The Philippines is still starting to move on after that devastating flash floods hit Mindanao just few days before Christmas last year that claimed over a thousand of lives including those up to this very day remain missing. Ruthless "Sendong" displaced more than 376,000 people, with victims still taking refuge to makeshift evacuation centers until today while trying to pick up the tiny bits of their broken hearts and shattered dreams with the loss of their loved ones. Just after several days, some provinces of Visayas Region (parts of Leyte and Negros) were again smashed by landslides that caused deaths, damage of properties and brought even more anguish to an already grieving nation.
Just as the country has learned to force a little smile in its lips, here she is again struck by another natural phenomena that scared the hell out of her people. On Monday, January 6, a strong 6.9 earthquake shook Cebu and Dumaguete (Negros Island) in the Visayas region. Then starts the heartbreaking count of fatalities (at least 48 people have died, reports say ); missing victims ( reports say 92, 72 of them are buried in separate events of landslides triggered by the quakes); and damage of properties; then starts the grief of an already wretched land.
These, along with the ongoing impeachment case against Corona, the seemingly endless bickering of the opposing forces in the Philippine government, the continuing impoverished economic situation, peace and order situation in some parts of Mindanao, corruption and more critical issues confront me with this thought: When will these all end? Do we still have a way out? If what they say is true that there is always a rainbow every after the rain falls, when will we ever see it?
My mind is full of perplexities...but then somehow my heart tells me to have hope and faith that these will come to pass.