On Rizal Day, Noynoy Aquino called on Filipinos to emulate Dr. Jose Rizal’s love for the country. But while he treated us to another lip-service, the President snubbed the patriotism shown by a youth group who courageously sailed to Pagasa Island.
The so-called Kalayaan: Atin Ito volunteers who camped there have accomplished what this inutile government has failed to do to physically manifest Philippine sovereignty.
Apparently, the Commander-in-Chief has never set foot in any of the isles invaded by China in the West Philippine Sea! No ngoyngoy has ever been there.
The young patriots probably believe that “heading West” in the advent of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese astrology, will help settle the issue in our favor.
Indiscriminate firing is ‘murder’
Police Director General Ricardo Marquez ordered a thorough investigation on the death of a nine-year old girl who was hit by a stray bullet in Bulacan on Christmas eve.
A slug was found in her body during an operation at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City where she died.
We’ve long gained notoriety for bloody incidents of “ligaw na bala” that have highlighted Filipinos’ violent revelry to mark the turn of the year.
Over the decades, authorities have lost count or never cared to make an accurate accounting of cases of deaths and injuries caused by stray bullets. Guns are fired indiscriminately amidst explosions of powerful firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
There has been no single conviction of any person involved in ligaw na bala incident.
A heartbreaking case is that of Nicole Ella, the seven-year-old killed by a stray bullet during festivities in Caloocan City on New Year’s Eve in 2013.
Last week, a man was nearly killed while dating his girlfriend at Rizal Park on Christmas eve.
In fairness, we cannot assign the blame completely on the PNP, although policemen and soldiers are the “usual suspects” despite the stupid practice of sealing their guns’ nozzles.
We can’t blame anyone for not reporting incidents of indiscriminate firing in their neighborhood and risk their own safety.
What have the local police and barangay-tagays done under the so-called “Lambat-Sibat” program to prevent or prosecute such crimes anyway?
Apparently, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), as well as the barangay authorities, failed to curb indiscriminate firing that is tantamount to murder.
And I say it’s murder because anyone who commits such an act must be aware that it is potentially deadly.
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WELL, one survey says nine out of ten Filipinos are hoping for better things to come, especially when the monkey gets off our back officially in four months.
Happy New Year, everyone!
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