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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Friday, July 25, 2014

WE MAY be thousands of miles from Gaza strip and Ukraine, but all of us are affected in one way or another by the events that disturbs the conscience of the world, even if we are saddled by our own domestic problems in Mindanao, which is the on-going peace talks on the Bangsamoro that is being threatened by ‘forces’ within, and the shameful, condemnable acts of our national leaders involved in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

We are disturbed especially so with the carnage in Gaza because even if the world’s giant mass media machineries seemingly closed their eyes on the killings of innocent civilians especially children in that small strip of the world, still we see and hear heart- rending accounts and images of innocent blood that continues to spill on the ground. We are aghast to learn that powerful nations such as the United States of America are behind the ‘murders’ that international news commentaries call as ‘war’.

Moreover, news reports on the ill-fated Malaysian Airline MH17 that snuffed over 300 innocent lives have also hinted the involvement of powerful nations seemingly, although the mishap continues to haunt our collective conscience. And then, even before the smoke from the wreckage has dissipated, yet another fresh information of an airline crash somewhere shocks the world.


While many among the religious might see these untoward incidents as reminders for people to come back to righteousness, we cannot help but wonder at the unseen hands of the wicked who continues to wield power and to hold on to it no matter if innocent blood are spilled in the process.

Back in our homeland Mindanao, the shadows of uncertainty lingers among many stakeholders to peace in the Bangsamoro as the processes in the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains stalled at the Office of the President. These happenings are posing another threat to the delicate fabric of uneasy quiet among our Moro brethren who are getting restless in the seemingly incessant waiting and patience demanded of them.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other peace advocates watch with bated breath, holding on to the hope that things will sort itself out very soon, and yet, the “agam-agam” (insecurity) could not be denied.

The unnerving questions and doubts are now beginning to pop up in our heads in succession. We cannot deny that we are as disturbed as the Moro people because we know that this could be the last chance that the Philippine government may still be able to contain the brewing volcano in our midst. It cannot afford to fail this one last time. We have been replete with lessons to learn in the past, and not so distant past, and we should have already learned out lessons by now, but why is it that the leaders of our land doesn’t seem to learn from the past?

Is the vested interest more powerful over and above the interests of the people?

If we really try to look and consider all these things that are happening in our fragile but beautiful world, we shall come to understand it better, that now, we are pushing our only home to the brink of destruction more than any time on Earth’s existence.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 26, 2014.


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