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Bacolod solon posts impassioned plea for relief frontliners

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The lone district solon here has posted an impassioned message for frontliners delivering relief packs of his office as he appealed to them to be more understanding of common folk who “lash out in anger.”

What used to be a night filled with laughter and parties was switched into one were police men and officials stay up late fighting against the plague. | Photo by Rodney Jarder
What used to be a night filled with laughter and parties was switched into one were police men and officials stay up late fighting against the plague. | Photo by Rodney Jarder

“I see your sacrifices and I, with all my heart, am eternally grateful for your service,” Cong. Greg Gasataya said in a post on his personal Facebook account.

He appealed to the volunteers for compassion in the face of what he called “frustrated people” to “block out the noise and keep an open mind and heart when people lash out in anger or throw you insults and criticisms,” he said

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Under the heat of the sun a family tried to enter the border from Bacolod to Don Salvador, this is located at Brgy. Pandanon. | Photo by Rodney Jarder
Under the heat of the sun a family tried to enter the border from Bacolod to Don Salvador. This is located at Pandanon village.| Photo by Rodney Jarder

“Please be compassionate and understanding for under these extraordinary circumstances, there are frustrated people at the verge of giving up due to lack of food and income to provide for their children and ill family members,” he added.

Gasataya also noted that the volunteers work eight to 10 hours a day” that is how much time you give just to knock on the doors of our kasimanwa to deliver relief packs, and beyond those relief packs – a message of hope.”

Corporate people in their cars in contrast to the contractual workers on the job under the heat. Different worlds same deadly virus to fight against. | Photo by Rodney Jarder
Corporate people in their cars in contrast to the contractual workers on the job under the heat of the sun. Different worlds same deadly virus.| Photo by Rodney Jarder

He said” through your hardwork, you show Bacoleños that in the middle of this crisis, there are people like you willing to brave the heat of the sun or pour (sic) of the rain just to help a kasimanwa in need.”

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The solon also lauded the sense of sacrifice of the volunteers.

“You could have easily refused moving around the city because ultimately that meant putting your families’ lives and yours at risk – but you did not. You chose to go above and beyond, to continue serving our people. You could have easily shrugged your shoulders, but, again despite the risks, you offered your helping hands to those who have less,” he said.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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