As scenes of the devastation in the Philippines take over the media, it’s yet another horror story in a long line of tragedies.
The thing is, with climate change, these Pacific storms are getting stronger and more frequent. This will happen again next year and the year after and the year after that. The Philippines will continue to be devastated by storm after storm because outside of Manila most of the infrastructure sucks (and even Manila needs quite a bit of work) and the government is too corrupt and too intent on lining their own pockets to actually fix things in a country with abundant natural resources and a somewhat decent education system.
In the meantime, there is the tragedy at hand. It is worth noting that while Australia and the UK have each donated US$9 million, global power China has sneezed in Manila’s direction with $100,000, which I’m sure will go a long way towards repairing the probable trillion dollars worth of destruction there.
Locally, let’s not forget Hong Kong’s fearless leader, C.Y. Leung, who has been threatening sanctions against the Philippines because President Noynoy Aquino so far has refused to issue an official apology for the bus massacre several years ago. Leung has given Aquino 30 days to apologize and pay up or he will put his sanctions into place. Now, following the massive devastation in the islands, Leung notes that the Philippines has not asked for an extension of that 30 day deadline. Apparently it hasn’t occurred to the fucktoad that they might be a bit busy at the moment or that they might be a bit short of ready cash.