CDO advisory: The terrorist as backpacking ‘fashionista’-A A +A
Straight from Carolinas
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I ALWAYS have happy thoughts about fiestas because it ushers in a rainbow of colors and tables filled with yummy food in every area it is held in. The revelry gets me in a jovial mood and brings out the best in me.
It’s that time of year aside from Christmas when I get the backpack out of the closet along with my best dress, hats and of course sunglasses (it doesn’t matter if it’s fake or a designer brand).
Don’t get me wrong, my priority is really to attend the concelebrated mass at 9.00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral; wearing fancy clothes and accessories is a secondary concern.
It seems I couldn’t use them if I am in Cagayan de Oro because of the advisory issued by the police force warning city residents and visitors against displaying “finery” in public. Hah!
I don’t buy the idea that even in harsh times we have to resort to issuing this advisory. If so, then nearly everyone is a theft suspect.
It is indeed, an interesting advisory but the cops missed the point here--it would not solve the problem but instead cause confusion. Confusion and chaos breed terrorism and all kinds of criminality.
It is interesting because both Congressman Rufus Rodriquez and former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel said the advisory might trample on civil liberties because it borders between what is constitutional and unconstitutional. I agree.
A case might be filed in court in a worse-case scenario. Mr. Police Chief, I think you haven’t finished watching action movies featuring terrorists of late; actors stereotype terrorists as wearing sunglasses.
In the 1997 thriller Air Force One, Harrison Ford wore sunglasses but he played an American president, not a terrorist.
How could wearing sunglasses be a security problem when you use it to avoid the glare of sunlight and—obviously -- to show off to friends and critics alike?
Marifil Verna Torayno, a “fasionista” would tell you why she uses sunglasses. Oh she loves it second to “Zumba.”
As to backpacks, both men and women, office workers and laborers carry them because of convenience.
So instead of issuing this “crazy advisory” we have to intensify police work. When I say intensify, police should be proactive and not reactive. Cops must be issued all means of communication (handheld, cell phone, and other devices).
Cell phones must have pre-paid loads paid for by the government. Lastly, police should have vehicles that actually run.
Cops have no time to ask anyone to help them push their cars while the criminals are running toward the finish line.
More cops on the streets and maximizing the intelligence gathering starting from the barangay level are key ingredients to a secure city.
All of these should be charged to the chief executive’s intelligence fund. This is one expense that doesn’t need limitations if we have to fight the war on terror.
I know this is hard but it’s the only way. The stereotype of the terrorist wearing sunglasses or carrying backpacks doesn’t apply anymore. Truth be told, terrorists don’t care about their appearance.
They can look about as average as anyone else and have multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts. The public should be grounded when it comes to security because it is everyone’s concern.
Again, the police should disabuse themselves from the perception that terrorists wear hats and sunglasses and carry backpacks. No they don’t at all.
If this advisory isn’t lifted, I can only imagine how hard it is for photojournalist Joey Nacalaban to hop from one press conference to another.
Mr. Police chief, please surprise me and your constituents by heeding this friendly advice. From the Carolinas, happy fiesta Cagayan de Oro!
I wish to extend a belated happy birthday greeting to Karen Lynette Smith, who celebrated her special day on August 17. Karen is the eldest daughter of Ronnie so she happens to by my stepdaughter.
Like me, she is into journalism having graduated with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
She is the office manager of Bolt Group here at Charlotte. Bolt is into product innovation (products and designs) which is in a way related to journalism. She would be my travel companion to Paris next week.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 24, 2013.