24 Oct 2012 07:14 pm
eastwind journals 47 – THE TAMPAKAN MASSACRE fr peter jeremiah writes
A FAMILY MASSACRED BY SOLDIERS OF THE SMI MINING COMPANY
Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, Oct. 23, 2012
From Fr. Peter Jeremiah, PIME
A mother,JuvyCapion, 27 years old, three months pregnant and her two children Jordan “Pop” Capion, 13 and Jhon MarkCapion 8 years old, were killed in their home-farmat Fayahlob mountain, SitioDatal-Alyong at the boundary of Tampakan&Kiblawan&Columbioon Oct. 18, 2012 at around 6:30 in the morning.
The 27th IB has been huntingDaguilCapion, husband of Juvy, who is known as the leader of the “Pangayaw” or Tribal war against the large-scale mining company SMI.He was able to escape, but his wife and children were massacred.
Why? The soldiers claim that it was an encounter…… Another Officer of the same battalion in a similar situation surrounded a home where a team of NPA were resting. The father of the family ran to the young Lieutenant and cried “if your troops attack, my children will be caught in the crossfire…” The officer ordered his troops to withdraw. Later he confessed that he remembered his young child, he could not risk the lives of civilians…
If the soldiers are meant to be the “Protectors of the People,” their first mandate, their constitutional oath, is to protect civilians above all other orders. If they risk the lives of civilians, they betray their oath, they are no longer Soldiers of the Philippines, but mercenaries of a foreign company that pays them to kill anyone on their way.
To the soldiers I repeat the cry of Archbishop Oscar Romero “I pray, I plead with you, I command you in God’s name: STOPKILLINGYOUR OWN PEOPLE!…”
To the Officers, even the President, I ask: if you order or allow tokill people like Juvy and their children, haven’t you lost your legitimacy? You may find words to justify your rules of engagement, but you cannot justify this crime before God and your people. Didn’t you know that in the home there was a family?
To the SMI-Xstrata and all Share Holders I say: “ Get you share of blood! You are accomplices in killing women and children. Your gold and your millions are soaked in blood, your hands are stained by blood…”
You are like Cain, God is asking you “What happened to your brothers and sisters? Their blood is crying out from the mouth of the earth to the sky…” You cannot silence the cry of the blood of the innocent. You have the mark of Cain on your forehead! If you tell us to stop our crying, then we repeat what Jesus said to the Pharisees” If you silence these people, the stones will cry out…”
The massacre of Juvyand her children took place the day after the one – year anniversary of the murder of Fr. FaustoTentorio, PIME in Arakan. Similar masterminds, determined to murder a priest who gave hope to the victims of exploitation. The same 10th IDwhich trains and orders soldiers and paramilitaries or assets to spread terror. At the same time they claim to follow a new strategy, to promote peace and development. Are the killings of Fr. Pops and Juvy signs of peace and development? The President called for a thorough investigation on the Tentorio killing, but up to now, one year after, there are no credible results because influential people,specifically the military, are blocking the investigations. Now will there be another investigation or a cover up? How can there be peace and development without justice and sincerity?
If the Aquino Administration is determined to reverse the policy of corruption and plunder of the GMA administration, how can they allow SMI to plunder the resources of the people leaving a trail of blood like that ofBoy Billanes, Fr. Pops and Juvy and all the other casualties on both sides? And a trail of pollution that poisons the present and future generations?
I first knew Juvy as a young child, whenwe rescued her and their tribe when the security guards of the logging company were hunting them in the forest. With the LGU of Columbio, SK we helped them to reoccupy their lands. Nowthey are being hunted again in their own land. Who can rescue the survivors?
We pray for the victims and the survivors. We pray also that more people will unite in facing these realities. We pray that Public Officials may give less attention to political games and help protect and save the people from plunder imposed by force by the military that supposedly shoulddefend them.
