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?!!!