Race relations gone wrong


Ferguson’s controversy sparked a national outrage when a caucasian police officer involved in the death of an African-American teenager was not to be indicted in court. Such decision came up after said cop was accused of shooting the same man who resisted an arrest.

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer, due to an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri. Mr. Brown, who was unarmed, allegedly attacked the cop who tried to arrest him. In this same sequence, witnesses said that the teenager punched the policeman and reached for his gun.

However, other witnesses claim that no part of Brown’s body ever reached into the vehicle of Wilson. They said that the boy even had his hands raised up (as a sign of surrender) but, still, shots were fired by the police officer. A total of 12 rounds were fired, two in the car, and 10 more while the teenager was being chased down by the street.

A grand jury was tasked to decide whether there was probable cause to indict Wilson. Said body decided in the negative which, afterwards, resulted to massive protests, several businesses being looted, and burning of buildings. As the decision was being relayed, chaos and violence reigned over Ferguson which resulted in a lot of damage.

Today, the same wave of anger has spread across the United States of America in protest of the untoward killing of Michael Brown. The levels of racial tensions have escalated into demonstrations and confrontations among sympathizers from both sides. We can only hope that such wrangle will cease sooner than later to avoid further disputation.

Locally (today and in the next few days), we will be facing another crisis in the form of a natural disaster. Typhoon Ruby, as reported by weather bureaus across the world, will be one of the strongest storms this year set to ravage the visayas and mindanao islands (and some parts of Luzon) of our country. It may be not as strong as Supertyphoon Yolanda but preparations have to be made (by each and everyone of us) because maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph will be a tough one to weather out.

Per the latest report of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of this writing, Central Visayas (which includes our beloved province of Bohol) in under Signal No. 1 with a movement of West Northwest at 15 kph. Furthermore, the same bureau reported that it is likely to hit Eastern Visayas, the same places where typhoon Yolanda struck.

As man proposes, God disposes. It is our fervent prayer that our loving Creator shall be merciful and miraculous to us, especially to our fellowmen who live in the barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces which are along the forecasted path where typhoon Ruby will traverse. We further pray for His strength and guidance so that we can survive this storm. Onward to a better Philippines!

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