From Under This Hat: Apologies, countless times
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
The Filipinos have apologized, countless times.
Why can’t the leader of a nation apologize in behalf of his constituents to the people of another country who were victims of a heinous crime committed in his country (against these victims) who just happen to be visitors?
Especially, that his constituents generally feel sorry and even ashamed that their collective hospitality extended to visitors like these victims has been brutally breached by their own kababayan. Generally, his constituents can and do sympathize with the victims especially because a great number of them are visitors or have relatives who are visitors in other countries earning a livelihood, especially in HongKong and China.
Among indigenous peoples villages in the Cordilleras, it is generally observed that if one is accepted a visitor of the village, it is a collective responsibility for members of the village to extend the village hospitality and even protection or safety for the visitor until the visitor has left for home. This is still generally true in far flung Philippine countryside communities, and for the Philippine nation it is a national character that has endeared many visitors we now classify as tourists who choose to visit the country and along the way generate income for the country.
But then what can one expect from a leadership that can only protect the country’s sovereignty with empty words, secure its peoples’ livelihood and welfare in forgotten promises, stand up for the rights of its overseas migrant workers only when angry protesters march the streets.
The leader refuses to apologize because he believes the fault of one miguided individual can not be the responsibility of all his constituents. I guess lashing out one’s temper instead of a calm and objective study or view of their request can really make one miss the point entirely.
The Filipino people has already long condoled, expressed their sympathy and through many ways apologized to the families of the victims directly or indirectly that the crime against them had to be committed in their home country by one of their countrymen. These were done through Church services, letters and cards, public condemnation of the crime and by way of Filipino peoples campaigns, petitions, prayer rallies for justice, for the immediate investigation of the crime and hold those at fault responsible, and push the resolution of the case, and serve justice for the victims urgently.
Leaders are expected to uphold the dignity, the humanity and sense of fairness of their community. Out in public, to brandish personal arrogance and temper in the name of a nation’s people is not representative but a terrible fault against the people of a nation. Unless this leader is one who only represents a group of feudal warlords, bureaucrat capitalists or facist dictators, it then can be characteristic of the class origin.
The Filipinos have apologized, a countless times and for good and noble reasons that now they support the call for Justice not only for the victims in this terrible crime but also for the victims of this kind social scourge in their nation. # nordis.net