A photo essay
By Raïssa Robles
Metro Manila and surrounding provinces drowned today.
Government critics quickly seized this as a sign that God was angry at Philippine President Benigno Aquino and everyone who helped get the Reproductive Health bill onto the floor of Congress.
Consider this screed from a Facebook site devoted to slanging PNoy and praising the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It used the same photo above and interpreted it this way:
Congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay, who has announced her intention to run for senator, joined in:
But the anti-RH backers were unable to explain – if God was angry, why did He pour His wrath on that bastion of Catholic religious fervor – the University of Santo Tomas? Go figure.
Surging floods swept through the first floor of the UST hospital this morning –
UST grounds were transformed into a lake –
Then members of the pro-RH bloc shot back:
Others joined in saying government was not to blame for everything:
The volume of the rains had surpassed Ondoy:
It turned the North Luzon Expressway into a raging river –
My hubby Alan, who was science and environment editor for The Manila Chronicle newspaper for over eight years, summed up Metro Manila’s problem on his Facebook page:
- Where are the forested canopies and slopes that might absorb some of the rainfall? – Gone.
- Where are the channels and esteros that the rains could drain into? – Clogged.
- What about the Lake of Bay that would have acted as a basin to catch the overflow? – Silted over.
- And the city’s sewers? – Full of litter and garbage and inadequate in coverage
- The coordinated infrastructure development plans to make sure strategic and flood prone areas aren’t occupied? – Surely you jest
- The responsible local government officials working together to prevent or minimize catastrophes, to regulate the dumping of trash and industrial waste into waterways, control the building of fishpens and maintain flood contol projects? – Pardon?
- The citizens working to hold their officials responsible and doing what they can to avoid stressing the environment? – Zzzzz
You may commence drowning
Faced with such enormous problems and years of inaction and neglect by the government, Filipinos inevitably turned to humor:
What can I say?