What evil drives a man to take the life of another?
What could’ve happened to a Man that he would choose to cross the line from man to monster?
Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan Town – Inquirer.NET Nov 26 Article
I was chatting with an officemate, going along with the typical humdrum of daily life, when she suddenly brought the topic up. “Uy. Grabe yung Maguindanao noh? Nakakakilabot.”
I had no idea what she was talking about. So I simply said, “Hindi ko nga alam yan eh… Google… Google…”
I found myself in shock. I was completely unprepared for the gory details that I came across, and even now, as I write about it, my stomach is churning. How does one react to such a revelation? How does one who is speaking of love for country and nationalistic passion reconcile with the fact that such evil does indeed exist in our beloved country?
The blood of the innocent was once again brutally shed on Philippine soil. Why?
Our country’s history tells dark tales of power-hungry people, who have, for some reason, abandoned their consciences. In their hunger for power, they are willing to do whatever it takes – even take another’s life. It is sad to realize that we have not yet learned our lesson.
Is it not time to say enough?
The following quote was attributed to Edmund Burke:
I shiver at those words, but at the same time, I ask, “What can I do?” Along with that question, mixed with the shock, I find myself overwhelmed by the feeling of utter helplessness. Indeed. What can we do?
Are we helpless?
Tonight and in the following days, I will pray that justice be served, and that the 57 or so people who were murdered in this conscienceless tragedy will be remembered, never forgotten. I write this article as a plea for you to do the same.
With their memory, let us pray that we, as a people – as a nation – gain the conviction that – as far as we can help it – we must not allow for something like this to ever happen on Philippine soil again… no… not again… not without a fight.
For, at this point, only through prayer are we no longer helpless. May the gates of heaven be shaken with the resounding power of our voices lifted up in desperate prayer. He will hear our cry:
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