The recent tragedy that befell the nation highlighted community action at its best.
Locally, a truly responsive community of volunteer workers responded to the immediate needs of their kababayans.
Disappointingly but expectedly, traditional politicians are quick to recognise the media leverage this event presents, and you see them posturing in every photo opportunity they could get, handing out relief goods, or just within the frame of the President.
Interestingly, one of the first responders is the group led by Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu. Although distant in geography and religions, this simple act of helping a kababayan in need highlights a communitarian commitment that looks above and beyond ethnic, cultural and political differences; it is a genuine response to a moral obligation.
In a different situation their presence would have been unwelcome, even suspicious, what with our notion of the taga-labas and the taga-loob; but in the context of the community itself experiencing a massive catastrophe, manmade fences are broken and social/political affiliations give way to a collective responsibility to help another human being in need.