Our children, our future

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, February 9, 2014


IT'S difficult to understand some people who do not seem to see the meaning of having children in their lives. Although for many among us Filipinos, we often hear our old folks tell us when we were little that the children are meant to serve them in their older years, when they would have become incapacitated and becoming senile and unable to take care of themselves.

And so they say, that the Filipino culture so dictates, that we do not put away our elderly in “homes for the aged,” stash them away from sight especially when they have become incomprehensible, or sometimes they have become headstrong and stubborn. I fully agree with this thought, but as the saying goes “what you sow is what you reap.”

That is, if parents have planted the seeds of kindness, compassion and love without counting the cost among their children, it will come back to us, as I likened it with the law of gravity, whatever you give up comes down naturally. Hence, whatever the children see every day of their lives from day one, they will always hold it close to their heart and carry it through as they grow up.

If, however, the children are often rudely awakened each day of their lives with yells and curses, it is one hundred percent sure that such action will be returned to you when you have become pitifully dependent on them.

That is why I cannot understand the why some people disregards the innocence and the youth, sometimes even considering them nuisance and even making them suffer. I cannot understand, for instance, why children are made to take the rod whenever they “misbehave,” punished and “disciplined” because of a misdeed.

I could not quite comprehend why some so-called authorities would use the children or violate their rights to be protected by taking cover under the roof of schools to protect themselves from being targets of their enemies.

Such happening for instance, continues to jeopardize the safety of school children in some far-flung areas in Compostela Valley as the children’s rights advocates documented recently. Government troops forced themselves into schools, and in their cowardice and fear of reprisal from their enemies, they have made themselves the center of the communities’ ire, as they continue to endanger the pupils safety.

Is it rightful for the soldiers to make the vulnerable their shields?

Such acts are condemnable and must be stopped because it does not bode well on the so-called peace and development efforts of the State forces, as we all know.

Would President Aquino condone such an act and continue to pretend that everything’s going on fine in his administration and ignore the people’s clamor for genuine peace and development? Or would he listen to the very least of his people and sincerely institute true reforms that would serve the interest of the aggrieved among his “bosses.”

It is our fervent prayer that, very soon, the President will truly listen and not be used by his minions.

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

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