>> Friday, October 31, 2008
What a day, may I say. I woke up at around 4:15 in the morning to the explosions from an initially unknown source. Knowing the recent events and the war between the MILF and the AFP, I was alarmed, thinking that a nearby town might be attacked. So I got up and went online. I had my earliest cup of coffee while waiting for the news on the radio. I also heard the siren coming from an ambulance or a fire truck. I was not sure. At around 5 AM, I learned that an army detachment’s armory exploded. I was relieved. My father also sent and SMS informing me about it. Hay. One of my friends who lived near the area later related her experience. They were initially panicking and were so afraid. She even joined her sister who hid under their table! And while there, she realized that that’s how scary it is for them, how much for those who have been living in the war afflicted areas all their lives?
I later saw from the news that the amount of the old explosives (that exploded) housed in that armory amounted to Php 10 million! Huwat! Pardon my ignorance but I just can’t understand the government’s priorities. They have been spending much on bombs and guns when in fact, these money (OUR MONEY) should be used to build schools, provide livelihood, people empowerment and send children to school.
Here’s my two cents: war will not solve the peace and order problem in Mindanao. It is not and will never be the solution. And to those who are unaware and misinformed, it is NOT a war among beliefs and religions. There are insurgents here because there is injustice and unequal distribution of wealth. The gap between the poor and the rich is quite huge. And the government fails to bridge this gap as I see it.
PRIORITIES. PRIORITIES. Build schools and give their kids free education, provide enough opportunities to earn and give their families a decent life, give them the land to till and earn from and you will see that insurgency will cease. Spend on these, rather than on bullets and bombs.
Seek to build lives rather than destroy them.