The Cartographic Sketch
by Rev. Berlie G. Yap
September 20, 2015
Two days, on Saturday—September 19, after the downtown bombing, the police did release, in a presscon, the cartographic sketch of the alleged bomb planter. No less than the City Police Director, Col. Angelito Casimiro, who did make the necessary announcement and furnished hard copies, to the different media networks present, of the alleged culprit that based on the collated testimonies and accounts of the witnesses around.
Accordingly, the guy came down from an aircon bus and transferred to the subject regular bus, where the explosion happened. He had a bag he was carrying along. Now after few minutes, from the second bus, he disembarked but noticeably without anymore the bag. He was seated to the same spot where the bomb exploded.
A woman was on that same chair, she was the fatality. The bomb was placed at the fourth seat of the bus. Obviously, during the presscon the City police was in agitation to what happened last week, that they are willing to exhaust all of their efforts just to apprehend the person who did it, or even the very group who was behind the barbaric bloodshed.
Who would be happy or still to feel passive in a one fatality and 30 more persons who were injured, such act made our authorities now mixed-up and on the hunt against the culprits. Despite of what had happened last Thursday, if you will go to visit downtown, throng of people are still overcrowding our department stores and malls.
The bravery of the Zamboangueños is an open statement which defies any threats of fear by some evil elements against our City. Observably, September through December is the more joyous months in La Bella, and the usual mixture of the crowds are always involving guests and transients from other places who came here down on a vacation or to shop on our cheaper prices.
Zamboanga City is still the center of the Region IX on many things, commerce and trade is just one of them. Businessmen from the neighboring islands and provinces buy their stuffs and provisions here. If there will just be zero percent atrocities in La Bella, Zamboanga City could have already topped as a more progressive metropolis than the other cities in Mindanao, particularly on the area of tourism.
The pink sand of the Santa Cruz Island is one of the best tourist spots we’ve in the City, which could easily allure even unsuspecting tourists, both domestic and overseas. Somehow, our actual peace and order here, now and then, is the worst hurdle which kept our potential tourism industry from breaking the status quo.
Sta. Cruz Island is featured to countless of websites online, attracting numerous intending tourists to visit La Bella, but when an atrocity, like a kidnapping or a bombing, is reported, those same potential tourists easily give-up their desires to come to Zamboanga City and instead pick Zamboanga del Norte or in the Visayas, where other beaches are also good.
Have you been to Boracay or in Palawan? Tourists in limitless number are in different forms and colors; you can hardly distinguish the Chinese and Koreans or Aussies to Brits; if you’re a Zamboangueño, to see the perfect flow of tourism there, you can’t avoid but to be feeling jealous that such can’t happen here in La Bella.
Who benefit the opportunities are actually their very local people. Other folks from the archipelago do even try their luck there because of the endless of opportunities. In these two places where I’ve been, observably, the peace and order is amazingly exceptional. Anybody can just walk even at 12 midnight without one to harm him; there is also no kidnapping there.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentiles.” (Rom. 1:16, ESV)
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