Editorial: Appalling-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
A MISSING girl was found dead on October 26. It was only on the eighth day that her parents reported to police that she had not returned home since October 19. It was also on that day that the residents and passersby discovered her body in an abandoned house along Acacia Street in Barangay Carmen. It was the foul smell that led the residents to locate her.
On October 30, the suspect behind her murder was arrested. He is 15-years-old.
On March 28, on a Holy Thursday during the Lenten season, a two-year-old girl was raped by three vicious men. The girl was found bruised and almost lifeless, but she survived. All the suspects have been arrested. The girl has remained at the city social welfare's custody since the parents couldn't afford to treat her trauma.
The attacks to these helpless girls are appalling.
In a global scale, rapes and murders of girls and women have remained unabated.
The murdered girl was attacked by a minor. The suspect was a neighbor of the victim. He has been known in the community where he lives as a member of the “rugby boys” as what the father of the victim told reporters in an interview during the arrest of the suspect.
Rugby boys litter around the city. Students dread them for their aggressiveness. They beg for food or money in the unruliest ways.
The suspect told the police he did it out of revenge after he was hurt by the victim’s brother in a brawl. He also told a TV news report that he had been watching porn over “piso-piso net.” He cited those as his reasons why he raped and murdered the girl. The boy crying admitted the crime in front of his mother.
The victim’s father believed the boy didn’t do it alone. He was with someone else which the police said would be investigated further.
Perhaps, the city government and the city council should look into this appalling crime in the city in terms of taking steps to employ concrete actions to these “rugby or vulcaseal’ boys and the “piso-piso net” that has become ubiquitous in the communities. The city council should check on the regulations on this “piso-piso net.”
These “boys” are victims of the government’s failure to provide its people their basic needs.
If only the government’s funds have been appropriated for everyone and not enjoyed by a few, we won’t be seeing “lost souls” on the streets sniffing solvents that could temporarily bring numbness to the harsh realities they struggle to survive each day.
We don’t want to hear more appalling crimes in the future. The local government should not wait for the worst to come.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 05, 2013.