Over at Filipino Voices, Marck wrote:
To me, at least, now is not the time to go after the Sulpicio Lines owners, strap them to the stocks and pillory, and throw rotten tomatoes at them before they get hanged publicly for making the bingo. There will always be time for the scathing rage that comes from the indignation following a tragedy. There will always be time to accuse. I still believe in the inherent goodness of people to add up to donations, to help out in whatever way they can.
I disagree. There is no time like the present to beat Sulpicio Lines senseless and blast it out of the water for good.
Two reasons. First: if you wait until public outrage dies down, the movement to tear that murderous shipping line to shreds loses momentum. Without the unflattering attention of mainstream media, the regulators jump right back into bed with the regulated, and the ships of death sail on. I mean, even in the midst of this outrage, didn’t Sulpicio even have the chutzpah to say that it would continue to sell tickets despite a beaching order?
Second, there is no reason why the ‘scathing rage’ cannot be stoked while the gentler passions of charity and love are also being paid attention to. Being angry should not mean being rooted to one spot just churning out bad vibes. That lady who gave part of her NFA ration? Hell, she was prolly pissed as hell about Pag-Asa – if it weren’t for their crappy predictions, she’d be bringing home her full ration instead of having to share it with the poor bastards in the provinces. Because let’s face it: giving is never easy. That’s what makes the act of giving so heroic – you’re giving even if it bites you. Besides, it’s always irritating when the incompetence of other people cause an inconvenience in our own lives; doubly so when that incompetence – as in the case of Pag-Asa and Sulpicio – proves fatal.
So, the government – and everyone else who cares a damn about how things ought to be – should give succour with left hand and, with the right, bring down the almighty motherfucking hammer of god.