Top photo courtesy of CBS News. Lower two photos by the Office of the Press Secretary. The nation watched in horror as over 70 people (71 as of today) died in a stampede to get into the Ultra field for the 1st anniversary of a popular noontime show of ABS-CBN. True to form, finger pointing and politicizing the issue continues to rage to this very hour.
Issues: Was there a crowd control plan in the first place? Why weren't the authorities informed of such a plan (if it did existed)? Should ABS - or any other network for that matter - be blamed for promoting mendicancy among our people? Is this simply a failure to organize, or is there a deeper perpspective to it like abject poverty, etc?
For the 71 people who died, this is all nothing now. The prizes offered might have been the culprit for them to risk their lives, but it is this very desire for whatever it is - prize money, a new house, a brand new tricycle VERSUS a new hope, a new life, a brighter future - that has caused the loss of the very thing they were trying to change or improve. And this is what makes the whole thing soooo sad.
Justice must be given them the soonest time possible. This blog shares in the offering of prayers for them and their families, as well as joining the collective call for answers and resolution to the tragedy.