A firm hand vs. pranksters
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
It is bad enough that we are grieving for our innocent countrymen who had been victimized by the senseless acts of conscienceless terrorists who have no qualms about the killings that they perpetrate at will. It also make matters worse that the perpetrators have managed to elude the supposedly long arm of the law.
But the recent happenings, believed to be perpetrated by own countrymen, who have been using social media to launch a scare campaign among our people by sending out text messages or other forms of communication to set up a climate of insecurity and fear among their fellowmen, needs a more serious response from our law enforcers.
Perhaps some of them believe they are just playing pranks or just joking with their friends, but, with all the recent happenings of terroristic acts that have claimed dozens of lives already, such pranks or jokes are not only in bad taste, they are downright cruel.
That is why, despite the appeals and warnings from the authorities, including those from the church, for such people to stop it, and the assurances of the police that the situation is under control, we cannot blame those who panic or become outright paranoiac after receiving, or hearing of such passages. They know that acts of terrorism have not spared even the most powerful countries in the world.
Even the United States and some countries in Europe have recently ordered their embassies in foreign countries closed because of intelligence reports, validated by their experts, that plans of waging terror attacks on them are being hatched by some quarters.
While it is somewhat reassuring to hear the appeals of the authorities for us to stay calm and not believe in those “pranks”, we need some stronger evidences of their capacity to protect us, and especially to pro-act on such “pranks” by searching out those responsible, and charge them accordingly, if only to deter any others who might be thinking of playing similar “games” on an already insecure people.*