Why are you people so mean to congressman Mikey Arroyo, posting photos of him allegedly buying liquor during the deluge? What sane person would believe that an elected official would be so callous in the midst of a disaster that has taken hundreds of lives and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless? Even assuming that he was buying liquor at that time, you cannot be certain that it was not a mission of mercy: he could’ve been buying it for a typhoon victim who really, really needed a drink.
This must be part of the concerted campaign against the congressman, which saw him being interrogated on television about a house he owned in the United States, the cost of which is beyond his explainable income. The nerve of economist and university professor Winnie Monsod to put him through that kind of anguish. Where does the media get the nerve to embarrass the son of a president?
Small wonder that today, with so many Filipinos still waiting to be rescued from the wreckage of their homes, and so many Filipinos packed into evacuation centers that are just epidemics waiting to explode, Rep. Mikey Arroyo chooses to address the larger problem of malicious Facebook attacks. Yes, it is only right that freedom of speech be curtailed to protect the reputations of government officials. The Philippines must be the only country in the world where public figures are so virulently attacked by citizens armed with nothing more than an internet connection.
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The local media is always admonished to temper its negative coverage of the Philippine government because it will create an unflattering image of the country abroad and scare away foreign investors.
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Raymond send this: Rescue D.I.Y. (Let me know if the link doesn’t work.)
Yeah, my sister and her family rescued themselves, too. On Saturday they were marooned on the second floor of their flooded house. By Sunday the rain had stopped but the floodwaters had not subsided. Then a rubber boat came along and cruised around the neighborhood. Cruised, like they were on vacation. Finally the ‘rescuers’ said they could take people as far as Rosario, where the flood was ‘only’ chest-deep and they could wade or swim to the bridge. Cookie declined (We do not swim, there are no pools on Arrakis).
On Monday she called and said the water had receded enough so a truck could reach them. So I started calling trucking companies and found three that were willing to make the trip, but even before I could hire a truck my brother-in-law found someone who could pick them up with an SUV. That’s how they rescued themselves.
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Remember just last Friday we were joking about three-quarters of the horsemen of the Apocalypse?Next day: Apocalypse. You can call it the end times if you like, but much of the catastrophe was man-made. Today’s Four Horsemen: Greed, Corruption, Ineptitude, Destruction of the Environment.
Just heard the news: Another super-typhoon is coming.