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27 November 2009

Who Created The Monsters?

"Thank you Lord for not allowing Mommy to go out with Daddy that evening... Thank you for letting her stay with us..." This was my youngest daughter's prayer over supper one evening. If I went out with James on the night of January 24, 2005 (like the way I used to), these 3 kids would have awakened the next day as orphans. My heart breaks every time I think of it. I guess it was not my time yet. Or maybe I just got lucky.

But not everyone is as lucky...

The children of Eduardo and Cecille Lechonsito were suddenly orphaned when their parents met their untimely death on November 23, 2009. While on their way to Cotabato City for a medical check up and ct scan (Eduardo suffered a mild stroke that day), their car was waylaid and led to the killing fields by the private militia (over 100 gunmen) of a Maguindanao Mayor.

They are not the only ones who perished in what is now tagged as Maguindanao Massacre.

A prominent political family in the South easily lost over a dozen of their members, all women, who were tasked to file the certificate of candidacy (for a gubernatorial position) of Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu. Together with Mangudadatu's wife, sisters (the youngest sister was 4 months pregnant!) and other relatives, 34 media practitioners likewise perished in "the single deadliest event for journalists in history."

Sadly, two lady lawyers, acting as legal counsel for the Mangudadatus , were also among those slain in the infamous massacre.

Ironically, Eduardo and Cecille Lechonsito were not even part of the Mangudadatu's convoy. These ordinary government employees were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

To date, 57 bodies (22 were women) have been recovered from the shallow graves that were dug by a backhoe which belonged to the Maguindanao provincial government. In an attempt to hide the gruesome murders, the victims' cars were also buried with them.

The manner by which the women victims were tortured, mutilated and killed (possibly raped too!) was truly unspeakable. The devil himself would have cringed at the thought.

The suspect? Scion of a political warlord in Maguindanao. The motive? Political rivalry and vendetta.

Thus ends the saga of the most feared and most powerful political clan in the southern part of the country. The entire nation watched (with great relief!!! mltan100.blogspot.com) as their downfall slowly unfolded.

This may be the worst election-related violence in the country but this is not the first time that the people here have heard of such atrocities. Goons, guns and gold seem to get so fast into the head of every aspiring political warlord. No matter how clean and sincere a man's intentions were at the start of his political career, the "power" eventually transforms him into a monster one way or the other. There are some exceptions, of course, and kudos to them who sincerely, incessantly and tirelessly work to make this country (and world) a better place to live in.

In most cases though, power is taken to mean as a carte blanche to take the law into one's hands. The Maguindanao massacre was carried out in broad daylight. It is quite scary to think that these people were so confident in committing mass murder with impunity thinking that they could get away with it. [Actually, they almost did if not for the timely (and unwelcome) appearance of the search team on board a chopper.]

As I said, this is not the only crime of this kind. A few months ago, a mass grave was also discovered in this city. After a controversy-ridden investigation and "technical-legal difficulties," everyone seemed to have forgotten about it already. Everyone moved on since then. The perpetrators conveniently hid under the cloak of the law which they themselves trampled on. But what about those people whose bones remained buried there?

And so it remained that way... unsolved! Sadly charged to experience.

For all of the Maguindanao massacre's victims' families, take comfort that the sacrifice of lives has finally unraveled and unmasked the monsters that lurked in the province of Maguindanao. They did not die in vain.

For those whose atrocities and complicities have not yet been disclosed, divine justice will eventually catch up with you. The truth will emerge and justice will take its full course... Somehow... Someday...

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -Martin Luther King, Jr.-

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -Albert Einstein-

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KAT November 29, 2009 at 10:53 PM  

I am so very glad you did not go out with James that night too!! It was definitely not your time to go, you still have so much left to do here!!

There are wonderful things that await you....

Sending you hugs!!
Take care,

Sandee November 29, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

I'm glad that you didn't go either. You have things left to do apparently.

What an awful thing that just happened. Power, greed and control are dangerous things. Politics are often deadly.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

Thom November 30, 2009 at 5:47 AM  

What and awful thing. I often wonder how people think to be so terrible and do such horrific things to other humans. It just never makes any sense to me. I'm also thankful that you didn't go with James that night. I know this whole ordeal has been very painful for you, but you are a one of a kind woman whose strength is inspiring to not only your family, but to all of your friends. :) Have a wonderful Sunday :)

Gina Alfani November 30, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

Hugs to you Bing . . . life is so ironic at times and I'm also glad you didn't go with James that night.

Bing (PinkLady) November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

KAT i did realize later that "endings are beginnings of beautiful things."

{{{hugssss}}} to you, my friend.

Bing (PinkLady) November 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM  

SANDEE power is quite intoxicating. if only the politicians would use it to uplift and help their constituents instead of using it for self-aggrandizement...

in the end, lives are lost senselessly because of the monsters that we ourselves have created.

Bing (PinkLady) November 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

THOM i truly appreciate the beauty of life now. like everyone else, i used to take it for granted.

those who do horrible things to other human beings have stopped being humans themselves.

have a terrific week ahead!

Bing (PinkLady) November 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

GINA the irony lies in the fact that while we have so much to live for, we spend most of our time working. That's when we get to miss life itself.

It took me this kind of tragedy to appreciate the people who truly matter and to realize that the best things in life are free and easily within our reach. Money is not everything.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

"Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward to the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence." ~ Og Mandino

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