Espinoza: Do Holy Week reflections bring change?

SOMEONE asked if people, including politicians, change ways after their Holy Week reflections on the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made for all Christians. The Holy Week is the commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection.

During the Holy Week, many families go on vacation either within the country or abroad even as Catholic Church leaders admonished Catholics that Holy Week is time for meditation. Vacationers, though, say that they still pray and reflect during those holy days.

The Catholic faithful consider the Holy Week as a time to sacrifice, like not eating meat and shunning entertainment. But in this IT age, some millennials go to bars and drink during the Holy Week. Gone are the days, particularly in the rural areas, when the Holy Week celebration is really holy and solemn.

For our local leaders, the only thing residents ask of them after the Holy Week is to focus on serving the needs of the community, like repairing badly damaged roads (Tormis St. in Cebu City particularly) and stopping politicking, which to politicos is unlikely. Of course, spiritual change is personal and an individual’s preference. Be that as it may, belated Happy Easter everyone!

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The death of two kids due to drowning on Easter Sunday, one in Talisay city and another in Tuburan town showed that the disaster risk reduction management councils of local government units (LGU) slept on their job during the Holy Week.

While it’s the primary obligation of parents to take care of their children, LGUs also have the mandatory obligation to provide safety warnings to those on holiday trips, especially during Easter Sunday when people go to the river or sea for a dip. Safety wardens (if LGUs have one) should have patroled these areas. The problem though with most of our local leaders is that they are more concerned with their political future than in performing their mandated duties as public servants.

With the barangay elections next month and next year’s midterm polls, local politicians are already upbeat. Funny or revolting as it may seem, but it is during the election season that projects for the community would suddenly be implemented, like the repair of roads even if these are still in good condition, the appearance of street sweepers and the collection of garbage right on schedule. A friend once joked that it’s good to hold elections every year so road upkeep would be better.

For politicians, here’s a quote from coolnsmart.com: “Mirrors can’t talk. Lucky for you they can’t laugh either.”

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I was one of those who applauded President Duterte for standing pat on his decision not to allow that Bangsamoro to have its own army and police force even if he said he is racing against time for the approval of the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law).

In the previous administration, this was among the provisions that stalled the BBL approval. As a lawyer, President Duterte knows that allowing the Bangsamoro to have its army and police force would be risky and could spur it to declare a state separate state from this republic instead of just having an autonomous region.

Meanwhile, it’s detestable for the Bangsamoro negotiators to give a timeline on the approval of the BBL. While President Duterte may have promised to pass soon the BBL, it doesn’t mean that legislators have to approve it without a conscientious review of all its provisions.

Keep it up, Mr. President. We strongly support you on this.
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