The Forgotten

September 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm 8 comments

Rebelyn Pitao was kidnapped by armed men on the evening of March 4 in Southern Philippines. She was on her way home from school where she taught 2nd and 6th grade students. The following day her half-naked body was found in an irrigation canal. It showed signs that she was tortured, raped, and stabbed to death.

Rebelyn’s murder made the headline news. Every major TV, radio, and newspaper in the country covered it. After all, she was the 20-year old noncombatant daughter of Leoncio Pitao, a well-known rebel leader in Mindanao.

Civil groups, human rights activists, politicians, and members of the clergy cried foul and clamored for justice. The brazen abduction executed so precisely and done in front of witnesses pointed to the military as the culprits. Could it be a case of extra-judicial killing gone overboard?

President Gloria Arroyo expressed outrage and condemned the murder of the young woman whose only fault was to be her father’s daughter. She ordered both the presidential committee on human rights and the independent commission on human rights to conduct an investigation.

The military acted immediately as well. It created task force Rebelyn to probe allegations linking elements of the military to the murder.

But it’s been six months and Rebelyn’s death is yet to be resolved. It seems that the case has turned cold. All trails have gone mysteriously nowhere whenever they lead to the military.

What do you think? Is it the time to move on? We, the Filipino people, have a short memory for this kind of things anyway. As a Christian nation, it’s easier to forgive, too.

Soon, this case will be forgotten and shelved just like the others before it.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. livingstain  |  September 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    BASE po ba ako…..

    o nga yata…

    kawawa naman si rebelyn, ipagdasal natin sya at ang kanyang pamilya na makayanan ang lahat…

    • 2. plaridel  |  September 24, 2009 at 10:30 am



      anyway, ang masasabi ko lang, kung sino man ang may kagagawan nito, eh may araw din sila.

  • 3. J.Kulisap  |  September 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Ang biktima ay laging biktima, mas nakakapanglaw kung ang biktima ay inosento sa mga galit at paghihiganti ng mga matitigas ang kalooban.

    Paano ba natin pinapahalagan ang ating buhay? Langgam ba tayo?

    • 4. plaridel  |  September 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm


      kung ang langgam ay may karapatang mabuhay, tao pa kaya lalo na kung sya ay sibilyan at di kombatan? i don’t understand those among us who think that, because they are on the right side of history, they can do whatever they wnat with impunity.

  • 5. livingstain  |  September 29, 2009 at 2:08 am

    alam ko, makalimutan man sya ng tao, hindi sya makakalimutan ng diyos…

    • 6. plaridel  |  September 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm


      you maybe right, pero sana ang alaala nya ay maging laging buhay. baka makatulong na di na maulit uli ang nangyari sa kanya.

  • 7. Ruchi  |  October 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Its the same sad story everywhere!! What is even sad is the fact that probably nothing would ever happen to the case and she would never receive justice, cause justice costs a lot of time and money.

    And we wonder why the world is so bitter.

    • 8. plaridel  |  October 26, 2009 at 10:23 am


      i’m afraid there’ll be no justice in this case bacause the lips of those in the know are forever sealed.


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