SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: A prayer said in anger

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 Dec) – Ten persons were killed in Tuesday’s bombing of a bus outside Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. Terrorism? Extortion? Sabotage with a political objective in mind? For the families of the victims, the motive doesn’t really matter. What matters to them is that their loved ones – many of them too young for the picking – are dead.

Just a month ago, another bus was bombed near CMU wounding four persons. Same place, same kind of transport, and possibly the same culprits. If they can pull off two bombings within a short span of time, they can – and might – carry out a third one and maybe more.

My point is that the government, particularly the police, looks helpless and clueless. So don’t blame the people if they think intelligence funds coming from taxpayer’s money have not been put to good use. Don’t blame them if they ask why no heads have rolled despite the apparent inability to counter acts of terror. And never ever say that you’re in control because you’re not.

Am I angry? No, I’m not angry. I’m angry beyond description. Not simply because one of the students who died was a friend of my daughter, her colleague at the student body. I cannot claim to know the anguish of the families of those who died. Nor can I claim to know how it feels to lose a loved one in a violent manner. But I know the depth of my own anger and revulsion.

I’m angry at the bombers, at the death of innocent people, at the thought that some people can be so cold-blooded they are actually capable of such brutality.

I’m angry too at the inability of the government to protect the people from these attacks. I doubt if the police and the military can bring the perpetrators to justice. I doubt if Tuesday’s incident was the last of its kind. Lightning struck twice in the same place, but the authorities seem to have learned no lesson.

Indeed, if the local police cannot arrest a single financier behind the illegal suertres in the province, can we trust them to arrest the bombers? If the thefts of motorcycles, burglaries and other crimes have remained unsolved and continued, can we trust them to go after people who appear to be well-trained, not to mention determined?

I left my desk to say a prayer for those who died. Thy will be done… Deliver us from evil.

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. H. Marcos C. Mordeno can be reached at