We pray that the media expose the on-going struggles for Justice and Peace identifying the true peacebuilders and the real criminals.We pray that the Religious Leaders may wake up and hear the cry of the victims and awaken the conscience of many, like Moses and Jesus.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Justice… Blessed are the Peacebuilders… Blessed are those who share the struggles of the Poor in building God’s Kingdom on earth as in heaven…”
Fr. Peter Geremia,PIME
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Please prayer for Jennifer’s complete conversion and restoration to wholeness and health and to the complete reunification of my family, which means having Lily returned to us. I beg for God’s mercy, grace, healing here. We are in desperate need of miracles. God Bless You,
i like prayer for healing of hepatitis c , diabetes and high blood pressure thank you
Please pray for complete healing and thanksgiving for Andy and Sally. Thank you very much.
Dear Sr. Raquel and all the prayer warriors,
Please pray for my Husband Henry to be healed and return to his normal state of health. He had a stroke and had to be operated on due to bleeding on his brain. also, we pray for financial help due to the expenses incurred on his operation and hospital expenses. Thank you very much and may our Lord Jesus be praised’
JANET LEA G
please pray that GOD the Father & Lord JESUS Christ release me Lisa C from meth and drug addiction. Pray every time i use meth or any drug i will not be able to get high when using them. pray every time i use drugs me Lisa will get physically ill and being ill will make me not want to use drugs anymore. please pray GOD the Father & Lord JESUS Christ will put it in my heart to go to rehab and complete rehab. pray GOD the Father & Lord JESUS Christ gives me the desire to give him my heart and life to follow the example of the Lord JESUS Christ.thank you for your prayers
LISA AND FRIENDS
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Good evening po. I have read that one can request for healing oil and water.If so, may I request for a bottle or two of the healing oil and water. I do not have the opportunity yet to go to visit your place in Caloocan. Thank you very much po and please include me in your prayers for my physical and emotional healing.
Pray for my als disease, i dont want to give up even sometimes i wanted it, i know nothing is impossible if you believed in GOD, pray for me to fights this disease,and my fears.In Jesus name, Amen
Dear Sister Raquel
Iam happy that iam now member of prayers warriors, like others, i also want to pray for me, Sister Raquel, I had als disease, i want to be heal for my family, please help me to overcome my fears. i want to be closer to GOD and strenghten my beliefs.In Jesus name,Amen
Dear Sr. Raquel,
I am one of your prayer warriors for so many years now and I am presently in a situation where I am in need of prayer from my fellow warriors. Our family is experiencing deep financial trouble for the past year now and it has come to a point where we do not know what to do anymore. Our houses are already mortgaged and we have loans in different banks trying to make our businesses survive. It would have been easier for us to declare bankruptcy and just close our businesses but we can’t find it in our heart to just leave our employees jobless whose families solely depend on us. Times are hard now but I know that our good God will not abandon us and help us survive this troubling times. Please pray for us that we will get over these trials and overcome them, that things will turn around for the better for all of us. In Jesus name. Amen. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! Your sister in Christ,
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We ask you for your prayer for the healing of my brother Tony in San Francisco, California. he’s going to have a series of chemotheraphy and radiation for his lung cancer. Thank you and God bless.
LARRY sta. maria, bulacan
Dear Rev. Sr.
Please Pray for me; I am with some big problems waiting on the Lord from last few months for it to be broken. Have a Nice Day ! with best regards
Hi, Sr. Pls pray for my financial anxiety that I may lift it up to the Lord- to be able to sell my car soon and for the “lousy stocks “ which the broker bought for my account which is causing so much losses.. For healing of family life. I would also like to thank the Lord for all the blessings he has showered me and my loved ones.
Dear Sister Raquel,
I pray for marriage for my fiance George B. Please pray for me that my fiance will decide to marry me here in wilkes-Barre, pa so we will be united. Pray also for his goodhealth..in the might name of Jesus and with the intercession of the blessed virgin mary st. joseph and Mother Ignacia amen.
