Victims of Typhoon Yolanda should not have to endure President Noynoy Aquino’s blame game and tantrums

The first few hours and days after a devastating natural calamity like a typhoon strikes an area are crucial. In the first few hours and days, the chances of saving people who have been injured or trapped by debris is higher. In the first few hours and days after the devastation, the focus should be on deployment of search-and-rescue operations and airlifting of emergency supplies.

yolanda_victimsNeedless to say, politics should take a back seat in the first few hours and days after a devastating natural calamity just like what hit six central Philippine islands on the 8th of November 2013. Unfortunately, in the Philippines, politics always comes first. This is especially true with a President like Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino who wasted no time in blaming other people in his first press conference after seeing the destruction in Tacloban City.

Instead of promoting unity in times of crisis, BS Aquino promotes division and disagreements among Filipinos. His vindictive nature is always evident each time he opens his mouth. You can’t even blame his speech writers or handlers for his gaffes because anyone with an ounce of sympathy would think twice about putting other people down particularly when they are still in the midst of a catastrophic event. The source of his frustration could be himself. He was reportedly very confident when he made an announcement that the Philippines is ready to face the super typhoon just before it arrived.

Screencap from the In hindsight BS Aquino overestimated the country's level of disaster preparedness.
Screencap from the In hindsight BS Aquino overestimated the country’s level of disaster preparedness.

It goes to show that he can be full of hot air even in the face of real danger.

I don’t know what kind of upbringing President BS Aquino had but most decent parents always remind their kids to be considerate of other people’s feelings. Being tactful instead of being tactless is important not just when one is in a public place but above all, when in front of the media. After all, anything one says in front of the media will be printed and broadcast for national and international consumption.

BS Aquino can’t even blame the media or his critics for highlighting his gaffes because he says the most inappropriate things in the most inappropriate times. Even when his critics want to give him a break in times of crises, he does things that compel them to point out his lack of sense and decency.

A lot of Filipinos were outraged when he compared the state of preparedness of Tacloban City against other cities in the areas where super typhoon Yolanda struck. It was equivalent to a child being compared to his other better performing siblings right in front of everybody after failing in something. We all know something like that can crush anyone’s spirits.

At 195 mph, gusting to 235 mph, Yolanda became the 4th strongest tropical cyclone in world history. While advanced countries could minimize casualties because they have adequate evacuation centers, it is more than likely that even modern infrastructure would have been damaged by the intensity of the winds. Besides, it’s not like the Philippines has an evacuation centre in every town. There was just no where for people to hide to begin with.

BS Aquino’s purpose it seems in making people look bad in front of the media is to make himself look good to the public. Indeed, he has mastered the art of deflecting the blame away from himself and unto others after being thrust into the highest office in the land. It is quite a metamorphosis from the time he was described as a quiet non-performing Congressman and Senator and someone who was happy hiding behind the shadow of his much-revered parents, Ninoy and Cory.

A few days after the typhoon left the region, the situation in the areas affected is said to be getting worse. The death toll is said to be an estimated 10,000 and the losses to the region’s economy is still inestimable at this time. Some people who lost their homes and loved ones are said be going mad from desperation. In some parts, the condition can be described as total anarchy with business establishments and private homes being looted and ransacked. There are many people who are calling for the President to call for martial law. While declaring one might be justified, it is not a solution for the people who are hungry, thirsty, tired and lost. They need immediate relief goods to stay strong and fight-off the diseases that will come next due to the rotting corpses everywhere.

At this point, I don’t think I can blame the people who break-in to supermarkets to get some food, drink and other essential necessities. While it is not right to steal other people’s property, it could be days or weeks before relief goods could reach them based on government agencies’ past record of turtle speed operations during crises. The people who are watching the events unfold from their television sets can only imagine the effects of being tired and hungry. Even just one day of missing food and water can wreak havoc on a person’s mental faculties. As one resident put it, the people have lost all their dignity:

On the outskirts of Tacloban, a coastal eastern city of 220,000 where tsunami-like waves destroyed many buildings, Edward Gualberto accidentally stepped on bodies as he raided the wreckage of a home.

Wearing nothing but a pair of red basketball trousers, the father-of-four and village councillor apologised for his shabby appearance and for stealing from the dead.

Empty coffins lie on a street near houses damaged after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city.

“I am a decent person. But if you have not eaten in three days, you do shameful things to survive,” Gualberto told AFP as he dug canned goods from the debris and flies swarmed over the bodies.

“We have no food, we need water and other things to survive.”

“This typhoon has stripped us of our dignity… but I still have my family and I am thankful for that.”

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Romualdez: 'not the time to have a blame-game'
Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Romualdez: ‘not the time to have a blame-game’
Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon even claimed in one report that relief goods were mobbed in Tanauan, Leyte. Obviously, the victims of typhoon Yolanda are on survival mode. That should be enough reason for President BS Aquino and his supporters to quit the blame-game for now. Leyte Congressman Ferdinand Romualdez had to emphasize that “now is not the time to have a blame-game”. That is wishful thinking when rabid Aquino supporters are involved. Some of them were even quick to remind people on social media about the congressman’s alleged decadent lifestyle during former President Gloria Arroyo’s term. They just can’t resist bringing-up GMA every chance they get.

There are some who say that they understand President BS Aquino’s frustration and excused him for snapping at one typhoon victim and for walking out of the press conference. But an impatient leader who comes across as someone who is not in control of the situation is not what the people need to see in a crisis. The people need to see a calm and collected commander-in-chief who can lift their spirits up when it is down. As the body count continues to rise, the Filipino people don’t have time for a grandstanding politician who acts like a child having a tantrum because Filipinos have to face a very grim path to recovery.

