"EGO IS USELESS"
A repost of a personal account coming from a supertyphoon survivor
who chose to remain unknown
At first, this is a personal account from a person who had survived the Typhoon. Shared from a social media site, the said survivor, who chose to remain anonymous, had to convey what goes on at the ravaged place that is, Tacloban city, Leyte.
And through his own words somehow lies the difference from what mainstream media stated, that some are for show than making a serious committment in easing the situation. That somehow this person who ought to repost had to show the inconvenient reality behind whar was shown in the TV or posted in every website, article in a newspaper or anything just to keep people informed about the tragedy brought by supertyphoon Yolanda.
Here it goes:
"I wont be posting my whole experience as theres always some people who think they know better. But I do want to make things clear so you would have an idea what its really like being there."
"1. Tacloban prepared for Yolanda, to say that they didn’t because of the their casualty number is a bit disappointing. They had families already relocated in designated evacuation centers even before the storm it was just sad that those places were destroyed as well.
2. Dont go on thinking you know better by saying they should have left the seaside. Im not enitrely sure but even near the heart of the city there are sandwiched cars my guess is the water went as far as there when it hit.
3. Step down your high horse from time to time. Dont be so quick to judge looters, I was also a looter. I looted medecine for the red cross, milk and food for the children. Walked 4 hours and dug into 2 foot empty plastic bottles to get at least something to drink and bring back some. The people who took flat screen tv’s were the same people who offered to give me a drink and some lugaw. Those who looked like ex-convicts offered me something to eat. Almost all the time they are willing to lend a hand when you said you really need something. What they didnt show on the news was how people were helping each other amidst the catastrophe.
4. These tv personalities and politicians majority are a piece of shit. Mar Roxas and his body guards never helped us retrieve families trapped on the cottages on the hotel that we were staying or assisted in helping the wounded. They just walked around clean tidy as if they couldnt be bothered. Ted Failon ate a hearty meal while some children barely had anything to eat and slept in comfy beds while children slept on marble floors. Love Anover panicked and asked us to go downtown to get military assistance like they were someone special. You dont hear those on the news do you? its all about what was recorded on the shot.
5. It might look like chaos I guess thats what they want to show you, but there are police patrols, I personally went to the police station and ask about the rumors of hostility, they told us that its not true as they have not received any news about it. dont think for once that they are not doing their jobs, their manpower is spread so thin why? Because some of them are dead.
6. Dont for once think that everyone hungry is hostile. Dont you dare think like “oh im trained, oh I have seen this happen somewhere, oh its going to happen here” its not a movie. People just want someone to talk to, hear their story ask them how they are, I found out that listening to what they have to say helps them and it helps you.
7. There are no zombies. You can talk to the people sometimes you would be surprised as to how they can help and how much they are willing to help.
8. No one is special. You might have the best training, equipment, plans or what have you. At the end of the day youre one of them, you are in the same situation as them, to think otherwise. Is I think quite foolish.
9. To think its always going to be this way is foolish as well. Im counting 3 to 4 days if relief and resources cant make it, it will be chaotic.
10. Ego is useless."
"The more you find, the less you lose… find something in each person that you meet.
I am no expert, again theres going to be someone here who has tons of things to say because of his knowledge or expertise. This is what I experienced, im not a victim nor a survivor, but for 5 days I was a citizen of Tacloban.
This will be my last post about what happened."
Admittingly speaking, most media entities care to exaggerate than to give the exact, truthful account on what was going in Tacloban city before, during, and after the deluge. Most keyboard warriors had afford to assail these people for looting, for being undisciplined simply because of being hungry or thirsty, or even unclean with all the mud. Perhaps, quite thankful with the account given comes a side that these people arent berserk, but crying for mercy and eager to survive; that includes taking a bitter cup and giving up their egoes.
And lately, as this person had watched reports and reading articles about countries such as United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and even the dearly beloved United States had donated millions of pesos, perhaps mainly for relief if not rehabilitation operations, it is somehow a starting point for a nation to rehabilitate if not relief its own kind, although on the other hand there's enough funds knowing that the Philippines had been awashed with cash ideally allocated for such operations like this.
And with people still aware about corrupt officials (including the wrecker Napoles) with hands wanting to siphon off money, are also concerning about a possible bullshit with countries donated millions of Pesos for these unfortunate people end up in corrupt officials amd wreckers.
Anyways, as for these survivors (like the one who had made his personal account), this person aside from showing a matter of concern, also gives a snappy salute for their effort to survive, right or wrong.
And let everyone (including this person of course), help them improve themselves, make something productive other than prayers as well as given relief.
That's all this person had ought to say,