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Mediamen as Yolanda heroes

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…” (Colossians 3:17, the Holy Bible).

MEDIAMEN AS YOLANDA HEROES: From another angle, it is now clear that Yolanda did not only bring death and destruction in its wake. It also immortalized as heroes the men and women from media who refused to seek their own safety just so they could continue discharging their duties to inform and educate the public, even as the wrath of the super storm ravaged through Tacloban City, giving up their lives in the process.

I therefore salute and pray for these colleagues who were killed in action while doing their work: DYVL Aksiyon Radyo’s Allan Medino and Ronald Vinas and DYBR’s Archie Globio and Malou Realino. May God bless their souls, forgive them their sins and bring them to eternal life in His presence. I pray, too, for the families they left behind, that God will provide for them as they go through life.

For Allan, Ronald, Archie, Malou, it was clear that they followed one rule that gave them the courage to challenge Yolanda’s ferocity as they performed their duties: they worked with all their best, as if they were working for God, as 1 Corinthians 10:31 of the Holy Bible says: whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all for the glory of God.

WHY NO ONE IS IN CHARGE: Let us not deny it anymore. Indeed, there is no system in place in the Philippines which is mandated to take effective control when a calamity strikes. Yes, we have the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council with its counterpart councils among local government units,  the Office of Civil Defense of the Department of National Defense, the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

But then, not one of them was ever effectively prepared for the kind of disaster that Yolanda brought. In fact, not one in the Philippines is ever prepared for the ever-increasing death and destruction coming from rains, floods, and strong winds. Why?

Because no one seems to want, or be willing to understand (for fear of being called an idiot or a fool), that there is a spiritual dimension to all these and that, consequently, everyone, from President Aquino down to each and every barangay captain, are all clueless as to what to do. Unless we wake up to the reality that there is a spiritual angle to all these rains, floods and winds, we will have more death and destruction from them in the very near future.

RELIEF WORK HAMPERED BY RED TAPE: From lawyer Demaree Barangan Raval, in a Facebook post: “This is from my cousin in Germany: `Lufthansa was reserving a plane with equipment and help to get to Tacloban. There was a hitch though, this generous humane effort had been delayed because Lufthansa was waiting to pay taxes to get into the country!!! My! My! My! When will insensitivity and stupidity in following bureaucratic policies, like charging taxes to humanitarian efforts, stop?’” Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, reply please?

STUDENT COUNCIL GOVERNMENT: From my cousin, Renato Mauricio of Cainta, Rizal, also in Facebook: “Everyone knew, especially the present administration, that Yolanda was packing winds at 195 miles per hour and would make a landfall on Friday. The wind speed of 195mph would really be devastating, and would wreck everything in its path. Residents should have been evacuated to safer grounds, not just issued warnings, hours before Yolanda struck. Sen. Joker Arroyo seems right, it looked like a student council is in our midst.”

COMFORTING VICTIMS WITH GOD’S WORD: Here is a third appeal I am making in connection with the Yolanda tragedy, for Filipino Christians: we must organize preachers, pastors and teachers of the Bible to go to the areas ravaged by Yolanda, particularly in the Leyte-Samar areas, and try to comfort the victims with the Word of God, side by side with the relief efforts being done now. The victims need spiritual counseling now, more than ever, so they can be taught that we all need God, especially in times of calamities like these!

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com, batasmauricio@yahoo.com.

By Batas Mauricio




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