A Priest, a Motorcycle and Yolanda

Fr. Edgar thought he saw the worst of Yolanda in its 3 hour onslaught on his town. He never imagined that the devastation was far worse in nearby villages and towns.

After celebrating the Sunday Mass, Fr. Edgar rode on his motorcycle and planned to deliver Mass in other parishes in nearby towns. There, he realized the extent of Yolanda’s wrath. He saw residents with no shelter, relying on coconuts for food and saw may wounded children and elderly.

“Naisip ko agad ipaalam ito kasi kung malalaman ito ng mga kinauukulan, baka mag-initiate sila ng tulong,” Abusejo said. “Pero naisip ko naman, sino yung magdadala ng kwento na ito, ng balita? Wala akong ibang matukoy na iba kundi yung sarili ko.”

“Doon na parang pumasok sa puso ko yung isang adbokasiya, isang misyon.”

With his cellphone, he took photos of the tragic scenes along the way. He travelled on foot in some towns because of lack of fuel, but still, the priest managed to reach his destination and fulfilled his mission.

Once he reached Cabalogan and Calbayog in Samar where communication was restored, he immediately called his family living in Manila. He also contacted Monsignor Pedro Quitorio of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to inform them of his journey.

Fr. Abusejo eventually reached Manila on Tuesday evening. He then shared the information that he has and experiences to ABS-CBN let his kababayans know of the grim situation in his province.

He asks for help and donations for the Yolanda victims. He can only hope that his sacrifices will bear fruit and help will be given to his kababayans in need.

Info from: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/11/13/13/priests-motorcycle-journey-yolanda-hit-e-samar-manila