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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Most of the Filipino people today are still in high emotions. Its reason is not just because of that January 25 encounter, in Mamasapano, but as well due to the more revelations that are starting to emerge–on the chronology of events which led to the untimely and unfortunate demise of the fallen 44 SAF troopers.

You are also perhaps like us, who all the time had monitored the Senate public hearing these few days. It is an undeniable fact that many of us are somewhat agitated to countless of compromised lines we heard from the supposed different resource persons, especially when truths are seemed to be evaded. It is a natural tendency, especially now that everyone is crying for justice for the slain SAF. Just think the agonies of their left families are going through this time.

However, at the same time, we too did appreciate true and genuine statements from certain individuals whose concerns are always to bring truth and transparency. Who can forget the candidness of Gen. Espina, when he demanded the MILF camp to explain the overkill it did to the fallen 44?

The said Senate public hearing is gradually revealing countless of flaws to our leaders, the MILF, and also the vulnerabilities of the BBL. Thus, annoyance is, most of the time, inevitable amongst the TV audiences—like you and me. Yet, can high emotions help us? Can it bring or at least compensate the long lasting peace which we’ve been dreaming for Mindanao these many decades already?

We are free to express our disgusts or our uncensored opinions amongst our ordinary exchanges, anytime. The Philippines is a free country, but always remember we must also know how to act and behave constructively. Particularly to those who have the influence or the ability to persuade others, vengeance is not the answer!

Some grieving locals around are seemingly expressing their desires to re-establish or revive the vigilante, group which fought the Moro rebellion, in some parts of Mindanao during the 70’s, for retribution. Like the stand of our authorities, Barangay eMedia doesn’t buy such idea as the solution.

Any bloodshed—running after the perpetrators of the massacre of the fallen 44 or even the lives of their friends and families, can never exact the offenses committed. We’ve our laws and the courts which have the sole power to prosecute and punish evil doers.

Mindanao had countless of tries, since in the past, to end the conflict in the South by confrontation, but what they brought to us, MORE DESPONDENCY! People are now tired to hear war as the answer. By a sincere diplomacy and a genuine peace pact, between the Philippine government and the Moro people, is the better choice than arms.

The Mamasapano incident was, undeniably, a real setback, but at the same time, empathically, also was an eye-opener. It helped the government to weigh more and wiser the process of the peace talk. Best of all, it tested the depths of the sincerity of the MILF on the peace process.

Unless our present leaders can know to craft the precise answer to satisfy the needs of not just the majority but to everyone, a same cycle will only continue to crop every time. The ARMM can be a good example, because it was somehow incomplete and flawed, it did not precisely bring the full answer of the yearnings of the Moro people in Mindanao.

Let’s remember, one failure is not the total hindrance why we cannot succeed. There is no other best way to end the hostility in our island but by peace. Let’s stop to instigate hatred and division amongst us Filipinos. Let’s help rather each one to heal our wounds and move forward to our better progress.

“Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate…” (Amos 5:14-15, ESV)

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