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Silent Protests


A rally of expected hundreds of students and alumni of the Regional Science High School (RSHS) will consolidate tomorrow—February 11, in the quadrangle of the school. The organizers do call it as their silent protests for that school teacher who was threatened by their own principal with a knife, last week, at the latter’s very office. So, there was that recent administrative decision of the DepEd Zamboanga to transfer the former to another school. Such angered the former’s supporters.
Thus, this said rally will be conducted tomorrow. Information about the gathering are all posted via the social media, and it is picking up in an unprecedented proportion. Indeed, many were moved of the seeming injustice in the process, because it is the aggrieved party who was sanctioned by the DepEd, instead of the presumed guilty one. You know how the online can create limitless ripples when anything is posted, say at the social media. Such may become a wildfire to spread in just an overnight time.
Barangay eMedia reached the Zamboanga City Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Pedro Melchor M. Natividad, a couple of days ago in a live interview. Natividad said that the controversial transfer was requested personally by the aggrieved teacher. In other words such move of the DepEd was not a compelling action against the latter but a kind of favor,for the latter to be able to adjust then.
The simple rationale is: of course the two cannot work together anymore, in such an environment where they have a present rift. And worse, the ones to be more affected could be the studentry. But the public reacted to the DepEd’s decision, they instead are saying, it should be the principal to be transferred and not the teacher, simply because of her unbecoming behavior—it was her who pulled the knife and threatened the teacher.
Such is what the aggrieved teacher’s supporters are presently crying for an empathic foul. Now,the magic of the social media came into play again,when this kind of crisis surfaced. The idea of maybe one person—a concerned citizen, or just a handful is now a seeming movement of hundreds, or even thousands of people. By rough estimate, Barangay eMediapresumes that the formidable supporters of this “cry for justice” thing of the teacher, could alreadybe reaching to thousands of individuals, because of Facebook.
Literally, even the hundreds of alumni of the RSHS, who are now overseas or outside the City, are openly expressing their condemnation of the transfer of their former favorite teacher. Besides, it is also an obvious Filipino tendency, to all the time sympathize the downtrodden and the disadvantaged. Thus, the kind of “tidal wave” support of the public has risen indeed into an overwhelming one.
Barangay eMedia will also appear to the said rally tomorrow. It will cover the entire activity and may cut in-between some live breaking news on the air, though it will already be a weekend—Saturday. The situation involves public interests, so it is just but proper for the entire Zamboangueño people to be abreast of any development of the situation. Although it could be expected that the people to join will then be very civil, and not to incite anything injurious to any person.
After all, public consolidation to ventilate one’s grievances is expressly provided, by no less than, in the Constitution itself. Ours is a democratic State, we have certain substantive rights which are sacredly protected by law. RSHS students and graduates (to maybe include also their parents) are civil individuals, they know their limitations,but of course also their rights. In fact, it can be expected that this rally tomorrow will have very good resource speakers.
RSHS is a cream of the crop; kids who graduate from here are presumed to be amongst the best in the region. Hence, come to think when these same brilliant students, who are now successful in their own careers, are the ones to return and to express their disgusts against the school administration or to DepEd itself! Anyways, Barangay eMedia promises to bring to you in details to what will transpire then tomorrow.
“Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” (Prov. 9:7-9, ESV)
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