January 29, 2023

Let’s start with a prayer: “Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


We live in a beautiful but “slow” country. Slow in the sense of Internet connectivity, in the way justice is attained, and many more. The things that seem to be fast is population growth and denials of wrongdoing or finger pointing by honorable leaders who are caught red-handed. More fun in the Philippines? Maybe for the nation’s elite many of whom belong to political dynasties. Just saying.
The nation’s recent commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the massacre of 44 elite troopers of the PNP’s Special Action Force during a botched mission in Mamasapano, Maguindanao has reminded this near-sighted Ibaloy writer just how turtle or even snail-paced the wheels of justice turn in our benighted land. Based on news reports, justice is proving elusive for relatives of the SAF 44 that included 14 Cordilleran commandos, since no one has still been prosecuted for their deaths. Nada, wala, awan, zilch.
Unfortunately, it seems that their case is just one among so many others that continue to languish for years in Purgatory (or is it Hades?) of our justice system. I do hope I’m wrong. By the way, whatever happened to the dictum, “Justice delayed is justice denied”? Is this just a lot of gibberish or gobbledygook? Just asking.


Here’s “Idle Dreams” by Joanna Fuchs: “In idle dreams of long ago,/ I imagined my true love;/
A perfect match, a soulmate,/ An angel from above./ Now you’re here, and now I know/ Our love will stay and thrive and grow.”

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