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Beawolf Agatte

Sana yang mga Baboy na yan na nag kukunsinti ng ganyang pag uugali ng Leader kuno ay hindi lang makaranas ng matiding sakuna kundi tamaan ng Kidlat at mangisay agad.

Sori hindi ko lang mapigilan ang dugo ko na hindi kumulo pag ganyan attitude ng mga walang kaluluwang Baboy.


we’ll have to remember that tragedies such as this will bring out the best and at the same time, the worst in people.


BS’s behaviour just confirms to me that he is indeed off his rocker. Pity our poor country that we have such a blockhead for a president in this time of great trial. Instead of rallying the people round straight away to get the rescue and relief efforts off the ground, there he goes throwing a tantrum like a LITTLE GIRL who can’t have her way.

I wonder what kind of parents Ninoy and Cory were to have raised such a spoiled brat. Really!

Scram, BS! Just scram!!!!


Sobra yata kayong mag salita parang mas marunong pa kayo, sana timingin ka naman sa sarili mo saka na kayo mang husga , walang kalamity kung alam mo ang future, parang wala pang babae na alam nya kung anong oras o minuto lalabas ang mens nya, o tagyawat, huminahaon naman kayo KUNG ALAM LANG……..ang PANGINOON LANG ANG MAY ALAM…… HINDI TAYO….


Part of the problem with President Aquino is that he simply too personal towards his political counterparts. This is, I believe, the problem with our culture. There is too much ‘pakikisama’, which often leads to ‘personalan’. It is shameful to see our politicians displaying this sort of behavior when they are supposed to be professional.


In fairness to the president, that was a high-stress situation and perhaps the businessmen were overly persistent. Perhaps they were demanding law and order be enforced to stop the looting. Maybe Aquino went for a bathroom break as his communications (propaganda?) people said, and came back. But I’d agree that he could’ve said something better than what he said there.

Hyden Toro
What would you do, if you are on the path of a 245 mph Super Typhoon? Do a Press Release, that you are prepared? While Press Releases are good for politicians, like Aquino. It cannot stop, the Super Typhoon from blowing you up; killing people and destroying houses. The phantom C-130 cargo planes and Helicopters are nowhere to be seen now. They cannot land on debris strewn runaways and flooded grounds. Or, they may have never existed. Why not be honest to tell the truth: Mr. Aquino and Mr. Roxas, that you are both incompetent. And lacking common senses. I… Read more »
Vicente C Falculan

Appropriate and incisive discourse, that. Let’s give him a copy of the above article and see how he responds. No need to rock the boat now.


Leaders are born, not made. This president is being forced to be one, forced by circumstances and because the of the filipino idiot voter/supporter.


I second the motion, “and the point is?” Talk is cheap. Easy to throw stones. Give Pnoy a break. Mag bayanihan tayo. Do this for the people who suffered in this calamity. Try doing concrete no lip service.


You’ll see the true nature of people during times of crisis and Noynoy’s is just pure stupidity. Doesn’t he have advisers or something?

Pilosopong Tasyo

Today on BBC World News: Mar Roxas is seen directing traffic on a Tacloban street. Is this the best use of our esteemed Interior Secretary’s time? Let me see, shouldn’t you be, umm, coordinating with local governement on how to provide food, shelter, medicine? How about picking corpses off the trees, digging corpses out of rubble, digging a hole to bury the dead? What’s wrong with you, Mar? Seriously.


Si Noynoy Aquino yan ang top 4 worst president ko si Gloria,Marcos,Erap at yan si Noynoy inutil at impostor magnanakaw din mas malaki pa PDAF kesa k Gloria. For 3 days wala ginawa sa Visaya gutom na yung mga tao nauna pa media and foreign relief. Si Noynoy Aquino puros daldal sa tv wala naman mabilis na action. Parang nanumbat ng nag walk out hayop ka! sana magka lung cancer ka kakasigarilyo mo!


Noynoy Aquino kay Napoles sobra tender love and caring mo! kung todo diet food & military escort pa. Samantala ang mga tao sa Visaya for 3 days wala pagkain at inumin wala kang ginawa bakit ang foreign and media nauna pa magbigay ng relief. Sa pagnanakaw at PDAF ang bilis nyo kumilos.


Very well said po…I always observe our president talking as if he is the most righteous man on earth.,he should be very sensitive as the head of our nation.

Johnny Derp

Wow, your desperation to troll this site really is pathetic.

Troll Harder, Loser with a capital L


Idiot, masahol ka pa sa ipis sa pinapakita mo. If anything you are a liability to this country.

For once, I agree with Ilda completely. Saving face is a loser mentality. Saving Human-beings is a job that should be undertaken at once in a time of crisis. Fuck that face saving non-sense. Looting for survival is not really looting, it is surviving. Now, it is time for the thieves to see what their thieving has done. Reduced the country to a needy child having to depend on foreign powers to save citizens that should not have perished and would not have perished if all that monsy that has been stolen over the last how many decades had been… Read more »

At the end of the day, a disaster in the philippines is simply another way for national and local politicians to pocket even more money from the aid pouring in.
I doubt 30% reaches those who need it. Stealing is in the dna, even in times of tragedy.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Every tragedy has a dollar opportunity.

As I’m am writing this, CNN is showing portions of Chirstiana Amanpour’s interview with Aquino. He (Aquino) states, yet again that the lack of emergency response on the ground is due to the “failure of local government” in Tacloban. This was due, according to Aquino, to first responders “not showing up for duty”. Not showing up? Don’t you think there may be a reason why they didn’t (or couldn’t) show up? Now, I’m no statesman but my response would be more like; “The majority of first responders in Tacloban are, at this point, unaccounted for and may very well be… Read more »