dear sr raquel,
pls pakisama po ninyo sa mga dasal nin yo ang mga magulang ko na parehong me mga sakit ang nanay ko na naoperahan sa hip dahil nadaldak siya sa semento sa east avenue hospital.siya po ay diabetic at 83 years old na.sana po siya ay makalakad muli kahit pahakbang hakbang lang.na dedepress na po siya at naaawa na ako sa kanya.nabobored na po siya sa kalagayan niya.ang tatay ko naman po ay diabetic at nawawalan ng ganang kumain laging masakit ang tagiliran at hindi madumi.kakalabas po namin sa hospital sabay po silang na confine ng nanay ko ng dalawang buwan at hirap na hirap po sila pareho.ang tatay ko po naman ay 77 years old.hirap na hirap po sila pareho at kami din po ay hirap na hirap na.ang tatay po ay nagpipilit na umuwi sa isabela at ayaw po namin payagan kasi baka me mangyari sa kanila doon at wala po silang anak doon kahit isa na mag aalaga..ipagdasal mo po kami lalo na si adelaida at felix e. salamat po. gumagalang sa ngalan ni Kristo Hesus,
Dear Sister Raquel,
Thank you so much for your prayers. This is truly a strong prayer brigade. I request prayer for healing of my uncle Vicente C. He feels he will not last the year, he is 82 and has multiple ailments, a heart by pass, hypertension, diabetes. I especially request prayers for healing of his relationship with his daughter Maryanne. Heal all our ailments both physical and spiritual. In Jesus name. Amen. I also pray for John Paul V 9 years old who is in a Dept of Welfare instition being rehabilitated for his constant runaways from home. He was picked up by a syndicate that uses children to beg. Please heal him of his emotional and spiritual scars and heal his family and may they learn to truly love him. In Jesus Name. Amen I also pray for my mother who is 78 years old with multiple ailments. I pray for both physical and spiritual healing, joy, security and safety since she is alone. Please heal her both physically and spiritually. In Jesus Name. Amen I pray for Jennifer G, who is ill and needs to stop teaching. May she be healed physically, spiritually and may she find a stable retirement from teaching. I, Chic V, pray for an amicable and happy relationship with my new manager Omar. In Jesus Name. Amen. I, Chic V, pray for freedom from debt for myself and prosperity and abundance. In Jesus Name I claim freedom from debt and prosperity so I may rejoin my family in the Philippines. Amen
Dear Sister Raquel,
Lord, I offer my son Ivan to you for healing. He needs from you anytime. I am asking and praying hard right now, Lord. And also i offer my 2nd son Ian Kit to understand and learn the discussion of their superior. And change his attitude. And also pray for my financial healing cuz i hv a lot of debts to be pa and for my daily needs inmy house and maintenance madeication of my son. Thank you Lord for everything you extended to us, for the grace s that we receive… Through intercession of Mama Mary, Thank you.
Dear Sr. Raquel, Bro. Bernie and my co prayer warriors,
Please join me and my family to offer a special thanksgiving prayer for all the blessings that HE continue to shower us. I would also like to request for your prayers again for healing for my cousin Maricar, for my friends Maricor, Maria, her Mom, Neri, Francis, Sr. Minda and for all my friends who asked to be prayed for. I continue to pray for good health for my family and friends, for all the concerns of my nieces and nephew esp . for the upcoming exam of my younger niece and for the job search of my elder niece.I also pray for all my personal intentions and concerns. May our good Lord hear all our prayers. Maraming salamat,
May I please request for prayers for the early release of the school transcript of records of my son Neil Ian. I also seek prayer for his guidance and determination of becoming a renewed christian and reformed child and person. Thank you and God bless!
Dear Sister Raquel:
The needs are too many, and God knows what they are. Please pray for me: for an increase in Faith and Trust, for Strength, for Healing (mind, body and soul)… a respite from the battle. I grow weary and my health is failing. I am primary care-giver for my sister who had a stroke three years ago… please ask the Good Lord for help for her and what remains of my family. I took care of both parents prior to their deaths, but its taking me longer to bounce back now that I am older. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” I pray that all evil be kept from this home, for a break, a rest for all here. Please Good Lord send us your Peace, and Strength, and Wisdom. God Bless you sister, I will keep you in my prayers, please keep me in your prayers. His Will be done. Amen Thank you,
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Dear Sr. Raquel, Bro. Bernie and to all my co-prayer warriors,
I would like to ask prayer for healing of Betty B. from pneumonia,perfect health for Diana P., Help and guidance for Julie Ann lalo na sa kanyang studies, blessing and comfort for Thomas S. Conversion of Jovy B. And also to restore my 2yrs. precious relationship with Thomas S. Hope he will read my letter and hope it will touch into his heart and will not give up on me. Hope to see him when I go to Hongkong next month. Thank you and God bless..You sister in Christ,
Please pray for me and my family. My mother has had several strokes and now has dementia. My sister is ill with constant pain in her jaw and mouth area. I had what I believe to be a heart attack and stroke. Overall I am better but I have some drooping of my face especially in the eyes and mouth.I have jowling and hanging skin under my neck which was not there before. Please pray for us. Please ask God to restore my face and neck.I am very depressed over all of this.Our Lord Kept me from dying from what happened to me and I praise and thank him for that but my face is drooped. Please help me. I praise my Lord and will have faith that he will heal me. Thank you.
