Apprehend all the perpetrators from the top most to the bottom most criminal.
Behind that gruesome crime commtted in Maguindanao was a purpose so sinister that was not simply against opponents in politics, or against feuding clans. It was against humanity as a whole. It was meant not only to scare political rivals or people in the opposition but to terrorize a nation to silence and fear. It was meant to delete a peoples’ faith in democracy or in national freedom.
That kind of a mind has no place in the democratic processes that greater humanity has chosen to govern society. Like history has patiently uncovered and condemned tyrants and bandits, the nation looks toward lady Justice to pursue and mete her wrath upon the guilty, one way or the other.
Most government officials and members of the business sector have not as individuals, organizations or as a sector express condemnation of that gruesome and violent massacre. Unlike the fourth estate and the Church which since day one of the discovery of the bloodbath have cried out their anger and their united call for Justice.
As one citizen Mayor Peter Rey Bautista condemned the deed and the perpetrators and even declared the perpetrators persona non grata to Baguio City. Whether his action carried smacks for media exposure or not, whether he did it as an official or as a simple citizen, we know he did it with a bit of fear of political repercussion in his heart but his condemnation of that cold, cold crime against civilians, women, children, the media, the lawyers and ordinary people rang true. He has courage to represent what his people felt about it.
It would be uniting to know local government officials who profess to represent the small citizens of their towns and cities, would have no hand in protecting, covering or cudgeling anything or anyone who has something to do with that vile crime. It is, no matter how faint, reassuring to know our officials are not anything like that Ampatuan murderer. # nordis.net