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From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 1 of 3

Posted by darbs on December 2, 2009

The images and the captions of this blog entry were the personal accounts/musings of Pastor Dann Pantoja at  the  “Ampatuan Massacre” ground zero.

The Arrival::

Published with written permission:

Dann Pantoja

The massacre happened 4.5 kilometers off the highway connecting the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

The Mangudadatu Convoy was stopped by some 100 heavily armed-men and they were forcibly led into that dirt road in front of me.

On my left is the direction leading to the Province of Sultan Kudarat. The Mangudadatu Convoy was stopped right there, where the AFP military tanks are parked. Then, the perpetrators led the convoy towards my direction, then went off the cement road.

On my right is the direction leading to Ampatuan town proper. Those were the military personnel who checked my identity before they allowed me to take photos and enter the crime site.

With the permission of the military authorities, I started driving towards the heavily guarded massacre site.

As I was driving, I was imagining what would have been the thoughts and feelings of those 64 people who were brought here to be killed.

What would be the most important aspects of the lives of each of those 64 people that would have influenced and filled their last thoughts and feelings?

I’m always amazed at the beauty of Mindanao. I have been adopted by a Maguindanao family, so this is my adopted province. God! Why should this beautiful land be stained by blood through war, and specifically, by this barbaric act?

Here is a group of houses on a hilltop. From their perspective, they would have seen what really happened on that fateful November 23 mid-morning.

Here’s a view from their perspective. What did they see? What did they hear? How did they feel? Would they have the courage to talk about the truth where truth-telling could mean torture and death for themselves and their whole families?

This is the first sight I saw.

The perpetrators used a backhoe to squeeze three vehicles, reportedly while the victims were in those vehicles, then they buried them.

This massacre must have been well-planned. Heavy equipments like this did not just happen to be in this site by coincidence.

According to the police authorities, it takes more than 24 hours to dig this giant burial place for people and vehicles.

Whoever planned this attempted crime-hiding must have a very dark imagination–and a vast amount of resources! Yet, Maguindanao is the third poorest province in this very poor country.

I wonder what was going on with the thoughts and feelings of the perpetrators? What happened to their conscience?

Here’s another vehicle they just dug up.

It’s one of the media vehicles.

It’s the UNTV crews’ vehicle.

When journalists in a certain society are killed for telling the truth, it is an indicator that such a society is abnormal. But I’m more scared when the society becomes too callous and regards the abnormal as normal.

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The man behind the camera with his wife:

Photo Credit: mennonitechurch.ca

January 20, 2006
-by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Dann Pantoja, a former Maoist revolutionary, thanks a driving offense for getting him on track to a gospel of peace.

In January, 2006, together with his wife Joji, he will begin a peace ministry in Mindanao, Philippines, a Christian-Muslim conflicted region in his home country. A partnership including their congregation, Peace Mennonite Church (Richmond, BC), Mennonite Church Canada Witness, and a community of family and friends will support the ministry.

Pantoja rejected Christianity in his youth. It was a hopeless path, he says, to achieving the political reform so badly needed in the corrupt Marcos regime, which featured death squads as a daily part of life in the densely populated archipelago. He grew up next door to the largest US military base in Southeast Asia, and watched as foreign soldiers on leave visited his community, taking advantage of freedoms and pleasures of which he could only dream.

Courtesy Mennonite Church Canada: http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/news/releases/2006/01/Release08.htm)

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Please Visit Facebook’s: Healing Justice – A Path to Peace: Mindanao Civil Society Recommendations on the Ampatuan Massacre

http://www.facebook.com/notes/peacebuilders-community/healing-justice-a-path-to-peace-mindanao-civil-society-recommendations-on-the-am/218471240420

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List of Pastor Dann’s “From the album on November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre”

  • From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 1 of 3
  • From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 3 of 3

21 Responses to “From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 1 of 3”

  1. lee said

    parang iniimagine ko na ako yung nasa lugar, kinikilabutan ako, parang nakikita ko sa likod ng isip ko yung eksena nung mga pangyayari, parang sandaling nawala at natalikod ang lumikha sa mga pangyayari, diko maubos maisip na walang takot at walang paniniwala sa lumikha ang mga gumawa ng karumaldumal na krimen na yan.
    di man lang natakot na nakamasid sa kanila yung Poon na lumikha sa mga nilalang na ninakawan nila ng buhay sa napakasakit na paraan.
    parang kung iisipin mo at makikita mo sa pelikula ay hinding hindi kakayanin ng konsensya ng tao ang gumawa ng ganun sa totoong buhay, pero kaya pala talaga, kaya pala naisasapelikula yung mga ganung pangyayari ay tunay palang nagaganap at nakakaya ng konsensya ng isang nilalang yung mga ganung gawain.
    sana naman di nalang mabaon sa limot ang mga pangyayari, ika ilang araw na ba mula nung maganap ang krimen? nakit wala parin kahit man lang gaputok na balita o resulta?hinihintay nalang ba nilang magkalimutan nalang?
    nasan na yung mga politikong mahilig makisawsaw sa mga walang kakwenta kwentang balita na di naman kapaki pakinabang sa sambayanan?
    nasan na yung mga politikong tumatakbo?busy sa pangangampanya? busy sa pagpapapogi?bakit di sila ngayon makisawsaw? si Bong na epal na mahilig makisawsaw nasan na? si Jinggoy? hoy, kayong mga taga senado na mahilig sumawsaw nasan na kayo? ngayon kayo magsasawsaw at kahit maglalangot pa hala ngayon kayo kailangan ng sambayanan.

