A short prayer for the massacre victims

Lord, I pray that the souls of the 58 massacre victims in Ampatuan, Maguindanao shall have by now found their place at Your side, and enjoy the bliss from Your love and care. They suffered from pain, but I know that with the touch of Your hand, all these scars and wounds shall immediately heal and vanish. Comfort also their loved ones, the people they left behind on this Earth, their hearts also torn from the irreparable loss resulting from this carnage. Give them the strength and courage, Lord, to face life, and the patience as they seek justice for the cruel and evil deeds brought upon their persons by savages belonging to the Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao.

I pray, Lord, that never again shall such abuses be tolerated in this archipelgago, that the culture of impunity that emboldened the perpetrators to carry out this crime to think they could just kill and not even feel sorry for it. Guide those in the national leadership to evenly enforce the law, making no exceptions for any group, tribe or clan, and show to the Filipino people that the scales of justice are equal.

Finally, Lord, grant that the Magistrate, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcers involved in the trial of the massacre suspects walk down the enlightened path, so that truth and justice will prevail, and the families of the victims, as well as the Filipino nation, will be satisfied that wrong is never allowed to triumph over right, and that criminals will have to suffer the penalties prescribed by law. Let this process be a triumph of a democratic justice system where only evidence, and nothing else, will determined the outcome of a case.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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