Kim’s Dream Orlan Ravanera
Death of three children: A Wake-Up Call
“Life is sacred and never to be sacrificed to the altar of greed and profit or militarization. Indeed, our land is for food and not for war!”
It was on that fateful day of March 25, 2016, Good Friday at that at 2:30 in the afternoon in Mt. Pud-ong in Sitio Kibaritan, Brgy. Malinao, a sort of holy place for the people of Kalilangan, Bukidnon where the Christians every holy week gather to commemorate Holy Week. Their commemoration that year seven years ago became even more memorable when three children named Lloyd Pasague, Dhelmar Waminal and Reggie Waminal were horribly killed due to the explosion of an Unidentified Explosive Ordnance (UXO) blasting their different parts of their bodies, scattered in different areas. There is no greater painful sight on earth than a father named Mr. Rodelio Waminal competing among the dogs in gathering the blasted organs of his two children and shouting in tears PANGINOON BAKIT?
In that blasting explosion incident, two more children got wounded named Roldmar Waminal, also son of Rodelio and Mark Lawrence Cadiz who survived but are now living in so much trauma.
It was a Good Friday and the Christians were feeling the sadness of the crucifixion & death of the Son God whose death commemoration is at 3PM on that very day. But 30 minutes before that, TATLONG BATA NAGBUWIS NG BUHAY! For what? As biblically stated, “for everything, there is a purpose under Heaven.” Glaringly, all of us must now reflect on the sanctity and divinity of all life, especially of these innocent children in the context of Christ’s teaching “to love the children.” Indeed, children are pure consciousness whose emanation is from the Ocean of pure consciousness, the Unseen Being, the Formless called God.
If only the Department of National Defense (DND) has listened to the Certification of then Vice Mayor of Kalilangan now the Hon. Mayor Raymond Charl Gamboa and supported then by different agencies of government, to quote, “ it is so dangerous to declare Sitio Kibaritan as part of military reservation as it is already a community with a chapel, an elementary school and a Day-Care center.” But such certification was utterly dis-regarded, even disregarding the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Resolution not to fence the area as such will cause damage to the farms and crops of the farmer-occupants. The farming community has been shouting: OUR LAND IS FOR FOOD NOT FOR WAR!
No way has the Mindanao Army Training Group has listened to the outcries and continue tractoring, buck-hoeing, and griddering their crops that all these years have amounted to tens of millions of pesos. The 187 farming- families are now living in extreme poverty and many of their children have to stop schooling for having no financial means anymore. As their crops are continuously destroyed in gross violation of their human right despite resolutions from the Sangguniang Bayan, they will soon live in hunger. They are now standing for their right as they shout, “ANDAM KAMI MAGPAKAMATAY NGA ADUNAY BARUGANAN KAYSA MAMATAY KAMI SA GUTOM!”
HUWAG NAMAN SANA! TATLONG BATA NA ANG NAGBUWIS NG BUHAY PARA MAKITA NG SAMBAYANAN ANG KAMALIAN NG MILITARIZATION. ANG LAKI NG BUDGET SA ELCAC BY THE TENS OF BILLIONS OF PESOS. FOR WHAT? STOPPING REBELLION AND INSURGENCY IS BY UPROOTING THE CAUSE OF WAR AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM NOT THROUGH THE POWER OF GUNS. HALOS WALA NG LIBRO ANG MGA MAG-AARAL. WALA NG GAMOT ANG MGA HEALTH CENTERS AT ANG DSWD WALA NG BUDGET PARA SA MGA MAHIHIRAP AT MGA TAONG MAY KAPANSANAN. NASAAN?
NASA ELCAC! MAY DAHILAN ANG PAGKAMATAY NG TATLONG BATA. MERON NA RING MAGSASAKA NA NAGPAKAMAY SA KIBARITAN DAHIL SA KAHIRAPAN.
TAMA NA ANG MILITARIZATION SA BAYANG NAGHIHIRAP. ANG TULONG PO NA PARA SA MGA MAGSASAKA AY NAIBIGAY SA MATG AT ANG SIGAW PA NI COL. CERIACO LUMAS-E NA DATING MATG COMMANDER: KUNG AYAW NINYO ANG AMING GINAGAWA SA PAGSIRA ANG INYONG PANANIM AT PANANAKIT. MABUTI PANG MAG REBELDE NA LANG KAYO. BAKIT? PARA TUMAAS ANG BUDGET NG ELCAC? HUWAG PO NINYO KAMING PARATANGAN NA MGA FR (former rebels). KAMI PO AY MGA ANAK AT APO NG MGA SUNDALO NA PUMANAW NA. MGA KABABAYAN, TAYO PO AY GUMISING NA. HUWAG NATING HAYAAN NA ANG PABUWIS NG BUHAY NG TATLONG BATA NOONG GOOD FRIDAY NA PITONG TAON NA ANG NAKALIPAS AY MAWALAN NG SAYSAY AT KATARUNGAN.
WE NOW SEEK JUSTICE FOR THE DEATH OF OUR BELOVED CHIILDREN. PLEASE BE REMINDED OF THE CONSTITUTION DECLARATION: “NO PERSON SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW.” Three children were killed, apparently due to the gross negligence of men in uniform and after seven years. NO ONE HAS BEEN MADE ACCOUNTABLE. WALA NGANG TULONG DUMATING SA MGA MAGULANG. ANO BA KAMI DITO SA SITIO KIBARITAN, TAO O BASURA?