Is it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic – even morals and ethics – can be well irrelevant to hungry people. Hunger and despair go hand in hand specially for helpless and hopeless people. And to respond there to with unbridled anger and mortal force makes the respondent not simply callous and merciless but also downright inhuman if not emotionally impaired and/or mentally burdened.
And this brutality and inhumanity were once more lately brought to crude and shameless reality in the Country with the Kidapawan inhumanity to man. The shout for food and help by the miserable and starving farmers were met with anger and guns. The farmers were crying for food to eat and help to work out their living as their farms have recently become useless for farming due to El Niño (Climate Change). Their anger and desperation made them insistent and demanding. What they got instead were mortal guns and live bullets.
The finally out-going government headed by someone from a well-known clan of a huge hacienda holding appears to be used to but looking down and despising poor and starving farmers. The Mendiola Massacre is a historical proof of such a sad reality. In other words, killing poor and helpless farmers is but a matter of course for certain callous individuals with immense land holdings. The Kidapawan episode – just like the Mendiola inhumanity – also showed farmers asking for what was simply their due. But they were instead inflicted wounds and/or sent to their death even. So sad yet so true.
They were but asking for what was theirs. Help to care for their farms, for the production of more rice and thus improve their living. And what they were asking for was not help coming from the pockets of government officials but assistance coming from all kinds of the taxes imposed and taken from the people – the farmers themselves included. In other words, they were merely asking even but for a little share of public funds intended for the common good, in order to somehow improve their family life.
But then, wanting, hungry and desperate, what they eventually got were guns drawn, bullets fired and lives killed. No. The farmers are not saints. They neither belong to the nobility nor the world condominium or high class villages. But human persons they are. Human rights they have. Human dignity they are endowed with. They are not a bunch of thieves who should be met with guns. Much less are they criminals who should be shot to death. Such detestable events usually happen in dictatorial regimes, in countries ruled by godless tyrants.
The Kidapawan tragedy that is now a shameful episode in Philippine History. What makes it extra detestable is that it took place during the “Daan Matuid” government that has in fact become infamous for its graft and corrupt practices – plus their callous observances. Such callousness is but another incarnate falsity of such an empty and delirious claim of righteousness. It is markedly possible akin to certitude that the now delegated candidate for the presidential office is markedly and continuously tailing far behind in approval rating precisely because of his patron – the promoter and lover of the “Daang Matuid” hurrah which has become not merely a laughing stuff but truly a detestable claim, a big bad joke.