Funny. Familiar. Dangerous.
This describes the AFP CD “knowing the enemy.”
It’s funny. If the government has all those listed enemies, then it is in one big trouble. No wonder it has become unpopular. That is why it is afraid of its own citizens.
It feels that it has no friends. It hates the left. It suspects the right. It feels insecure with the center. And the great majority of the people who just want to be left alone –- these are not wanted. They are too many in number, too poor to matter, too miserable to consider.
It’s familiar. Everybody is guilty unless they prove themselves innocent. Anybody who disagrees with government is ipso facto guilty of treason. Someone has just become both the judge and the jury.
This already became the law and the practice before. This is nothing really new. There are still millions of Filipinos who remember those martial times. They lived them. They outlived them. They do not want to relive them.
It’s dangerous. What if the AFP who see the CD become convinced that all those so identified are real enemies of the state? What then will they do with the arms they bear and the weapons they have? How will they treat their supposedly known enemies? Will they first shoot and ask later? Will they be once again the real enemies of the people?
And what if the imaginary enemies of the states become really ones for their revulsion to such branding? What if they unite themselves for their own self-defense? What if they all now deliberately move to counter their own perceived one enemy?
This can be said before God and conscience: to label the CBCP as a known enemy of the government is markedly irresponsible, disgusting, alienating.
+O. V. Cruz
7 April 2005