Labor Watch: Looking stupid
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
In the past few days, some Filipino facebook fans posted a picture of Pnoy, his sister and his yellow gang in the palace that included opportunists posing as progressives riding on an army truck waving to the people in a flood devastated community.
While volunteers, employees of government disaster and emergency response agencies and civilian Filipinos are actually down on the ground helping their fellow citizens despite the lurking dangers in the floodwaters, these bunch of ridiculously photo-posing officials were looking like they were on a safari tour or a campaign motorcade driving through floodwaters. There was even a post showing the refugees hungrily-staring at the relief goods yet to be distributed to them as they waited for the yellow president to get done with his photo-posing.
The post harvested many comments, there were those that really criticized the president as one who did not have the guts to just get off the truck and walk with his people, and personally give the people (his bosses) a hand shake or a pat on their backs, or say hello. Instead of looking snug and comfortable with his followers of politicians and opportunists in the safety of a military truck.
One facebook fan came to the defense of his yellow president and commented that those who were in the trucks do not deserve to be criticized because they were there to give inspiration and raise hopes among the flood victims.
The hundreds of simple Filipinos became heroes. They braved the rains and floods to rescue their stranded kababayans, bring or guide them to safer grounds. Thousands of sincere servants of the people including the members of progressive organizations did not mind the cold weather going out to collect goods from kind-hearted guys and distribute it to extend relief to the evacuees and victims. Unknown cooks,packers and cargadores took turns to produce lugaw and sabaw so the people will have something hot tto warm their stomachs, and so on.
In the Cordillera where much of its land area is vulnerable to slides, some workers had to dig their way through the mud and rubble to save their kailyans. They do not ride in 6×6 trucks and wave at the people instead they are ready to pick up their tools and go with their fellow rescuers to help overcome the dangers paused by the continuing bad weather.
Workers, employees of both private and public agencies are there literally swimming through the flood exposed the risks of getting waterborne diseases or accidents. Besides that it may be their jobs to do so, but it is more, deep inside them they feel it is their moral duty to help their country mates in dire need. They who take orders from the bosses do what their bosses can not do and that is to be actually there to get the people out of danger.
The workers, the employees, the volunteers are those who are really giving inspiration and hope to the people in times of trouble. It is not a president or any official who are only good at announcing their so-called servitude and put their names or pictures on relief goods and wait for cameras.#