A pause for thought on the aftermath of SAF-MILF deadly encounter
January is about to end....
We welcomed the new year filled with hope and cheer. This month, we have witnessed the best and worst in the Filipinos. Pope Francis had brought out the best in the Filipinos in the middle of the month; unfortunately, the recent tragic clash in Maguindanao has just brought out the worst in us.
Yet, the most important question is how do we respond to all these events, and which way are we going to. May we choose the virtues and paths of hope, justice, peace and change.
I am convinced that President Aquino and his silent operator confidant Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, as well as the country's well-protected grand mason police general Alan Purisima, should all be held accountable, together with their principal US intelligence operatives. I have long given up targeting PNoy (and his clique) -- or any government leader for that matter -- because I have always thought he's an unprepared, mediocre President that must be pushed by enlightened people towards the right direction.
In a word, I mean: ang tunay na pagbabago ay magmumula sa mga mulat na mamamayan. Real change comes from enlightened and conscious people.
'A Tale of Two Cities', as Charles Dickens has aptly sketched out for our choice, to where and between which we have the right to tread on and the responsibility to build:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…"