Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao will never lose his focus despite the devastating effects left by super typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, on Friday.
This fight would bring a new hope and inspiration for all Filipinos across the country and abroad. Although the Filipino boxer can't help the victims right now because he is concentrating on his upcoming bout against the brawler Brandon "Bam-Bam" Rios, he said in one of his interviews with the press, "I really want to visit the area and personally do what I can to help our countrymen who have suffered so much in this terrible tragedy." There's no doubt that Manny Pacquiao was heartbroken when he heard about the tragedy in the Philippines.
However, Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II faced numerous criticisms in social media after he was interviewed by CNN reporter Andrew Stevens a couple of days ago. In his interview about the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan he told, "We don't need so much doctors, although we appreciate all the doctors and nurses that have come here," he continued, "in our doctrine or in our framework, the LGU is the first responder. The National Government will supposed to come in day 2 or 3 to be able to support that."
With respect to Mr. Secretary Roxas, I think he is wrong by saying that we don't need medical teams from other countries. In this time, we need all the available resources that we can gather. I understand that our government is trying everything, but we need help... It's clear that our government can't do all alone. As Mr. Joel Isanan said, "We have to learn how to be humble and accept our weaknesses; our inadequacies; our incompetence; we just have to get up and pick up the pieces." I agree with this statement. We must swallow our pride. Filipinos are strong people and we will continue to face all adversaries in life.
Even Carl E. Balita, the leading review center for nurses in the Philippines, called for unity and peace from all Filipinos around world. He said on his Facebook, "We need all help we can get as we help ourselves and our people with actions." And Mr. Johnny Calinao voiced his opinions as well, "Mar Roxas has all the powers vested under the constitution to shine as a true leader during that time, but he wasted the opportunity." He further added, "very wrong... You know why? It's like a person having a cardiac arrest. Are you going to wait for first responder to arrive if you could revive him... because you also trained to do advanced cardiac life support... right?" He applied it related to medical perspectives, which I believe he's right.
I'd like to ask Mr. Secretary. In times like this deadliest natural disaster, is there no exception to the rule? I expect the National government should be more prepared than Local Government Units in any situation like this. The LGUs rely and expect more support from them. Because of our framework or doctrine as what Sec. Mar Roxas said, I conclude the need for assistance was delayed. Imagine, survivors are dying in hunger without clean water and food supply for days. If you're in their shoes, I think you would say the same thing also and demand for swift response.
This is not a blame or whatsoever to the Philippine government because no one wants this to happen, but it's just that people should be aware and be vigilant at all times to what is happening in the system of government in order to serve the rights of all its citizens.