Saturday, June 16, 2007

Musa Dimasidsing

Musa Dimasidsing a teacher in impoverished Maguindanao witnessed voting fraud that is common in the poorest areas of our country. He courageously volunteered to speak out against the cheating and he was shortly shot to death.

An overwhelming majority of our government employees are honest and industrious. They make very little money and their options are limited. Our teachers, enlisted soldiers and policemen are extremely underpaid and underappreciated considering the gravity of the responsibility placed on their persons.

So it is with particular dismay that I write this entry because our country appears to have moved on entirely, completely shutting out the sacrifice of one Musa Dimasidsing. Never mind that the election official in that area has admitted that certain certificates of canvass have been lost, and that there well may be reason to call for a failure of elections in that place, we have all come to accept these as never changing realities. What is deeply troubling is our collective resignation to the inevitable slaughter of decent public servants who, like many of us, were simply performing their duties. In any nation with strong institutions, every effort will be taken and every lead will be exhausted to find and punish the killers of Musa Dimasidsing. If the Commission on Elections cannot perform its duty as it expected Musa Dimasidsing to perform his, then there is no reason for them to continue acting to preserve the sanctity of our votes.

11 comments:

lei said...

i wonder, will it take thousands more killed before greedy, inept politicians realize this?

r.g. lacsamana said...

The fact that crimes like this are rarely solved, if ever, is what discourages most of us. Elections in the Philippines always remind me of OK Corral, where lawlessness is the norm. People get away with murder.

It's obvious we need to strengthen the system of justice back home. But how? When some of those who commit these crimes are the politicians themselves, or their henchmen, it sounds like an impossible job. All we need to do to remind ourselves of this cruel reality is to go back to 1986, when Ninoy Aquino was murdered in cold blood. Twenty one years later, we have come to a dead-end.

Unsolved crimes like this also remind us that after 1946, democracy back home has not matured much. Well, Quezon was on the mark when he was quoted as saying he preferred a government run like hell by Filipinos. Sometimes, it's not wise to wish for something, for it can come, as it certainly did in our case.

delfin said...

r.g. lacsamana: What the old-man-Quezon did not mention is another option --- a Philippines run by Filipinos who know the benevolent, humble, enlightened, sophisticated, erudite and edumacated ways of the USA.... hint.. hint... hint....

Gregory said...

I had a chance to read Jim Paredes' blog on the same topic. Giving you guys the heads up.

http://haringliwanag.pansitan.net/


Check the June 13 post.

JayM said...

It seems patently obvious that the way to get out of this is for some legislative reform that invalidates tainted elections. Prima facie what could be more tainted than circumstances such as this?
Thinking past the outrage one feels, the question for each voting person should be "What are my options for contributing to the application of collective pressure on this issue?".

OFW said...

Another reason for me to set aside my plan to go home for good.

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Tito Cesar said...

Heck, r.g., surely, MLQ did not expect Filipinos to take his statement literally ...

bob said...

What quezon really wants to say"I rather see the philippines run like hell by my family and their cronies than run like heaven by the americans".

Tito Cesar said...

Can you clear that up Bob? I don't recall Quezon had left a bunch of relatives and cronies ala Marcos, Cory's Kamaganak Inc or Erap's drinking/gambling buddies who all used their political infuence to enrich themselves. Quezon was one of the more decent and capable national leaders we have had who worked for Philippine independence and I think it's unfair to say things about him that are untrue. In comparison with his contemporary presidents, MLQ died poor. Ask his grandson MLQ III.