Fr. Robert Plews Laka, SVD (Enga is HOME)
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Date Posted: Tue, Jun 10 2008, 05:08:09pm
Thank you Mr. Moniker for your comments. After all, now it seems to me that you are not an Engan, nor a Papua New Guinean, even if you haven’t directly answered my question, your words did, thus they rules out my query on your identity. I believe you must have come from an affluent society which puts you in a position like this to criticize Enga. Because as far as I know, any Engan born of an Engan blood, so long as it is an Engan blood or PNG blood have its roots back to the land where their parents, grandparents or great grandparents have come from. Denial of any family historical roots is a denial of one’s self integrity, which makes him/her a fake who caries masks around wherever he/she go. With this, I’ll take your comments as an outsider’s criticism, hence my response, lest you know less about Enga.
Enga may be a toktok land, so as other provinces in PNG, which means the other 19 provinces of PNG are no exception to it. (It is the same with other places in the world). To say, there is no alternate reality is to say, there is no hope and a person who does not have hope is a person who takes mundane experiences for granted. Such a person has no tolerance for any realities presented and likes to point fingers to others when he/she cannot accomplish anything. Enga has a 60 or so years since the first missionary encounter and the first church still stands, from Pompabos to the central Enga, to eastern side of Enga to the Laigam/Porgera areas. Some of these people are still alive. When these people’s children are growing up to quench the realities of modern politics and are very vulnerable to any deceit and cunningness presented by any “mi save man” who have personal interests before collective interests. Such people had manipulated the democratic voting process and certainly, the current governor was not “voted” in into office just like the way your people, Mr. Moniker may have, rather some foul plays, thus I refuse to call it a “vote” per se. Despite my stand on the term in the previous posts, you insist to use the term “vote”. To me, it shows some naďve thoughts which lacks through reflections before any debates. People like you who may have come from affluent societies are suppose to read every line of individuals’ comments before making your comments that repeats same word which I don’t want to use.
True enough, Enga has all the natural wealth in the world which was not only wasted, but was also used unwisely without clear accountability. As a result, we are facing the consequence of it. It is our problem created by our leaders which we hope we will turn the page of that history around. We hope it will be soon because we have enough children studying to clean our backyard. This includes tourism, law and order and other services required to bring back the good old times of Enga. Enga has a population which is manageable and it is not hard. Given the fact that I had a parish of a quarter of a million parishioners in the Philippines, I was able to run the parish for 3 years with the help of 4 other assistant parish priests. Enga is manageable. (This is not a question of Filipinos are educated and Enga is not, but is a question of management and leadership skills). Any person in Enga can and will do it.
Finally, Mr. Moniker, Enga has a priest who is a “pain in the ass” for many cunning personalities in the province, who negates sin and every malicious behaviors but not the sinner who is prompted to commit any sinful act due to the situation the person might be in. Again it seems you didn’t grasped the nature of my post regarding Enga. You may have had only a collective reading and later pop up from nowhere to put out baseless arguments that shows repeated statements in different words. It appears to me that, you have no in-depth sights into my position. Lest you didn’t read, I said, Enga has problems as you have highlighted (AND I ACKNOWLEDGE THEM) but they are certainly not the same as other countries which I have been to. Enga has problems which many of us condemn but Enga’s situation today is not the same as the situation presented in other parts of the world. Other parts of the world pose pictures and realities that are more sad and painful to hear or see then Enga. I know I have lost many of my loved ones in tribal fights. Some of my family members have become victims of rascals. Many a thing had happened, but these are nothing compared to the pain and sufferings the citizens of other parts of the world are going through. Enga and PNG is at the brink of becoming one however, it is not very late to stop Enga from doing so.
Finally, the priest’s name you hear in this blog is the name you will continue to hear among the Catholics of Enga. (Thought I have not celebrated mass in Kandep, Laigam, Porgera and Kasap or Wanepap, other catholic churches in Enga are aware of the name). One of her son is a priest and that will ease your doubt about this priest in this blog.
If these lengthy explanations I post doest not satisfy you, then what more can I say? I guess it not worthy debating with you. I am afraid, you may lack the ability to digest my position and my words may fall into “twister’s abyss”.
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