THAT the Aquino administration has been very slow in coping with the crisis in Cebu and Samar provinces hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda has not escaped the observation by the poor, suffering victims who no longer address their cry for help to the government but to the “people of the world.”
The typhoon victims felt neglected by the Aquino administration, which was late in providing help. No less than CNN’s Anderson Cooper and the correspondents of other international media groups have reported the government’s failure to immediately look after the welfare and safety of the victims of what has been described as the worst catastrophe to have hit the Philippines.
In other words, the Aquino leadership is a big failure in time of crisis, but has been successful in prosecuting and persecuting its political enemies.
What Cooper and the other foreign correspondents reporting from the towns and cities in Samar and Cebu most ravaged by Yolanda, providing assistance to the victims of calamity in this country is sometimes, if not more often, determined by politics or political affiliation.
“Did you vote for me in the last election?” would be the basic question. In the case of the Liberal Party—the outcast faction—the question that would be asked is: Will you vote for our candidates in 2016? Those who would be too honest to declare their affiliation inimical to the political party in power should be ready to fend themselves and die, because they would surely be the last to receive food and water that they urgently need to survive at least temporarily.
Here is an example of the selective provision of assistance in times of calamity by the Aquino leadership: When Typhoon Odette devastated Batanes and other provinces in Luzon sometime in September, Malacañang urgently dispatched a “C-130 plane carrying Batanes Rep. Dina Abad to the province to bring basic relief goods,” The Daily Tribune reported on September 24, 2013. Quoting Edwin Lacierda, the president’s spokesman, the paper added that the plane also carried “NEA personnel to restore power in Batanes.” The three letters stand for National Electrification Administration.
What happened to the other provinces hit by Typhoon Yolanda? Sorry to say to the victims unreachable by C-30 because in government, it pays for a legislator to be sleeping with the Budget secretary, who, in turn, is the most trusted ally among Malacañang’s other temporary occupants.
It is understandable for foreign governments to course their donations through Malacañang. They have to be diplomatic even in giving, because their assistance either in cash or in kind could reach the intended beneficiaries by dealing only with the national leadership. If they have some misgivings about the trustworthiness of administration officials, then these probably stemmed from what they have read about how government money in the form of what is now the infamous P10-billion pork barrel scam has disappeared from the public coffers and ended up somewhere.
Perhaps, Cooper and his fellow correspondents and the media entities they represent did not know that the prosecution already knew the Senate, as the impeachment court, would vote for the ouster of lawyer Renato Corona as this country’s chief justice.
How did then a member of the prosecution panel, and probably everybody else in it, learn that they were assured of 17 votes for the chief justice’s conviction for nondisclosure of the amounts of money he had in his bank accounts? How did they—or at least one of them—know that they were optimistic of getting three more votes?
True enough, the prosecution got 20 senator-judges to vote ousting the chief justice appointed by President Gloria Arroyo for nondisclosure of his financial wealth.
Due Diligencer is relating all this to warn foreign donors—and local donors as well—that there are magicians in this country who could turn “corned beef” into locally canned sardines. With this kind of magic not impossible to happen, will the United Nations designate an independent audit body to closely monitor the arrival of donations at the Villamor Airbase or some other receiving areas, and closely watch their distribution to the typhoon victims? The suggestion is intended only to ensure that “honesty remains the best policy” in this country, where only the members of the yellow fever tribe trust President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
As Dominic Rivera, a Filipino who migrated to the United States for good, recently posted on his Facebook account, he wants to donate to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda but asks for the right groups to whom to give his donation, because he does not trust the Philippine government. Well said, Dominic.