Labor Watch: What a President
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
“Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.” ― Robertson Davies
On December 20 of this year, the number of Filipinos killed in the wrath of Typhoon Sendong (international name, Washi) is now reaching 957 and reported missing are around 49 according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). The number of casualties was approximated as the total number of victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.
That was on Saturday, this must be the saddest experience for fellow Filipinos in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan and other parts of Northern Mindanao. The nation is in mourning. It is a sad Christmas season. Some may not celebrate this expensive time of the year in sympathy with the stricken, the victims and their families and friends.
Then that Sunday evening, an actress tweeted that she will be singing two songs for the members of the Presidential Security Group who were having a Christmas Party that time. Then the actress updated her tweet saying the president was there laughing at her jokes and enjoying her songs. @#*$@!
The president earned the ire of the Filipinos sympathizing with their kababayans after the tweet became viral. Many of them said that the “wangwangless” president is so insensitive for going to party while the people in North Mindanao were in pain. Some said that he could have postponed the Christmas party as what he did before when he did not attend one day of the meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian countries in Indonesia because of some problems at home then.
In a desperate attempt to save the presidential image his companions in his ‘daang matuwid” fantasy said he just stayed there for 30 minutes, and he went there to express his gratitude to the soldiers who saved his life 365 days earlier. As expected, his sisters were there too. It is normal to defend their dear brother. They said that for him going to the party does not mean he was not concerned for the victims, He did not want to be in the way of the rescue operations and the Christmas party he went to is tradition and it was the time for the president to thank the PSG for being there with him.
The issue that Aquino did not go to the area is not a big deal, the point is the Filipinos are crying and it is hard to go merry making especially if you are a public servant moreover that you are a president. Being the head of the land, you have the power to say that “we can celebrate your party anytime but please not now, because our grieving kababayans are the priority this time” to the PSG.
The workers of the different government agencies and non government organizations and volunteers and individuals who are busy extending their hand to the victims are heroes. They were there not just because it is their work but for their love for their countrymen who at the time needed them most. There can be no stronger relief than the unity and concerted actions of the people, together with the families of the workers and the rest of the Filipinos who were killed during the onslaught of “Sendong” and past weather disturbances in the country, we can do it.
As the famous phrase goes: KAYA NATIN ITO! # nordis.net