Saturday, November 04, 2006


It isn’t really uncommon to hear of police authorities and other complementary agents of government raiding neighborhoods, streets and even homes in search of criminals, goons and other suspicious characters. The raids are done surreptitiously, boldly and in full battle gear.

Silently the fully armed force comes. Swiftly the members of the raiding team enter halls and open doors. They make searches and ask questions. When the raid nets its targets, the raiders act with arrogance and speak with pride—with full media coverage. When the raid proved to be a big flop, forget it, that’s it.

Is it?

Church workers are harassed, churchmen are killed. A bishop was murdered. Now, nothing else than a convent of the Contemplative Sisters of the Good Shepherd was raided. No search warrant. No suspect found. Sorry.

Is that it?

All these erratic acts sound familiar. They already happened before. It was during the Martial Law regime. Now it is supposedly a democratic leadership that is in place. But it is the same as far as political killings are concerned and in cases of sudden disappearances. It is also the same as in the case of the murders of media people. It is likewise the same in the violation of human rights and the disregard for human dignity. It is even worse in terms of the poverty and misery of a good number of people.

Is this it?

Unless the present administration stop being a progressively emerging clone of the past martial law regime, people can rightfully expect much worse things to come. The indicators are clear. The more social injustice there is, the more violations of human rights there are. The more authoritarian moves the present administration makes, the more probable is the country retrogressing to those times of shame and infamy.

What then?

4 November 2006