Human life is the basis and origin of human rights. The extermination of human life is the crowning vice of the violation of human rights. Everything that is good, precious and noble on earth means nothing to anybody whose human life is extinguished by killers—without shame, without remorse.
A country where human lives are wasted at will by those precisely paid to protect the citizens is doomed. No glorious promises of a better tomorrow would see actualization. No enchanted and enchanting national vision of socio-economic progress would find realization. No loud and ceremonious official condemnations could cancel the intrinsic evil in extrajudicial killings, disappearances and other atrocities against persons.
Lofty words, haughty posturings, pretentious resolves—these have become the standard response of the present administration to almost daily extermination of human lives. It is interesting to note that no pro-administration people are killed, abducted or tortured, in order words, all those hundreds murdered plus those who disappeared plus those hurt and threatened, have one thing in common: they were and are not cheering squads, allies or cohorts of the present government,
Central Luzon has become the favored killing fields. Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales. It is in these provinces of region III that violations of human rights, the summit of which are downright murders, are done as a matter of course. Such is their regularity that when none happens, people even become apprehensive of possibly even worst things to happen.
There are human errancies that divinity would neither accept nor assent to. Deliberate and wanton killing of human beings is definitely one of them. And woe to those responsible for such inhumanity to man. They are cursed together with their generations now and those yet to come.
Those who have become the leaders and experts in the exterminations of people may be praised and applauded by their master. But all of them will have to face their own death sooner or later, and when that time comes—as surely it will—what would they think. How would they feel, whom would they call?
31 July 2006