Yeb Sano, the official Philippine delegate at UN Climate
Summit at Warsaw, Poland wipe
his tears after delivering his heart felt
speech in front of the world.
Photo credits to www.abc.net.au
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The Man whose Tears Fell at Warsaw by Marc Ace B. Palaganas
“We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now. Right here, in the middle of this football field. I call on you to lead us. And let Poland be forever known as the place we truly cared to stop this madness.”- Yeb Sano
Every aftermath of a disaster is true weary. Assuredly, it is lots of tears, full of cries, brimming with sorrow and saturated with grievances. The chaos that kissed Philippines recently can be the greatest but it is still one of the many catastrophes that caught the attention of the world.
Before, I keep in visualizing what it feels like being under the wild breeze of Hurricane Katrina, fleeing from being submerged under from an approaching tsunami, be shaken on the earthquake in Haiti, or by a torpedo in Texas. I may not have experienced anything alike circumstances (and still not wishing for it to happen). But recently, by the effect of Yolanda that struck Philippines is an eye-opener of how damn tragedies are.
After the shower of doom given by the typhoon, the sun had shine but there is still the shower of lamentations, people bewailing for their dead/missing relative, for their dead livelihood and for their somewhat dead future.
During these days, there is really no reason yet to make fun though we are kilometers away from Leyte and other nearby, almost-erased islands. Yet, we are not blind and deaf not to see and hear how those people mourn for our help on television, radios and even to sensational tabloids.
I all see them cry and it is true, no drama. The pearl of the orient is now submerged in tears. Don’t be numb.
But there is one Filipino that stood them all and soulfully touches my heart and my eyes teary as well. He is the man whose tears fell at Warsaw.
Yeb Sano, the country’s climate change commissioner and the Philippines’ delegate to the UN climate summit in Warsaw, has conveyed an agonizing plea on Monday.
In the summit, he associated the misfortune the country had undergone to persuade the people of the world to start up to clean their engine and fuel everyone’s desire to save our environment.
“I speak for my delegation, but I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm. I also speak for those who have been orphaned by the storm. I speak for the people now racing against time to save survivors and alleviate the suffering of the people affected.” Sano said with a cracking voice that signals for the burst of emotion that is going to explode.
The Philippines’ representative refuses the fact that those calamities are natural and unavoidable thus, calling for an urgent resolution for such matter.
Having not get the resolution, he urge the people to commence a voluntary fasting as moved by his very own compassion to those Visayans having no food for the last weeks after the onset of the disaster.
He just made those flags cry, touch their hearts and inspire them as well. He just made it clear how the country appeals for ceasing climate change.
Above all those people who cried bemoaning for their missing relative, Sano, made us cry at all. That brown who gained a standing ovation and a round of applause showed how he love the Filipino people. He, indeed, just deserves to be the delegate of the Philippines to that summit at Warsaw.
As a Filipino, I’m overwhelming with pride because I never think Filipino could have say the right words of motivation and inspiration, the perfect syntax of words ever combined, that could enthuse, change and awaken the spirit of the world on that extent.
Long live to you!