By CRIS DIAZ
The intrusion and disturbance created by the “bakwits” (evacuees) at the provincial capitol grounds during Monday’s flag ceremony was a display of arrogance and hypocrisy. The evacuees might have gone overboard when some placard bearing individuals started shouting while the flag ceremony programs were going on.
In fact, the timely prevention of the provincial guards has denied the evacuees of plans to lay down on the provincial capitol pavement while the flag ceremony program was going on. Why resort to acts of arrogance and disrespect?
One of the coordinators, the beautiful Alana Cortez, of the Youth Against Tyranny, told the CYNOSURE that the evacuees are expressing frustrations for not seeing Provincial Governor Bambi Emano. “The evacuees want to personally ask Emano for the military to get out of the village of the evacuees,” Cortez said.
Explaining that Emano has no authority to order the military to relocate or establish a military detachment anywhere or elsewhere, Cortez argued that “what matter is for the evacuees to see and personally relay their concern to Emano himself.”
Asked about her role, Cortez said that she was just a coordinator. After a short talked with the CYNOSURE, Cortez went on videoing the placard bearing evacuees while an old woman was singing a tribal song, others simply shouting slogans demanding the military to leave their farm lots.
Obviously, Cortez was making a documentary about the evacuees’ activities. For almost a month, the evacuees have created and initiated several coordinated activities while staying in the provincial capitol ground.
Some of these activities were calling “press conference”, conducting dialogue with the military and top provincial officials, and holding pocket rallies threatening Governor Emano of laying siege to the provincial capitol building. Preposterous!
Who are these people to threaten the government officials? Who are instigating and insinuating the evacuees to become irrational and unreasonable? Perhaps, their leaders and coordinators should sit down once more to reassess their positions. Traditionally, the collective should conduct an open assessment among themselves to determine whether their actions were already “anti-people.” Otherwise, the public would misread any future actions at the provincial capitol ground by the evacuees. When that happens, the evacuees could only blame themselves for being anti-social and antagonistic.
The evacuees, mostly women and children, came from the hinterland villages of Banlay and Kimansi in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. They evacuated to safer grounds a month ago at the height of armed skirmishes between the government forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA).
Originally, the evacuees at provincial capitol were only about 28 families. The rest reportedly evacuated and settled in Lagonglong. Perhaps, the organizers find it strategically advantageous to gather all the evacuees in one place at the provincial capitol grounds. Now, the provincial capitol spends about P 3,000 daily to feed the evacuees – three square meals a day.
Aside from providing them foods, the provincial government extends medical assistance, particularly the medical needs of the old and the children. Provincial governor Bambi Emano promised that the assistance would continue for as long as the evacuees stay in the provincial capitol ground.
The good governor understands the action taken by the evacuees during the flag ceremony Monday. In an interview with the local media, Emano apologized for his failure to personally dialogue with the evacuees because of his hectic schedule. However, Emano promised that he would personally dialogue with the leaders when an opportunity comes.
Until the opportunity comes, it is advisable for the evacuees and their leaders to exercise restraint and be considerate in all their actions. Like Governor Emano, the evacuees must be patience and take everything in stride. After all, the provincial government, at all times, is always up to their needs. -0- Email reactions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
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