ROUGH CUTS| One sidelight of Parago’s death

TODAY is the first Sunday of the month, July 5. Today’s gospel is taken from the Old Testament in Ezekiel 2:2-5 when God calls Ezekiel to be a prophet.

     2 While the voice was speaking, God’s spirit entered me and raised me to my feet, and I heard the voice continue…

     3 “Mortal man, I am sending you to the people of Israel. They have rebelled and turned against me and are still rebels, just as their ancestors were.

     4 They are stubborn and do not respect me, so I am sending you to tell them what I the sovereign Lord, am saying to them.

     5 Whether those rebels listen to you or not, they will know that a prophet has been among them.

     Yes, rebellion against or disobedience to God is not current occurrence. It is biblical in age. And time and again God gives mankind all the opportunities to reform and follow His commandment. But time and again as well that mankind keeps on repeating its rebellious ways and disobedience to God.

     It’s a good thing that God is the ever forgiving Father that no matter how recidivist mankind is, God’s forgiveness is always made available anytime it is sought.


     How did Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte feel when the military turned down his request for a temporary ceasefire between the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and the government soldiers to allow relatives of the slain Leoncio Pitao aka Kumander Parago to grieve over his death? The mayor’s call was made during his visit to the rebel leader’s first day of wake at a local funeral parlor.

     Duterte who admits being a friend of Kumander Parago justified his ceasefire call by saying that it is out of respect for the dead and to allow Parago’s immediate family members and friends to mourn for him.

     While the military’s reason is understandable because a ceasefire is a matter for the higher Armed Forces authorities to decide, we can also assume that Duterte did not expect that his request will be rejected.

     And why are we saying this? We are all aware that the Davao City Mayor is the “go-to” person for families of members of the military or the police who had the misfortune of getting abducted or held hostage by the New People’s Army rebels.

     In fact requests for Duterte’s intervention come from as far as Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, or even Agusan del Sur, provinces which are not anymore part of the Davao Region as they belong to the Caraga area.

     And every time that the Davao City Mayor intervenes he is able to secure the release of military or police being held captive by the communist insurgents.

     We are hoping that the military leadership in this part of Mindanao was able to come up with a convincing justification of its rejection of the Davao City Mayor’s request.


     When one of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s lawyers said last Wednesday that President P-Noy is “far worse” than Gloria Macapagal Arroyo he seems to hold some good comparative points.

     According to lawyer JV Bautista when then President Gloria wanted to remove then Mayor Jejomar Binay from office through suspension in 2006 she did not order policemen to accompany officials of the Department of Interior and local Governments (DILG) in serving the suspension order.

     Bautista said because of the absence of policemen there was no provocation from either side. But in the case of the Vice President’s son Mayor Junjun Binay, the DILG executives tasked to serve the suspension order of the Ombudsman was accompanied by a phalanx of policemen. The scene alone, according to Bautista, was already enough provocation for the loyal supporters of the Binays

     Well, only the result of the 2016 elections will validate or invalidate the claim of the vice president’s lawyer. Let’s wait and see.


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