I am consumed by this rage I feel inside. I want to banter endlessly until I go hoarse and exhausted.

As of press time, the forensics are doing a numbing exercise of counting the bodies dug from the mass graveyard in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. The last count was 57. Fifty-seven mutilated, decapitated, and absolutely dead bodies buried, as if to mock, by an enormous backhoe owned by the province of Maguindanao. As if the entire act of burying massacred people is an activity similar to those done by giant trucks plying the national highways bearing the declarative “Government Project, Do Not Delay.” Yes, the massacre was a government project only this time bigger in scale, more efficiently and masterfully done, and the worst thing one can actually do just to keep hold of power.

“My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” said Vice Mayor Mangudadatu.

“They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her,” he added.

And all the Malacanang could say is “We don’t have full control of the situation on the ground, mortals as we are. Because we are only human, we cannot stop these things from happening, but we will just do whatever is legally possible within human limits to be able to stop [them] and improve on our performance as a government and as a country,” said Eduardo Ermita, the Executive Secretary.


This administration will do nothing, as this is like all other controversies it has faced before. Let the issue sit and settle and wait for the public to forget. But this one is something that is beyond us. It is a crime against humanity. And all the president could say is “…because we are only human, we cannot stop these things from happening.”


I’ve never seen a government as rotten as ours. How can we ever feel secure in a country where the government is inutile? I feel that I am in the climax of my pessimism. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is evil.

We see a local power clinging with all its claws to the power his family has held for more than a decade. Now think what a national leader will do just to have that power in her hands forever?

The image is grim.

It is beyond reason how somebody could do, or even contemplate of doing, such horror and atrocity. And it is beyond my 23-year-old mind to understand how this government I’ve innocently trusted could just brush this event like a regular-day-in-the-office or as one of those unfounded-issues-hurled-at-us-by-good-for-nothing-critics.

Now I feel nothing but pure rage. I feel like resigning from my teaching post at the university, go to the mountains, and wage war against this rubbish government.

5 thoughts on “Rage”

  1. don’t. otherwise you’ll be falling into the trap that the people in government set so as to be able to portray the philippines abroad as extremely poor and violent.
    why do they do that?
    so they can apply for foreign money to supposedly solve these problems, and with which they can take fancy trips abroad, send their kids to schools abroad, have their headaches examined in the States, etc. (about the last case, an insult to the local medical profession,no, that most politicians always rush abroad once they fall ill. other leaders in the world always rush home if they fall ill abroad, sa Pinas baliktad).
    A friend from the middle east says exactly the same thing about their problems there. Their politicians don’t want the troubles to end, because foreign aid would stop once peace came to the region, and their leaders are living fancy lives due to this foreign aid.

    1. i.b

      i had to say that for rhetorical effect. i am still a believer that one can change the system from within. i’ve written a post about us aids to africa and how these aid monies became even more deleterious to people’s lives as these are being used by dictators. the politicians in africa, i must say, have bigger balls than the philippines’. at least there when they are totalitarian, they are upfront and clear with their motives. in the philippines everything is clouded; our politicians maintain a semblance of democracy that is more monstrous than africa’s.

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