(We found this open letter floating around in Facebook and have decided to publish it here. We have done some minimal editing such as emphasis through bold letters or italics or have placed in correct punctuation or capitalization wherever it was lacking. Note that this was a candidly-written open-letter, not a formal document. The author is said to be a certain “Biboy Alimangohan” originally from San Jose, Tacloban City.)
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OPEN LETTER FROM A SURVIVOR : After being stuck in a dead zone with no communications and internet the past 48 hours, ngayon ko lang nababalitaan ang latest antics ng ating kagalang-galang na pangulo. So take this as one Taclobanon’s OPEN LETTER to His Excellency, Benigno Aquino, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Gusto ko lang sabihin, NAGHANDA ANG TACLOBAN. IN FACT, most people we encountered who survived, survived precisely because NAGHANDA SILA.
People were evacuated, centers were put up, and warnings were issued. Ang tanong, bakit madaming namatay? Kasi ‘tangina naman p’re mas malakas pa ang Yolanda sa Katrina. Kung ang US nga hindi napigilan ang hagupit ng katrina. This was not something anyone could have prepared for. Isa pa, wala bang nakapagsabi sa yo na nasa tacloban ang SENTRO NG BAGYO? Paano mo maikukumpara ang “casualty count” ng Leyte at Samar sa ibang probinsiya nang hindi mo rin ikukumpara ang lakas ng tama ng bagyo? Pero alam, mo minamahal naming pangulo, di ka naman namin sinisisi, puta bagyo ‘to eh, nature ‘to, alam naming hindi ikaw ang dahilan nito. Isa pa, ang mga waray, hindi magaling sa blame game.
ANG IKINAGAGALIT NG MGA TAO NGAYON ETO LANG: AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE FOR A LEADER THAT WILL SEND THEM A MESSAGE TO PICK UP THEIR BROKEN SPIRITS; AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE NEEDED ASSURANCES THAT YOU HAVE THEIR BACKS; THE ONLY THING YOU GAVE THEM, WAS A BIG “FUCK YOU TACLOBAN, THIS IS YOUR FAULT, DON’T BLAME ME.” (Forgive my very liberal paraphrasing)
Tangina naman pre (i hope you don’t mind my audacity to refer to you on friendly terms), hindi naman namin hinihingi na pigilan mo lahat ng bagyo. O kaya na personally ka mamigay ng relief goods. Ang hinihingi lang ng mga tao sa yo, bilang lider ng sambayanang Pilipino, ang maging inspirasyon sa amin. The best leaders throughout history aren’t remembered because they prevented huge disasters, they are remembered because when disaster inevitably struck, they inspired and rallied the people.
I’m not an expert on Philippine history, but isn’t that what your parents did? I’m sorry Mr. President, but you failed us. You failed the people of Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, Biliran, Masbate and all the other provinces that had to face the last few disasters. On a final note, that “casualty count” you so callously keep referring to? That’s not just a number to us. That “casualty count” are family, friends, and neighbors that we will never see again. People we loved and cared about that we will never be able to laugh with or share a drink with. Don’t get me wrong, I do not for a moment presume that you don’t know the pain of loss. I’m sure you do. But, you see, that’s precisely my point. I’m sure you understand, that any human being going through the deepest and darkest grief doesn’t care much that it’s this or that person’s fault. What we need from you right now, Mr. President, is an outstretched hand, not a big middle finger.
Formerly of San Jose, Tacloban City Current address: N/A
– SANA MABASA MO ITO P-NOY !!
Kung Parliamentary sana ang Pinas, we wouldn’t have to deal with such blatant incompetence from many of the officials in the national government. We wouldn’t need to endure such pettiness from a lousy “student council” government.
Please try to learn more about the Parliamentary System. It is because of our lousy Presidential System that the Philippines continually ends up in such a mess with incompetent leaders and clueless functionaries spoiling everything up, leading to the deaths of many innocent people. Remember the Bus Hostage Massacre of August 23, 2010? ThisTyphoon Disaster fiasco of the National Government is the exact same thing: The National Government refused to get involved early on when doing so clearly would have saved lives.
If we had a parliamentary system, the quality of leadership would be much better, and in case the leader fouls up, then the leader can be easily replaced.
By the way, don’t buy that crap that “the Philippines should not go parliamentary because Thailand is parliamentary and look at Thailand’s instability.” It’s downright wrong because Thailand clearly outperforms the Philippines economically and the quality of their leadership and governance is still superior to what we have in the Philippines despite whatever “instability” they have. On that alone, Thailand’s overall system (including their system of government) is better than the Philippines’ and besides, Thailand’s “parliamentary system” is not yet a full parliamentary system the way that the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, etc are. Thailand still has pretty much a semi-absolute monarch who still controls the military and this influence and power (versus giving full power to the parliament as in the case of the modern Westminster parliamentary systems) is why protesters generally appeal to the King to get the government removed or replaced — because the King has that influence.
(Read this article to learn about Thailand’s issues: The Royal Meddler)
Bottomline: The Philippines needs to overhaul its system — economic, administrative, and political. The Presidential System of the Philippines sucks and this is the reason we have lousy leadership. Learn about the Parliamentary Systemand find out how Constitutional Reform can make our country better so that we won’t have to deal with the kind of mess that Noynoy’s incompetent leadership has caused upon the Philippines.