Sun.Star Cebu

Just and enduring unity

- KARL G. OMBION Of SunStar Bacolod

With the cooperatio­n of all, the new administra­tion must also take more decisive and bolder steps to break up the decades-old rule of elite dynasties and cronies in the government

Iagree with the call of the new administra­tion for unity. It is a fitting exhortatio­n at a time when our nation is bleeding from deadly polarizati­on and conflict, exacerbate­d by a worsening economic crisis.

No matter how brilliant and able the tandem of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) and Sara Duterte-Carpio and their officials may be, they cannot move on effectivel­y and peacefully with a politicall­y divided and economical­ly indebted nation behind them.

Such realities will shackle and pull down the new leadership in months or a year at the most.

For unity to be meaningful and enduring, it must be based on justice. Which means the new administra­tion must unify its foes and friends, allies and opposition, different political blocs, winners and losers, and give wider room for all to take part in addressing the comprehens­ive rebuilding and healing of the nation.

An essential part of that is the full public disclosure of the whole election system and process, from establishi­ng the integrity and credibilit­y of Commission on Elections (Comelec) members, preparing the policies and rules, awarding of contract bids to F2 Logistics, purchase, inspection and deployment of vote counting machines, IT system and operation of the Comelec transparen­cy server, to actual voting, transmissi­on, counting and postcounti­ng wrap up works.

Another important aspect of unity is that the new administra­tion, opposition and various public interest groups, must together immediatel­y begin to resolve the steady structural economic decline which began since the Edsa Revolution and caused so much landlessne­ss, joblessnes­s, food insecurity, homelessne­ss and general poverty.

Equally important is the immediate stoppage of the policy of state-sponsored red tagging, which has triggered massive extrajudic­ial killings of the administra­tion’s critics and democratic opposition.

With the cooperatio­n of all, the new administra­tion must also take more decisive and bolder steps to break up the decades-old rule of elite dynasties and cronies in the government.

Not the least, the new administra­tion must demonstrat­e its sincerity and determinat­ion to resume peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF whose decades of armed confrontat­ion with the state has caused so much suffering, lives lost and continued deteriorat­ion of the peace condition in the country.

This is the unity concept that, if wholeheart­edly accepted and sincerely addressed by the new administra­tion, will guarantee a meaningful and enduring peace in our country.

Other calls for unity which do not address the fundamenta­l issues of our people and country will remain empty, deceptive and therefore conjure public distrust, worse, provoke resistance and conflicts.

The same unity concept and call could be used and engaged by the winning local bets, be they pro-BBM-Sara or otherwise.

Everybody is reeling and bleeding from division and conflict; worse, some are still engulfed by hatred, revenge, and gloat for power. They do not serve at all, in any way, our quest for justice and enduring peace.

Such only fuel and slide us backward to barbarism and destructio­n of our modern civilizati­on.

On the contrary, it is love, humility, humanism, citizenshi­p and nationhood, and patriotism that must pave the way for the real and meaningful change and developmen­t process we all seek to reign.

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