I am not saying that we forget the atrocity that happened to 44 members of the elite PNP-SAF contingent that went on a covert mission to capture a couple of terrorists with price tags on their head, but were instead mow down by firepower coming allegedly from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rebels.
What happened is just too enraging to forget, and there is nothing we can do now, as people, but wait for the result of investigations being conducted to determine what went wrong so the same will not ever be repeated in the future.
This is no time for tempers to be flaring and urges for government forces to exact revenge. We all want peace and revenge could only result to more deaths and a never ending war ahead.
Thus, with sober minds and restrained attitudes, let us all move forward, for there is greater objective at stake that matters most for us as people and as a nation.
I am talking about the future of this country.
From the looks of it now, especially after the Mamasapano massacre, President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) has been assailed for his ineptness, irresponsible and capricious management of the bungled operation.
But then, this is just one aspect of his responsibility.
What is more important for the people now is where this country is heading from now until 2016.
Recent reports say that the Philippines may surpass China to be Asia’s fastest growing economy this year, but its bigger challenge is working out how to sustain and share the gains of the past five years to secure longer-term prosperity.
In fairness to PNoy, he should be credited for this achievement because of his dogged determination in implementing reforms to stump corruption and prioritize infrastructure improvements that are essential in the growth and development of the country.
If the international community acknowledges the growth and development of the country as real, though the rate of unemployment is still high, and believes that the program and policies implemented by PNoy will be able to sustain it until his term is over in 2016, would it not bother us if the one to succeed PNoy will fail to keep up with the momentum of the country’s economic growth beyond 2016?
It looks like the investigation over the Mamasapano massacre has now overshadowed the investigation over the corrupt practices of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
I hope the Filipino people will get back to their senses that, while the Mamasapano issue has to be resolved, there is a need also for us to be continuously aware that the country deserves to have a better leader than Binay, who, frustratingly, is still ahead in the presidential poll surveys.
My plea simply is that, for the sake of the country and its struggling people, let us all be observant, discerning and judicious in our choice for presidential candidate in 2016.
He or she should be like PNoy, incorruptible and selfless, as president, but he or she should also be unlike PNoy, inept, irresponsible and capricious as commander-in-chief.
I don’t think Binay fits the first mold, and the way he is, he could just be like PNoy in the second mold.