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From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 2 of 3

Posted by darbs on December 4, 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. (Here is Part 1 of 3: The Arrival)

Published with written permission:

The belongings::

I take pictures to express my prayers graphically and digitally. - Pastor Dann Pantoja

I weep with the victims and with the families and friends of the victims. This is the time to be angry. This is the time when the energy of righteous anger must be translated into non-violent vigilance and sustained, active, noisy cry for justice until the perpetrators are actually brought to justice.

At first, I refuse to publish this photo.

The bodies montageBut because I am hearing rumors of violence that might escalate into inter-clan cycle of violence, I say, “Enough is enough!

This is the ugly picture of violence! This is the spiraling effect of injustice called violence!”

Rev. Luis Daniel Alba Pantoja’s message to his friends around the world:

I encourage our friends around the world to support our call:

“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.

Photo Inset: Rev. Luis Daniel Alba Panjoja ordained protestant Christian minister, serving as a peacebuilding missionary in Mindanao under the Mennonite Church of Canada. Manila, 2009. (Rev. means Revolutionary–the non-violent kind.) ( Source: The Rev’s Facebook Account.)

2These are the vehicles that were waiting to be buried. But then, the national authorities came and the perpetrators did not complete burying all the bodies and vehicles.

3This vehicle particularly caught my attention.

3It’s one of the media vehicles that was shot by a 50 caliber machine gun.

4Inside were some of the materials those journalists were reading. I somehow had a minute-glimpse of the humanity of those media professionals. How could another human being shoot these unarmed human beings with a 50-caliber machine gun?

This is a pair of shoes belonging to one of the slain journalists. I promise, within my God-given capacity, that I will continue his journey to be courageous in upholding freedom, to be willing to risk one’s life for truth, to advance justice through non-violent means, and to accompany others as they pass through the valley of death for the sake of just-peace.

6This tri-pod belongs to another journalist.

7Here is the van where most of the women were in. The perpetrators took time to rip-off the glass window by pounding it with their rifles’ butt.

What if I were in that van during those moments? I cannot even imagine the fear and terror it brought to the victims!

8This is the vehicle identity.

9Here’s what I saw inside.

10Here’s what I saw at the back.

11Here’s another van which was actually not a part of the convoy. They followed too close to the Mangudadatu Convoy. All the passengers were killed too.

12This van was used by another group of journalists. I can’t help but reflect on the significance of the sign in the context of what just happened to them.

14“Pastil” is a popular take-out lunch in Maguindanao. This is our usual lunch whenever we’re on the Central Mindanao peacebuilding field. The ones who brought these pieces of “pastil” did not have the chance to enjoy them.

15This picture is to honor Henry Araneta, a newscaster in South Cotabato. I also offer this to his family and friends.

(to be continued)

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List of Pastor Dann’s “From the album: 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 2 of 3
  • From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 3 of 3

7 Responses to “From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 2 of 3”

  1. […] From the album: “November 23 Ampatuan Town Massacre” by Pastor Dann Pantoja – part 2 of 3 is now opened to the public with written permission. […]

  2. superlolo said

    Today Martial Law was declared in Mindanao. Sana lang makatulong ito sa solusyon para sa hinihinging na hustisya para sa mga biktima ng Ampatuan Masaker.

  3. darbs said

    Sana lang makatulong ito sa solusyon para sa hinihinging na hustisya para sa mga biktima ng Ampatuan Masaker.

    @Superlolo. To borrow one of the blogger friend(Holly Jahangiri) blog’s heading “It’s A Matter of Perspective”, na ung sinabi mo is the reason why there is Martial Law.

    In fact, dito sa youtube ito ang sinabi sa last part bago mag-end…

    “Again, I would like to stress that this is in answer to the cry for justice of the victims of Maguindanao Massacre.”

    Pero ang tanong ko naman kailangan ba talaga ang Martial Law? Oh well, sana walang ibang hidden agenda ang Martial Law na ito. At sana totoo ang intensyon sa paggamit ng Martial Law sa isang democratic society.

  4. gipost nako ang fb link sa akong fb profile……

  5. J.Kulisap said

    Parusahan na ang mga salarin.

    Bigyan ng leksiyon ang mga taong hindi marunong tumuring sa kaniyang kapwa.

  6. lee said

    paulit ulit na lang na tanong “pano nila nagawa ito? pano nakaya ng konsensya nila?”

  7. dani said

    Usahay makapamalandong ko nga ang pagpasaylo grasya jud sa Ginoo, kay ako pay natungnan sa pamilya sa gimasaker, ambot lang, ambot nalang jud, lintik lang ang walang ganti! Itsahan jud nako sila og tae

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