Story with no end: Karen and Sherlyn

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?


The mothers
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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.

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9 Responses to “Story with no end: Karen and Sherlyn”

  1. 1 SexyMom July 14, 2007 at 11:41 am

    that will then be the most hated brownout to happen. imagine, when a son or a daughter gets hurt, a mother’s heart gets hhurt, when somebody does wrong to a son or daughter, a mother would like to retaliate back, what more with this kind of loss? a mother’s heart is crushed, a mother’s heart bleeds to no end, a mother’s heart would like to die, but knows it has to fight, but you know what? a mother’s heart never stops hoping, a mother’s heart continues to pray, a mother’s heart continues to search. yes, myepinOy, mother’s a mother’s heart may be a soft spot, but in times like this, a mother’s heart has to be tough!

  2. 2 Jigs July 14, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I really like your metaphor for this post. It’s really thought provoking. I think my heart would break if such a “brownout” would occur in my life. Family is first priority in my book and I do not wish such a brownout to happen to any one else.

  3. 3 rhodora July 14, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Oh God, I don’t know how to take such ‘brownout’.

    But I agree with SexyMom. A mother’s heart may be a soft spot, but in times like this, a mother’s heart has to be tough, to keep on fighting, searching, hoping.

  4. 4 myepinoy July 16, 2007 at 1:46 am

    The government has implemented the RA 9372 also known as Human Security Act.

    Sexy Mom, I expect that there will be more mothers, fathers, and young people like you Jigs and many Pinoy or Pinays who will experience a possible long brownout by arbitrary use of state machinery.

    I am also expecting that blogs and bloggers expressing views different or against the authorities can be included as conspirator (Sec 4) and be put into surveillance under Section 7 – The Warrant of Surveillance for purposes of investigating those already charged or suspected. Government can use any suitable ways and means to tap or intercept any communication by someone who is only suspected of having conspired to commit terrorism. No more due process, no more guarantee of privacy if the government thinks someone has decided to violate the law.

    The most unconstitutional portion appears in Sec 18 which authorizes detention without judicial warrant of arrest No more Bill of Rights.

    All these and many more with RA 9372 is the most feared brownout I could see coming to any Filipinos sooner or later.

    Government can unleash terror to its citizens it wants to protect from the enemies it wishes to save them from.

    What is your take on this rhodora?

  5. 5 SexyMom July 16, 2007 at 9:25 am

    omg! you, me, and every Filipinos has been STRIPPED of one of our basic rights. my son, BA, was so concerned about this, he has been discussing it with me to no end (, and i was just MUM about it. now, i am really thinking…

  6. 6 ba July 16, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    A year after, they still haven’t surfaced. Yet students keep on disappearing.

    Around 2 weeks ago there was a black, heavily tinted vehicle roving around CMC. Mukhang may balak na namang i-abduct.


    There’s this small exhibit it the Faculty Center in UP, about the Human Security Act.

    It’s a mirror, with the word “terrorist” painted on it.

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