I was in Demlong situated in the top of mountain ranges of Lake Sebu for an Outreach Program sponsored by the CCC-NDMU and the CST council together with the Departmental Officers when a text message received by my friend horrified us.
“kuya ang dami nmtay sa stampede sa wowowee…!”
We did not believe it at first but, when Enyek received the same news from his sister, we barely can’t believe it – it’s true. The text message reported that there were 60+ people and counting killed and many were missing by tragic stampede at ULTRA where the ABS-CBN’s Wowowee a hit lunchtime show celebrates its 1st year anniversary. The whole country seems mourning for this.
Openly, I have mixed feelings about it. I feel sorry and I want to express my sympathy to those people who were trodden underfoot as other people rush-in to find way-out to save their lives. Though, I’m not related to any of the victims of the tragedy I was very affected because, I know that many of these people were waiting in line to enter the venue a day before. Most of these people were financially incapable, fatefully; they try to test their luck for the million bucks that the show will be giving away.
Who would imagine that the anniversary of the show turns to a tragic incident for the number of people who by fate I believed gamble chance and were not aware of what might happen. Truly, death comes any time for all of us. God only knows.