Lone Survivor

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Friday, January 10, 2014


THE time has come for the guessing game. Or has it already started a long time ago. Or has it never ended ever since?

It seems that the super typhoon that just erased a large portion of the eastern part of the country is irrelevant to the ambitions of politicians aspiring for higher office in 2016.

It seems that the massive earthquake that just disfigured a large portion of the central part of the country is immaterial to the ambitions of politicians aspiring for higher office in 2016.

It seems that the dumbfounding siege that just burned a large portion of the southern part of the country is impertinent to the ambitions of politicians aspiring for higher office in 2016.

Irrelevant, immaterial and impertinent, in this particular case, means no pause or break or halt or stop or end from the politics of destruction, if not death. Maybe death of morals and ethics? Maybe death of decency and compassion? Maybe death of development and transformation?

In any case, instead of unity in times of adversity, what we see is divisiveness; instead of solidarity in times of calamity, what we see is vindictiveness; instead of better becoming best in times of crisis, we see worse getting worst.

Unfortunately, these misfortunes are almost all that we only see in mainstream media and in social media. There is almost no good news of solutions to problems but just problems and more problems to the problems and more problems with the problems. There is almost no news of leaders leading, and followers following, just victims, and more victims.

Is all the good news being reserved for a rainy day? The rains have come. It was even a super typhoon. It also came with an earthquake. It likewise came with bullets.

What do we see? We have our hopefuls being attacked not only for their performance and competence, or the lack of these, but also for their integrity and attitude. We have our hopefuls being attacked not only for their propensity to abuse the powers of their offices but also for their uncanny feeling of self-entitlement. We have our hopefuls being attacked for doing something, for doing nothing, for just about anything, for just about everything.

The 2016 election is still more than two years away and yet, instead of us spending time to bring back the country to its feet, we are wasting time to bring down the country to its knees.

We have to build, not break. We have to stand, not fall. We have to win, not lose. But if these are to be, they are up to us.
And then there are the hopefuls who are playing hide but no seek. They are trying to avoid being attacked. But, precisely because they are missing in action today, they will be the only remaining center of attention tomorrow. They will also and likewise be attacked with perhaps even more fury. The story is still the same.

The question for the guessing game, then, is "Who will be the lone survivor?"

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 10, 2014.

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