My Google Page Rank

Accolades are worthless, if…

PDFPrintE-mail

(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.) HOW DO WE DESCRIBE A NATION TO BECOME THE GREATEST OF ALL IN THE SIGHT OF GODTHE ALMIGHTY?

A.) “A LITTLE ONE SHALL BECOME A THOUSAND, AND A SMALL ONE A STRONG NATION, I THE LORD WILL HASTEN IT IN HIS  TIME.”(ISAIAH 60:22). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

--***&&**

SUPER typhoon Ompong failed to live up to its billing. But, thank God, anyway. I don’t know, but the way it was earlier touted to be as powerful as Ondoy or even as super as Yolanda, it made not a few extra scary, and might even result fatal to people in their deteriorating health status, especially, our elderly or senior citizens already in their twilight zone years. Pagasa should better be more meticulous in their weather update reports. Just report as is without going extra miles in explaining about its highly dangerous approach level. As they say, there are many ways to kill a chicken--to help mitigate its adverse impact on them.

“But, it’s always the media sector that most often than not, exaggerate everything that unduly alarms to the general public.

THIS is where its woe lies. Let’s find out from those who keenly noted the media’s venturous pronouncements that always stir chaos, confusion and even anarchy once they thunder over the radio, tv and in their write-ups something unusually a farce or more notoriously branded as “fake news.”

In such a situation, a mayhem, as I said, might even trigger, and its outcome ghastly and horrific.

Careful, guys. Don’t ever have the audacity to do it, or you’ll later regret it. Please be more professional in our approach to any major event that might changeour lives completely--either for the worse or for the better. Think it over, guys.

--***&&**&&***

IN most cases, when disasters strike, either man-made or due to mother nature, first and foremost, our editors would ask their field reporters covering such disastrous mishaps or calamitous events, something like these, “Ok, how many are dead, and how many are those hurt or injured? Are there missing or unaccounted for?”

As wire stringers (common during the pre-digital age), all they wanted were those major details. That’s all, period. In short, concise, but precise.

ONE haunting experience as a news journalist, a marine general broke the news to this corner, and it was about one vicious attack by the MNLF on innocent civilians and they inflicted casualties pretty good on their target. Then, the AFP started its relentless offensive vs. those who pillaged the village of those innocent civilians they were preying on, obviously for media mileage. Then, the marine general when swarmed by media reporters, said, “We have five (5) MNLF killed after they pillaged a village (in Sulu) resulting to dozens of civilians perished. More details to follow later on.”

After the press interview, I cornered the marine general, and I dare to name him right now--anyway, it’s all water under the bridge--as my good friend retired Marine Gen. Guillermo Ruiz, the former Maforsouth commanding general. I sought permission from him in this manner: “Sir, mali-it lang yon 5, lagay tayo 52 para mas okay.” Then, came Gen. Ruiz’s response, “Jun, ikaw na ang bahala dyan.”

The following morning, PDI bannered my story:

“52 REBELS KILLED IN HEAVY

CLASHES WITH GOV’T FORCES”

Here now lies its repercussion. Other media outlets were amazedby the huge number of casualties on the enemy side. Gen. Ruiz was probably told by his superiors to explain to the media as to how it happened, and confirmed if true that was the correct figure as published by the Inquirer.

During the press-con called by Gen. Ruiz himself, the media, some of them came all the way from Metro Manila, had indeed a field day asking the seemingly-beleaguered Maforsouth commander on the pillage issue that happened somewhere off a secluded sitio in the Sulu Archipelago during the early days of the MNLF uprising here in the South. Then, I heard Gen. Ruiz answer categorically the media in a snappy but concise manner: “Perhaps, it was a typographical error.”

Satisfied with his own stunt in parrying well all queries from the prying media during the whole press-con, Gen. Ruiz gave me a thumbs-up, as if saying, “Jun, everything is fine.”

The next time we met in Manila after a year or two following his retirement from the military service, Gen. Ruiz quipped, “Ikaw talaga Jun, you almost ruined my entire career in the AFP.” Gen. Ruiz recommended this person as one of the national awardees for our invaluable contribution to the pacification campaign of the AFP in Mindanao. That was way back in 1993 during the commemoration of the Marine Day held at Fort Bonifacio in Metro Manila. My co-awardees included Ces Oreña Drilon, Mon Tulfo and Loren Legarda (now a senator).

But, to me, this accolade is nothing, if at all, we don’t look pleasing in the sight of God. I’ll rather be honored not by man but by God. This is what we should all bear always in mind. “FOR WHAT’S OUR HOPE, OR JOY, OR CROWN OF REJOICING? ARE NOT EVEN YE IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AT HIS COMING? FOR YE ARE OUR GLORY AND JOY.” (Thessalonians 2: 19-20) (By Jun Feliciano)




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items: