Editorial: Still Struggling-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THE seizure of at least five high-powered firearms and the capture of two suspected New People’s Army rebels following an encounter between the red fighters and the combined Philippine National Police and Philippine Army troopers in Toboso municipality, Negros Occidental, Saturday dawn, proved two things: the continued efforts of the military to offer peace and the continued struggle of the other camp to fight for their principles.
Although this matter would bring the public to a multi-layered issue, very serious at that, one could not help but wonder why insurgency still exists despite the efforts to bring the rebels to the folds of the law on the one hand, and the unified concept of truce on the other.
Why there is still exchange of gunfires between rebels and government authorities is a matter that had not been resolved for the past several decades. Or could be it is no longer possible to attain true truce between government and the rebel movement.
Each side would definitely have its own take on the issue, and the continued disagreement is but a product of deeply-rooted dilemma on government system in general, there could be a definitive end to this after all.
With the church’ continued call for true peace, and with both camps vowing to cling on to their respective stance on attaining truce, however differentiated in approach, it is a great wonder why it’s always back to square one.
There are injuries, there could be deaths, there are seizures and apprehensions, but peace is still elusive. National identity and progress is far from fruition.
The struggle continues. Will it ever end?
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 17, 2013.