IT is hard to know and to be convinced that human life is the summit of all precious realities here and now, as well as the peak of all invaluable gifts hereafter and beyond. Without human life: What are diamonds worth, what are jewelries for? What for is socio-economic progress and development? What is the benefit of peace and order? Take away human life, and what for is integrity and honesty? In the cemetery, would it really make any difference at all if one’s tomb is miserable or grandiose, if it is made a dumpling place or the site of a lavish and expensive museum? It is but to the living that all such things matter, viz., that gold and silver are valuable, that power and wealth mean much, that money has its value and use. Without life, all of them are stripped of significance and worth.
This brings to fore the hideous nature and gross implications of any and all “Sins Against Life”—something that has acquired significance and that continues to acquire relevance in this once “Land of the Morning”—the then “Lupang Hinirang”! Yes, there appears to be much preoccupation about human rights. In the same way, some talks are also heard about human dignity. But then, what are human rights for and what is human dignity all about—without human life?!
Abortions. Summary executions. Massacres. Murders. Assassinations. All these and more atrocities against human life have become standard realities in Philippine society. They are no longer news. They have become some kind of a “daily bread” that repeatedly and nonchalantly occupy some space or time among local tri-media outlets. Someone commits suicide, so what? Somebody hacked dead by a friend or an enemy, big deal! A gunman kills this or that man, really?
It is not enough that there are terrorism and separatist movements in the country. It is neither enough that there is poverty plus misery practically all over the land. It has even become a matter of concern that some 8 million Filipinos spread in some 200 countries in the world as OFW’s are violated, mistreated and looked upon as lesser human beings.
The sad and disturbing truth is that when nothing less than human lives have become cheap, everything else does not matter that much—if at all. There must be something wrong—something very wrong—with the way all those multi-billion intelligence funds are spent, the way all those local and national law and order agencies work, the manner the justice system functions in the country.
Malacañang, wake up!
21 September 2011