Fetalvero: Grumblin’ yet nothin' doin’

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TO STAND by what is right no matter if it is a “road less traveled.”

This is usually the position taken by an idealist, or a moralist, or an activist who wants to make a difference or in modern-day society, be a whistleblower, who simply want to rig the country of wrong doings.

In most cases the reason why we have so many unresolved criminal cases is nobody wants to come forward to testify for fear of retaliation.


Syndicated crimes, such as drug trafficking, could have been stopped early in its inception had our village officials been vigilant enough.

Nobody seems to go out of his or her comfort zones. Filipinos grumble and yet do nothing about it. We complain about a lot of things wrong with the government and yet nobody dares to go to city hall or writes a formal letter to the city officials regarding [uncollected] trash, arrogant public servants, or corrupt practices. Nobody is mindful of the brow-raising lifestyles of others.

It took years before the whistleblowers in the Janet Napoles case came forward. Had they been courageous to reveal the irregularities earlier, Napoles would not have amassed such wealth.

Criminal activities in subdivisions like chop shops, cyber pornography and shabu labs could have been reported immediately had residents been vigilant enough as to notice things beyond the ordinary.

Is it normal for a residential structure to have too many cars coming and going? Will you not suspect something is wrong when there are just too many people visiting?

Vigilantism need not be violent. To be vigilant simply entails an observant eye and “I care enough” attitude. Yes, if we care enough for this country, we will report to authorities parents peddling their young to foreigners, thus stop human trafficking.

What happened in the Vhong Navarro case was an overkill. Cedric Lee’s gang could have easily overcome Navarro. The use of excessive force was unnecessary unless the intention was to inflict harm.

As in the case of Mayor Duterte of Davao, all he needs is the political will to carry on with his agenda for a clean and peaceful city. As long as it is all talk, shooting from the lips, and not from the hips.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 06, 2014.


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