A year after

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By Nef Luczon


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

“And be true to every promise- for, verily you willl be called to account for every promise which you have made.” – Qur’an (Al-Isra) 17:34


TWO weeks from now and it will be a year since that portion of Rosario Strip area inside the Lim Ket Kai compound has remained unoccupied and covered with makeshift walls that inasmuch as possible it won’t get noticed by the people walking on the sidewalks.


The closure of these resto-bars is still a reminder that a year ago, eight people died and about 44 were hurt when an improvised explosive device was detonated. Most of the victims were medical representatives, and one of those who died was Misamis Oriental provincial board member Roldan Lagbas.

The city was at shock, especially that it was just weeks when mayor Oscar Moreno was sworn in as the new local chief executive. Then the question of what could have been the motive of the explosion and of all places, why it has to be Cagayan de Oro City.

Evidences were gathered especially the ones lifted from the closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), sooner the authorities released sketches of suspected people, which was also derived from the testimonies of witnesses.

Police investigators later identified the suspected bombers in the name of a certain Usman Hapids of the Al-Qaeda-linked terror group “Khalifa Islamiyah Mindanao,” and five others who remain unidentified.

The police filed multiple criminal complaints against them, but a year has passed, there are still no developments. What happened to Usman? Is he the same Usman Basset that the PNP has warned Mindanao over him and his groups’ potential terror attacks?

As if nothing has seriously happened, nothing much, except that the place of explosion was part of the city’s most visited places.

One year may be easy to forget, for such a short period of time the families of the dead victims may still feel the pain, and the trauma of those who were injured may still horror them in their sleep.

But one year is already too long for investigators to finish their duties as protectors of peace and order in the city. The chief of police of Cagayan de Oro City Police Office is also admirable that for a year he still remain in office despite so many crises that he has surpassed.

What happens now? Is this another injustice that’s being brought to silence? How many injustices since? We forgot the numbers already, or we could not count anymore because they’re too many.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 09, 2014.


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