And the rain came falling-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
THERE are moments that of all the unending issues that transpire every day in a year in our society you will realize that it is quite tiresome, especially when you are passionately involved in a cause to make better social transformations, yet people around you were either passive, or simply do not get what you are trying to explain.
What’s the point in all of these calls for good governance and transparency, but in the end the people we replaced by another set of people we thought would bring reform will be later on be consumed to the same corruption problems and political instability, like the previous powers that be?
This year alone is tiresome, not to mention that we also have our personal lives to attend to in surviving the daily grind of the system we adapted.
We pulled out a local “dictator,” but we are faced by more obstacles that could badly hurt the image of Cagayan de Oro’s governance. We have yet to see what’s to come, and hopefully we still have perfect 20/20 eyesight when that happens.
Then the larger-than-life exposé of Janet Lim-Napoles and her romance with lawmakers and government officials, between her pseudo non-government organizations and taxpayers’ money in the name of pork barrel, which in turn also hit us back in the city.
And hit us back, it did, when the name of former representative and mayor Constantino Jaraula was one of the 38 personalities identified by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to be charged with corruption, along with big names in the Senate like Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile, the former Senate President.
The memoirs did not yet fade during Enrile’s bid to be re-elected in the Senate, that he used to employ a catchy phrase “gusto ko happy ka,” that he wanted us to be happy. Well, we are somehow happy by the developments in the pork barrel scam investigation, but for how long we will be happy to the extent of achieving blissfulness, it remains a mystery.
The whistleblowers’ camp provided boxes worth of evidences, and photocopies of each that said to amount already around P400,000. Will the people involved be charged? Likely yes. But will the people of the Philippines achieve justice?
Well, considering of the density of the case and the people involved, you may want to take a hint on the snail-paced trial happening against the Ampatuans after they were accused of burying 58 human lives up in a hill in Maguindanao province, one sunny afternoon in 2009. This means that the children we are seeing today will likely to grow up and build their own families first before we can hear a conviction verdict from the courts.
Meanwhile in Zamboanga City, a two-year-old child died after it was hit by a stray bullet due to the continued exchange of assaults between some faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It always tears our hearts apart when we hear stories of children dying. If only we could save the innocent from the ongoing armed conflict out there. But we can’t, we only see the horrors of it.
The ongoing standoff is making us weary, will it end sooner?
It also remains a mystery. All of these, if you are too concerned of the things around you, make us feel tired.
And then suddenly the rain began to fall, we are soothed for a while for the cool breeze it brings along, but we stop short in thinking, how long will it rain? Will it cause the Cagayan River to swell again and make floods? And then the thought of how prepared we are this time in natural calamities. We stop for a while and thought all these.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 18, 2013.