“Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan” stated by Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos after he declared martial law. Translated to English, “For the nation’s development, discipline is needed.” It was on September 21, 1972, when the official date of Marcos’s dictatorship began.
Many activists during the People Power Revolution of the year 1986 dismissed his quote and advocacy. They don’t find it appealing and inspiring. They believe that it connotes violence against the people of the Philippines. It’s an open gate abusing the power of his administration. On February 25, 1986, Mrs. Corazon Aquino was inaugurated as the 11th president of the Philippines in Sampaguita Hall. Many activists and ‘fighters of freedom’ celebrated the new democracy ending Marcos’ dictatorship!
Fast forward. A pandemic disease covered the whole world! Everything seemed unprecedented. How do the Filipino citizens respond to this? Starting the early week of March 2020, most of the national leaders of afflicted countries (of the deadly novel coronavirus 2019) imposed a lock-down. People are advised to stay home, keep social distancing, do not panic buying, and so on.
PRRD is a human rights violator by his critics due to his dedication to the ‘War on Drugs.’ He imposed a community quarantined in NCR and later entire Luzon and stated a national calamity in the whole country. Having this said, stringent measurements are set for every Filipino citizen and all foreigners in our country. Daily I watched the news, and I noticed tremendous numbers of undisciplined people!
- Catapulting irrational criticism to the current President of the Philippines.
- Overreacting and rampant panic buying of face masks and alcohol.
- Resellers who overpriced people who want to buy face masks and alcohol.
- Overspreading of fake news and threats in social media about COVID-19.
- Notoriously disobeying imposed measures and advisories to combat COVID-19.
- Alarming undisciplined citizens and non-stopped complaints and grievances.
It’s sad not to see solidarity during this time of a real crisis. Where’s Self-Discipline?
Self-discipline is an idea which everyone is aware of, but obviously, only a few truly understand. Self-discipline means constantly restraining yourself. Limiting yourself to use, abuse, and misuse resources, other people, the environment, and the law. An article says, “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backward, or sideways.” It is what I see today. It’s heartbreaking!
I appeal to my kababayans (countrymen), that you can be a HERO too. You can be a HERO by simply constantly displaying this restraint. Self-discipline.
You and I can make a better response to COVID-19. We must support each other to pass this chaotic pandemic stronger than any earthquakes and typhoons we have faced before. We must listen and understand our national and local authorities why they need to put stringent measurements. These are not against us, but they are against one common enemy of the world. COVID-19.
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