Achieving Happiness

March 6, 2009

Batang guro

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 8:21 am
Rebelyn

Rebelyn

Namatay ang sikat na rapper at artistang si Francis Magalona kaninang tanghali dahil sa sakit na luekemia. Marami ang magluluksa at nakikidalamhati sa kanyang iniwang pamilya. Napakabata pa kasi niya — 44– at marami pang maiaambag sa mundo ng sining at musika.

Samantala, pinatay naman ang isang hindi kilala at karaniwang guro  sa Toril Davao City. Bagamat hindi siya sikat gaya ni FrancisM, maraming-marami din ang nagluluksa dahil sa kanyang pagkawala, ngunit higit pa dito, maraming-marami ang nagagalit sa mga pumatay sa kanya.

Noong isang araw, Marso 3, pauwi na mula sa kanyang pagtuturo sa St. Peter College sa Toril, Davao ang 20-taong gulang na si Rebelyn Pitao. Marahil pagod siya dahil sa maghapong pagtayo at pagsasalita sa harap ng klase; maaring nakadama din siya ng kaunting pagka-inis dahil may makukulit siyang estudyante (likas na sa mga batang nasa elementarya ang maging pilyo at pilya; at elementarya ang noong tinuturuan ni Rebelyn mula nang pumasa siya sa eksam sa pagiging guro noong Nobyembre 2008). Kung ano’t-ano man, ordinaryo na sa dalaga ang umuwi sakay ng tricycle sa kanyang bahay kung nasaan ang kanyang nanay at iba pang kamag-anak.

Ano’t-ano pa at hinarang ang kanyang sinasakyang tricyle. Hinablot siya ng mga di kilalang kalalakihan  mula sa kanyang pagkakaupo sa likod ng drayber, at sapilitang isinakay sa isang puting van.

Iyon ang huling panahon na nakitang buhay si Rebelyn. Kagabi, bandang 6:30  nang matagpuan ang kanyang katawan: lumulutang sa ilog, hubad, may tinamong limang saksak sa dibdib, at maraming marka ng tortyur sa iba pang bahagi.

Sino ang mga halimaw na gumawa nito sa napakabatang guro — sa isang inosenteng walang ninais kundi ang magturo  sa mga bata na di kalayuan ang edad sa kanya at makatulong sa kanyang pamilya? Bakit ganun-ganun na lang ang kahayupang ginawa sa kanya, na puno ng galit at puot na sinaksak siya at sinakal, at parang basura na tinapon ang kanyang katawan sa ilog?

Si Rebelyn, dalaga, batang guro, sibilyan, ay anak ni Leoncio Pitao o Kumander Parago ng New People’s Army. Siya ay dinukot at walang awang pinahirapan at pinaslang ng mga miyembro ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas.

How can this government and its representatives even dare to assert that they respect and abide by the principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or even plain human rights? The AFP and other mercenary troops of the GRP regularly attack, maim and kill civilians in their fruitless campaign to defeat the NPA.

Because they continue to fail in defeating the NPA, they resort to harming, hurting and killing civilians — burning their houses, terrorizing their children, abducting them, killing them and mutilating their remains.

Because they continue to fail capturing Kumander Parago, they abducted and brutally killed his daughter who held nothing in her hands but chalk and writing paper.

This government and its armed forces know a million and one ways to devastate the Filipino people. It holds nothing sacrosanct, it is coldly apathetic to the tears of anguish of children traumatized by the sight of their bloodied parents. It is indifferent to pleas for help, or at least an end to the suffering it brings to the lives of millions because of brutal economic policies; ruthless political strategies; relentless corruption and vicious military operations.

Rage, we must — we owe it to the countless innocents lives lost. We must use our voices to speak out against this unjust and inhumane violence and those who inflict it on us. We must use all our strength and will and might against that and those who make it impossible for the rest of us to sleep soundly at night, free of fear that the darkness will bring death, and that the coming daylight will mean more suffering on and on and on until death becomes something to long for and embrace.

Para kay Rebelyn — ituloy ang pakikibaka para sa karapatang pantao, katarungan at isang lipunang ganap na malaya!

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3 Comments »

  1. this incident shocked me at first but when i recalled that the present philippine government under Gloria is worst than the Marcos regime, i was no longer surprised of its brutality, vulgar and outright violations of humnar rights. Saint Peter’s College should now wake up and realize that all innocent civilians are not safe under this fascist regime where the presence of death squads and undercover operatives are fast becoming cultural manifestations of blind blatant excercise of wasting human lives.

    Comment by edgar — March 6, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  2. […] nang nagsulat tungkol kay Rebelyn: Sina Kenneth Guda, Ina Silverio (isa, dalawa), Sarah Raymundo, E. San Juan, Jr., Carol Araullo at Katrina Macapagal. Maganda ang sinabi […]

    Pingback by Ulat sa mga Anak ng Hinaharap « Kapirasong Kritika — March 19, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  3. grabeh! mga wlang kaluluwa ang gumawa nun!
    mamatay n din sana cla.!

    Comment by mimi — August 4, 2010 @ 7:41 am


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