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UN to do body count for Yolanda?



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me,’ declares the Lord… Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:Should I not punish them for this?’ declares the Lord...” (Jeremiah 9:3, 7 and 9, the Holy Bible).

UN MUST DO THE BODY COUNT FOR THE DEAD: Maybe the United Nations can now come in to make its own tally of the number of people who died from the Yolanda onslaught in Leyte, Samar and other Eastern Visayan localities? 

I am making this suggestion because, while President Aquino is insisting on a very low dead count for very obvious political and image-building reasons to the extent of removing a top police official who gave an estimate of 10,000 people dying from the storm, a DZRH broadcaster in Tacloban City reported that the Office of Civil Defense in the city already listed, as of about 8:30 a.m. on November 15, 2013, some 5,016 people dead.

Prized DZRH anchorman Joe Taruc (who received the report during his program “Damdaming Bayan”) had to ask the reporter, Edmar Estabillo, several times to confirm the number of fatalities which the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Tacloban accounted for, as of that time. Each time, Estabillo stuck to his answer: the OCD’s report said some 5,016 people were already accounted for as having died from Yolanda.

QUERY FOR PNOY FROM WARAYS: Lawyer Antonio Pido from Giuian, Eastern Samar, has a valid question about how President Aquino behaved in the light of the Yolanda devastation of his town, vis-a-viz the Zamboanga City siege and the 7.2 or something earthquake that ravaged Bohol, Cebu and other Central Visayan towns and cities last month.

Pido wondered why Aquino spent just a night in Eastern Samar, when, in Zamboanga and in Bohol, he slept there anywhere between four to seven nights. Pido said waray-waray people like him are asking: was Eastern Samar less important to the President than Zamboanga and Bohol? Or, the President cared for Zamboanga and Bohol more than he cared for Eastern Samar?

DEAD BODIES LINING UP OPEN FIELDS AND STREETS: Pictures from Tacloban City and elsewhere in the Eastern Visayas showing bodies of the dead people who perished from Yolanda’s wrath lining up the streets appear to me to be scenes leaping up straight from the verses of the Holy Bible, depicting the anger of God.

Consider what Isaiah 5:25 is saying: “… the Lord’s anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets…” 

Then, in Jeremiah 9:22, it is also written: “… `This is what the Lord declares: ‘Dead bodies will lie like dung on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them’…” 

PENALTY FOR DISOBEYING THE LAW:Jeremiah 9:12-13 gives this justification for the tragedy of dead bodies lying like dung on the streets and open field: “Who is wise enough to understand this? …Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross? The Lord said, `It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.  Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts…”

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