Social Media is a great medium for the people’s voice. Thus, the good and bad sides of the human race are evident when a disaster strikes. Some blame it on the President. Others to the local government or the Department of Labor and Employment. However, based on the reliable Google Analytics data, both the pro and anti-Bongbong Marcos groups are quiet on this subject from the moment the fire breaks out last December 23, Saturday at 9:30 AM to this date – that all the 37 fatalities’ burned beyond recognition remains are recovered. According to the autopsy, they all died of suffocation due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Hence, a time to mourn for most Filipinos.
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The President’s Hands-On Role
The President announces the grim assessment that trapped victims may have zero chances of survival on Christmas Eve. It is the most difficult job amidst the wailing and crying of grieving relatives. Mayor Sara Du30 and Bureau of Fire Protection Southern Mindanao chief Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu confirm this on Christmas Day. They tell families about the recovery of the 36 bodies. Extreme sadness follows.
Highlights of a Survivor’s Near Death Experience
Some survivors of the fire that made it out from the Davao City’s New City Commercial Center or NCCC Mall recalled their tragic experience. The sprinklers did not work. Some people ran toward the fire exits, which were impassable. They were also on fire. No alarm was heard from the start.
Tribute to the Deceased Call Center Agents
Most of the victims were employees of the Research Now SSI. It is a Texas-based call center located on the fourth floor of the mall. These were young, abled, and English proficient talents. They are gone too soon for the industry and most especially for their families. It may be short but they have done well in their trade and in life.
Unity in Silence
Except for a pathetic few, political groups unite in silence. Most Filipino hearts right now are mourning. The tragedy even started earlier with the devastation of typhoon Vinta also in Davao. Then, a road mishap on Christmas Day left 20 dead in Agoo, La Union right after the devastating NCCC Mall fire. All these are tests of time for all citizens. Not just to the President. Despite the pain of those who have lost their loved ones, healing comes handy when the whole nation sympathize instead of playing the blame game. As what Bongbong Marcos always say, our country will excel in unity.