Echoes from the mountains

A view along the slopes of Mt. Bulusan, 2014

A view along the slopes of Mt. Bulusan, 2014

“He was my godson during his wedding

still so young

what a pity…”

“he was there to make copra with his brother

it was still early around 6:30 in the morning

when suddenly

sound of gunfires

obviously coming from one source

enveloped our village,”

“no exchanges of gunfires

the sound was so near us…”

“I suddenly thought of my grandchildren that were on their way to school,”

“I run and run as fast as I could

thanks God the children were already far enough from the source of the gunfire,

after the sounds stopped I lost consciousness

when I woke up they told me the horrible thing that happened to my godson,”

“gunshot wounds

on his head,

stabbed wound on his body,

left dead by the military  until mid afternoon in a farm patch

with a nearby creek in our village

of San Jose,”

“But, oh sigh, he was just a poor farmer

making a living that day

for a few hundred kilos of copra.”

“Hussshh…you should not talk of those things.

“It is better to leave it at that,”

“It will do us no good…

adding up more talks about the incident…”

I overheard the above exchanges from two elderly women passengers  from inside a passenger jeepney  while I was seated in the front seat of a Bulusan-Gubat jeepney waiting for other passengers, September 20, 2014.

Note: The news that appeared in a local daily  (Bicol Today, 18 September 2014) says that there was an encounter between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay San Jose, Bulusan, Sorsogon, Thursday morning, September 18, 2014. The casualty, a farmer, was caught in the crossfire according to the news.

Photo: Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon

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