Imagine this situation, if you would. Your brother just died in a foreign country, far away from his home. You are mourning deeply for his loss, quite sad. When your brother died, it was under unfortunate circumstances which caused an uproar, only making your loss more painful.
Your brother’s body is shipped back home from the foreign land where he died. You and your family have made all of the arrangements for a nice funeral and you are hoping to get over it and hopefully get back to a normal life as time passes. After the body is repatriated, though, you and the family open the coffin and the body inside is not your brother after all.
How would you react? Would you rejoice, thanking God that perhaps your brother did not die after all? Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity when he was reported dead. Certainly, the person in the coffin was not him, so you have a glimmer of hope. You have a little glimmer of happiness and joy in your heart when you realize that your brother is not the one in that casket, after all.
My friends, it is rare that I write about the same general topic twice in a single week, but today I felt that it was justified to do so, given some new information that just came to light.
The situation described above played out in real life three times Wednesday in Hong Kong. Remember those Chinese Tourists who were killed after being taken Hostage in a bus in Manila last week? I wrote about the incident on Monday in my article, The Manila Massacre. You see, when the bodies of the dead tourists were sent back to Hong Kong, three of the caskets were mislabeled. Three of the families received bodies of somebody other than their loved one! Can you imagine toiling with a grieving family like this?
Back in the Philippines, who is minding the store? Has the whole country gone on vacation and just left things to operate on autopilot? It would seem so. Stupidity. That’s what it is. It’s stupidity, ineptness and a general “I don’t give a crap” attitude that allowed this to happen. There can be no other excuse. It is shameful for the Philippines. I love the Filipino people, and the country, but there is no excuse for this.
The country was already hanging their head in shame when the botched rescue attempt happened last week and 9 people were killed. But, to send the wrong bodies to some of the families is a slap in the face to the loved ones left behind. There is no excuse for it. I certainly would not expect the President to personally check every casket to ensure that they were correctly marked, but somebody under the authority of the President should have been following up to make sure that everything went as smoothly as possible to ease the burden on the grieving families in Hong Kong. I can think of no botch up that could have been worse than what happened.
Frankly, a lot of what happens in the Philippines happens because a lot of the people just don’t care much. Every day I see attitudes of people that don’t really care if they do their job correctly or not. You go in office buildings and look for help, and you have 30 or 40 employees sitting around doing their makeup and such while dozens of people are waiting in line to get their business taken care of. It is this kind of “I don’t care” attitude that caused this foul up to occur with these victims of the Manila Massacre. Does anybody care? I suspect that the number who actually care is quite small, and I’m ashamed to say that. Like I say, I love the Philippines, but sometimes you have to stand up for what is right, and that time is now for me.
Certainly there are Filipinos who take pride in doing a job right. I don’t think that could be said for the people involved in repatriating these bodies back to Hong Kong, though. The simplest of work could have ensured a more peaceful time for the relatives of the victims. For nearly 2 weeks we have heard a lot of Government people here saying that they are so sorry for the incident and such. But, to let this happen is shameful. Not much else I can say about that.