Friday, November 27, 2009

maguindanao massacre

it was monday night when we got home to pack for our road trip to ilocos sur and ilocos norte. we turned on ANC just to catch up on the news and were horrified by what we heard: the massacre of about 30 unarmed people (and the number is growing), which included women and journalists, in maguindanao. as we get more details on this gruesome murder of innocent and defenseless people, it's hard to believe that humans (and filipinos at that) like that actually exist in the modern world. you can't help but wish you were listening to the plot lines of a massacre movie because what they did is just too horrific to imagine. we don't even want to look at pictures or view videos--picturing it in our head is more than enough. words cannot express how we feel. we're sure the rest of the country feels the same. we cannot even imagine how the families of the victims feel.

is this the filipino that the rest of the world will recognize? while we are still on a high with manny pacquiao's world-record-breaking win and efren peƱaflorida being proclaimed CNN hero of the year, who's going to remember these accomplished and admirable individuals now? just yesterday, we welcomed in pagudpud, ilocos norte, the arrival of a filipino (buzzy budlong) and a singaporean (khoo swee chiow) who kayaked together for 88 days from saragani in mindanao all the way to the tip of luzon, possibly setting a new world record. that piece of good news will now get buried in the midst of this massacre.

once again the feeling of helplessness takes over. our prayers go out to the victims. may they rest in peace...

2 comments:

cynical_witch said...

It's really depressing, isn't it? We do tend to shoot ourselves in the foot talaga. :(

Anyways, this touches my family in a fairly personal way. I asked my brother, who's a journalist, if he went there to cover it since he had an analysis of the situation that came out in the Today newspaper here. He said he couldn't go because he apparently had a run-in with the political clan accused of the massacre. Apparently, his office decided better safe than sorry and had him coordinate with stringers from there na lang. That political clan is really abusado daw talaga. Many of the journalists that were killed were my brother's friends/colleagues. Grabe.

the fash pack said...

wow, what your brother must be feeling right now... and what YOU must be feeling... that's a little TOO close to home...