Martes, Nobyembre 24, 2009

MAGUINDANAO CARNAGE: AN ASSAULT TO OUR DEMOCRATIC IDENTITY

MAGUINDANAO CARNAGE: AN ASSAULT TO OUR DEMOCRATIC IDENTITY

While we Filipinos are in the state of euphoria after the victorious battle brought in for the country by People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao and the heartwarming international recognition as 2009 CNN Hero awarded to the altruistic street mentor, Efren PeƱaflorida, it is outrageous to realize that election-related incident in our country has gone extremely dreadful.

What has transpired in Ampatuan, Maguindanao last November 23, 2009 is a shocking revelation that political mayhem precedes no positive impact especially when political power falls into the hands of voracious autocrat. [I might sound finger-pointing people with this note yet asking the obvious would be ridiculous… Who else could have the motive to have the carnage done?]

What made the culprits do the gruesome acts? How far does money influence these coldblooded criminals? I dare not knowing the answer for the callused tracks will only and certainly converge into a single point – AVARICIOUSNESS! Mga ganid sa kapangyarihan at sandamakmak na palalo ang may pasimuno at kagagawan ng kahayupang ito!

It is painful to know that, while many of our OFWs painstakingly offer their lives just as many of our kababayans here in the country struggle to protect and promote our integrity and identity as a great nation, the politically –motivated bloodbath in Maguindanao is dragging our reputation down. Kawawa naman po ang maraming mga Pilipinong nagsusumikap na magpunyagi upang magbigay karangalan sa bansa... Ang ating pagkakakilanlan bilang isang magiting na lahi ay nadudungisan dahil sa mga kaganapang ito.

No matter how isolated the case may be, as others would try to see it, this would further create damage to our country’s moral fiber if unheeded by the proper authorities.

Political alliances should be set aside so as not to impede impartial inquiry about this ineffably grisly incident and that justice may be served in the soonest possible time. Sana naman maliban sa pagbababa ng State of Emergency sa Maguindanao ay mayroon pang mas makabuluhang aksyon na isinasakatuparan ang ating pamahalaan. Bagamat ang pagbubuo ng special task-force na mag-iimbestiga sa napakalagim na trahedya ay isa sa maraming mga hakbang na maaring gawin, nawa’y hindi maging bulag-bulagan ang mga kinauukulan sa tunay na motibo at kahihinatnan ng mga pangyayari nito.

We sympathize with the innocent victims and their families. Our hearts go out for them… We share with the bereavement of our brothers and sisters in Mindanao… Nakikiramay po ang buong Pilipinas sa nakapanlulumong bahaging ito ng ating kasaysayan.

We also fear for them. Kawawa naman po ang mga kapatid nating nangangarap ng isang maunlad at mapayapang Mindanao… ng isang mapagkalingang Pilipinas!

We also commiserate with the gallant journalists whose lives were not spared either. Sa muli pinapatunayan natin na ang ating bansa ay lubhang mapanganib para sa mga mamahayag. I don’t have any doubts that next to Iraq, as the US government declared it, the Philippines offer no haven for journalists and media practitioners…

It’s not surprising, after all… As of 1986, the death toll among the journalists raised to 104 according to Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ). 67 cases (the number excludes the recent massacre victims) were reported within the tenure of Mrs. Arroyo as the country’s chief executive.

Amidst these atrocities, let us be UNITED as a people! Totoong nakakapanindig balahibo ang mga kaganapang ito at nagsisilbing dagok sa ating pagkaPilipino. Subalit nawa’y hindi ito magbigay daan sa ating pananahimik at pagpapahintulot na mabusalan ang katarungan.

Let no selfish political ambition enshroud us with fear and prejudice. LET US CONDEMN POLITICAL KILLINGS…

The duty to safeguard our rights does not only lie on the hands of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. (Indeed Chairperson Leila De Lima and her staff have tough job to do; let’s wish them courage!) Maging tayo man ay dapat manindigan sa pagtataguyod ng karapatan ng bawat isa sa atin. Wala sanang punyal, bala, bomba, o maging salapi ang makakapagpatahimik sa atin upang tuluyan nating talikuran ang paglingap sa ating mga karapatan!

Let’s all pray for a safer Mindanao and a better Philippines! There is still hope for us Filipinos and the generations to come…

God bless our Philippines.