During the series of commemorative events organized to mark the first year after the super typhoon ravaged the land, several public officials went to Tacloban to join hands with the survivors; yet, the president was noticeably absent.
Clearly disappointed over what they believe is the president’s apparent lack of care for the people devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, the survivors have aired their sentiments — Having survived Yolanda, so shall they survive without President Benigno Aquino III, reports the Inquirer.
Several sectors and political analysts slammed the president for being ‘insensitive’ and for allowing political grievances to rule over the commemorative events that should have been more important.
“Mr. Aquino should have set politics aside in dealing with the rehabilitation of the typhoon-stricken villages,” said Mark Lester Morano, a Yolanda survivor. He added, “We will rise where we have fallen. We were able to live without PNoy. We will live without him.”
Morano also lamented on how he worked hard to voluntarily campaign for Aquino during the elections; only to be snubbed by the president on their city’s commemoration of the deadly typhoon that killed thousands of lives.
“We survived Yolanda. We can also survive without PNoy,” said Corazon Alboro, another Yolanda survivor. According to Alboro, she attended the commemorative events to remember the lives of her family, friends, and relatives who perished during the super typhoon.
Together with other survivors, Alboro checked the names of her family printed on the large tarpaulins placed at the City Hall. They brought flowers and candles.
Life goes on
Meanwhile, the words “Brgy. 25. Ride to survive. Commemoration of all the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Nov. 8, 2014.” were written on a white flag placed by Cecilio Nablo on his fishing boat, reports the Inquirer.
In commemoration of the devastating effects the typhoon brought last year, flags such as those in Tacloban City hall were placed on half-mast, reports Sun Star Daily. Bells also tolled for several minutes.
During the commemorative mass at ‘ground zero’, priests also blessed the mass graves where 2,674 survivors were buried.