Editorial: It ain’t over till the fat lady sings-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE phrase has its roots in the days of the Grand Opera, referring to the typically overweight sopranos during those times.
It is a colloquial phrase to mean that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event, and cautions against giving conclusions when an event has not really been put to rest. Like how the 2010 Rizal Park hostage-taking where several Hong Kong tourists inside a bus were killed and several others were injured and traumatized after being held for long hours as hostage by one disgruntled policeman.
The heckling President Benigno Aquino III got from Hong Kong journalists may be undeserved, but it shows how the incident has not yet been forgotten and forgiven, as the National Government has long assured us.
Yes, Malacañang can only hail the Indonesian security forces in Bali, Indonesia, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) is being held for revoking the accreditation of these journalists. But guess what?
They will return to Hong Kong, where many Filipinos work, to fan greater hatred that what has been already fanned.
These are realities that the National Government should always face, and not brush under the rug as it is inclined to do. These are the realities that should always form part of the decisions and action of government, considering that it is at the forefront of sending all those overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and earning a stable economy in the process because of their multibillion dollar remittances.
Yes, as Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang said, as journalists, there are lines of propriety that we cannot cross. Yes, they were rude. But if journalists sent out to cover international events act like this, it but reflects the rudeness of their people against something they believe is important to them. Imagine now one domestic worker in a household of employers who hold this grudge against the Philippine government…
We’ve seen it happen in Taiwan when the Taiwanese fisherman was killed by the Philippine Coast Guard as it was happening in Hong Kong right after the hostage-taking. It is time for the national officials to sit down and reflect on how they are dealing with diplomatic irritants and where they are failing with a keen concern on hapless Filipinos who stand to bear the brunt of a foreign land’s retaliation.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 09, 2013.