Arnold Clavio and Ali Sotto have these insensitive questions to a typhoon victim and netizens reacted to it.
From the Taal volcano eruption to Typh00n Ulysses.
Filipinos have faced a number of natural disa’sters this year on top of the pandemic. It’s within reason to expect deeper empathy for each other, considering how we’ve been soldiering on collectively, right?
Today, with the onslaught of Typh00n Ulysses, thousands again face the loss of their homes and livelihood. This dire situation has not inspired more empathy among some journalists covering the calam1ty, however.
Discerning netizens noted how the news program “Dobol B sa News TV” hosted by Arnold Clavio and Ali Sotto handled its interview with a woman affected by the severe flooding in Marikina.
In a clip that has been circulating online, it seems like they are asking the victim why she didn’t left her area already when she already know what happens every time there’s a typh00n.
Angela Jardin, a resident from Provident Village, reached out to the hosts to ask for rescue assistance since she was stuck with five others on the third floor of her flooded home. Instead of empathy however, Clavio asked:
“Bakit diyan pa rin kayo [sa lugar] na alam niyong [lumubog] noong Ondoy?” Sotto added, “[Noong] naghahanap kayo ng lilipatan, hindi mo ba natanong, ‘Kamusta noong Ondoy?’”
Many netizens have found these statements insensitive and lack empathy for a fellow.
A number of netizens found the questions insensitive, saying they weren’t an appropriate response to someone asking for help. Moving to a safer neighborhood isn’t a choice that everyone can make, after all.
ANG LALA NILANG DALAWA!
Non-verbatim: Hindi pa ba kayo nadala ng Ondoy? Bakit andiyan diyan pa din kayo nakatira?
— Jack_King_Queen_Ace (@jk_710) November 12, 2020
Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of flood victims and formulate solutions from a place of compassion.
Your thoughts on this?