One of the highlights at the start of SONA 2016 is the image displayed above - Duterte, while walking towards the podium, stopped, extended his welcoming hand to his principal critic De Lima - a warming sight. Afterwards, the president directed a childish smirk, quite jokingly, to De Lima as he continued walking. It was a relief to see the alleged rivals, on the Philippine war against drugs and criminality, greeting each other, seemingly respectful of one another's stance on issues, their duties and responsibilities.
I view this much like how Yin and Yang co-exists to work together and create equilibrium. The war on drugs and criminality must have a check and balance, for people are easily corrupted with absolute power. The good turning evil as easily as flipping a coin.
For we are creatures of passion and we may easily misconstrue the good that we do as absolute, unknowingly becoming villainous, destroying lives as we complete our quest.
The Philippine National Police, however I respect the institution and Chief "Bato" Dela Rosa, must be able to effectively instill in the minds of the legion, that their power is not absolute. Their forces are instruments of change and not harbingers of justice and death.
Going back, if President Duterte and Senator De Lima understand their differences and the impact of the work that they both do, why can't we allow for the same understanding? Such balance is necessary. As supporters of good change, we must create a narrative towards peace and prosperity, one which we can be proud to leave for future Filipinos.