Who is responsible?

During the time of Marcos, countless persons disappeared without trace. Only God and the abductors know what happened to them and where they are now.

The Marcos era ended long time ago but the anguish and anger that was etched in the hearts of countless mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, relatives and friends who were left behind, will stay forever.

Twenty years after Marcos rule and numerous EDSA’s we are again hounded by fears that the evil ways of the past or the evil himself are back in our midst.

Look at these pictures. These are our young and intelligent children, the hope of our nation. They are missing because the attack dogs of some evil people (who loves harming innocent and helpless civilians) abducted them.

Sherly Cadapan Karen Empeno

Dahil habang ang karamihan sa akademya ay pinipili para sa kanilang thesis ang mga mas “safe” na paksa tulad ng identiy, sexuality, citizenship at kung anu-ano pang chorva, mas pinili niyang mag-engage sa usaping mas mahalaga at napapanahon — ang usapin ng mga magsasaka.

Pumunta siya sa Bulacan upang manaliksik ukol sa kalagayan ng mga magsasaka roon. Dahil sa mga panahong tulad nito, ang mga intelektwal, lalo na tayong mga iskolar ng bayan, ay dapat pumusisyon. Dahil sa totoong mundo, ang mga tunay na nakagagagap sa reyalidad ay ang mga taong gingipit ng pamahalaan. — Ms. Jonnabelle Asis, Instructor, UP Dept. of Sociology

When Marcos was alive and until today, we held him responsible for the many involuntary disappearances and political killings that happened during his despotic rule.

I am asking you now. Who do you think is responsible for the disappearances of these two young ladies and (the countless) unknown people, and those who are killed and who will be killed for political reasons?

I am worried. I have a lot of reason to worry about. My only daughter is starting to come out from her protected shell. Her mind is being awakened by the harsh realities of Philippine life.

Sooner or later, she will have her baptism. Not through a priest inside the church but from the police outside the open street.

Today is a Red shirt day in her school. Today is the SONA of Gloria. Today, July 24, 2006 might be my daughter’s baptism day.

Oh God, please keep her and thousands of them safe.

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6 Responses to “Who is responsible?”


  1. 1 Leesa Burke August 9, 2006 at 4:51 am

    My name is Leesa Burke, as indicated, and I’m currently writing a paper on the EDSA revolution and the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship. Would you be interested at all in speaking to me about it and what it was like being there and experiencing the revolution?

    If so, please, email me.

    If not, I’m sorry to have wasted your comments space.

  2. 2 myepinoy August 9, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Miss Leesa Burke: Thank you for your invitation. I just wondered how did you find me here and why were you interested about my experiences of EDSA revolution.

    Anyhow, I’ll send you an e-mail about this. Meanwhile, you may check my post Memories of EDSA.

    I have noticed that you are somewhere in Nothern Territory – Australia.

  3. 3 melai August 10, 2006 at 9:57 am

    hindi naman natigil ang pagkitil ng buhay at pagkawala ng mga progresibong indibidwal na lumalaban sa maling pamamahala ng gobyerno noon at ngayon ..mula kay marcos hanggang sa kasalukuyang pekeng pangulo e …… ano pa aasahan natin?

  4. 4 Lani August 10, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    Kawawang mga bata, sana naman makita na sila at mabigyan ng katarungan kung ano man ang sinapit nila.

  5. 5 myepinoy August 11, 2006 at 10:32 am

    Melai: Are you telling me that we do not have any more reason to hope for a peaceful, civilized and humane society in our beloved country?

    Lani: I am praying that they are still alive. Isa sa kanila ay buntis pa. Sana nga mabigyan sila ng katarungan kasama ng marami pang iba na katulad nila.


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