Pinoys give SOS another meaning

Haring habagat – this is the name that some people on Facebook are throwing around to call the latest series of torrential rains that has besieged Metro Manila. Habagat refers to the southwest monsoon experienced by the Philippines every year. The total volume of rainfall from this incidence has seemingly exceeded that of Ondoy in 2009. Plus, it brought schools, and trading, to a standstill; it even prompted Malacañang to compel the private sector to suspend all operations on August 7. The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) didn’t take too kindly to that, though, but that’s another story.

Yet one would think by now that we as a people would have learned our lesson on how to handle and deal with typhoons. No, they still wreak the same havoc. They still flood our streets just the same. Many people are still displaced. The citizens go about throwing their trash just about everywhere as if nothing happened. The much needed infrastructure hasn’t been built, and urban planning has been proceeding at a glacial pace, if indeed there’s any.

[Photo courtesy A1Social.]

And Pinoys, as predictable as they are, send the SOS distress signal and cry for help every time this happens. They ask for everyone to rise to the call of “Bayanihan” to help others in need. They ask for donations of clothes, food, anything that will help the victims immediately. They ask for prayers that the rain will stop, etc.

It is precisely the prevalence and ease of these band-aid solutions which gives a whole new meaning to SOS, when it comes to Pinoys:

Same old shit

Underneath it all, though, are the underlying issues that are seemingly ignored by such “valiant displays” of aid: the Pinoys’ lack of discipline in garbage disposal, the lack of infrastructure needed to address problems associated with rain, the lack of urban planning, and the lack of a proactive approach to mitigating the effects of rainstorms.

It was also appalling, to say the least, that there were tweets linking the heavy rains to the Reproductive Health bill. Believe it or not, these people, in their “fit of wisdom”, declared that the heavens are crying because of the RH bill. It is God’s punishment, quote unquote. And there was even a trending topic on social media marking a coincidence between the date of August 7, 2012 (8/7/12) to a verse in the Bible – Genesis 8: 7-12. Your mileage may vary; some people were offended, some were mildly amused. I just think it’s simply stupid. I’ll never get tired of saying that every time I think Pinoy stupidity has reached its maximum depth, it digs the hole deeper yet again.

Where was President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (PNoy) during all this time? On August 7, he was spotted at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) monitoring the effects of the rains. Reportedly last June, he was seen cruising the Pasig and Marikina rivers in a speedboat while checking on the status of several flood mitigation projects.

The other side to PNoy’s story is that his administration had cancelled several projects also aimed at flood control and mitigation that were started during the term of President Arroyo. Never mind that he had no alternatives in place immediately after he cancelled them. Never mind that he was chiding flood victims who were supposedly making it hard for rescuers to do their job. After the meeting at NDRMMC, he was also quoted as saying that Filipinos supposedly feel more secure now. Secure from what, exactly? Only the President knows. Definitely we’re not more secure than we were under Ondoy; in fact it is more than apparent that both the Philippine government and the Filipino people have failed to learn their lesson once again from past experiences. Miserably.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, look at this photo and tell me what you see. It looks like PNoy handing out relief goods along with his allies, doesn’t it? I just hope it isn’t more of the papogi and epal type that has all but become the norm for politicians here in the Philippines.

So once again, expect to hear people saying that the destruction wrought by this tentatively named Haring Habagat should serve as a wake-up call to us. Yet are we going to ignore it, like we did with previous similar events? We’ve had Ondoy, Pedring, and Sendong to learn from. Where are the results?

If this is a wake-up call, Filipinos seemingly would rather hit the alarm button and go back to sleep than face the music.

Indeed, Filipinos will keep sending the SOS distress signal for many years to come, and we expect some sort of Prince charming to come and take us away from all our troubles. We even expect him to do the cleaning up for us!

The reality remains: as long as we keep doing the same old stupidity, Mother Nature will keep coming back at us even harder.

Indeed, Filipinos are insane.


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I love how our fearless President is so presumptuous that people feel better about his watch. I am sure the poor victims had him foremost on their minds. Some people still see this dipstick as a leader.


Whew! You hit it sir! Anyway, I still can’t imagine why the hell Metro Manila is still vulnerable on a major flooding. In fact, it worsened after Ondoy. I guess this is also a high time to question where our taxes are joyfully spent on.

Pastor Ernie
Dear FallenAngel, Benign0, Ilda and all so called Realists, Filipinos need your help now! Please take a break from all this negativity and contact a Philippine charity of your choice and provide a monetary contribution as soon as possible. I have been praying and Jesus told me that these floods have been caused by a lack of faith. God is not pleased with the RH Bill which goes against the sanctity of life. To appease the wrath of God (a wrath so rightfully displayed in many instances in the Bible) we must join together and pray that our politicians do… Read more »
jim esposito
God helps them which helps themselves (God has faith in mankind to do the right thing but the “government” for the people that have been tasked with “protect and serve”, public health, and safety have put themselves first for too long–wake up pinoys or die! NOTICE: URBAN RENEWAL PHASE ONE REPORT BY MMDA was due to be released to the public by last May….(Greenprint 2030) but the department refused to publish it on the internet and from my last phone call I was told that each person that may be interested in the subject needs to go down to the… Read more »

minana lang natin yan kay gloria. mas mababa sana ang epekto ng pagbaha kung ginamit ang pondo ng tama at hindi derecho sa bulsa.

Daido Katsumi

True Christians are like this: they love the Lord their God with all of their hearts; those who have passion for the Lord and compassion for people. They took their relationship to God seriously and they even read the Bible and never did stupid things like interpreting it literally but helpful things like reading the whole context, study it, pray, and take it to heart.

I suspect Pastor Ernie is more like a fraud. He can’t even state his full name, credentials or his denomination. Just another selfish, insensitive bastard who uses tha name of God to sugarcoat everything.


I see we have a new guest here. Quite an etertainer. Anyway, nice article fallen angel. The last line really hooked me. Sometimes, I wonder if the line should be a good trending topic in twirtter.


@ proud pinoy, ernie.

If youre just here to insult people here about thier faith and push your cultist faith in their faces and just to create a nuiscance on this otherwise intellectual site. Your a moron, idiot.


@ Proud Pinoy / Ernie

WTF! I thought H-World have gone down the drain with Royette Padilla’s career. Hehe.


Speaking for myself I believe GRP does do God’s work. Who in their right mind will take the dominant media institutions of this country (Inquirer, ABS CBN ) at face value??? People come here to remove the spin from mainstream media outlets and presidential press conferences.

You can look it up John Chapter 8 verse 32


If I was God, I would’ve sunk the entire city like Atlantis for making me the end all be all solution to your problems.

Hyden Toro

Mother Earth is a living being….It is our home…we have not taken care of her. We pollute her; we dump garbage on her. We cut her forests. Mother Earth is fighting back to survive…Her weapon is natural calamities…So, more natural calamities are on the way…I hope it will hit Hacienda Luisita , Noynoy Aquino’s home and Malacanang Palace…Men’s wickedness is too much already…Man is the only being that destroys its home…it is insanity…