It is now exactly a year after that horrific calamity that was Yolanda.
The Catholic bishops have called for prayers on this day each year so that we continue to remember the great human toll the mighty typhoon took — and the great misery aggravated by incompetent government response to what happened.
Even as the national government warned communities in the path of the storm about the great dangers posed by this freak of nature, little was actually done to mitigate the calamity. There were no ships filled with relief goods readied in safe ports before the storm struck. There was no deployment of troops to quickly restore the vital ro-ro ports through which rescue and relief would pass. Recall that the US military was first on the scene in any meaningful way after the storm passed.
What could be more telling of the state of government readiness than the…
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