THE GREAT STRIKES

by: Ben Emata

What is this I read in the newspapers that the New Peoples Army, notwithstanding the ceasefire ageement, are still indulged in kidnapping and extortions in Mindanao? This report came from the military who is on close watch of the rebel’s activities. I have no doubt about this story because it came from the army on its official report. Had this originated or circulated from the civilians or politicians, I might have reasons not to believe it. In my mind, if they rebellion in the country will indeed come to an end, I urge the government to help the rebels get back to society with peace, we must help them find lucrative jobs within in which to support their families. We must welcome them with open heart and take them into our arms. They must have jobs to maintain life and for the education
of their children.

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Pres. Digong Duterte is very lucky. He opens his mouth too wide and spits bad words that utterly hurt people and foreigners. He has an office in Malacanang which is like a weather bureau that forecasts the coming of typhoons, and it is this office that apologize for the wrongdoings of their master. So all that Pres. Digong does is attack everybody even the church and God and later follow it up with “I am sorry”, a phrase that is fast becoming a slogan. I see his style as just tactics of sort to impress people and to scare the criminals with the killings without due process.

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The Unite Nations warned Pres. Digong to watch his mouth or he will be liable for crimes against humanity. Warning like this does not make Duterte behave better. He used to be a Davao City mayor who, according to him, has killed criminals and maintains three wives and several girlfriends. Right now Digong could not be prosecuted criminally because of his presidential immunity but I can see clearly people like him will eventually suffer the brunt and tears of the widows and orphans whose husbands or father he caused to be assassinated without mercy in the name of drug war. I can clearly see his downfall soon.

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I wish to reiterate my stand that the success in the family is not measured by the size of your house, the brand of your car, the huge deposit in your bank or the color of your skin – – but by the success of your children. Your kids are your greatest treasure, no more no less, and if they sit down in sidewalks to beg for cash, then you are a failure. You deserve to be in the septic tank and live with worms.

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The judiciary system has not improved a bit. It is still “justice delayed, justice denied”. I mean some cases are decided after years of litigations. Sometimes plaintiffs or defendants die first before anything is reached. I suggest the government create more courts and appoint judges to dispose of cases in shorter time. This way we give real and fast judgment for the satisfaction of the parties concerned.

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Suicide is taking place in our province this past few weeks. There is nothing we can do if a person succeed in his/her desire to die. But I urge relatives of victims to keep close watch of people who have serious problems specially involving mental defects. Religious leaders must be active on this problem because such incident is a serious offense and definitely a mortal sin. By all means we must preserve life. This is the best gift we received from God.

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There is no report of casualties in the on-going battle in Jolo and Basilan. I wish the military should go on with its drive to annihilate completely the bandits. The Abu Sayyaf group is different from the NPA in the sense that the former is purely bandits specializing in kidnapping for ransom while the latter wants a take over of the country under the banner of communism.

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My friend who is leaving for San Juan, Puerto Rico sought advise from me since I was once there with my family on a grand reunion some years ago. Puerto Rico is a tiny sovereign country with Spanish-speaking people and you will notice a lot of forts with big cannons around them. I remember Fort Santiago in Manila and Fort San Pedro in Cebu City constructed with bricks and thick fortifications presumably for battles. One thing I did not like is their restaurants do not allow none customers to use their restrooms. You have to sit down first and order food to be able to wash and freshen yourselves.

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Some priests reportedly are working hard to make then president Cory Aquino a saint. A person in order to be beatified as saint, has to perform miracles many years after his/her death. Mother Theresa of India has miracles before and after death. The same thing with St. Lorenzo Ruiz who died a martyr. Speaking about Inday Cory, I remember during her visit in Cagayan de Oro as one chief executive of the country who berated me when I asked the question whether she will share power with the communists. She was so angry I had to disappear from the crowd before her presidential guards could touch my neck. If by chance she becomes a saint, it is a great pleasure and honor for me. I hope she will. BEN EMATA Bennex News Service.

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