    • darbs said

      @Lee. Nakapangingilabot talaga. Na mention ko na rin doon sa isang comment na ilang beses ko ring dinaanan itong lugar na ito noong kapanahunan. Dito sa area na ito pag-dumadaan ako noon talagang parang hindi ka makakahinga. Doon ka na lang makahinga pag lampas mo ng boundary ng Sultan Kudarat. Ewan ko ngayon pero noon parang wala akong alam na nakatira sa area na ito kundi kalahi lang nila.

      parang kung iisipin mo at makikita mo sa pelikula ay hinding hindi kakayanin ng konsensya ng tao ang gumawa ng ganun sa totoong buhay, pero kaya pala talaga, kaya pala naisasapelikula yung mga ganung pangyayari ay tunay palang nagaganap at nakakaya ng konsensya ng isang nilalang yung mga ganung gawain.

      Maka mahilig manuod tung mga ito ng mga “horror movies”, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

      Source: Wikipedia

      Palagay ko maraming horror/violent movies pa ang mga pinapanuod nila. Kaya ang nangyari hindi na nila alam ma distinguish between reality at kung ano ang kathang isip.

      Hindi lang dapat basta mabaon sa limot dapat may hustisya talaga.

  2. lee said

    naiinis ako bhai, talaga, nung scandal ng hayden at katrina nandyan silat nag ngangangawa, at gustong sapakin si hayden at nambaboy daw ng babae, nung my nasabi si alec baldwin tungkol sa mga pinay aba e sasapakin daw nya si alec at binastos ang kababaihan natin, aba e babae din naman ang mga involve at dilang basta binastos at binaboy, o ngayon bakit magsilabas at pagsasapakin manlang yung mga gumawa ng krimen? sige kahit sapak lang makita naming kaya nyong manapak di lang sa salita at sa pelikula.
    hay, naiistress ako, lakay pengeng tubeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg!

  3. alkapon said

    Grabe talaga ang pangyayari, gusto nilang itago lahat ang ebidensiya.
    marami nang naibuwis na buhay ng dahil lang sa maruming sistema ng pulitika ng bansa, lalo na ang ang pangyayaring giyera ng dalawang angkan na ito.

    kawawa ang mga inosenteng sibilyan na nadadamay na walang kamuang-muang.

    • lee said

      kaya nga e, pati yung mga nagkataong dumadaan lang din na papuntang hospital na di naman kasama sa convoy e di pinatawad, buti nalang kung hala silang dalawang angkan lang ang maapektuhan tutal sila naman pareho ang mga handang papatay at handang mamatay ng dahil sa kapangyarihan e,kaso ang masaklap maraming walang kinalaman ang nadadamay pa sa kanilang pagaagawan ng kapangyarihan.

  4. dFish said

    If this Government is inutile enough to work for justice for the victims and their families, God will intervene, the Ultimate Dispenser of Justice. God is watching! Sa pagkakaalam ko, may katapusan ang worldly powers, lalo na ang mga satanic powers – Hitler, Pol Pot,Stalin,etc.God will act in His time…

  5. hayssss…. sana wala ng susunud na trahedyang ganyan!

  6. Snow said

    I am still disturbed by the Maguindanao massacre. I hope hindi lang matabunan ang issue na ito dahil madaming dapat managot!!!😦

  7. Mr. Nonsense said

    i respect the fact that none of the bodies were shown…tasteful.

  8. Nakakalungkot talaga…sobra. Mga Tao pa ba ang gumawa ng mga ito?

    Tama yung sabi Mr. Nonsense sa itaas. Talagang sobra nakakasikip ng dibdib yung mga pictures ng mga biktima kung ipapakita pa.

    And sakto po ang sinabi ni DFish. Di natutulog ang Diyos. Hayy

  9. endless tears said

    so painful… i agree with you all nakaka stress talaga

  10. endless tears said

    hayyyyyyyyyyyyy God bless you all

  11. Vladimir said

    it’s very painful to see the ground zero. what more with the dead bodies.

  12. darbs said

    @Vladimir. Exactly! Hope you don’t mind if I would post the screenshot of your blog entry.

    Ang Suspek!


    Source: http://deadlymetaphor.blogspot.com/2009/12/philippine-massacre-suspect-charged.html

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  14. lee said

    uu nga e sugod pa naman ako e naka kandado pala yung bagong post e wala naman akong susi lol,sige wait ko nalang maopen in public.

  15. OMG, Darbs, the photos of those people’s homes, on the hill? They didn’t deserve to be made witnesses to this horror, either – and what kind of terror must they be living with every day? What kind of horror did their kids see??

  16. oh my God! nangingilabot ako sa aking nakita. thank you so much for the pictures! grabe!!! look at the cars!!! mura ra man intawog tansan nga gilumping sa mga tampalasan oy!

  17. kristel said

    totoo pla yng mga massacre kla ko dati hndi totoo!!!!

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