All roads lead to far Zamboanga-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Sunday, November 3, 2013
PASSING through the now-touted as war zone city of Zamboanga, a friend saw the seemingly irreversible devastation on both properties and human casualties that continues to haunt this once beautiful and peaceful city in western Mindanao. What particularly struck him is the dismal situation of Zamboangeños who were caught in the crossfire.
Lately however, I have learned that a number of people are set to visit ground zero not only to give assistance and empathize with our Moro and Christian brothers and sisters there who fell victims to the standoff, but also to assure them that the rest of us here in Mindanao are also concerned about their situation and that we are doing whatever little we can contribute.
We are disturbed by the seeming inaction of the government to bring justice to the aggrieved people in Zamboanga and to make haste in bringing relief to many of them. We cannot stop the feeling of disgust at the news that many among the evacuees, especially the children are suffering in the supposed refuge where there are no food and water made available to them. In fact, the number of morbidity is continuously rising as news have it that contamination of e-coli is high.
Whatever has happened to the sense of order (if at all) of government agencies in this God-forsaken place, or shall we say, Malacañang-forsaken constituents? I can understand the all-out concern shown by the P-noy administration on earthquake-crashed island of Bohol, but I could not quite decipher the seeming apathy in the cold-shoulder treatment that the victims of the standoff are getting from the administration.
I could not help but ask, why the double standard? If not, why the apathy, as the grievously-hit victims of that senseless “war” were no less that P-Noy’s bosses who were clearly at the receiving end of government’s indifference.
Do we smell something fishy in this action or inaction? We are not conjecturing negative possibilities here but it appears that an unspoken intention seems to be clearly stated here for everyone to see, including the international audience, that are already quite perplexed with the glaringly worsening humanitarian situation in Zamboanga.
We hope government take action very soon and not wait for the state of affairs to get out of hand. Clearly, another man-made disaster is waiting to happen again, and we cannot afford to just look and see, and wait for dead bodies to be buried in mass graves as it is most likely to happen.
All roads thus is leading to far Zamboanga, and hopefully, our brothers and sisters will have the assistance they so deserved. Mindanaoans understand each other, and we do not only empathize in words but in deed.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 04, 2013.