by: Rhea Rizza Fajardo
Every time I was about to heard current news I can’t help thinking of a certain issue that really bothers my system. What is it? The situation in which Activists are protesting for various sorts of political change, including the ouster of our President then I witnessed uniformed Military Men forcefully dragged away this Activists. I was just wondering why they are doing such thing. The Term “Militarization” barely gives the answer to that question.
Militarization is defined as the process by which a society organizes its self for the production of violence. It includes the role of Military in a society. The bottom line here is “Peace and Order” to ensure our political and economic situation but the question is to what comprises VIOLENCE in a real sense? Shall we consider demonstrating rallies a violence?
Our President declared that “there will be no maximum tolerance of rallies” cause it portends violence. They have settled that those Activists are the real enemies of our government in pursuing National Security. Why? Is it because for them, The Activists are doing illegal activities? Or is it because they’re threatened by the fact that those Activists have the guts to fight against them? Whatever it is, the most important here is the awareness of every citizen if our government is doing its part or they’re just practicing a false might.
Have you ever notice that The Nations are being pressured to comply with Military policies, to take away civil liberties, violate human rights, ignore existing laws and mask its economic interest as “National Security”. It’s really important to emphasized that while we critique militarism and anti-violence campaign revitalized by the government, We must unmask the entire campaign as economic in essence and re-assertion of political domination of the government. This campaign has claimed lives, cause displacements and continues to trample upon fundamental rights of the people.
I fully recognized that the Militarization is reflected in past and current patterns of violence against Activists. We, as the citizen of our Republic carry the scars of Militarism’s injustices and we keep firm our vision for “true security” that guarantees the safety, well-being and long-term sustainability of our communities.