I ‘ve tried (not so) hard to keep this blog merely for self-entertainment or self-aggrandizement or ego-tripping or whatever you might call that shameless act of self-promotion in the cyberspace, but every now and then, I cannot help myself from posting about some things which are close to my heart, my home country, for example.
This year’s Faddergala (Sweden’s TV4’s charity gala for children’s fund and sponsorship), associated with PLAN-Improving children’s lives in developing countries, focused on the situation of some impoverished communities in Uganda and The Philippines. The gala was broadcasted live last Saturday night and they had anchor persons reporting from the said countries.
From what I read on the site and heard from some friends who were able to see the show, Agneta Sjödin (a swedish personality) was reporting from two impoverished places in The Philippines. One was somewhere in Samar, where children are involved in the rehabilitation of a mangrove area while the other one was in the Mindoro island where she visited a Mangyan tribe.
It is almost comical (in a tragic way) to imagine, that while Agneta was perhaps in the impoverished community of a Mangyan tribe interviewing them about their problems, a coup attempt was happening in Manila. As you may already know, some 20 renegade soldiers or so, took over a five star hotel and barricaded themselves, calling for the Filipino people to join them in their cause. The government then sent 1500 troops in full battle gear. Some fires and tear gas were shot, and a tank rammed through the hotel lobby. In the end, the renegade soldiers were arrested, and surprisingly members of the press who also happened to be in the hotel were also brought into custody. You might want to see this post by Reyna Elena about what other bloggers from the Philippines thought about this coup attempt.
I would like to write more about the plight of the needy back home but this requires another full-length entry which hopefully I could post soon. But it is perhaps obvious that one of the reasons why the country is SO fucked up is because of the political bickerings which keeps the politicians from doing the jobs they were sworned at. Instead of getting busy also taking care of the needy, the political oppositions are busy plotting new ways to topple the government. On the other hand, the “elected” officials are busy plotting ways to ensure their stay in the offices. And the poor of course, is left in the middle. Fortunately there are charitable organizations, and charitable nations like Sweden, which make sure that the needy and impoverished people in underdeveloped nations are not forgotten.