How many times have you experienced a brownout? I bet you did many times. Remember the power crisis we had during the Ramos government.
How many times have you experienced this interruption while watching your favorite sports or favorite soap opera or surfing the net and whatever? Again, I bet you had it many times.
Like any other interruptions, the effect varies as it cut short the little earthly pleasures connected to electricity. For those with short-temper, it is expected that they would shout and let fly from their mouths bad words directed to whoever is responsible for their power supply. For those who are not, they would probably shrug it off, say sayang, bitin or nothing at all and then off to something else. Magpapaypay perhaps to cool off and prepare the body for a very hot night (literally) ahead.
Although this occurrence is but temporary, we still ask, how long will this be?
This leads me to these questions. How about if this becomes permanent? What about if the brownout is not about power supply? What about if it interrupts not just the little earthly pleasures? What if it is more than that? What if it concerns life? The life of your beloved child. How are we going to react? Would bad words and shrugging it off suffice?
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It has been more than a year since I posted about Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan’s story of disappearance and abduction — many believed that they were abducted by the attack dogs of persons with twisted brains, and it makes me sick that until this very moment, there has been no news or no signs of them, dead or alive. No one knows where they are except God and those who are responsible.
Father Bossi is somehow luckier than Karen and Sherlyn. He has the military and police personnel searching for him.
The mothers and their loved ones, still groping in the longest brownout of their lives, do not have what Father Bossi has. They are just hoping against hope that this brownout will last sooner than later. That their favorite characters, their children, and their story will have an end and that end is called justice.
Some people may not even know about this. Some may have forgotten them. Some people I presume may have tried to forget. But for the mothers, friends and many among us who love freedom and value life, we will always remember and wait.
The story of both Karen and Sherlyn still has no end because the perpetrators of this heinous crime still hold the switch off and the ending, happy or tragic depends on them.
If Karen and Sherlyn’s were your favorite TV show or blog entries you love to read, what would your feeling be towards the person or persons responsible for the brownout? Tell me.