By Alon Calinao Dy: Filipinos, especially those Yolanda survivors, were on pins and needles and considered as a bundle of nerves after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year.
I don't view it as a joke that this super typhoon Hagupit should go to another country like Japan. I love Japanese people and we should treat everyone well. We, Filipinos, become very angry if other nationalities offend and do not respect us. Let's show some regard and understand their position. After all, we have human needs and we need to survive for our families.
Filipinos are very nervous, tense or worried when it comes to super typhoon! I think everyone does.
Korina Sanchez, a TV Patrol broadcaster, commented last December 3 that the super typhoon Hagupit, also recognized as the typhoon Ruby, should show mercy to the Philippines and instead make landfall in Japan.
We don't want storm blowing up our homes and destroying our properties. Although this is a natural phenomenon, as much as possible, we want to spare lives. We all want to protect our loved ones not only in the Philippines but also in the country of Japan as well since we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of God.
I personally felt the strong wind and heavy rainfall of super typhoon Ruby in Samar. I took these photos after the said strongest storm "Ruby" landed and devastated the whole region of Samar last Dec. 7.
I was affected by the typhoon because there was no electricity for several days, less food and water, and saw the real sufferings of the people who have lost their houses and sources of livelihood. I tell you what, it was not a goddamn joke to watch the tears of the people. And finally, it was not a joke when you were in that place.