former investigative journalist jp fenix shares his reflections post-yolanda and a friend’s urgent missive on retribution and political ambition. it’s the first i’ve read na malinaw ang allegation of political considerations in relief ops. say it isn’t so, mar roxas.
DAY 6 since Yolanda/ Haiyan
November 13, 2013
… I wake up to BBC’s report that “people have been increasingly abandoned” in Leyte. Switching to CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN… and the theme is much the same: Relief has been pouring in from all over the world, but they have been stuck and piling up in airport warehouses in Manila and Cebu.
In local TV and radio, the reports have cabinet secretaries like Dinky Soliman and Mar Roxas saying that they are still “studying how they will release relief goods.” Their concern is how action can be done in the most efficient and equitable way.
In the Palace, President Benigno S. Aquino III is still arguing with CNN’s Christian Amanpour over inaccurate casualty counts, and insists that they are still gathering data.
In the midst of it all I get this urgent email from my lawyer – a trusted friend. It has a document attached and it reads: