Ikaw, kaya mo bang saktan ang batang ito?

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To those who don’t know who this pretty young girl is, her name is Geraldine Palma. “Din-Din” to her family, classmates and friends… and “Luggage Girl” to the media just a few weeks ago.

Din-Din has already been laid to rest… but the circumstances behind her abduction and brutal killing have yet to be truthfully established, not even with the recent surrender of the alleged mastermind.

Din-Din’s family must be in the throes of anguish… consumed by pain… assailed by feelings of hate…

And who wouldn’t be?

Who among those who call themselves “human” wouldn’t feel pity for Din-Din? Who among those who call themselves “decent” wouldn’t sympathize with Din-Din’s family? Who among those who call themselves “just” wouldn’t feel anger and indignation?

I have a three year old daughter and I honestly don’t know what I would do if anything bad happened to her… which is why there’s this lump in my throat as I write this… as there was a lump in my throat when I was reading the post of Din-Din’s cousin detailing what went through her mind when she found out about the tragedy that befell Din-Din.

The ANGER simmering in that letter was very real… as real as the restrained ANGER of Archbishop Oscar Cruz as he writes about the “animals” who victimized Din-Din… as real as the ANGER that I feel… as real as the ANGER boiling in the hearts of many people today.

I belong to a party that does not believe in the Death Penalty — more so if imposed extra-judicially.

But just this once… just this once…

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ABDUCTED, RAPED, AND MURDERED DIN-DIN GET THE PUNISHMENT THAT THEY DESERVE?!!!

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Ikaw, kaya mo bang saktan ang batang ito?

11 thoughts on “Ikaw, kaya mo bang saktan ang batang ito?

  1. f*ck! anong klaseng mga hayop ito??!! when i read articles like this, i get very very emotional, for 2 reasons.. fear and anger

    natatakot ako kase i have a baby girl, and the thought of her being harmed in any way scares me.

    anger dahil, ano na ang nangyayari sa mundo? ganyan na lang ba walang kahalaga ang buhay ng isang bata, na pwedeng basta basta na lang gahasain, patayin, ilagay sa maleta, at itapon sa tabi-tabi??

    i will pray for dindin’s soul, and the countless, nameless others who have been victims of this kind of barbaric act. may their souls rest in peace.. and may the souls of those responsible roth in hell!

  2. Sabi ni Augustine (or was it Thomas Aquinas?) sa isa niyang classic na treatise on ethics (one among the many), kapag nakagawa ng karumal-dumal na krimen ang isang tao, tinaksil na niya ang pagkatao niya. By implication, wala na siyang karapatang pantao. Dito galing yun rationale noong medieval times kung bakit may mararahas na parusa.

    Dahil sa mga kasong tulad ng nangyari kay Dindin Palma, naiisip ko na relevant pa rin ang early regimens of punishment eh. Pareho tayo ng naiisip, “kahit ngayon lang, bitayin natin, kahit ngayon lang, pramis.”

  3. taroogs ay nagsasabing:

    tingin ko lang naman… if a roman catholic archbishop actually calls some people “animals”… there must be something VERY wrong with those people…

  4. I have seen this story a lot of times in the evening news and it still disturbs me everytime. No matter who the perpetrator is, i still don’t get the reason for the inhumane treatment to such an innocent young girl.

  5. selvo ay nagsasabing:

    nakakatakot, nakakainis at nakakagalit pag may sinasaktan at pinapatay na walang kalaban laban. minsan parang napapaisip na nga akong bitayin na lang ang ganitong mga klaseng tao na nagsasamantala sa kawalan ng lakas ng ibang tao.

  6. taroogs ay nagsasabing:

    sa ganitong mga panahon e nakakatuksong manawagan para ibalik ang mga parusang itinakda ni Kalantiaw — dapat ipasok ang mga hayop na ito sa isang malaking palayok at pakuluan ng buhay… tapos, ipakain sa baboy ang naluto nilang mga katawan!!!!

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