128 and counting

Just blogged about news feeds, this has got to be one of the saddest news feeds I’ve ever gotten:

2 teachers killed in torching of Batangas school

We all know that a teacher serving as an election officer has a very difficult and thankless job, and yet we ask our teachers to do it every election, and every election these heroes muster up the needed energy and dedication. Must we ask them to give up their lives as well?

“Two teachers were killed and at least five other people injured when fire engulfed a school building in Taysan town early Tuesday after unidentified armed men poured gasoline inside ballot boxes and set these ablaze, police said.”

We’re talking of one precint here that was attacked. There were six ballot boxes in the precint, two of which were destroyed by the fire. One precint. Six ballot boxes. That’s equivalent to what, a couple of thousand votes? Here we are hearing reports of how election-cheating has become very sophisticated, and we hear something like this where two people died for a couple of ballot boxes.

“[The police] declined to comment on whether they considered the incident election-related…”

“..it appeared unlikely politics was the motive for the arson”

I cannot for the life of me figure out where the hell does he get off saying that when it was the ballot that was literally attacked.

An earlier news feed said: Poll death toll hits 126 in 215 incidents – PNP

Make that 128.

Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo?


5 thoughts on “128 and counting

  1. don May 16, 2007 at 8:02 am Reply

    Grabe naman itong mga pulis at yung mga mamamatay-tao! Hay. Bakit may mga nabubuhay pa na mga ganitong uri ng tao?


  2. strawvera May 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm Reply

    128?!? Bloody hell! That’s too much! Things like these really make me cry too. It can really be frustrating to be a Filipino at times. :o(


  3. Dominique June 4, 2007 at 6:19 am Reply

    Hi, Rina! Off-topic: just came back to Davao late last week, actually. I was in Dumaguete for three weeks! Sayang, I wish we could have juggled our scheds. 😦


  4. Dominique June 4, 2007 at 6:20 am Reply

    Anyway, drop me an email. I can give you tips on where to go, how to get there, and how much each would cost.


  5. rina June 4, 2007 at 8:41 am Reply

    thanks dom! will do! sayang nga di tayo nag-abot!


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