I noticed that majority of those who died were women. Whatever happened to the gentlemen? Were they the first to push, leave, and run away?
After the dust has settled, here are some of the immediate reactions from local bloggers:
- Sassy Lawyer - "....parents should take more responsibility over their children. It just isn’t responsible to take 4-year-olds camping at the ULTRA to watch a game show. It’s so sad that they don’t even consider that they may just be being used by networks to prove the networks’ popularity and their commercial viability to advertisers."
- NocturnalAngel - ".....what's even more chilling is the fact that others stayed on after the stampede, waving to the cameras, hoping to still get into the auditorium to win the money."
- Jon Limjap - "If this were a case study in marketing, ABS-CBN must have been doing something right. They have successfully bred a culture of dependence that entice millions of people to watch the show and thousands to regularly attempt to join its audience for a chance to play."
- RonAllan -".... it is poverty, greed, commercialism and lack of foresight which caused the tragedy. Personally, I don't really care for events offering such exorbitant prizes. I believe it encourages laziness, mendicancy and freeloading among the poor, which is quite pathetic since not everyone can win."
- GemBBM - "This is really sad. Over 60 dead because of the stampede! Only shows how desperate Filipinos are nowadays."
- Sassymoon - "Kawawa naman ang mga taong ito. Biktima sila ng kahirapan. Biktima sila ng mga pangyayari. Wala silang maasahang tulong, kaya kapit sa patalim sila. Ito nga naman ang pagkakataong magkapera nang hindi ka magnanakaw o gagawa ng ilegal."
- Unsentpostcards - "I have seen winners cry their hearts out on-air after winning the one million jackpot. And in all honesty, I really feel happy for them. In a society where earning a decent living is often a daily struggle for the almost anyone, Wowowee represents the great opportunity. A possible break from the monotomy of poverty."
What causes a human stampede?
Some say it is a biologic impulse of herd animals. Human stampedes are usually observed during religious pilgrimages and professional sporting events. It seems that panic is panic, whatever the nationality involved. A trigger (someone shouting "bomb!" or "fire!" will do) usually begins the melee.
How does a human stampede kill?
Horribly! I heard an eyewitness being interviewed on late night TV news who said she watched a companion beside her go into "death spasms" as they were crushed by the heavy load of people pressing on them. It was a miracle she survived.
The technical term for the immediate cause of death in a stampede is "compressive asphyxia" according to Crowd Dynamics. A pile of bodies 10 feet high can produce fatal chest pressures of 800-900lbs (urgh!). It is like being rolled over by a big truck or sat on by a young female elephant. Mamamatay ka talaga! [You will surely die!]
But hey, let's not kid each other. Those are technical reasons you give in a classroom. If you ask me, I agree with most of the local bloggers above. Those 74 people died because of immense desperation to get out of the poverty they have long endured.
Taos puso po akong nakikiramay sa mga kamag-anak ng mga nasawi. Namamatay tayo sa unos, sa baha, sa lindol, sa pakikipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa, pero ang pagkasawi sa sariling bayan sa mga kadahilanang gaya nito ay hindi lamang malungkot kung hindi nakapagdadala din nang labis na poot sa ating mga puso. Kaawa-awa naman talaga tayo.