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Please pray that my health and my son Mathew, will continue to heal in the restoration of our God, the Lord’s full deliverence. We have received already so many wonderful and miraculous Grace from the Holy Blessed Mother Mary’s Heart. Now, also include David our brother in Christ for all of his needs or concerns. In the love of the Two hearts,
Dear Sr. Raquel,
Here are my Prayer Request:
1. The The Lord Will forgive me my sins
2. That the Lord will cure/ Heal me from HIV/AIDS and also other people who have this illness/
3. That the Lord Heal my swollen lymph glands and pain in my left breast.
4. That The Lord will help me find a good job soon
5. That the Lord will give me the man who will love me for who i am.
6. That the Lord will grant science to discover true medication of HIV/ AIDS just like the Leprosy its not treatable.
7.That the Lord will give our family good health
8. That the Lord will help me financially as i have my credit left unpaid.
Sister all these my prayer request through the Intercession of Mama Mary, St. Joseph and Mother Ignacia del Spiritu Santo. Thank you po sa prayers.
Dear Sister Raquel,
For God’s mercy’ s sake, may God deal with each of us in this hour. I bring before God our needs, the needs of our neighbors, and our personal needs. Let the miracle of His grace happen, here and now, with each of us, as I come before Him, humbly, in this prayer. I always pray for all my colleagues that God in his love and compassion will take care of us always. Amen!
Dear Sr Raquel
I humbly request prayers for problems at work, please pray that the work is taken away from our office and sent over East, let them change our jobs soon. I also that my stomach and throat problem be healed through the intercession of Infant Jesus, Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, please pray that it will not turn out to be Cancer as I am so troubled. My daughter and her husband are married for 8 years and my daughter had problems with ovarian cyst and cannot conceive please bless her with a healthy child. Please pray for my son so that he resolves all the issues and proposes to the girl he is seeing and that they marry in the Catholic Church and the Lord bless them with healthy children. Please also pray for my husband because of glaucoma is losing vision in his eyes and has eczema always. Prayers are needed for my sister, her husband and son/wife for good health. Prayers for my sister and her married daughters. Sr. Raquel one of her daughter needs special prayers as she is going through divorce with only 2 years of marriage, pray that they have a smooth divorce and that he repays her all the money she is owed, and that our Lady guide, guard and protect through this traumatic time of her life. I submit ourselves to the will of God knowing that he is a Merciful God and will never abandon us. Jesus Mary and Joseph pray for us all. Thank you Sr. Raquel and to all the Prayer Warriors.
Sister Raquel, Pls include me in your prayers na sana safe at normal ang panganganak ko this coming Nov 21 at sana din healthy ang baby ko..Pray for me too na sana mawala na tong mga karamdaman ko,everytime kasi na iinom ako ng tubig nagpapalpitate ako at sumasakit ulo ko..lagi din sumasakit ulo ko paggagamit ako ng phone ko..I hope and pray thru you sister Raquel our God the Father and Mama Mary will touch and heal me, In Jesus Name I Pray AMEN!
Please pray for my dad, Mr. Rolando “Bhoy” C. He is currently fighting stage 4 Liver cancer which has metastesized to different part of his body. Thank you and may God bless you.
Thanks for your E Mail. I always pray for the people who have sent prayer requests in web site. Please pray for the following request: important document has been misplaced. Pl. help us find that document and also guide us to manage the bank and finance work of my husband who went to meet his Redeemer on 17.8.12.
1)For the soul of John Paul Fernandes(died on 17.8.12)
2) For Infilling of Holy Spirit to all members of Gertie’s family
3) Good job for Mel & Naomi soon
4) Gift of a child to Joe/Mich soon.
