Editorial: Sobriety and never-ending concern-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
THAT’S what many were calling soon after news about the attack in Zamboanga City broke out.
Sobriety, that is what we should always seek for especially when dealing with issues that is burdened with long-standing prejudices, grudge, and even hatred.
An insider within the crisis management committee yesterday afternoon said there is a standoff of sorts because there is no clear message sent, nor is there a clear figure on who the leaders are. Under such situation, there is no one to negotiate or attack.
If indeed the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) only intended to hold a rally in Zamboanga City as they claimed, then the authorities have to be held accountable for reacting aggressively. They held such a rally at Rizal Park just over a week ago. The mass up to the rally can be unnerving, as their people came from different provinces by the vanloads carrying their flags and streamers and populated Muslim villages the night before. Plus the fact that their menfolk like wearing fatigues. But they came in peace, they were left in peace, and so they too, left in peace.
Somehow, we cannot blame Mindanaoans from thinking that this is yet another diversionary tactic so that the stories will no longer focus on the PDAF scam. This has happened before, it will happen again. That whenever there is an issue so hot that binds Malacanang in a fix, something will explode in Mindanao.
The bombs exploded in Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City just when the PDAF scam was starting to be unraveled. That silenced things for a while, except that the PDAF scam is so big, it refused to die down. Now, Zamboanga is under siege, except that, no one claims to be involved.
Of course, that’s just speculation. But that only means we should never take our eyes away from how our government works; to be the fiscalizers, the watchdogs. We know how graft and corruption can work in the most unimaginable way, we only need to be always on the lookout and never be complacent about how our leaders are working so that we are assured of real public service and not a service that only seeks to feed an insatiable greed.
Let us not allow ourselves to judge outright who is right or wrong and cast aspersion right away on some other people’s beliefs, because we just might be mere pawns in a game that the powerful are playing. Sobriety is indeed the word, for in being sober can we see and observe and come up with the best possible conclusion and action.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 10, 2013.