Being given global coverage by international news agencies does not solve anything.

Nor does it mean that the world doesn’t care about us.

Before any other country should bother, we have to care about ourselves as a country, as citizens — to figure out and resolve shit going on in our space. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get my nationalistic pride once we are given the global spotlight on something we have solved together as a nation, than something that mentions our country in passing as an incidental or itinerary of some foreign VIP.

Personally, I don’t know how to feel about the recent events that took place in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. It’s a mix of frustration, sadness, disappointment, resentment, and disgust, all trying to out-feel each other. But between what I feel and what I can do, I choose to stay clear of skepticism and hate. There’s too much of that right now, and if we truly want peace, we have to grow our patience, understanding, and acceptance beyond what we have right now.

Admittedly, I may not be the proactive citizen that this status message may read me as, but I know we can do this.

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