***(Update: Apparently, Jacque Bermejo has come out and gave her side of the story. She said her account was hacked since way back and has reported it to the authorities. Check out the various links supplied in the comments section.)
As the country is reeling and scrambling with the calamity of Tropical Storm Ondoy, already Twitter, Facebook and Multiply are flooded with reactions spreading like wildfire about a certain Jacque Bermejo who posted the above statement on her Facebook account. I visited her Multiply account and I’ve never seen anything like it. The comments box was going crazy. The comments were coming in a rate of almost one comment per second. Unreal. The idea of people deserving to die is ridiculous. To say the victims were sinners that’s why they died is outright vicious. Anyone who’s lost a loved one to a calamity, an accident, or even a disease will bristle at the invocation of dying as a direct result or “punishment” from a divine provenance. Obviously not much thought nor heart was put into the comment. It was heartless, insensitive, disrespectful, and downright cruel.
That said, I must say I also cringed at the amount of hate the comment generated. I was reading a mere sampling of the hate mail she got and it was replete with invectives, odium, and even death threats (whether real or merely for effect). Her careless comment hit a nerve in me when I read about it. My heart has broken many times over as I hear news or watch on television or hear from friends how many people have been fighting for their lives. Some won, some lost, while some are still fighting tooth and nail to survive as we speak. So for someone to say this is like spitting in the faces of the thousands of people affected by this calamity. Whether it’s the victims, or their loved ones, or their rescuers, or even the people who have donated in whatever form to the victims. So anger was my first reaction.
But after a while, I realize that hate is the last thing we need in times like this. The energy put into tearing her down is unhealthy even for the aggrieved. This is her deal. What she does with her words speak more for her than it does for others. To engage ourselves into her hate is to be sucked into her negativity. The last thing we need right now is to generate more hate, an emotion that sucks us dry of life and good energy. Let this be her cross to bear. Let her find her own lessons in all this.
As for everyone else who disagrees with her, who actually bleeds for the victims of this natural disaster, let us instead pool our energy and resources into the ongoing battle for survival. Many people are still fighting for their lives long after the rains have stopped. Many who were rescued now need help in evacuation centres. Many have lost their homes and livelihood. There is still a lot of rescuing and rebuilding to be done.
Donate to Red Cross thru txt. Snd RED (space)<5,25,50,100 or 300> to 2899 (Globe) & 4483 (SMART).
mas kelangan ng red cross qc ng donations kesa volunteers. andaming gusto tumulong pero walang marepack.
ABS-CBN needs volunteers for Sept. 28, 29 & 30. Shifts are 8AM-12NN; 1:00-5:00PM and 5:00-9:00PM. Call 924-4101 loc. 2603, 2579, 4759.
CFC Center in Ortigas is receiving donations in cash or in kind. Call (02)7270682-87 or 09195359036.
We need more goods.Pls drop at LUCA BRANCHES Shangri-la (near Mango)& Rockwell (Archeology) and if Eastwood mall is open tom
if ur a nurse & u wish to volunteer : richard villena of PNRC Port Area 09178714515. Alex 09175093061 thank you !GB
URGENT! More Boats needed for ongoing rescue operations. Please contact Cielo @ 0918-8824356, asap!
ALABANG – DLSZ Relief Goods Collection Center open 8AM-6PM. Grd Flr Gym 5. Donors & volunteers pass Gate 7 (Molave St).
Kapuso helpline for pledges/donations @ 9811950 to 9811959.GMA Kapuso foundation is now accepting your donations.Pls help.
ACCEPTING RELIEF GOODS IN SOUTH AREA. pls contact 09152854240 LUK 4 ANNE.
Donate to Worldvision Dev’t Foundation: BPI Savings Acct #4251002415 or BDO #270043411. For $ BPI US$Acct 4254-0050-08. Tnx!
MAKATI DROP OFF: 5729 Calasanz St., Olympia Makati City or call for pick up at 501-7405 or 729-0530 c/o Omel Santos
Assumption College San Lorenzo is nw accepting donations. Please drop them off at the AC guardhouse. ThankS. God bless.
For those who want to volunteer to Worldvision, pls txt or call Pam 09178623209.
The above are just some RT courtesy of @miriamq, follow her on Twitter for one of the more intensive updates on the relief efforts.