In the movie “Superman Returns,” journalist Lois Lane cannot begin writing an article on why the world needs Superman. She should have scanned the Daily Planet’s international section–which her boyfriend edits– or checked out Google News, and she would have found hundreds–maybe even thousands– of reasons why the world cannot afford to lose Superman again.
Here in our country, Darna–the national superhero–is currently inactive, while Captain Barbell is busy imitating Superman. This being the case, Superman should revisit the Philippines soon.
Here are some reasons why the Philippines needs Superman:
- Petron says it has no obligation to cover cost of oil spill cleanup. With his super breath, Superman could repair the damage caused by the oil spill in Guimaras and nearby areas in a few minutes, probably even seconds–a task that could take six months to one year when done with ordinary human strength. Maybe he could also pressure Petron to be more responsible and convince government officials to place public interests before that of the big corporations.
- Mayon rumbles as local execs mull sending evacuees home. If Superman can prevent the formation of a new mass of land peppered with Kryptonite, why can’t he calm Mayon down?
- Army sergeant slain, 29 rifles seized by NPA in Bukidnon. I don’t know if Superman would take sides in the on-going war between government forces and the rebels, but with his super speed I’m sure he’ll be able to save the poor soldier from being killed.
- Another killing, 8 arrests; Peasant leader is Victim No. 247. Mrs Arroyo is unable to stop the killings of journalists and activists. Maybe Superman can. And I’m sure he’s not afraid of Jovito Palparan.