As if the surrounding rubble and the agonizing effects of the monster earthquake that hit Bohol were not enough for the afflicted, who have learned to trust their lives and that of their loves ones to the Lord, now comes an equally monstrous and devastating acts of unscrupulousness that attacks the very core of humanity’s heart with their exploitative behavior in times of distress.
I am talking about the corrupt and heartless among our people, who takes advantage of the tragic event, when the victims are in their most vulnerable state, adding more woes to their already miserable life – physically, emotionally and psychologically.
There are those unscrupulous residents, who are wealthy and whose businesses that cater to the every day needs of the people in the community may have been affected by the quake, but, certainly, were the first ones to bounce back, only to raise the prices of their commodities when they open up again.
We have also the unscrupulous politicians who, in the guise of bringing and distributing relief goods themselves, are actually there for their hidden political agenda and taking advantage to be photographed.
Then, we have the unscrupulous local officials who think highly of themselves, and who believes that any donation/aid, whether cash or in kind, should be handed to them for distribution, instead of the agency/institution doing it for the local officials, as is always the case.
It is along these revolting scenarios of fraud, deception and arrogance that those concerned, whether in the private sector or government, about the victims that should be treated with honesty, respect and decency, be immediately exposed for their immoral and iniquitous deeds so that the victims can be adequately attended to.
Take, for instance, this particular aid controversy happening in badly hit Maribojoc, Bohol, a town of 20,000 people, which is putting their arrogant mayor on the spot.
It was reported that the contingent of the Red Cross got on the nerves of the mayor and was asked to leave the town simply because the famed humanitarian agency refused to hand over their aid to the local authorities.
Can you believe that?
How arrogant can the mayor get, saying, that the Red Cross, instead of helping, has disrupted Maribojoc’s aid distribution system.
Like any other charitable foundation/institution that springs to action with their relief goods and their own distribution system every time major catastrophe befalls some parts of the country, so, too, is the Red Cross renowned for this type of humanitarian assistance, other than attending to victims of international and internal armed conflicts.
Too bad the arrogance and political interest of the mayor got the bettor of him at the expense of his hapless constituents.
If the whole town is an evacuation center, as claimed by the mayor, then why not welcome instead the help of the Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies so that distribution efforts can be done faster and a larger number of people can immediately be benefited. This is the only way that ‘fair and equal distribution’ can be achieved and not when the distribution is politically tainted, as one cannot help but surmise.
As a result, hundreds of Maribojoc residents were left hungry and disappointed after lining up for Red Cross food packs, Philippine Red Cross secretary-general Gwendolyn Pang reported.
Talking about a calamity of the spirit!