The avenging devils PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:43

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BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — I said it. Almost everybody predicted it, including the police and military. The war on drugs and criminality will not stop until the last drug dealer, trafficker, pusher and user is dead. It will also form a sea of blood as civilians will be caught in the middle of violent reprisals by the criminals.

So, it has happened, as many foretellers said, in Davao City last Friday night at a crowded night market that killed 12 people and injured dozen others, some seriously. The criminals struck right at El Presidente’s hometown — where it embarrassed him the most.

In sorrowful, infuriated voice, President Duterte declared a state of lawlessness in the country and will lift such declaration only when he senses that it is safe for everybody again.

We anticipated the recrimination, the bloody retaliation that the enemies of our state were going to take. The devil’s champions are employing what Winston Churchill said against the enemies of England: “Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.”

My gulay. The full force of the law should be employed no matter the cost to get the perpetrators of Davao’s carnage. Those who witnessed and felt the treacherous attack — the effect of the war on drugs and criminality, not to mention terrorism — must never forget the bloodshed. Just like the people of Zamboanga won’t forget the bloody, detestable Sept. 9, 2013 siege by forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Nur Misuari faction.

Yes, against a determined assassin no one is safe. The best examples of this were Ninoy Aquino and Cesar C. Climaco. Criminals have no borders, no designated dominion and they strike anywhere, anytime with impunity. The ferociousness of their acts, brutish and barbaric, are profanities that must be ended. Right now, no one is safe anywhere in the Philippines. These sadistic killers, knowing no God, are pitiless that one life they take is inconsequential to their evil cause.

The vicious retaliation of our enemies is a nightmare that security personnel and officials feared would happen. So far, there is no evidence to point to any particular group that may have authored the bombing at the Davao night market that happened days after Filipino army soldiers died in combat in Sulu and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf bandits killed.

Because of her harsh experiences, Zamboanga took precautionary measures to prevent an attack on her shores by the avenging devils. Zamboanga knows too well that in cases of military and police operations against the enemies of the state, the city is a target of diversionary tactics by the criminals.

Faced with an incredible, self-imposed task to go after all types of criminals within six months, President Duterte and his national security advisers should restrategize their offensive versus criminality. El Presidente’s dogmatic rule has earned him the respect of the Filipinos and the anger of his enemies.

When the Philippines was in political turmoil in 1972, a president named Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law for a good cause. President Duterte is an inch closer to doing that. He has earned a high approval rating for his campaign to clean up a stable full of rats in six months — something that is near impossible to achieve. With the belief in his kind of iron-fisted leadership, anything that he does from hereon will be accepted by the people because they feel safe with him.

With the attack in Davao city, I wonder what the feeling is now.