conspiracy theory

when i came home late the other night, i was anything but not shocked by the gripping headline that flashed on the TV screen: close to 30 schoolchildren in bohol died from eating cassava, a rootcrop. my first reaction, before learning that kamoteng kahoy, if not prepared properly, can actually be poisonous, was that this was an act of terrorism. until now, i cannot quite shrug the possibility that there may have been some insidious force behind the deaths, since the collusion of uncanny coincidences was too incredible. imagine: more than 130 children eat essentially the same snack from the same source, which sadly left many too sick for the local hospital to handle. besides, the level of toxicity in the cassava shouldn’t be enough to lead to these many deaths, regardless of how improper the preparation. it is a wonder, with the level of paranoia in government, that this angle, which given the circumstances is probable, has not been suggested.

i recall an incident back when i was a freshman in UP, when the entire kalayaan hall became a dormitory of very sick teenagers after its residents ate what turned out to be bad food. of course some stomachs were tougher than others and there were no fatalities, only a lot of mobility. i don’t recall, however, if anyone was made to answer for the oversight at the kitchen. in other jurisdictions, this would have been a huge tort case.

there is little i can do, actually, but to shake my head. i am still kindling a little disbelief, though i have room to entertain a conspiracy. and ultimately, i am beginning to realize how i’ve lived my life a little too dangerously, eating streetfood, not knowing the invisible dangers that i may be subjecting myself to. for in many cases, always, the secret’s in the sauce.