Bill Whatcott met this street person covered in flies laying next to a cart on a inner city street in Lipa
I came across this fellow laying on the sidewalk covered in flies last week when I got out of my culinary class and was heading to see my sister in law who was getting a lung biopsy at the Mediatrix Hospital in Lipa. There were people standing around who were quite indifferent to him, they all looked at me when I went over to this fellow to check if he had a pulse and was breathing and to see if I could shoe away some of the flies. The guy was breathing and had a pulse but he really didn't respond to me when I touched him and yelled at him and the flies were swarming in the hundreds so they didn't really stay away either.
My next response was quintessentially Canadian. I asked the locals standing around if we could get an ambulance to take this fellow to the hospital. They looked at me sort of amused and said no. The guy was breathing and they said he has psychiatric issues and might have been sniffing Rugby (a solvent). Anyways Mediatrix is a fairly pricey hospital and I couldn't afford to put him there. I asked my wife about bringing him home for a shower that was out of the question. Anyways, I left him there and walked away. I thought about him for a couple days and then realized I didn't even pray for him, so two days later I at least did that much.
At any rate I help my kids at the Eskwalahang Munti. They are poor, but they are not the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. Cases like this guy seem beyond my capabilities and amongst the wealthy in the Philippines there seems to be no desire to make life better for these sorts of people.
I generally hate communism, but I really don't think Filipino style crony capitalism is all that hot either......"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?" Matthew 25:37