Ship tragedy could solve rice crisis

I don't mean to be irreverent, but that awful ship accident in Romblon must be having a positive impact on the rice crisis.

Let me explain.

I usually watch the early evening television news before sitting down to dinner.

Since the Romblon tragedy started hugging the headlines, evening newscasts have become one long montage of scenes showing the attempts of divers to recover the victims -- shots of floating bloated bodies with occasional close-ups of body parts, corpses liberally covered with lime lined up for identification, hurriedly buried rotten bodies being exhumed, onlookers covering their noses to escape the unbearable stench, relatives of victims displaying a full gamut of emotions from extreme grief to uncontrollable anger.

The visual experience is so overwhelming that when it's time have dinner, I, and I suppose other viewers, too, can hardly eat -- thus resulting in lesser rice consumed.

If the TV coverage of the tragedy continues for some more time, the NFA should notice a nationwide downtrend in rice consumption. The tragedy  victims will not have died in vain.

But the NFA should also issue an advisory to news programs that if they get any more graphic in showing the recovery efforts, I -- and I suppose other viewers, too -- could suddenly regurgitate (in plain English: vomit), and that would result in rice wastage.

Darn! When will all these tragedies end?

[June 30, 2008]