16 February 2005

A bloody Valentine

I swear I didn't have anything to do about the bombing yesterday. When I wrote about the tragic Pyramus and Thisbe story, it was because I love mythology. And greeting a commenter a bloody valentine, that was a joke.

We had friends who visited the house, and we had a grand time chatting about things other than the bombing. We got wind about this tragedy early on, but it must not have registered strongly to us at that time. But when we were already in bed at 11:30, we switched on the TV to catch the late night news. Around 3 people dead and over 90 people injured. The names of the people were being flashed at the bottom of the screen while images of the bomb site occupied the rest of the screen.

It was a disaster. The bus was a skeleton of its former self. A victim was burned so badly it was difficult identifying her. Two explosions were identified that decimated the bus. I read aloud the names of the people displayed, trying to see if we know anybody.

I have Muslim friends as well, but they certainly do not reflect the ideals these Abu Sayyaf (who claimed responsibility for the bombings) represent. My friends want peace. We want peace. Hurting and killing innocent people, and hurting the nation is not helping anybody. Not their ideals, not everybody else's quest for peace.


  1. Happy VD to you Nick!
    Senseless killings... I don't see how killing a bus load of people would show what their ideology is about. I wonder how they would feel if their loved ones where killed in that bus. Hay naku! Kawawa ang mga naiwan ng mga namatay. Kawawa ang mga injured.

  2. It's a shame that a few people can ruin thoughts and relations for an entire country. Currently where I live there is a travel advisory against going to the Philippines though as an American, I still feel safe in Baguio City visiting my wife's parents.

  3. Greetings from Mars...Ground Control...The vicious hearted within our society continue to flay any intention for unity in our country. It is sad that few malicious animals could bring down a greater desire for peace and understanding.

  4. Hello all! I have this distinct feeling that their minds are closed to the fact that they belong to a community where whatever happens to others can affect them as well. They complain about corruption and rising cost of living. But what they are doing is also a major cause of this. Yet they can't see beyond their own peers.

  5. Good thing I'm an orc. We orcs always look at each other because we're a family. Unlike the humans who seem to want everything (I got to listen to a human band named Queen singing "I want it all"), as well as the night elves that do not want to share at all...tsk tsk tsk...

  6. KAkabwisit talaga yang mga yan no? ang mga sinasalanta nila yung mga walang kamuwang-muwang at kalaban-laban na mga tao. Kung talagang galit sila sa mga namamahala, ba't hindi yung mga kaaway nila pagtitirahin nila? Ba't kailangang yung taong pauwi na sa bahay para magpahinga at makapagtrabaho muli kinabukasan? These senseless killings isnot doing us any good. Bwisit sila!

  7. Hello jgotangco! Lucky you, all you have to worry about is the fellowship of the ring!

    Too true, Tito Rolly. You took the words right out of my mouth.


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