On suspicious minds and relief operations
This photo of the President on his way to hand out relief goods to flooded areas in NCR is now being accused in online forums as early politicking. Present in the photo are Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, Bureau of Customs chief Rufino Biazon, Akbayan partylist spokesperson Risa Hontiveros, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva as well as actress and presidential sister, Kris Aquino. With the exception of Kris, the group is composed of Liberal Party's senatorial line-up for 2013.
Prior to this, the President has been criticized for not showing up in disaster stricken areas. Now, I wonder, what is so wrong with having these people around in a relief operation. If I were President, I would naturally want to be surrounded by people I know and trust. Running in the 2013 elections should not restrict would be candidates from supporting the President and helping our countrymen. The same way that nobody should restrict other re-electionists from organizing their own relief operations.
Simply put, these people helped in a time of need. They did not hurt anyone, hand out fliers nor plaster their names and faces on relief goods. How are we not appreciating this? If they hid inside the truck, would critics be less suspicious? I don't think so. Partisan minds would always find something wrong but this is hardly the time for suspicions and intrigues. For whether your political color is yellow or any other color, this is a time to set aside differences and just help. At the end of the day, I think the people in the areas they went to appreciated the gesture and that is all that should matter.
Update: Just read a Facebook status by Dick Gordon that rings the same as this post.