First and foremost, Happy New Year to all you readers of People’s Tonight, specially of this column. ‘Wag sana kayong magsasawa sa pagtangkilik and may you all be blessed all throughout the year!
While majority of us specially in Metro Manila were welcoming the New Year with great food, grand vacations and various forms of merrymaking, so many of our countrymen were not as lucky.
In Camarines Sur, a lot of people either died or were wounded when flashfloods hit the province. So far, many are still missing and are believed to be already dead.
Too, a lot and I mean thousands, were also left homeless in that province just like those who were similarly displaced in Oriental Mindoro and Samar due to great floods.
The death toll brought about by tropical depression ‘Usman’ has so far reached 85 and has affected 90 areas in Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Regions 5 and 8.
A lot of our farmers and families who depend on agriculture will also go hungry after some P32 million worth of crops have been damaged.
Some innocent civilians were also reported to have fallen victim to stray bullets in separate instances in Iloilo, Iligan and Pangasinan.
A day before New Year’s Day also came the Cotabato mall blast which claimed lives and left many innocent shoppers wounded.
Here in Metro Manila, 11 incidents of fire were reported and have left hundreds of people homeless.
And while health authorities report that firecracker-related injuries were down by 68 percent, there are still many who were wounded and will have to spend their remaining days with much difficulty due to the injuries they sustained.
While the rest of us look forward to a brighter year this 2019 after welcoming the New Year in a super happy setting, many will definitely won’t. In fact, as of this writing, a lot of our countrymen are currently staying in evacuation centers, facing a bleak future as they have to rebuild their homes and their very lives.
Yet, some of them were seen telling interviews that despite having lost everything they have, they still feel lucky that they are still alive.
For all of us who are in neither of all the given unfortunate events, let us be glad and thankful to God and stop complaining over things we don’t have. Just imagine how many would love to trade places with you at this very moment. Merely welcoming the New Year in one piece is already a great blessing in itself.
Once again, happy new year to all and to our dear readers, please continue sending your comments, suggestions and jokes, most specially. I may not be responding religiously but rest assured that you are all highly appreciated and I can never thank you enough! I love you all! Mwahhh!!!
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