“Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan” stated by Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos after his declaration of martial law. It means “For the nation’s progress, discipline is needed”. It was on September 21, 1972 when the official date of Marcos dictatorship began.
Many activists during People Power Revolution of year 1986 dismissed his quote and advocacy. They don’t find it appealing and inspiring. They believe that it connotes violence against people of the Philippines. It’s an open gate abusing the power of his administration. It was then on February 25, 1986 when Mrs. Corazon Aquino was inaugurated as the 11th president of the Philippines in Sampaguita Hall. Many activists and ‘fighters of freedom’ celebrated, whilst begin the new democracy ending Marcos’ dictatorship!
Fast forward. A pandemic illness covered the whole world! Everything seemed unprecedented. How do the Filipino citizens response to this? Starting early week of March 2020, most of the national leaders of afflicted countries (of the deadly novel corona virus 2019) imposed lock-down. People are advised to stay home, keep social distancing, do not panic buying, and so on.
PRRD is known for a human right violator by his critics due to his dedication on ‘War on Drugs’. He imposed a community quarantined in NCR and later entire Luzon and stated a national calamity in the entire country. Having this said, stringent measurements are imposed to 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 wants to buy face mask 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 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, backwards, or sideways.” This is what I see today.
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 do better response to COVID-19. We must support each other to pass this chaotic pandemic that is stronger than any earthquakes and typhoons we have faced before. We must listen and understand our national and local authorities as to why they need to put stringent measurements. These are not against us, but these are against one common enemy of the world. COVID-19.
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