The extortion attempt that the Committee of German Doctors received last month set off to close the German Doctors Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City today Thursday, June 23, 2011 indefinitely. After hearing the news, faces of some patients who are still waiting in line for their turn to avail the free medical services turns into sadness from being bored of falling in-line to have their turn for the free medical service. You can picture out from their faces the broken hopes and uncertainties about their future health if this would go on permanently.
This afternoon, people who are relying, benefiting and those who supports the German Doctors Humanitarian Services gather together at the Plaza Divisoria in Cagayan de Oro, particularly at the Kiosko Kagawasan (Freedom Kiosk) for a rally. I heard their sentiments about how they are dying to let the German Doctors stay and continue their free services in the city, they are tearfully asking Mayor Emano to make such effective actions to protect the security of the German Doctors and to stop the threat and extortion attempt that has been going on against them.
People gathered at Kiosko Kagawasan this afternoon June 23, 2011, Thursday to join forces to ask the City Government to help them stop the extortion attempt against German Doctors in CDO.
I even interviewed one person who is also part of the rally and asked him about his opinion on this issue. He said that without the German Doctors, probably he is already dead long time ago, he is dependent with the German Doctors with his illnesses. Everytime he needs medical attention, the only hospital that he can get such medical services for free are from the German Doctors. He is also getting his free maintenance medicine regularly from the German Doctors Hospital, though he needs to fall in-line everytime but it pays to have his free medicine monthly. He said that the hospital is his life and he respects all the doctors who practiced on the said hospital.
Another woman tearfully said that she had her ovarian operation for free from them and she is so thankful for such group of people doing such humanitarian missions to help other people without asking any monetary benefits in return. I even shed a tear hearing their stories and their sentiments on the rally for the said issue and how they are helpless to stop such circumstances.
So to the Mayor of this booming city of Northern Mindanao, the people believe in your capability to stop such incident and to permanently immobilize this groups who are the cancer of the society. With you (Mayor Emano), the people of CDO are asking for your assistance to assure the safety of the German Doctors and their families, so that they can continue their humanitarian missions to the people.
Accordingly, the extortion attempt was coming from the communist New People’s Army (NPA) asking for P5 million, but Mayor Emano guaranteed that the extortion letter was not coming from the NPA but was just some opportunist bandits, lately someone from the NDF called him on the phone denying the extortion attempt that has been sent to the Committee of German Doctors the other week. The news said that the National Democratic Front (NDF) is to issue an official statement soon to deny the allegations against them.
I just hope this are not the NPA groups because I somehow respect the views of some people who joins them, but doing such dishonourable acts will somehow retracts my show of consideration for their stance.