5) Miraculous Healing of spinal cord complications/pain of Jude soon
6) Grace for a couple to take right decision about migration to another Country
7) Grace & strength to accept God’s plan and bear the great sudden – first massive heart attack death of John P Fernandes
Grace for all of us to live a holy life for the Glory of God.
We will keep all these intentions in our prayers May God Bless and Heal everyone the poor clare nuns
BOSTON POOR CLARES
Dear sister raquel,
Please po tulungan niyopo akong magdasal sa ating ama sa langit na gumaling po sana ang diabetes ng aking anak at ang prostate cancer ng aking asawa ganun din po ang aking high blood. Sana po ay tuluyan na pong mawala ang aming mga sakit. Tlungan niyo rin po ang lahat ng mga taong may sakit ngayon na nasa kanilang tahanan at sa mga ospital. Tulungan niyo rin po ako na ipagdasal na malutas po lahat ang aming problema lalo na po sa financial problem at sana po magkaroon na po ng magandang trabaho ang aking anak at ang aking asawa. ty po sister raquel at sana popagpalain din po kayo ng ama sa langit….ty Lord Jesus sa buhay na eto na binigay niyo sa amin…i love you Lord jesus
Pls. pray for my dad Chaucer recovery, if God will allow to let him live longer. May we have all the finances to support his medical needs and be ready for his passing but not so soon. He has Cancer May I grow with deeper and true friendship with my favorite nurses Chepoy,Ian,Justin and especially Pipo, whom I had a fallout before,may he offer back good friendship. More than anything,I pray that they be chaste and Godly men. Thanks and God bless
Gud Morning/Afternoon to all,
May I request to pray for my daughter Czarina R whom will take her CPA Board Examination this coming October 6-7 and October 13-14, 2012. Lord Jesus and Mama Mary lend her knowledge, intelligence and guide her always on the day of her examination. Lord Jesus we need this badly in order for her other sister and brother to be send to college this coming year 2013-2014. You know Lord Jesus and Mama Mary all the sacrifices that the family been done just to send our kids to school and to have a good future. Lord Bless also other examinees and give them safe day always. I ask this thru Christ our Lord thru the intercession of Mama Mary, Padre Pio, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Our Lady of Manaoag, Jesus of Nazareth and to all Saints. AMEN.
I would appreciate if you could please pray for healing between Peter and Julia Thanks
Dear Sister Raquel and fellow prayer warriors,
Please pray for my dad Robert, who will be operated on his prostate, please heal him and that this is not cancerous; also for mom, Lolita, who has heart ailments and cervical spondylosis, and for me, i have lump on my left breast. We believe in the power of prayers. May we all be healed completely from our illnesses in Jesus’ name. Praise God. Thank you so much!
Dear Sister Raquel,
Please pray for my mother in law, Nanay Panang - loss of appetite, weakness and constant headache and for her to recover from a bad fall. Thank you and God bless everyone.
Please ask our Heavenly Father to free me from FINANCIAL DEBT, i will never owe anyone again PLEASE HELP!!!!
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23 Oct 2012 12:56 pm
eastwind journals 46 – THE TAMPAKAN MASSACRE
eastwind journals 46
this article reflects the personal view of the author
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THE TAMPAKAN MASSACRE
Dear President Aquino, you must see these gruesome photos because they represent what is happening in Tampakan, South Cotabato where Xstrata-SMI has an application for a mining project. Members of a family leading the opposition against the mining project were killed in cold blood. Could they be a symbol of our brand of ‘development’, which is for government and for multinatinals, not for Filipinos?
John Capion, 8 years old, shot close range while embracing his mother in bed inside their farm house at the crack of dawn.
Jordan Capion, 13 years old, older brother of John, shot at the back while drinking coffee outside their farm house.
Juvy Capion, 27 years old, 3 months pregnant, mother of John and Jordan, with a gunshot wound in the chest, killed embracing her son John.
Vicky, 4 years old, youngest child of Juvy, was able to run away, but injured anyway.
The soldiers kept the bodies for a time, and cleaned up the place immediately, such as of bloodied clothes, but forgot to wipe the walls of blood and brain splatter, as evident in the photo.
