A timely call

June 13, 2022 People's Tonight 229 views

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. wants the country to be freed from backward, judgmental, and destructive thinking that brought anger, disgust and division among Filipinos.

In the view of many, including ordinary citizens, this is ample proof that Marcos is really determined to unify the people after the divisive May 9 presidential, congressional and local elections.

Like other well-meaning people, we share the view of Mr. Marcos that “discrimination, mga bayolenteng hate crime, lahat ‘yan ay hindi na katanggap-tanggap sa ating makabagong panahon.”

“Lahat ‘yan ay nakakasakit sa lipunan at nakakapagpabagal ng ating pagbangon at pag-unlad” pagkatapos ng mahigit na dalawang taong COVID-19 pandemic, said incoming President Marcos.

And what is really heartening, he said, is that many countries, particularly those from Southeast Asia, have pledged to help the beleaguered Filipino people recover from the crippling health crisis.

In his Independence Day message to the people, even outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on the citizens to “come together in unity for the glory and triumph of the Filipino nation.”

“The shared narrative that we have weaved throughout history,” he said, “has never ceased in teaching us (Filipinos) what values to hold and which lessons to remember.”

Of course, we commend and pay a glowing tribute to all those who acknowledge that one cannot be right all the time, particularly during trying times like natural disasters.

Thus, government authorities, through concerned departments, offices and agencies, ought to bend to the will of the people on certain vital issues for the sake of the nation.

It’s good for everybody.