Blame the victims

I just received instructions from the President that if push comes to shove, we will have to blast these houses – Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson

For stubbornly insisting
on calling the rivers
and waterways their homes,
blame them for their misfortunes!

For being subjected
to flood waters as high as houses,
and being stripped off their
worldly belongings,
scores lost their lives,
as incessant rains poured
from the heavens for weeks on end,
blame them for their misfortunes!

For refusing
to be ‘rescued’ from their inundated houses
only to be hauled to pigsties they call
‘evacuation centers’ ,
blame them for their misfortunes!

For having to line up for hours,
clothes wet and ankle deep in muck and mud,
for food and water rations courtesy
of shameless and vote hungry politicians,
blame them for their misfortunes!

For refusing
to leave their houses,
the roof above their heads,
however deplorable and dangerous;
for insisting to hang on to their homes
because society failed to provide them
with this very basic human necessity,
blast their houses if necessary,
then blame them for their misfortunes!

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