Editorial: Circumspect-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
AS THE disturbance of the peace continues in Zamboanga City, we can only wish people were more circumspect and be encouraged to read up more on where the conflict really came from.
This early, there are people are already judging, some resorting to name-calling.
Let us examine all the mistakes on all sides.
First, yes, no matter how we look at it, whether from the side of religion, the authorities, and even for those working for human rights, holding civilians hostages -- particularly women and children -- for your own advancement is wrong. On the authorities’ side, it’s a crime. On the religion side, it’s a sin. People who initiated this should be held accountable.
Second, yes, exasperation with armed people who hold our country as a hostage to their demands can be very exasperating, especially because this has been going on for decades and lifetimes. We are simply tired of war mongers and sabre-rattlers.
But then, there might be reason for the war mongering and sabre-rattling.
But let us also dig up recent history and recognize how our very government who pledged a peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) decades back has dishonored this agreement; the most recent of which was the alleged termination by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines of the tripartite review of this agreement without sharing how it intends to still honor the agreement that is acceptable to both parties. To insist that it is only the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that government is talking peace with is a manifestation of dishonoring past agreements. Short-sightedness and short memories do not make for good governance.
But then, the MNLF too failed to create a workable governance system within the autonomous region, which can also be regarded as dishonoring the agreement.
There are a lot of things going wrong beneath the surface. Let us be circumspect enough to learn the details so that we will not fall into the trap of creating great divides that we know will only spur greater conflict.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 11, 2013.