- A grieving son who, together with just one sibling because their other siblings were not allowed to be there, cremated his father
- He penned a painful letter to President Duterte and Gen. Sinas outlining how they followed the law, which the President signed and Gen. Sinas swore to enforce
- The netizen said that only he and one of his sibling saw him off, not even his 6 other siblings nor his father's apos were there
- At the end of his lengthy post, he directly addressed Duterte and Sinas, and said, "To those in that meeting, do not mock us with your sycophantic laughter. There are people whose experience is much worse than ours and you people mock them with every snicker, bad joke, stupid guffaw, and useless information you share."
A grieving son, Mike Alcazaren took to Facebook and recounted how he, and only one sibling, attended the cremation of his father who died.
Alcazaren gave painful details about how his other 6 siblings didn't even get to say goodbye to their father because they followed the law, particularly the quarantine and social distancing regulations.
His father's grandchildren and other relatives were not able to come too because they followed the law.
Amid the controversial birthday gathering of NCRPO Chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas and the President's support of Sinas, Alcazaren ended his post with words that expressed the hurt at how they, as a family, were not able to bid their father the proper farewell, while at the other side of the fence was a public officer who gathered 42 people in a birthday "mañanita" celebration despite the quarantine and social distancing rules that the government imposed.
Here is the painful letter of Alcazaren:
"Dear Mr. President & Gen. Sinas,
This is a picture of how we cremated our father more than 40 days ago. Those flowers weren’t even ours. A total of 4 hours for the non-ceremony, mostly spent signing papers and just waiting to bring home our dad's ashes. My younger brother and I were the only ones allowed to witness the cremation because we followed the law. We were quarantined with him at home when he passed on so we were the only ones permitted to accompany him. Because we followed the law. Our 6 other siblings, their families and his apos were not even there to see him off because we followed the law. When we brought his ashes home, we had to disinfect the urn and left it outside our compound because we were still under quarantine. Those family members in the compound were able to pay respects but 4 other families have not seen his remains since he passed away because they live in other cities. BECAUSE. THEY. FOLLOWED. THE. LAW. We continue to follow quarantine rules because you signed this law Mr. President. General Sinas, you took an oath to enforce it without fear or favour. Unfortunately for the two of you, the words fear & favour, you regularly twist to your own advantage. So do not mock us with your lame jokes about spending your d* birthday alone Mr. President. To those in that meeting, do not mock us with your sycophantic laughter. There are people whose experience is much worse than ours and you people mock them with every snicker, bad joke, stupid guffaw and useless information you share. By the way, that’s not a regional thing Mr. President, the cursing and crude jokes. My father was a proud Cebuano who never acted like a “butangero”. He treated people with respect and dignity. Enough is enough. Husto na!"
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Mike Alcazaren is a local independent filmmaker. He is also a Carlos Palanca awardee. His open letter was shared 12,000 times and has already gotten 24,000 reactions.
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