Friday, November 27, 2009

Justice for the Victims of the Maguindanao Massacre

It is a tragic thing that something like this happened within a few months before GMA finally winds up her term of office. After the celebration of victories of Manny Pacquiao and Efren Penaflorida’s win, which made every Pinoy anywhere in the world proud, the Philippines was once again put on the world map. This time not for something that every Juan will be proud of but for something atrocious and horrifying that even the UN had to issue a statement about it. What a shame!

Indeed, it is something shameful, a moment of defeat, the triumph of superciliousness, the party of the wicked politicos that leaves us walking down here in the streets of a foreign land bowing down our heads in dismay and shame. The once proud Pinoys have nothing more to say but to accept the failure of our government to build a nation where peace prevails and for the citizenry to be protected by a government that is administered by the rules of law and not by the rules of guns and goons.

I was born in Cotabato City and lived the first 17 years of my life in the valley surrounded by mountain ranges in Upi, Maguindanao. I had my share of the arms conflict – evacuating from place to place, jumping and hiding in foxholes surrounded by sandbags, and coming back to our home that has been fully ransacked and looted by the hypothetically protectors and implementers of peace. I thought that such savage and barbaric acts were already things of the past until it is displayed once again before our very eyes. This horrendous crime brings pain and anguish to a once upon a time a Maguindanaoan-lad.

Do we care for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre or are we pensive and engrossed with just the extras and supplementary?

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  1. We share the same pain and anguish from this gruesome incident. Words are dearth to describe the scale of this atrocious crime. Three of those killed were from my province and it is difficult to comprehend how their families would be able to cope such a tragic loss.

  2. What a strong statement from a Maguindanao-born and -raised blogger!

    The victory of Pacquiao and Penaflorida was not even mentioned in the World News Australia, pero ang Maguindanao Massacre--> detailed. Whew!