PEACE has remained elusive in the land of my birth -- Mindanao.
Ahead of the second round of the BOL plebiscite, the dreaded terrorist group Abu Sayyaf made a suicide attack on a Sunday mass inside the Jolo Catholic Cathedral that claimed 20 precious lives and dozens injured, enough to scare off the peace-loving, God-fearing Mindanaoans.
Thanks but no thanks to the war-freaks, the idiots and the fools in our midst, who feared no angels as they continue to sow terror in what authorities considered an “isolated case” – a corrupted excuse every time a tragic incident occurs elsewhere in the four corners of this strife-beaten island.
And speaking of terror, Cagayan de Oro is not an exception, either. Known far and wide as the “friendliest” city in the south, it hugged recent headlines following a series of daylight street killings involving high-profile personalities.
And it happened right smack in the heart of the city.
Well-meaning Cagay-anons are praying to high heavens to spare the city from all forms of criminality – from petty crimes, daylight heist and to the proliferation of drugs, among others.
For a long, long time, terror and underdevelopment gripped the island long forsaken (read: forgotten) by Imperial Manila’s distorted thinking -- that when Manila sneezes, Mindanao gets the cold.
And as I write this piece, a running gun-battle is happening somewhere in Jolo, Sulu with the embattled military in hot pursuit of the evasive Abu Sayyaf, a hide-and-seek guerrilla gunbattle.
The list of atrocities continue as the BOL plebiscite enters its second round of public consultation in ARMM areas.
With the Jolo church bombing, the extension of martial law for another year in Mindanao is challenged to the fore.
Mindanao’s search for lasting peace is indeed elusive.
Again, this question made famous by the late Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez, the first Mindanaoan to hold the highest post of the land, serves as a re-awakening call to all of us: “What’s happening to our country, general?” (email@example.com)
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