I woke up to bad news being aired on the television: More than 40 civilians were massacred in Maguindanao yesterday at around 10:30 AM. Their bodies, as of this moment, are being retrieved. Reports have suggested that the root cause of these brutal killings is political and is also stemmed in a long-standing family feud. The main victims are Mangudadatu Vice Mayor Eden Mangudadatu (sister of Buluan Vice Mayor Toto Mangudadatu), Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu (wife of Toto, who was raped before being killed), and their supporters. Bai Eden was on her way to file her and her brother’s Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) for the upcoming elections. She was with a convoy of three vehicles composed of supporters and journalists covering the COC filing. All individuals in the convoy were reportedly shot and/or beheaded with chainsaws; and the women, raped. Toto Mangudadatu, who was not with the convey, is vying for the gubernatorial seat in the May 2010 elections. His clan has had a long-running feud with the family of the current Maguindanao governor, Andal Ampatuan Sr., who is known to have his own private army of infantry and armed civilians.
Read the story from GMANews.tv:
You can also read the story from Yahoo! Philippines News:
That was one shocking news item! It always happens when elections are nearing. I am used to hearing of countless bodies turning up here and there. But to hear of a mass massacre that involved more than 40 people–I’m sorry but that is already too much! What is it with power that people kill for it? Is it the money? The prestige? The opportunity to control ordinary people?
Here is another story that I found on GMANews.tv:
Just look at the title! Political dynasties are running amok! They don’t care for your life if you go against their wrongdoings! What is happening to this land? What has become of democracy? It is now being abused! Something has to be done here to ensure the protection of our innocent countrymen. Justice and order is slowly fading away.
I can’t believe that the stories of corruption, political connections, powerful clans and personalities–all those that I have read in books and seen on TV and film–are actually true! DAMN! And Christmas, the time when things should be at peace, is just around the corner! These news make me want to get down on my knees and pray–beg the LORD–for HIS intervention to stop all these senseless violence and to prevent lives from being taken away.
I know that GOD has a purpose in all these things and that our Faith shouldn’t be blinded by what is happening. No matter what happens, I want everyone never to think that there is no GOD. We may not understand the reason behind everything–mainly because there are some things that we are not meant to understand. We just have to maintain and increase our Faith.
On a lighter side, I am so thrilled that Efren Peñaflorida, Jr. was named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. He embodies the servant who fights to make better places and better people out of society.
I first read about his work on For Him Magazine (FHM) Philippines (July 2009 issue) and was completely amazed at his dedication to help the youth located in marginalized areas. Everyone is definitely entitled to an education and every means should be utilized to reach out to those who cannot afford the high cost of gaining intellect. In his case, he used a “pushcart classroom” along with other volunteers to educate children.
Congratulations, Mr.Peñaflorida, Jr. on your achievement and may your unselfish work inspire all of us to embrace volunteerism for the betterment of society.
Read the source story on GMANews.tv:
It just goes to show that we, the Filipinos (despite all the bad news), are capable of sentient decisions and work–as opposed to what some foreign nationals think of us. Think about it–Manny Pacquio triumphed over Miguel Cotto, thereby giving us space in the field of sports; Charice, Arnel Pineda, and Lea Salonga are making waves in the worldwide music industry; numerous scientists and inventors like Agapito Flores, Daniel Dingel, Edward Caro, Rolando dela Cruz, and young school groups are contributing to the world’s science and technology. At last, we are slowly making competitive names for ourselves.