Young Blood

Horror story


I stare at the TV screen with the blurred images and vexing sounds. I am paralyzed. Yet, a sense of pain slowly creeps in, extending from the deep recesses of my being and hitting the bull’s eye: my heart. I can hardly breathe. The adrenaline keeps pumping yet there is nothing I can do but be still, frozen. I watch as the city erupts in sporadic flames, people run for their lives, soldiers and tanks move along the streets, while gunfire is heard in the background.

It’s a war zone in a ghost town.

It seems like one hell of a horror movie. And I shake my head in disgust because it’s not a movie. I wish it were only a bad dream from which I can just wake up. But it’s worse: It’s reality, our reality.

I was born and raised in La Belle Zamboanga—a native Chavacano by heart and language. So believe me when I say that this city is my home. Every nook and corner of it I instantly recognize. And what was once a beautiful, nostalgic memory of childhood has turned into this…aberration.

My whole family is here. And, along with thousands of our fellow Zamboangueños, we are weeping in pain, outrage and desolation. And my heart breaks as more people I know and see are left homeless and hungry. The physical trauma is just the surface. For we are again scarred, traumatized, and broken in many places.

The worst part is we are helpless, unable to stop this madness. We are just bystanders as the Moro National Liberation Front conducts its power play against the government.

But why must we suffer and endure this if the rebels want to make a point? Why must we Zamboangueños be in the middle of this demonstration of defiance against the people in power? This is neither a movie nor a game. We are talking about people and their lives. And we say: Enough is enough.

I know that mere words are not enough. Yet I hope that even in this little way I can help get the message across. I believe that we can get through this with the help of God. I hope that we can finally end this and begin to pick up the pieces. War is never the answer, but if it means fighting back and finally putting an end to this madness, then I say: Do it.

The government must take a stand and defend its people. It must not only prevent these monsters from creating more havoc but also make sure that they will not sow violence and terror again. These bullies must not be allowed to win and get what they want.

History is there to be learned from, and not to be repeated. It is there as a reminder so that future generations will not have to endure this horror story I am experiencing now.

We want to heal. We want to heal now.

Gia Angelica Urian, 26, graduated from Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

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  • JosengSisiw1

    miss-uari knew that Zamboanga is like hitting 2 birds in with one stone. by doing his terrorism in Zambo which has a dominant christians population, he is hitting both the government and the christians in one go. why he didn’t do his terrorism in his hometown Jolo, a dominant muslim city? it’s because he knew that his misadventure will destroy it, like what he has done in Zambo now. The govt. should stop this maniac fighting for his own political survival. There are only 2 places good for miss-uari now, either in prison or hell.

  • tadasolo

    Gia you are one brave soul in that part of the Philippines wherein most of those making a decision and comments are too far from understanding your plight. After all this is said and done only the people of Zamboanga can prevent this from happening again and with a competent mayor and police force the people of Zamboanga should band together to strengthened your defenses and the police. You need to ask your mayor why 200 armed idiots can wreck havoc and create terror on the lives of 800,000 people. Certainly there are at least 10,000 law abiding citizens who together with a competent mayor and police chief can deter 200 men. Do not wait for the army and Manila to do it for you. They come later with a different agenda. Only the people of Zamboanga can save themselves. You need to form a citizen militia with the purpose of deterring criminals like misuari and send him a message that Zamboanga is for Zamboangans only. Your prosperity is entirely on your hands not the decisions of Imperial Manila and sometime time in the future you can safely say you did it because you are brave. One day we will all visit Zamboanga and admire your courage and the romantic allure of that famous song “Do you want to go to Zamboanga”?”

  • Jao Romero

    Misuari should just be killed. do away with jailing him and just kill him.

  • Chloroform

    as prof monsod claimed in her article, “somebody” is financing the MNLF incursion. I will guess the “financier’s” point of view, the answer to your questions is the return of investments…

    • Fulpol

      what would they gain??

      Solita is an idiot.. Malik is even more intelligent than her..

      • Chloroform

        ROI has many forms: money, political or it could be peaceful co-existence with MNLF in their legal or illegal activities…

  • Fulpol

    The government must take a stand and defend its people. It must not only prevent these monsters from creating more havoc but also make sure that they will not sow violence and terror again. These bullies must not be allowed to win and get what they want.


    monsters? what an idiotic description..

    you were all be dead by now if the MNLF are monsters, idiot..

    i bet the MNLFs are more intelligent than you..

    • TANYA22

      mas idiot…ka?

  • WeAry_Bat

    Same here, I know my city in the south of every street because I used to walk from one end to the other end for my teeth braces. I used to study at night while the gunfire and the occasional grenade served as the background noise. Which is why I got used to studying with the radio on.

    Unlike the other cities, this one paved its peace with a lot of blood. When a shot rang out at night, we heard our neighbors cry, ‘Patay’. It was a gruesome joke but true. Yet as the years went by, the night remained with the occasional sad, painful cries of a dog being made pulutan. This, inhuman way is similar but not quite what @tadasolo suggests.

    In my old age, I sometimes think they just took the blood in the future time then dumped it at the river so that the future would be a little peaceful. If there is any blood which should be shed for Zamboanga, it is at least, for one useless old man. Useless because not productive.

  • TANYA22

    War is never the answer, but if it
    means fighting back and finally putting an end to this madness, then I say: Do
    it. Yes………………..

  • pilipino_ako6

    And former President Ramos publicly berated PNoy for taking a tough stance against these murderers. He said PNoy should have made a truce with them so they will lay down their arms and go home. That is what he did. If he had been firm with them during his term, innocent people would not have been slaughtered now. One was even beheaded and strung upside down according to his daughter.

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