Editorial: Recalling 2013 bombings

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Friday, January 24, 2014

JUST in case you forgot, two bomb blasts hit the cinemas of the two well-frequented malls in Davao City not long ago. Some moviegoers who were there at the time of the incident were hurt.

Some of them had developed a ringing in their ears, which eventually had disappeared after receiving a quick medical care. Other than these, nothing more serious incident was recorded, something to be thankful about.

It might not be all of us who had heard and shocked by the sudden and blaring explosions while at the comfort of our seats watching the movie, but the news stories in circulation, both written and broadcasted, made a deafening buzz that lasted for weeks not only here but all over the country.


These bombings sent chills down the spines of the Dabawenyos that these incidents perpetrated by suspect at large, someone who is still out on the lam, and someone who can do the same things over and over again, may plot out the same evilness, maybe not here but in other cities with equally or more population than the city like Davao.

Days after the incident, we can vividly recall how security measures at the malls were beefed up -- security guards were more keen on frisking and checking the bags of those who passed through the mall doors. Metal detectors were even put in place just to ensure no one carrying bombs and other sharp metallic objects could make it through inside. Security measures went two notches higher. That's a good development!

But four months later, security seemed to soften, mall guards are it again -- making use of the inanimate stick to check what's inside the bags while their minds floating somewhere we don't know where. Even the thorough frisking isn't anymore properly done as how the guards did it just a few months back.

Remember, it was only four months ago that the bombings took place. Do they need another more bombing just to keep the mall security at higher level?

We can't even be certain if the high definition CCTV cameras were already in place at eye level.

Threats are not really threats, unless we allow them to be. It's just simple: When security is maintained at the highest level possible, lawless people can't make it through inside and carry out their evil desires to hurt.

When first line of defense is fortified, threats of terrorism are nothing. All we have to do is to beat them to the punch by not allowing our memories to forget what had happened in the past. All it takes is vigilance so that history will not repeat itself.

No bloodshed took place at that time, but they, or even us, shouldn’t allow things to teach us the hardest way.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2014.


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