Quote of a Lifetime

November 22, 2013 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

“You get some more” – Susan Tan

Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk at the destroyed port in the town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Three days after the typhoon struck last Nov. 8, Susan Tan’s grocery store and warehouse in Guiuan were ransacked by hungry townsmen and she lost P10 million worth of goods. But she has opted to forgive them, she said, blaming the government instead for its slow response to the needs of the typhoon victims.

Tan lost P10 million worth of goods, most of which she had purchased on loans. The losses have not turned her bitter. Instead, she opened what remains of her store to people seeking to talk to their loved ones, allowing them the make three-minute calls provided for free by Smart Communications.

In the first week after the typhoon, a long queue of residents lined up outside her thrashed store, hoping to get a chance to make a call.

Asked why she opted to stay, she said: “There’s nothing you can do but help. I’ll just forgive and forget.”

She said helping her fellow Guiuanons helped her regain her sanity after the typhoon.

Tan turned emotional recounting an encounter with one looter. “I was standing behind her back. She was sitting there, tired from the looting,” she said. “She saw me and said: ‘Thank you.’ I almost cried.”

When the looter told her it was the birthday of her child, she found herself telling her, “You get some more.”

– See more at: http://www.inquirer.net/philippine-election-2013/articles/529191#sthash.k8tgHhd7.dpuf

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