Walls of Jericho – Manila Bulletin


AT THE MICROSCOPE

Dr. Raymund W. Lo

The past few days have been filled with anxiety as the campaign season drew to a close. Everyone I spoke to had sleepless nights and so did I. Our fears were well founded. The future is at stake.

But we did everything we could: organize Viber groups, raise funds, print collateral, become social media warriors, do lugawan, do pink puto, pink taho, all pink, paint paintings murals, composing songs and jingles, conducting medical missions and discerning voters sessions, composed witty placards, campaigned house-to-house and attended mass rallies to support the only deserving candidates to the presidency and the vice-presidency as well as their senatorial list.

Then we prayed; oh, how we stormed the skies with our fervent pleas for good government, for a country that can stand proudly in the community of nations, for an end to corruption. We have done everything that can humanly be done, and so, Your Will be done.

On this, we rest our case. My fears are somewhat allayed by the great show of support from young people for our cause. This is a good omen because they constitute a large part of the electoral population.

The pink movement caught mainstream politicians off guard. It has upset the traditional way of campaigning. They watched in shock as hundreds of thousands flocked to our rallies undeterred by filibuster movements, motivated only by a desire for a new mode of governance and on their own.

Citizens have been awakened and hopefully the momentum will continue after the election to create the vanguard that will be a national movement for good governance (see my column, “Imagine” April 19, 2022).

Win or lose, the dice are rolled. We should no longer go back to our previous routines and attitudes. Instead, let’s stick to the course we set for ourselves during the campaign. Stay in your Viber and other chat groups. Stay in touch with like-minded people and continue our conversations. Keep the pink spirit alive. No matter who sits in Malacanang, we should ask questions, lobby and voice our objections to any form of wrongdoing. Hold government officials, local and national, to account for their actions. Initiate recall elections if necessary.

We the people hold the power in our hands. Do not leave the fate of our children and grandchildren to politicians alone. We can and must actively shape the future of our beloved country.

This election season has seen so many favorable omens for our candidate. Rainbows appeared when she arrived at an exit. The rains stopped when she started talking. White doves flew above her. People were moved to tears by his words and were inspired to do good deeds for each other. There are biblical references to the multiplication of fish and loaves, David’s campaign against Goliath, and the widow’s mite.

Allow me to add another. May our movement be like that of Joshua and the Israelites. Facing the impassable walls of Jericho, the city standing in their way to claim the Promised Land, God had commanded Joshua to gather the army and the priests. For six days the army once marched around the city while the priests sounded the trumpets and carried the Ark of the Covenant. On the seventh day they circled the city seven times, the priests sounded the trumpets, and the army shouted loudly. This is how the walls of Jericho fell for the Israelis to claim the city.

It will take an army (Kakampinks), the “moral suasion” of the clergy and perseverance to effect change for the better. Reclaim our Jericho! On the way to the Promised Land!

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