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Sulpicio’s Rampage and The Abduction Orgy in Mindanao

June 28, 2008

It is time for Metro Manilans to go out of their ‘comfort zones’ and mobilize against two equally injurious scenes playing out before our very eyes: the killing rampage of Sulpicio Lines with the serial sinkings of its inter-island ferries and the unopposed abduction of hapless civilians in the deep southern region of the Philippines: Basilan in Sulu.

The biggest crime we can all make is be indifferent to and forgetful of the ordeal our compatriots are going through.

This past week the airwaves have been filled with the sights and sounds of bloated bodies floating or being fished out from Sibuyan Sea while the relatives of the dead and missing wail and wait like beggars for the morsels thrown at them by unfeeling officials of the killer shipping line.

Juxtapose these with the latest headlines about another professor of the Mindanao State University, biologist Sherwin Nacua, being kidnapped in Marawi as four linemen of the Basilan electric cooperative, Birin and Paul Herwig, and Alberto and Emilberto Singson. are snatched by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf gunmen just one day after the new Armed Forces chief of staff bragged to foreign correspondents that the ASG had been “reduced to just being a gang of bandits (the nth time the military has made this empty claim).”

Will other Filipinos yet again just shrug their shoulders thinking these will all simply go away or that we in Metro Manila have worries of our own with fuel and consumer prices steadily soaring out of reach?

Les Miserables we all are while the national leadership busies itself trying in vain to book a meeting with the presumptive front-runner in the US presidential derby and a big man celebrates his birthday.

When will we awake?

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