Silence does not give us Peace

Letters To Mindanao condemn the merciless murder of Cris Bual, land acquisition superindentent of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. who was killed on Friday, 16 September 2011 in Davao City.

The senseless act of taking another person’s life is never ever acceptable- for whatever reason except by legitimate authority and based on a judicial decision of a duly constituted authority.

Violence in any form should be condemned. Barbarism has no place in a civilized society, not in Asia’s most livable city most especially. I am however appalled by the silence from almost all fronts of civil society. No one seems to care anymore. Have we been desensitized by gruesome murders that we are no longer affected when another gunman hits a helpless victim? Is it already an acceptable thing to die violently in front of your own backyard, some few meters away from your family, and in full view of your spouse? If not, then why are you not making any noise? It is one thing to mourn because someone had died. It is another thing to be indignant in mourning because someone was subjected to a violent and senseless death.

In the end, we the living are the ultimate victims. Anyone of us can be the next target. Anyone of us can be gunned down. Anyone can just take our life, and walk away like nothing has happened- without remorse, without conscience. I know because my family had been there. The gunman just walked away, just like  that, as Cris’ gunman did, when my father was shot dead, in broad daylight. In Mindanao.

Silence does not give us peace. It emboldens the evil. It creates a murderous world. It breeds impunity.

Once you’ve been struck by violence, you acquire companions that never leave you entirely: Suspicion, Fear, Anxiety, Despair, Joylessness. The natural smile is taken from you and the natural pleasures you once enjoyed lose their appeal. The citywas ruined…and he would leave it soon. Only, where would they settle now? Where would they find happiness? Where would he feel safe?

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel, 2010

Condemn the killings. Make noise so that the law enforcers can hear us and will have sleepless nights solving all crimes. Make noise so loud that it can turn the wheels of Justice. Or loud  enough that the perpetrator may be bothered by his conscience. Break the silence so that the mastermind will not feel victorious.

Make noise that our leaders may finally find it in their hearts to listen and protect its people.

2 comments on “Silence does not give us Peace

  1. Jet says:

    Thank you for this post. This is Cris’s daughter by the way. Right now, as you can imagine, it’s still very difficult for my family and I. But we are being strong and holding on to the happy memories with Papa.

    I too share your bewilderment over the silence of much of the people in civil society. But rest assured that my Papa, who was also well known in lots of NGOs and foundations, will forever be remembered by many of his colleagues as a happy, jolly, and fun-loving man who only had intentions geared towards peace and the development of Mindanao.

    Thank you SO MUCH for writing this article as it somehow alleviated my current state of grief. At least, nakabalo na ko karon nga naa pud diay mga tao (outside the circle of our family and friends) who care and are airing out their opinions. Daghan kaayong salamat!

    • notty says:

      Thanks for dropping by this space. My condolences to you and your family. Carry the thought that there are many people out there who cares for your father, and who strives for a gentler, crime-free world. May Justice be served.

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