By BEN EMATA JR.
I WAS informed many public school teachers in Cagayan de Oro have voiced their resentment over the huge increase, double the amount, in salaries and allowances for the military and police as announced by President Rody Duterte while nothing was said about them. Adding insult to injuries, the educators were utterly hurt when a high ranking government official allegedly told them their concern was not a top priority. The teachers argued the pay they are getting monthly is so little considering the fact that they have to buy, out of their personal funds, small things like the repair of blackboards, chalks, charts, etc. - - matters that the department of education does not provide. Further, the teachers threatened to hold a big rally in Manila to be participated by their colleagues around the country.
I wish to make it a point that what the government has done was outright discrimination not only on the side of the teachers, but also all other government employees who were not included in the planned increase. I agree with the teachers and I really think what our leaders have done was a great blunder that has no parallel ever since. I am apprehensive, though, if the government has the money to cover the increase in pay. One politician once said “our country is wealthy, but its funds are in the hands of some corrupt leaders.” I am hoping that some genius in our system come out and help solve this problem.
I am afraid the town of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental is becoming fast a notorious capital of illegal drug users and pushers in Northern Mindanao. Series of arrest had been made - - the latest thereof was this week when three men were picked up by the authorities. About a dozen had already been in jail since last year and it seems the illegal business is still going on. May I call the local police to do something about it before the town becomes loaded with mentally-deranged residents. If I have my way I will throw these criminals into the lake populated by hungry crocodiles and deadly piranhas.
I am glad President Rody Duterte restored the “Tokhang” to finish the campaign against illegal drugs. This is definitely a difficult task, but surely it can help reduce this tragedy of society.
Another good thing that the president has done is his revelation that he is removing from the service three Generals and dozens of government employees who have committed various crimes including illegal drugs and corruptions. My sincere salute Mr. President for a job well done.
Former Pres. Noy Aquino is being prosecuted for offenses committed in the Mamansapano incident where forty four police officers were assassinated by rebels. I have doubts about the success of this case,but trying to prove his crime is a good gesture to establish precedents. If he is found guilty I would be glad if he joins the hardened criminals in the national penitentiary. This could be equal justice for everyone.
I see there is a reduction in the killing of journalists in the country since the beginning of the term of President Duterte. I hope this will go on to give media people a free hand in their reports more particularly on delicate issues that involve corruption in public service. During my time, I lost track of the number of death threats I received from unidentified persons. What I did was to pray harder for God to save me from malicious people who did not understand the purpose or objective of press freedom. (Bennex News Service)
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