"We will rise up above this national tragedy. While it was tragic and a lot of things have to be learned and internalized, let’s also realize that every country screws up big time at one time or another. China had melamin deaths, Tienanmen, etc.. The US has had its massacres too that police could not prevent. So have Israel, France, Mexico—everyone. We are not an exception.
Let’s not beat ourselves up so much that we do lose hope. The thing to do is to make sure it does not happen again. We have too many things going for us as a people. We will learn and we will move on to do better things that will give us a collective sense of pride." - Jim Paredes
Exactly what I was stressing out this morning. What happened last night in Quirino Grand Stand was tragic - it crushed my heart and shook me to the core. But what hurts me the most is how many of us Filipinos feel ashamed of our country and our countrymen (the hostage taker, the policemen, the SWAT team, the media). Yes, they could’ve been smarter and diplomatic. There are so many things they could have done to have prevented this from happening. But let’s try looking at the big picture - we blame the system and we keep pointing out what’s wrong with it. But have we taken a look at ourselves, as citizens, as Filipinos - what have we done for our country? We blame the system as if we’re not part of it.
More than anything, I am ashamed of my fellow Filipinos who talk about this tragedy as if they weren’t part of it, that as if they’re better than the policemen, the media men, the politicians. Doing nothing is just as evil.
I personally think, as a Filipino, I would try to learn something from this. Rather than criticizing my country and my countrymen, I will try to find a way how I can uplift my country. I will try to show the world that the Philippines is more than what the recent tragedy says about it.