IT'S two months today since we were shocked by the images of the Ampatuan Massacre; two months since the media industry has taken upon itself to keep a close watch lest people forget.

Two months hence, however, of equal importance to ensuring justice but of more importance than just not forgetting the massacre is for us to hold on to the outrage. Especially now, after the long video footage of the recovery of the bodies has been made available on the streets in DVD form. Thus, complicating the realization that such a massacre can be done with impunity is the likelihood that such massacre might no longer raise a similar anger after several viewings of the DVD and constant watching the prime suspect looking so bored and unaffected by the court proceedings.

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The greater challenge, now that we are faced with the reality of such brutality is never to let go of our sense of the obscene, to recognize what is grossly violent and what shouldn't be.

Lest we just end up counting numbers of dead instead of counting the times justice was served. Lest we end up just cringing at every other death that follows, in the same way that we cringe but never really do anything upon seeing a cat flattened on the road.

Today is January 23, 2010; it was two months ago when the Ampatuan massacre happened. That was last year. The days rushing as they have been in the past, soon November 23, 2009 will be like a century ago. Let us not allow the memory of such horror to just fade, rather let us always remember that horror with the resolve stop the impunity by which those in power mow down the unarmed. The only way we can do that as a country of civilized people is to ensure that justice is served and continues to be served and to expose the uncivilized and corrupt as they are.

In other news, we have been receiving irritated and angry text messages on how there is much focus on the unconditional love of a mother to road rage suspect and law fugitive Jason Ivler.

To these message senders, we say, hold on to that outrage because it's telling you something is being done wrong. In this world, we really cannot control how people do things; we have a clear of example of that in the Ampatuan massacre. But we have full control of how we react to people and their actions, and that makes the whole world of difference.

Many may be saying that the world is indeed more violent now, but that doesn't mean that we will accept violence as a norm; in the same way that we never accepted feeding a man to the lions and nailing criminals to the cross as humane punishments even when these were done during biblical times.