It’s like shooting the messenger if you don’t like his message, and then saying it just had to do with how he said it. The Armed Forces’ disbarment charge against public interest lawyer Harry Roque unfortunately pits the defenders of the republic against a defender of human rights. The AFP sends all the wrong messages to the Filipino public and to the larger community of human rights advocates here and abroad, and actually invites a closer look at its own dismal historical record at vindicating human dignity and enforcing discipline in its own ranks.
Here we are, slaves to this day—slaves in the land that you gave to our ancestors to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts (Nehemiah 9:36).
The Inquirer headline said it all: “The issue is the killing.” Olongapo City Prosecutor Emilie Fe de los Santos correctly reminds us: “What is clear is that a person is dead. … Let’s put an end to the issue that there is bias in the gender. There’s no gender issue here. The issue is: Somebody got killed.”
By Michael L. Tan
The murder of Jennifer Laude in Olongapo, with a US Marine being held as the suspect, has resulted in a term, “transgender,” being used all over the media often with some confusion.
The killing of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude, the 26-year-old transgender woman found dead in an Olongapo motel last weekend, should be condemned in the strongest terms. It has been described as a hate crime, a death sentence passed on her for choosing a sexual orientation that strays from the mainstream. (We use the feminine pronoun in acknowledgement of her choice.)