Hundreds of lives lost and thousands displaced leaving people especially children hungry and scared, this is only the synopsis of the situation in Zamboanga City, and news reports said the rebels attacked to take over the City in their shout for independence and autonomy. The issues in Mindanao has been one that they say is a broken label, and like the corruption, it has been considered a way of life. Sad.
Presidents have come and gone, but no one has found a solution to achieve peace in Mindanao. The Zamboanga City standoff is either a call for autonomy (knowing of the recent political scam) or a diversion tactic, which is still related to the current crisis. Filipinos in Mindanao are tired of corruption, too. Some probably joined out of ideology (which is seldom these days) or practicality (for human’s basic need-food). Today, I read that bombs exploded in 2 Davao City Cinemas. Tomorrow, what’s next?
Our beloved country has lost that one thing that kept us all together, love. We no longer trust the government, and we are beginning to distrust each other. The root of all these issues remain one of the deadly sin, greed. While major cities flourished, Mindanao is stuck with their call for freedom. Who wouldn’t? we are the oppressed ones, manipulated to its core by these government officials who thinks they all own us. We let them, because we want to rest our case and would not want to fight. In my case, I do not know who to believe anymore. It seems that everybody has their own agenda and interest in everything.
We have lost love. Is there hope? Yes, of course! How? I don’t know. My prayers remain for the children who are in the refugee camps.. I can’t imagine having to see my child go through war, but this is an imminent scenario. One that scares the hell out of parents. How far would we go to save your children? And how far will we go to save the rest of them.
I hope God guide us all.