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

[Photo courtesy BuzzFeed.com.]

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Beawolf Agatte
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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.

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

o'hara
Guest

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!!!!

wed
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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….

trixie15
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and your point is?

potaters
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Ay alam ko kung kelan lalabas ang mens ko kasi may app na para doon.

Felipe
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Si BS Aquino, kahit na di babae, parang parating meron “mens” lalo na’t ganyan nabibisto ang malaking pagkukulang nya.

domo
Guest

Stupid excuse is stupid eh noytard?

interxavier
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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.

ChinoF
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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
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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 »
Beawolf Agatte
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Well neither those two and their cohorts are honest and competent.
They are just good at Press Release and pocketing people’s money

turkak
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I would like to kick their asses too. You are right Noynoy abnoy and Mar Roxas are super idiots.

MariaS
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ineptness of BS Aquino and Mar Roxas…. Totally!

Vicente C Falculan
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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.

joel_delr
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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.

Joel
Guest

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.

Johnny Saint
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The “point” is: President Penoy campaigned on the notion that he was going to solve ALL the Philippines’ problems with a one-size-fits-all solution called “Matuwid Na Daan.” He portrayed himself as a magical politician with Messianic powers capable of ending poverty and inequality. Now that he’s been shown up to be nothing more than a liar and a thief without even the capability to organise a high school student council, he relies on deluded berks like you to apologise for him.

turkak
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Former US Ambasador Kristie Kinney is right when she said Noynoy Aquino is diffident and unresponsive as published at Wikileak. However, Typhoon Yolanda proved it to be an understatement. Truth of the matter is, Noynoy Aquino is inutile and a pathological liar.

domo
Guest

Give him a break my ass you indiot noytard. Then he better resign if he can’t handle it. Besides he already has a mental disease.

Dirch
Guest

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
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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.

joel_delr
Guest

Photo ops, man! You know it will get better mileage come 2016 because of the filipino ijets.

Coordinating on the other hand is just plain hardwork, hardly not the the thing he signed up for.

OnesimusUnbound
Guest

Photo ops, man! You know it will get better mileage come 2016 because of the filipino ijets.

Mar Roxas 2016: Ang Gabay tungo sa Tuwid na Daan (The Guide towards the Straight Path)!

yawn
Guest

Mar Roxas the man who said flights should be cancelled to ease congestion at NAIA
Take train seats out to fit more passenger on the over crowded MRT trains.
NEXT brainstorm
Ban people from Tacloban end of calamity.

barbero
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Hahaha.. The “high” ranking officials doing the mano-mano jobs. Mar should have meet the Mayors/Governors, Mayors/Governors should have meet the brgy officials. Brgy officials should have asses the damage of their area of responsibility. Mar asses the gathered infos and act accordingly and that is to coordinate/manage the relief/humanitarian operations and law enforcement.

JERRY
Guest

or he better shut the fucked up. go back to corina and let other handle the situation..AFP chief and DND secretary cannot do their job because of him, they just became a shadow behind this bullshit politician..

o'hara
Guest

What the heck! Amidst the utter devastation of Tacloban city, that joke of a cabinet secretary, Roxas, has still the gall to pimp himself???

There are more pressing matters to attend to demanding your time as a secretary of the interior, and yet you choose to direct traffic? What???

You are dead meat, Roxas! You will never win the presidency even if hell freezes over! Mag binibining Pilipinas ka na lang!

Gerry
Guest

Just because no one will vote for the guy does not mean he still could not win an election in the Fail-ippines! true dat mang!

barbero
Guest

Pinas is divided into province, province composed of municipalities, municipality composed of barrangays. Barrangay composed of puroks. SO WHAT IS THAT ALL FOR? AND WHY IS THAT? CHAIN of fcuking command! Just like the military battalion, company, platoon, squad, soldier. And its not the battalion commander’s job to dig fox holes! They plan and call the shots! Come-on MAR ROXAS you can do better than that!

Oportunistalider
Guest

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!

Oportunistalider
Guest

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.

Baltixz
Guest

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.

geanro
Guest

@Baltixz … cge pa singhot pa ng amoy ng sapatos ..parang bangag lng..

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

Troll Harder, Loser with a capital L

john c. jacinto
Guest

tumulong ka na lang sa mga biktima ng bagyo, ulol. bongbong for president 2016!

Johnny Derp
Guest

I’m already done with donating to Red Cross and GMA Kapuso Foundation.
What about you, TROLL?

TROLL HARDER, Loser with a capital L

Seriously, go f*ck yourself. ULOL

john c. jacinto
Guest

walang originality, haha! ulol din daw, gago! tapos na akong mag-donate thru ABS-CBN.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Ulol ka parin. Wala ka nang maibato sa amin kaya puro insulto nalang. Kawawa ka namang troll na bobo. Hahahahaha

WinterSoldier
Guest

“walang originality, haha! ulol din daw, gago! tapos na akong mag-donate thru ABS-CBN.”

Ahem. Are you this guys?

https://www.facebook.com/john.c.jacinto?fref=ts

If you say no, then gago ka pala e. You’re a real life…. FRAUD. 😀 😀

Johnny Derp
Guest

Even someone like Anderson Cooper from CNN is very very disappointed in your pathetic president:

joeld
Guest

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

Gerry
Guest
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 »
libertas
Guest

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.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Sounds like something Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Jetlag807
Guest
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 »
joel_delr
Guest

I expected that from him, gloating somehow while still managing to blame other people.

Now about the figures, he doesn’t even have an official reference to say such a thing, again, I think this is premature ejaculation on his part. As all NORMAL people know, casualties can increase during the aftermath of a calamity.

This idiot should stop humiliating himself and the filipino people.

Sanzo
Guest

Pedro: Wala pa rin daw napasok na tulong doon sa Tacloban..

Juan: Bakit?

Pedro: Kasi sa pilipinas, palaging “leyt-e”.
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Pedro: Kelan kaya maaayos ang mga nasira ng bagyo?

Juan: Kelan?

Pedro: Sa bagal ng pagdating ng tulong edi next “samar”.

Obvious bad jokes..but they need money and funds instead of hand-me-downs. It is hell on earth out there.

ChinoF
Member

I was at first doubting the 10,000 figure. But over time, I realized… it might even be a small figure.

ChinoF
Member

The guy still gave me the impression that he was still reading off a script, or had someone coaching him. And that he wasn’t answering honestly. Of course, what he said… really made him look clueless. Amampour was right to ask if this was his defining moment. It was. To put it in Tagalog, nagkaalaman na.

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