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Editorial: Sobriety
« on: January 18, 2017, 12:38:39 PM »
Editorial: Sobriety
Published: December 03, 2006 by The Bohol Standard

Tomorrow, one of the day’s big events will be the promulgation of the Subic rape case involving a Filipina and four United States servicemen. Like any other case, the ruling of the judge can go either way so the excitement is building up among all the interested parties.

There is no doubt that the stakes are high for all parties in the case. If the judge rules for a conviction, it will be the end of the line for the soldiers who face up to 40 years in prison. If they serve the maximum sentence, they will be well past their prime by the time they walk out of prison.

On the other hand, if the judge acquits the accused, it will be a big blow for the complainant. All the while she had maintained that she was raped and that she had been abused by one of the soldiers.

If the judge upholds the soldiers’ version, it will literally be like rubbing salt to an injury. Considering the psychological and emotional trauma that the incident has left her with, no one really can tell how she can take a reversal.

The sad part about this whole episode is that there have been rider issues that complicate the case. For one, militants and women’s groups actually look beyond the rape case to boost their call to sever any ties with America.

They have also been accusing not only the US government but also the Philippine government of trying to influence the case since the start. If the judge dismisses the case, the natural reaction would be that the case had been rigged all along and that the dismissal was due to external pressures.

This is a sad commentary of our country at this time. In their haste to bring down not only the Macapagal administration but also the democratic government itself, militants ascribe all sorts of evil motives on the government. There is no more respect left for the country and all it stands for.

One thing that keeps bringing this country down is its own people. Nobody seems right for leadership and every change in leadership goes the way of the one before it. The new administration is met by its share of critics and bitter foes.

People should realize that this has got to stop. Filipinos should learn to give leaders a chance instead of writing them off even before they could start. For all we know, the critics themselves don’t even know what they are actually looking for.

The first step should be sobriety. People cannot think right when they are under duress and when they are emotionally unstable. They need to allow their minds to work more and their emotions to cool off.

The angry can never hope to think right. What we need is sobriety.

Romans 10:9-10
"If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

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