The Family is powerful in the Southern Philippines, no doubt.  For many years now, as with many Filipino political families, they have lived with that singular mix of Great Power and Great Fear.  But today, in just one melee of guns and bullets in the beautiful farm country, Great Suffering has descended on the family as well.

All of Us are Victims of This Unspeakable Act.  But there will be no worse victims than those who ordered and those who perpetrated the act, for they themselves have cursed as yet unborn generations of their families;  they have already destroyed lives of their family members who are still to come into this world.  As The Book says:  “Better to tie a rock on to one’s neck and drown into the sea…”

Let there be no comments.  Enough has been said everywhere else.  Let us just sign our names in silence to signify our oneness with our countrymen in this time of national mourning and shame.


  1. larry leviste said,

    December 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Lorenzo Mariano Pineda Leviste.

  2. Jules B. Vergel de Dios said,

    December 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Jules Buencamino Vergel de Dios

  3. Paz Atienza said,

    December 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Maria Paz Cacnio Atienza

  4. Presy Guevara said,

    December 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Eufrosino Alix Guevara

  5. marco philippe araneta said,

    December 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Marco Philippe M. Araneta

  6. December 6, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Augusto Marcelino Reyes Gonzalez III

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