Letter Issue 12

   Issue # 12: July-December 2009

Elmo Gonzaga





      My first reaction was mute disbelief that such actions could be performed on human beings by other human beings. Once my emotions found coherence in words, I blamed the satan whose dominion the past nine years of corruption, patronage, and violence led to this terminus of death.

      Translating experience into language can deprive the event of its emotive force. But we must attempt to give witness to the violence done to the victims, even in murmurs or groans, if only so that the fact of the event could be inscribed in the official record and gain the potency of truth in the collective memory. This truth is the ground of possibility for the intervening of justice and the founding of a new nation.