Monday, October 22, 2007

the Makati explosion

The pacing of the disgusting and disturbing events in the country that infallibly involves Malacañang is too fast that people hardly have enough time to think and make reasonable conclusions about them. It all began in May 2004 and the list of such messy and nauseous happenings goes on. And there are no promising signs so far that such moral, social and political gross aberrations will stop soon.

Even but a brief look at the recent past is enough for many concerned citizens to feel depressed, to pity the country, to ask questions. The ZTE fiasco. The questionable cyberspace education. The much over-priced Call Center Lab. The unaccounted multi-million Palace Fund, The Malacañang bribery adventure. And all these were immediately followed by the destructive and deadly explosion. It killed or hurt innocent men and women, helpless young people and children. Needless to say, the nation cries with their families, relatives and friends, as people pray for the eternal repose of those who died and for the full recovery of those hurt in the big blast.

Meantime, the questions:

What was really used to kill and hurt people, to blow up and destroy the place, to cause much commotion and apprehension? Even the official answer given is in act more appalling and much frightful: Military ordinance! No. It is not a bomb made here and there. It is not even ordinary explosive that is used every now and then, it is a downright war material kept and used by the armed forces.

Who were the characters who had in possession the devastating bomb, who deliberately carried, carefully planted and decidedly staged its deadly explosion? Were they but thugs and ruffians? Were they merely publicity hungry individuals, plain mentally disturbed persons or highly paid mercenaries? Or were they in fact chosen members of the military or para-military personnel?

Why was the bombing and killing, the burning and destruction done? Was it to simply prove that murder and devastation were a religious commitment? Was it purely accidental, incidental or coincidental? Or was it in truth but to stage a cover-up, to engage in a basically diversionary tactic? The way the investigations are going on, there might not be a really acceptable answer to the said questions.

One thing is certain: there are those who are in effect blessed by the explosion in no less than the busy place and business center of Makati. For the moment at least, they deflected the attention of people whose sound value system and basic sense of decency have been long offended and incensed by big successive Malacañang money scandals.

Terrorism! If this were the real reason behind the bombing and devastation, while people in general would have reasons to be afraid, Malacañang on the other hand might find the rationale to rejoice. This is the big paradox of the Makati explosion.

22 October 2007