Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Maguindanao Massacre

I was browsing through an Australian newspaper online when I chanced upon the ghastly news that is the Maguindanao massacre. I thought it was a "normal" scuffle between supporters of two political factions. Boy was I wrong. What happened in Maguindanao is the very definition of massacre.

We are a nation used to exaggerations. Take the word massacre for example. Ask everyday Pinoy what massacre means, and the first thing that comes to mind is Carlo Caparas and his tacky rape films in the 90s. Massacre actually means the killing of a large people indiscriminately; slaughter; savage and excessive killing of many people. However gruesome those rape cases (and movies) were, massacre, they were not.

Now, what happened in Maguindanao, that is what you call a massacre.

That kind of heartless act is what you would normally see in the movies, or read in history books. You would not expect in 21st century Philippines. It is saddening and enraging at the same time to see that kind of barbaric act - and for what? For a mere gubernatorial position? How low can you go?

I don't care if it's a political, cultural or religious thing. This is just plain unacceptable. I hope the national government is not just paying lip service when it says it will suppress lawless violence in the area.

Just when the nation is at a high, thanks to the great feat of Efren Penaflorida (and to a lesser extent, Manny Pacquiao), we are now again in the global news for the wrong reason.

Photo: Andrew Mason, Flickr, Creative Commons

8 comments:

  1. f***ing political demigods!!!

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  2. Yep. That sums up what we have here.

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  3. THEY INCLUDED THE MEDIA AND OTHER HARMLESS PEOPLE IN THE KILLINGS.. WHAT IF WE ALSO RAPE AND KILL DOZENS OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS IN SOME PARTS OF THE PHILIPPINES? HOW WOULD THESE BARBARIC MUSLIMS FEEL THEN? MOST MUSLIM TRIBES ARE KNOWN TO BE BARBARIC EVEN BEFORE CHRIST, NO WONDER EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS MUSLIMS ARE DISHARMONIOUS. ONE DAY THE STAR OF DAVID WILL PERSECUTE YOU AND ALL YOUR CONDEMNED BRETHREN. - D. TURB

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  4. This incident should be a wake-up call for all of us that Mindanao is also a part of the Philippines. This massacre in Maguindanao is a clear sign of the failure of our government to put law, justice and order in a land rich with culture, resources and people!

    LET US NOT BLAME OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS! JUDGEMENT IS NOT OURS. THIS IS AN ACT DONE BY FEW. JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED! LET US UNITE FOR JUSTICE!

    God bless our Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! God bless our country!

    SEE 66 GRUESOME PHOTOS OF MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE:
    http://ryanericsongcanlas.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/justice-for-maguindanao-massacre/

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  5. WHAT IF WE ALSO RAPE AND KILL DOZENS OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS IN SOME PARTS OF THE PHILIPPINES?

    dont say muslims, remember that the murdered people were also muslims.. it is not a issue in muslim xtians.. it is a political issue..

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  6. True. There is no need for name calling. Our Muslim brethren are also victims here. Ang mga kapatid natin sa Maguindanao ang pinaka apektado, dahil sila ang naiipit sa pagitan ng dalawang magkalabang grupo.

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  7. Maguindanao massacre was very hideous one. Just for the sake of retention of power, they killed many innocent and civilians. Justice should be rendered sooner. This is a very gruesome act.

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  8. After several months of trying to reminisce the very grotesque massacre that included so many people, I can't still get over the fact the people behind these are still breathing, I for one would like to clamor the government to bring justice to these poor souls.

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