What happened yesterday on ULTRA was one scenario of our pitiful social condition.
Most people went there for the hope of becoming a little “richer” but instead experienced a stampede that costs more or less 100 dead people and 200++ injured.
People from remote provinces would sacrifice their jobs and physical comforts for the hope that they could win the promised million peso prize as promised by the Wowowwee gameshow. Most people who went to Ultra are those people in despair who fell for the trap of false-hopes.
Providing sparks of hope to the Filipino people is actually good, especially in the midst of our political and economic turmoil, but blinding people with sparks of false-hope can be devastating.
Wowowwee has long been promising most Filipinos that the show alone can alleviate them from poverty.
TV personalities and people interviewed may be right in saying that nobody is to blame in the incident, but there must be at least people/ forces responsible for the perpetuation of such tragedy.
I do partly blame the Spaniards for infusing in the Filipino psyche and culture the element of luck.
I also partly blame Willie Revillame for sensationalizing poverty, and for telling the people to join Wowowwee instead of finding decent jobs.
“Kung wala kayong magawa sa bahay, kung wala kayong trabaho, mag wowowwee na kayo!” -may not be the exact words from Mr Willie.
He/the show is not helping any poor person- he is merely teaching them to be lazy.
Network/ Project coordinator should also felt responsible for the tragedy because of their failure to anticipate such tragedies.
It is always a responsibility to provide a quality crowd and security control system whenever big events will be held.
The people in queue, who pushed their way in maybe because of impatience or hunger for money, must also be blamed. We never learned our lessons.
The Government must see this as an alarming situation when the majority of the people resort to chances, to false hopes, to luck, instead of working their way to success.
The Arroyo government should have plans on motivating the people to act on their own instead of just resorting to “easy money” promised by game shows. Condolence for the victims
This is what happens when false hopes turn into nightmares.
Prayers and condolences to all the victims of yesterday’s tragedy.