Highly ignored because of Vhong

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


WHEN the news broke out on the ordeal of the celebrity Vhong Navarro, mass media went blackout, except that the spotlight even grew brighter toward the celebrity’s blow-by-blow account and now, we’re heading to another chapters that branch out from the original mauling incident inside a condominium unit.

Then big government agencies came in like the National Bureau of Investigation, and not to mention some thick-faced politico-cum-actors are also joining the fray. We will not be surprised if this will lead to a Senate inquiry, leaving behind more important issues that the public genuinely needs.

Although it is important to put Navarro’s perpetrators to justice; and justice should also bring truth over the allegations of molestation or attempted rape allegedly made by Navarro toward the 22-year-old Deniece Cornejo that spurred the mauling incident allegedly headed by businessman Cedric Lee and several others.

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But the point is, news had gone overboard again, just like how mass media treat Kris Aquino when she carelessly show her antics over shallow controversies. Then the real worthy news is highly ignored – which could make a great impact directly toward us.

Perhaps the majority of the public didn’t know until now that the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have already agreed to make peace in Mindanao, ending the decades-old rift in the island and bringing in progress through the new Bangsamoro.

However, it’s still a long road to travel, as of this moment there are armed skirmishes in South Central Mindanao between military forces and renegade rebels, not to mention how the Moro National Liberation Front will react after the peace pact.

The majority of the public may still don’t know that the Freedom of Information Bill is far more important in getting access to the government’s transaction once it will become a law, and nobody bats an eyelash while it’s being deliberated in the Senate as of this moment.

For the Department of Justice, although it’s every Filipinos’ right to summon them to seek for help, but we could only hope that the zeal and enthusiasm of the officials to handle Navarro’s case, is the same on how they give justice to the pork barrel scam cases, and even rice smuggling activities in the country.

And until now, people in typhoon Yolanda-stricken communities in Visayas are still facing daily tribulations in rebuilding their homes. Some might still have the traumas that have been caused by the dreadful event, and more stress as the government is still struggling to address each woes and controversies thrown on them like the bunkhouses, of which it was reported that they will stop making more and instead give the construction materials so they can build it on their own. Isn’t it disheartening?

What about those who are old and have difficulties building their houses?

And even until now, cases of enforced disappearances still haven’t met with justice, same thing to those slain journalists and activists, and we don’t really care who they are and what they do for the communities, far more noble and heroic than Vhong Navarro’s talents.

[nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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