Editorial: On a different note, Amping!-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
LAST week, we called on the Dabawenyos to take care (amping) as the city geared for the Kadayawan Festival coming right after a series of bombings in major cities.
Today, we again call on Dabawenyos to take care, not because there is another festival but because we expect to see them gather in a big mob at the Rizal Park at 9 a.m., as Davao City’s contribution to the Million People March against corruption.
Amping! Because this is really untried mobilization, where people of all convictions, ideologies, and likes gather for one common call, an end to systemic corruption in government that has been making politicians fat and the ordinary citizen emaciated.
Amping! Because in such a gathering, we should all be open-minded to accept the different ways people protest and show their anger while at the same time policing our ranks so as not to initiate anarchy.
Amping! Because there may be those of evil intentions who will want to take advantage of the situation and cause harm to well-intentioned citizens.
Like in any gathering of a community who care, let us watch out for each other, keep an extra eye out for our common good, and have a grand time making our voices heard and our presence against corruption seen. This is one opportunity we all have to jump at, this is the one time when we are all united against the greed that has long been gnawing at the roots of all that is wrong in government.
There may be no clear organizer, nor no clear program, but common courtesies and good behavior should apply and normal action against those exhibiting bad behavior should also be taken. Beyond that, we can do what we want. We can just sit down and listen. We can discuss among our groups or with other groups. We can join whatever activity is set out there. This is for all of us, who are against corruption. Whether public or private individuals, although because of the tone of the protest, it is best for politicians to avoid any ‘epal’ moments. As we said, common courtesies and good behavior should apply, and this includes ‘delicadeza’.
There’s no better time to show our disgust than today. See you all at 9 a.m. at Rizal Park today!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2013.