VICE President Jejomar C. Binay extended his condolences to the family of Kenneth Uy, the Tacloban trader admonished by President Benigno Aquino 3rd during a meeting in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.
“I extend my condolences to the family of Mr. Kenneth Uy. An ordinary man would have easily surrendered to the tragedy that befell Tacloban, especially after witnessing firsthand the callous initial response of the national government to super typhoon Yolanda summed up in two expressions now familiar to Filipinos: ‘Buhay ka pa naman, di ba?’ and ‘Bahala kayo sa buhay nyo,’” Binay said.
“Yet Mr. Uy, like thousands of ordinary Taclobanons, persisted despite the odds and a manhid at palpak national government. They held their heads high, keeping their dignity and self-respect despite the dehumanizing conditions in the resettlement areas. He will always be remembered fondly and with respect for his perseverance, kindness and generosity,” he added.
The 42-year-old Uy, a scion of a rich Chinese-Filipino family, reportedly died of a heart attack.
Uy was among the Tacloban-based businessmen who helped his town mates cope with the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda.