By Juan L. Mercado
“There are no words for this,” Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri wrote after a gunman mowed down 20 kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Their ages ranged from six to seven years.
By Neal H. Cruz
Another 20 innocent grade school children, aged six or seven years old, and six of their educators died the other day in America because another crazy man with a gun opened fire on them. This is the fourth mass shooting in the United States this year.
“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us…?” (Exodus 2:14)
We, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), condemn the treacherous killing of members of the family of a B’laan leader who is opposed to the operations of Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) inside the tribe’s ancestral domain. Three members of his family died while the youngest daughter was wounded. The massacre on Oct. 18, 2012 showed the heartlessness and ruthlessness of the perpetrators and criminals, members of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.
The promotion of Church People’s Response condemns in the strongest terms the massacre of Capion family members in Tampakan, South Cotabato last Oct. 19. According to news reports, the perpetrators of the crime were elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, and the victims—two children and their mother who was seven months pregnant—were killed after the strafing of their family’s abode.
By Amando Doronila
ON FRIDAY, ALL SOULS DAY, most Filipinos joined the annual pilgrimage to the cemeteries to remember their dead. But not all were fortunate to be part of that human swell of commemoration. Sad to say, circumstances dictated by fate have not allowed me to do what most of my compatriots have done, to keep alive the tradition of honoring the memory of people closest to them.