Maguindanao woes

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Monday, March 30, 2015

IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we are free to do so. And when we openly express our aspirations, we are exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People would even tend to be critical of the position that we have adopted.

It’s the same with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. I am referring to people who attempt to make us see their point and expect us to be amenable to it.

What matters there is that we are steadfast in our own convictions. It will not be of use to us if we become affected by what others think about us because each of us is unique in our own little ways.


Our distinctiveness has contributed in ways that are beyond the comprehension of our human faculties, and even beyond our expectations. We can only appreciate it if another human being outside of us acknowledges that contribution and puts premium on it.

But then not all people realize the relevance of this recognition. Instead, we become stuck in our negativities and prejudices, failing to grasp the significance of thinking out of the box, of seeing things differently.

This is the prevailing situation in our midst. Hundreds of our Moro brothers and sisters are now crying out for help, as each day for them means a difficult struggle for survival.

The government implementers of the so-called pursuit of “peace and order” in Maguindanao and who are supposedly out to “neutralize” their enemies in a territory controlled by their adversaries have instead continued to drive away the civilians from their abodes, creating a humanitarian crisis that is getting out of hand.

And yet so few Filipinos realize the immensity of the suffering that the internally displaced are currently experiencing.

Is this because the Filipinos have become numbed to this reality and are beyond care now? Or is this because the so-called Fourth Estate where I belong has failed to see the gravity of the situation and has become a tool to hide the monstrosity of State indifference?

Woe to the women and children who continue to languish in dire want in the evacuation centers.

Woe to this generation whose concern and compassion is selective and are only given to those who can reciprocate and not to those who are stripped of their dignity and their humanity.

And blessed are the peacemakers who are doing every effort to come to the succor of the downtrodden, even at the expense of their own comfort and peace of mind. --From Sun.Star Davao

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.


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