‘Debris’-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Friday, September 20, 2013
IN OUR life, we carry our own debris, big and small. The word debris brings to mind a huge pile of remains from the ruins of a skyscraper, perhaps, like those that were left of the twin towers of the WTC. Or closer to home, the wreckage wrought by super typhoon Pablo on thousands of Mindanaoans who were left destitute and wanting in the face of that great destroyer.
More recently, there’s the debris left by the undoing of authorities in far Zamboanga. There are a lot of waste all over the place, as the carnage continues unabated, while we watch at the ring side with the leaders of the land waiting to see the number of bodies counted as ‘casualties’ or collateral damage. And with them, the mass media churn in blow by blow account of the fire fight.
Images of gutted houses after the conflagration were a sore sight. One can only imagine scores of homeless women and children out in the cold or lying on cold cement at the evacuation centers waiting for food, confused and uncertain.
We cannot help but be revolted by the sight flashed on TV, at the debris of humanity laid before all to see. It is also a picture of neglect that has gone over the bounds.
Two possibilities came to my mind as I watch in disbelief the blood bath that is happening in Zamboanga. It’s either the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) does not meet the approval of some people in power, or that something must divert people’s attention from the ongoing investigation of the bungled Port Barrel scam.
The Executive branch of government is also answerable to the tens of thousands of pesos of people’s money squandered at the behest of the president; hence, it is also liable and should be summoned by the courts of law. It seems not farfetched then that some diversionary tactic be employed to somehow relax the pressures.
I am not alone with these speculations for sure, because, even apolitical citizens wonder at the slow pace the Zamboanga standoff seems to be taking. It seems like government leaders in authority are taking their time to resolve this very internal issue of lawlessness, if one can call it that.
There seems to be no urgency in ending the domestic problem at hand, because it could have been on their advantage, never mind if the masses, the ordinary people who are the ‘bosses’ of the servants in Malacañang, are in a quandary, lost, hungry and deprived of every right they have.
Meanwhile, focus on the debris or spoils of the carnage are on the spotlight. But more than these are the Zamboangeños needs that should be addressed. We heard that the authorities are doing everything that must be done to meet the needs of the displaced. I hope they are moving everything in their powers to do so.
But government must not only make the so-called renegades to task because it is culpable too, and every Filipino knows that.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 21, 2013.