Volunteers of Balsa Mindanao hold candles as they prayed for their relief mission to Yolanda victims in Leyte last weekend before their takeoff at Lipata Port, Surigao City. (photo courtesy of Balsa Mindanao)
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Carlos Zarate, representative of Bayan Muna partylist waves at a child during the Balsa Mindanao’s relief drive in Leyte this weekend where they distributed 14,000 relief packs to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. (photo courtesy of Balsa Mindanao Southern Mindanao)
Their sudden ejection from the 10:00 am trip cut them off from the convoy of a relief mission organized by the Balsa Mindanao, the same organization that also organized a low-key but sustained relief and medical missions to the areas ravaged by Typhoon Pablo last year.
“The migration of survivors indicate the rising problem of people having lost trust in government,” said Prof. Mae Templa, who is also a coordinator of Balsa Mindanao.
Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna said debt relief, or the writing off of debts from international credit banks, can free government funds for rehabilitation.
The local group Naughty Notes sings a medley of Hagibis songs on Sunday’s “Relief Surge” benefit concert for Yolanda victims held at Abreeza Ayala Mall. The concert, co-organized by ABS-CBN and Abreeza gathered relief items and cash up to P130,000. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
Singer and former AfterImage frontman Wency Cornejo is one of the performers on Sunday’s “Relief Surge” benefit concert for Yolanda victims at Abreeza Ayala Mall. The concert gathered renowned Davao artists such as Chad Borja, Himig Singers, Naughty Notes Band, Dayana Adtoon and Musikademya. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
The swift netizen defense of alleged Yolanda looters establishes that violence is permissible in the name of survival. But, we have to ask, survival under what conditions? Survival according to whose standards?
The answer to the first seems to be that violence is permissible under conditions over which people have no control, such as natural disasters.
“It’s not God who was absent or was somewhere else when Yolanda struck. It was the Aquino administration that was and still is nowhere to be felt, found or seen by our hapless kababayans (fellow Filipinos),” said Davao-based lawmaker, Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna Partylist.
The poor though, could only share coins and even used clothings, but the magnanimity and sincerity was overwhelming, volunteers of Tulong Kabataan said.