At 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 18, in Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Juvy, 27, wife of B’laan leader Daguil Capion, was shot in cold blood together with her two sons, Jordan, 13, and John, 8 by elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion, led by 1st Lt. Dante Jimenez. The youngest daughter Vicky, 4, escaped but was wounded.
When a relative of the victims said that it was better if the children were not harmed, a soldier replied “mas maayo nga tiwason ang mga bata para wala’y witness” (better to finish off the children, so there are no witnesses). Before Juvy was shot, the relative heard Juvy say, “tama na ayaw namo sige ug pabuto kay naigo nako” (please stop firing your guns, as I am already wounded). But the soldiers kept firing their guns.
Immediately after the incident, Colonel Alexis Bravo, commander of the 27th Infantry Batallion, conducted press conferences for radio and print, claiming the incident was an ‘encounter’ with the NPA. Evidence however showed there was willful intent to kill innocent children and their mother. They even talked to the unarmed mother before killing her. How can that be an encounter? Juvy, the mother, together with her husband Daguil, are active leaders in opposing the mining project. Col. Bravo, Lt. Jimenez and seven other soldiers were relieved of duty immediately after the massacre.
Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante, who is an active supporter of Xstrata-SMI and receives millions in ‘development’ funds from them, and who is often a guest speaker in mining conferences in Manila, attempted to take possession of two children who were vital witnesses, saying they would be brought to the hospital. The mother of Daguil refused, triggering a tug of war, pacified by Atty. Hawtay of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The children are now safely in the hands of the Social Action Center of Marbel. (Sources – Task Force Detainee of the Philippines, Social Action Center Marbel, rappler.com, LILAK).
The military wants to convince everyone it is a counter-insurgency war. They do not see it as a people’s war against the multinational they protect. They talk of suspected communist rebels. That is the way they justify their presence. They say they are there because the rebels are there. They say they want to protect the people from the rebels. But they kill instead the people they say they protect. In truth, from their actions, they are there to support and protect the mining project. Before the multinationals came, there was peace in Tampakan. Now the domain of the B’laans has been mutilated.
Tampakan Foum’s Appeal to President Aquino
Tampakan Forum, a coalition of NGOs and Church institutions acting as a technical working group on the Tampakan mining issue, is calling on the CHR and NCIP to conduct an immediate investigation. They must take note that DAGUIL IS BEING PURSUED NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE HE IS A RENEGADE BUT BECAUSE HE LEADS THE B’LAAN OPPOSITION TO SMI. Tampakan Forum asks why Mayor Diamante, instead of calling for sobriety and calm, is campaigning for a manhunt that will fuel conflict and place the B’laan communities at risk, especially those opposing the mining project. She announced a reward of P300,000 for his capture. Tampakan Forum also laments how evidence shows there was no ‘encounter’ but a massacre.
Tampakan Forum has the following demands . “1) President Aquino, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Force to order a total pull-out of the 27th IB from Tampakan as their presence will only put innocent lives in jeopardy and prey to further violence due to the conflict situation in Tampakan. Investigation of the suspected perpetrators should be done with haste and resolve; 2) Total cessation of operation/presence of SMI in Tampakan in order to diffuse and relieve the deep-seated enmity among the B’laans. Moreover, SMI has no reason to be conducting any activities since it has not obtained an ECC to do any development activities in the area; 3) Justice for the victims and families of the Tampakan massacre, by conducting an immediate investigation and subsequent prosecution of the perpetrators; 4) irrevocable cancellation of SMI’s FTAA.” And may I personally add, you need to reform our mining policies which are heavily biased for multinationals, which does not yield for us true development.
Mr. President, please do not permit the multinational to extract gold tinted with the blood of our people. The drop in the bucket you get in tax revenues is not worth the precious lives of the people you serve. The heavens cry out for justice for Jovy, Jordan and John, who are martyrs to their people.
The soldiers say they are peace keepers, but they bring war and bloodshed, not peace. They are there only for the multinationals and against the people. There is only one solution to all these killings, Mr. President. Let the multinationals and the soldiers leave, then the rebels will leave, then the B’laans will have peace. The solution is so simple. If you do not do so, the war in Tampakan will escalate. We elected you not to serve the government or the multinationals, but the people. Please remain true to us, your people.
he who troubles his home
shall inherit the wind
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