Wake up, it’s not over yet-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Monday, October 21, 2013
WE MAY have been dampened with the news on the recent rescue and relief operations in Central Visayas, especially in Bohol, and the continuous aftershocks and difficulties in finding lost people who could have been buried in hills and other mountainous places.
Even in Cagayan de Oro is lending its hand to this situation. There are already groups and organizations which are accepting donations such as the Philippine Red Cross–Cagayan de Oro Chapter and “Operation Tabang Bohol” by the “Aksyon Kaliwat Bol-anon.” Just make sure that you give your donations to the groups you know that it will go directly to the people and not to their pockets, especially if it’s cash.
While we are busy focusing on helping people not just in Bohol but in the Zamboanga armed conflict aftermath as well, let us not forget that the battle on the pork barrel scam is still yet to continue as investigations are beginning to become stagnant as we speak.
That is why constant vigilance, such as this upcoming “PORKtober Fest,” and a rally today by a group of farmers in Northern Mindanao to call for the abolition of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, is highly important. Especially that this new “disbursement acceleration program (DAP)” seems dubious enough that you can’t help but wonder if it’s the same as PDAF, in spirit.
But prior to the earthquake incident last Tuesday, October 15, it is also as alarming when news broke out late that the Philippine Eagle named Minalwang was found dead and it had a gunshot wound which was most likely the cause of its death.
Reports said that it happened on October 11, and we only learned from mainstream media in the last few days. The eagle was found lifeless in Mount Lumot in Gingoog City by members of the Davao-based Philippine Eagle Foundation.
It’s as alarming as any calamity that may occur in our country when it comes to conservation initiatives is concerned. The Philippine eagle, which was considered the national bird of the country, is considered
an endangered species because of unabated poaching of its kind.
What’s more disheartening is that there are still uneducated people out there who don’t appreciate a single effort to preserve wildlife species such as the Philippine eagle. These people still never know
what richness they had until it was totally gone, and let us not wait for that time to happen.
I still believe that nature can do us karma, it fights back against us in due time, and it when it does, it’s massive. We destroy its natural resources, and kill its other precious living things, then nature gets to us in forms of natural calamities. And who are going to suffer? Not us, but our future generation.
On the lighter side, the nation was almost in disgust after legendary musician Freddie Aguilar announced to the public that he is dating a16-year-old girl, who was 44 years younger than him. The conservative
Filipino voice was quick to swipe on the relationship as vulgar and alarming. While Aguilar defended the relationship and told everyone: “get real.”
Yeah, “love,” they say. But Aguilar makes sense, why the public only become so self-righteous when Aguilar, was at least responsible enough for his new young lover, compared to the wider and undocumented reality that there are girls aged 17 and below that fall prey to mature men, particularly foreign sex predators, whether it’s against their will or not, and even with or without the consent of their parents?
Let’s stop being hypocrites. We have those ambitious neighbors now that desperately wanted to break away from the shackles of poverty who resort to online dating from foreigners, and to some extent, they
would advise their underage teens to be hooked up by men older than them in exchange for the money being sent to the country until they will meet soon.
They may say they were just being practical. Sure it is. Practically disgusting, nonetheless.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 21, 2013.