In mourning

26 November 2009

I hail from the Philippines, and I am proud to say that we are famous all over the world for several reasons, some of which are as follows:

  •  The incomparable beauty of Mayon Volcano, Banawe Rice Terraces and Chocolate Hills.
  •  Filipinos were the first to overthrow a president and reclaim democracy by using the People Power in EDSA back in 1986.
  • We supply doctors, engineers, nurses and other professionals worldwide. Where before we only export rice, dried mangoes and abaca abroad, now brain power and manpower have become our top exports; OFW remittances have paved the way for the economy to recover.
  • We are a big pool of talent recognized worldwide. The Philippines is birthplace to Lea Salonga, Paeng Nepomuceno, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Mikee Cojuangco, Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, and Manny Pacquiao, known all over the world for demonstrating exceptional talent and skills in their own respective fields.
  • We are a people of heroes, most current of which is Efren Peñaflorida who is CNN’s Hero of the Year of 2009.

But just this Monday, our country became famous again, but in a really bad and horrible way. My friends, you might have heard or read already about the mass massacre of 57 people that happened in Maguindanao. I don’t want to post the pictures here because they were killed in the most gruesome way. It is sickening and very inhumane! I wonder how they can sleep at night, or even eat, for that matter, knowing that they did this to others.

I have maintained before that this blog will only focus on the good stuff; for news and other serious matters then readers can just open another browser window and go to political blogs and/ or other online newspapers, right? But ever since Typhoon Ondoy hit us, I realized that I don’t always have to live in a pink dreamworld. This is reality (no matter how ugly it is) we are talking about.

As I type, the person who is most suspected to be the head perpetrator has been arrested. I do hope that justice is served. I don’t know though whether I am for or against the death penalty. As Neil Gaiman said, “I believe in the death penalty if we can trust in the judicial system implicitly.” Well, I couldn’t agree more. Nothing can ever bring the victims back from the dead but the least the government can do for them is to ensure their families (and the rest of the country) that they did not die in vain.

As DJ Mo used to say, “Why are you bad, Philippines?” Why are the innocent killed, without any mercy at all, just for political gain? You may have all the power but your soul is corrupted. A life filled with hunger for power and thirst for money, who would want a life like that? Apparently there are some people who do.

These senseless killings definitely have to be stopped. I do hope the government does something about it and prove to the Filipino citizens that we did not vote for public officials and put them in power just so they can steal from the public funds.

It’s a sad day for us Filipinos. I am joining the country in this day of mourning.

*This is supposed to be my 26th of 30 posts for the 30-Day Blog Challenge but I cannot see anything beautiful here.

9 comments:

Nina said...

I share your sentiments. Something has to be done!

Ida said...

I just read all about it and watched a biy of news, am just so sad.

Andhari said...

I feel you girlie. I feel the anger, it's just how I felt when there's suicidal bom here killing a lot of innocent people. I do believe in death penalty, of course when it's applied thoroughly. Some people deserved that bad of a punishment when they did something so inhumane and horrible,

Andhari said...

I feel you girlie. I feel the anger, it's just how I felt when there's suicidal bom here killing a lot of innocent people. I do believe in death penalty, of course when it's applied thoroughly. Some people deserved that bad of a punishment when they did something so inhumane and horrible.

Nashe^ said...

The bastards deserve to have their limbs chopped off!! I'm so angry thinking about the massacre! What uneducated people... I wish for justice to be served PRONTO.

annie marie. said...

at first i didnt understand why they were killed, but now i do, all about politics so what if someone runs against you thats politics you obviously cannot run by yourself duh!

it was sooo stupid to do and even too sickening to even like kill them that way, but no matter what those stupid corrupt officials will never learn at all. God bless them.

I also mourn for the victims and their families.

Toothfairy said...

I adore your new profile pic, that first.

second, I've just read about this on another blog as well, and I think it's horrible. I'm so sorry that your country is dealing with this at the moment. I don't get how people (in general) can do things like this, how you can do awful, inhumane things to other human beings... don't they have a heart?

loves

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

I'm with ya krissy. I'm still in awe at all the bad things that's going on in this country. I pray that things will be better.

// krissy ♥ said...

@ Nina: Indeed!

@ Ida: It's really terrible. Where is their conscience x_x

@ Andhari: Yes, the perpetrators of this do not deserve to live. I cannot understand how suicide bombers do it as well, where is compassion?

@ Nashe^: I do, too! Sigh, I hope justice is served the soonest time possible, but people don't trust the judicial system here anymore :(

@ Annie Marie: Let us pray for their souls..

@ Toothfairy: Thank you! I don't know if they do x_x

@ Mel: Me too :(