Blood has been spilled once more. The murder of a Bayan Muna coordinator in Kalibo, Aklan. The violent dispersal and arrest of Hacienda Luisita workers and militants staging a protest at Mendiola bridge. All within the first week of Noynoy Aquino’s term as President, are a grim wake up call that the culture of impunity still pervades in our country
This legacy of the Arroyo administration has not left President Aquino’s family unstained. Last 2005, the brutal dispersal of Hacienda Luisita workers which led to several dead has hounded Noynoy Aquino and the Cojuancos from the early days of the campaign for the Presidency up until now that he is the country’s new Chief Executive.
At the foundation of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances is the culture of impunity, upon which those in power exercise such only to further their own interests be it political or economic in a manner that only highlights how deep and wide the gap between the rich and the poor is.
I am once more reminded of how I was at first very reluctant in supporting Noynoy Aquino’s bid for the Presidency. Though I’ve given him my support during the campaign, it was with the blind hope that he would be beholden enough to the electorate who has given him a convincing mandate, that he would listen to the people’s cries and make the government work again for our interests and needs.
This was the very same thing he pledged during his Inaugural address:
Kayo ang boss ko, kaya’t hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo. (You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders.)
Well Mr President Aquino, for decades now, the people have been asking, demanding and even sacrificing their blood and lives for one thing: genuine land reform. Land for the farmers.
The most immediate however, is for the killings, enforced disappearances and rights abuses to stop.
Now that the ‘boss’ have spoken, will President Aquino listen?
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