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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Great Habagat Flood: Of Heroes and Naysayers

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Amidst the unceasing rainfall and the catastrophic floods it has caused, there were heroes who transcended the rains and the floods. There were tales of ordinary people who opened their hearts so as to help a fellow Filipino in need. Social Media paid homage to the humble banana vendor who gave away all his bananas “para makatulong man lang sa mga nagugutom.” Then of course were our valiant soldiers, policemen, and MMDA personnel who braved the dangers that th e floods and the rains brought.

In areas where the rescuers w ere not able to reach, it was the locals who did their best to rescue those in need. Everywhere, the resilient spirit of the Filipino was seen, a spirit that cannot be broken by any tragedy or misfortune.

 

 

And if you thought that it was only the rescuers who were heroes, our priests also deserve our gratitude for opening their doors to poor refugees seeking shelter from the rain, the floods, and the cold. At Sto. Domingo church, the seminarians cooked hot meals for the wet, shivering and hungry. The same was also done in other parishes.

Rommel Lopez, member of the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Caloocan, shares this heart-warming story.

“A few hours before I went to visit him, Fr. Jojo (Zerrudo) and I talked over the phone. He told me that the relief goods coming to them was more than enough and he asked me to help find a way to give the excess relief items can be donated other parts of the metropolis that still needs them. I told him that the Diocese of Caloocan called for a relief goods drive to send to Malabon and Navotas evacuees. Those two places are under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Caloocan. And so I texted my brother Knights, that I would be bringing relief goods for storage at our parish.

The church patio was FULL!!! There were lots of people lining up to get their relief goods so I had to use the alternate gate to enter the compound and park a few meters away from the main door of the church. Inside the familiar smell of the burnt incense was nowhere. The smell of humans is pervasive in the air. I saw the confessional room open, only later to find out from Fr. Jojo that the confessional room became the changing room of the evacuees. The pews had clothes hanging to be dried. Litter was everywhere.

I went to the parish office and was asked to personally meet Fr. Jojo. I knocked on his door and he immediately went out and greeted me. He was obviously tired but was in high spirits. Fr. Jojo then led me to the line where the goods were being distributed. The team leader in-charge with the distribution was calling out the names of those who will be getting their goods. Fr. Jojo borrowed the microphone and told the evacuees that he has a friend who will be taking some of the relief goods to other places that still need relief goods. He said that since all of the evacuees had more than enough, he thinks this is the best time to share the blessings.

The evacuees clapped their hands in agreement.

I was stunned and touched at the same time. The evacuees themselves shared their blessings!

Sometimes, we focus too much into the details in life we forget the basic ones. The applause of the evacuees affirmed me that. They got what they needed. Now it’s time to pass it on.”

It is very encouraging and heartwarming at the same time that we all of us – both the laity and the clergy – have risen to the occasion and kept the bayanihan spirit of the Filipinos alive. Perhaps the Lord was indeed sending a message to this nation so divided on the issue of the RH bill: that in order to move this country forward into prosperity, we must unite and work together.

 

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On the other hand, there were also people used the occasion to take a swipe at the Church. Either these guys live in Mars, live in ignorance, or hate the Church so much.

Here’s one who discouraged people from giving donations to the Church in favor of more ‘reputable’ government and private entities.

 

Not only has this person assumed that the good bishop has been found guilty, he has made a hasty, unfair and incorrect assumption that the Church as a whole cannot be trusted. Perhaps this fellow does not realize that he is talking about the biggest charitable institution in the world that tirelessly works for the poor.

Here is another pathetic swipe at the Church, this time from the Filipino Freethinkers. Take note, these bunch of pretenders are not against religion – they are only against the Catholic Church. They really don’t have the guts to go against other religions, like the INC or the Muslims, on a regular basis.

Every time a disaster strikes, they spread around lies and half-truths like this. Which makes me wonder: are these guys really concerned about the welfare of their suffering fellowmen, or just being opportunistic and taking advantage of the situation to criticize the Church?

For the sake of argument, let’s say the Church did liquify all its assets (which belongs to you and me too, since we are the Church – but we’re adhering to the crazy logic here.) and gave away that much. What about the next storm? Who will help the people if the Church has been sucked out of funds? How will the Church pay its employees? How can the Church help the poor now?

Meanwhile, at the height of the monsoon downpour, there were many who did not appreciate using the storm as a political tool to buttress their arguments against the bill. Like these people.

But wait. Someone else is guilty of the same thing.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/245509/nation-needs-passage-of-rh-bill-to-resolve-problems-during-calamities-lagman?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

So far I have yet to see someone from the RH side berate Lagman to stop dwelling on the RH bill.

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4 Responses to “The Great Habagat Flood: Of Heroes and Naysayers”
  1. cactusflower says:

    Bernardita Fortuno via email
    1:27 AM (18 hours ago)

    to me It is a pity that some quarters had become more virulent in attacking the roman catholic church. It means that the church is effective. Ang binabatong puno ay iyong may bunga, sabi nga nila. I hope and pray that the church goes on in preaching its teachings for life. God Bless the Church

  2. cactusflower says:

    dominador chipeco
    11:41 PM (20 hours ago)

    to pro-life-coali.
    Our country is saturated with heroes who willingly go through trials and hardships to protect and uplift lives. The Philippines is a PRO-LIFE COUNTRY as shown in dramatic moments (EDSA 1) and in ordinary segments of their lives (earthquakes, Ondoy, Habagats, typhoons, volcanic eruptions). Poor families with large families learn early on the values of sharing and self sacrifice which the current administration now wants to convert to self seeking convenience and pleasure in the name of a nebulous poverty reduction program. From Heroes to Ego Centered people.

  3. cactusflower says:

    Cynthia Agcaoili Alfonso

    ‎”Every time a disaster strikes, they spread around lies and half-truths like this. Which makes me wonder: are these guys really concerned about the welfare of their suffering fellowmen, or just being opportunistic and taking advantage of the situation to criticize the Church?
    For the sake of argument, let’s say the Church did liquify all its assets (which belongs to you and me too, since we are the Church – but we’re adhering to the crazy logic here.) and gave away that much. What about the next storm? Who will help the people if the Church has been sucked out of funds? How will the Church pay its employees? How can the Church help the poor now?”

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