I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby proclaim August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.
A time to mourn, ok, great. But my complaint here is why do we declare a national day of mourning and lower all our flags now, when 8 Hong Kong people die, but do nothing for all the other times a bunch of Filipinos die?
- 5 soldiers killed by rebels in Agusan del Sur the same day (link)
- 9 police officers killed by the NPA in Samar on Monday (link)
- 39 passengers killed in a Benguet bus crash last week (link)
Their deaths may not have been broadcast on live TV in prime time, but that doesn't diminish the significance of the loss of life.
Are they any less deserving of our sympathy? Or are Filipino lives simply not worth as much to the government of the Philippines?