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Living in A Crime-full World

In the past few weeks, I spent a lot of time celebrating for being born in the Philippines. Reading news reports about the 23-year old Indian woman who was gang raped on a bus kept on sending me the idea that India is worse than our home country.

After the Indian rape case, I encountered disturbing photos of child brides in the Middle East. I have young and beautiful nieces. And imagining them getting married at age 10 to 75 or 90-year old dirty men makes me terribly sick. Thanks God, I was born Igorot!

Then, another report of a separate gang rape in India surfaced. I cannot forget India’s “House of Terror” also. Indeed, living in the Philippines is something to party for.

In my over two decades of existence on earth, there are two horrific cases that I became obsessed with. First is the Amanda Knox case in Perugia, Italy. Knox, an American exchange student with an angelic face, was accused of killing a British flat mate named Meredith Kercher. After many controversies that even sparked the “American VS British” social war again, Knox was freed.

The second is the case of Sylvia Likens. After watching its movie adaptation called “An American Crime”, I started digging more facts of the case on the internet. Likens was a teenager who was tortured by a Christian family.

In fact, these two old cases are more interesting than the Quezon shooting/rubout/summary execution/churva. The war between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is even “bloodier” than this local news. Last night, I watched the premier of American Idol Season 12 and the Mimi-Minaj war kept me tuned in to the TV show.

Last night, I watched Zero Dark Thirty. The movie is about the execution of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. The movie is simply perfect. The plot, which is claimed to be based on first-hand accounts, is excellent and its presentation is really brilliant. It used less famous actors against its big plot. It’s being a controversial film acted as a main source of publicity. Every information showed on the film is well-researched (even classified) and treated carefully since these facts will be shown as a form of entertainment to the world.

At the end of the day, the only question that sparks in our heads is “what can we do to stop all these injustices?” Not "what should be done?".

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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