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No justice, no peace, said a local businessman


(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) The hurt it brought, by the Mamasapano misencounter, is pretty deep, that its consequences even dragged to as far as even this time, which is almost a month now. On Sunday, in Metro Manila, different groups converged to stage their abhorrence to PNoy government, and did ask him to resign.

Unbelievably, in the group were the very uncle, his mother’s brother, and aunt of PNoy asking vehemently his resignation, because according to them, PNoy’s recent actions and failures are unfit to lead the Republic! If everyone can still remember, the two EDSA people power did happen on a February.

After last Sunday, there are, accordingly, yet series of events the critics of PNoy are organizing for the following days and weeks, that unless PNoy will resign, such actions, allegedly, may continue tirelessly. It seems that the same group continues to grow each day, their recruits keep to increase—including churchmen, politicians, businessmen, and probably military and police officers, too, though by stealth and not in the open.

Uniformed officials cannot just simply expose to the public, unlike the civil society, because their actions can be deemed as insubordination. But if this movement will indeed continue, the former may just come out in their due time. However, as by opinion, they only can be an eventual or ultimate scenario if PNoy government cannot contain them.

For the administration, the development of events in Manila, and probably to include the provinces, is a sign of its perilous times. It is how the price to lead a country, especially if one has so many rivals who also are salivating for the former’s position and are supported by a number of influential business people.

Barangay eMedia wonders if PNoy can still sleep soundly this time, and his advisers! The Mamasapo incident was only the trigger factor that probably broke the camel’s back. How about in the local scenario, what maybe is the sentiment or the diverse emotions of the Zamboangueño?

It could be safe to say that in Zamboanga, there is nothing very active against the PNoy administration. Can it be because Zamboanga has a pretty far proximate distance to Manila? But many did come out already to openly voice out their minds.

Barangay eMedia was able to interview a prominent local businessman—he ventilated his personal opinion on the present situation of the country, and particularly in Mindanao. The said prominent businessman opined that, “there can be no peace in Mindanao, if there shall be no justice to the fallen 44”.

Such statement is a daring opinion. The businessman did not represent a group and his line was only a personal view. His opinion is akin to armaments or war. Like to other national leaders and personalities who are for war, his view to the conflict in Mindanao is relative to them.

Everyone is free to say his mind and view without a necessary impairment against his right. It is a substantive provision to every Filipino endowed by our Constitution. The daring statement of that personality made a number of locals ponder how or why in the world that a businessman, who always desire peace for his economic interests, instead views war as the short solution in the land of promise.

Despite, if you go downtown, everything is yet normal to the majority, except that we often can see more visibility of uniformed men all over. Their presence somehow is an implied statement that our City is not in an ordinary status. Let’s keep our prayer for the peace of Mindanao and the safety of Zamboanga every day.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Tim. 2:1-2, ESV)

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