need of help. Let us extend our limbs as much as we can. We can give more. We can do more. And there’s no need to exchange hate for that to be accomplished. We are resilient and strong WHEN WE RISE TOGETHER. It is true for any race, for any nationality, for any culture. And it is truer for us now more than ever.
Yun lang powz.
And now, to end this post with a little positivity.