WITH the advent of the New Year, I share with the millions of Filipinos these twelve fervent wishes for the year 2018:
- Peace not only in Mindanao but also in the entire country;
- Jobs for the jobless and affordability of the basic necessities of life like food, shelter, clothing and education;
- Justice for all prisoners of conscience like Sen. Leila de Lima;
- Justice for the more than 14,000 victims of the bloody war on drugs;
- Reduction, if not total elimination of extra-judicial killings and summary executions;
- Government’s adherence to the rule of law and due process in its drive to solve the drug problem;
- Uncompromising respect for human rights especially the right to life as mandated by the Constitution and our international commitments;
- An end to the culture of impunity;
- An end to the public’s apathy and indifference in the face of mounting carnage of suspected drug users and pushers;
- Prosecution and punishment of all those responsible for the mass murder of poor victims;
- Popular resistance against a nationwide imposition of martial law, and threats of declaring a revolutionary government;
- Rejection by the people of the Constituent Assembly’s blitzkrieg move for charter change to adopt federalism without any serious debates on the merits and demerits of the proposed constitutional revisions.–-Democrito C. Barcenas
We should give credit where credit is due. At least traffic in the town of Minglanilla has not been problematic the past few days. I hope this will last long.--Eric Paguba of Tunghaan, Minglanilla
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 04, 2018.
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