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In the wake of a horrific tragedy comes a ray of hope. People are always getting on teenagers for all the bad things that they do. In most cases rightly so. I read a letter that one teenager wrote in response to the hostage drama on a Filipino bus earlier this week. I found it a good read and you know when that happens that I force you, the reader of my blog to decide for yourself. This letter has received almost 20,000 Facebook likes from the iCNN news page.
As you are reading this letter, I bet that you have seen/heard about what happened earlier in our country.
Tourists were hostages of a policeman here, Rolando Mendoza. After a few hours of the horrible crime, some of the victims were dead including the hostage-taker.
I wrote this letter not just to apologize but also to let everyone know that we Filipinos are not all like Mendoza. We are loving and good-hearted people.
For so many years, our country has been standing tall and surpassing every dilemma; be it small or big. Years ago (back when I wasn’t born yet), you have watched us fight for what we think is right. We fought for the democracy of our nation.. The EDSA revolution. But that’s just one out of many.
Second. We Filipinos have been serving other countries for our families and we treat you as our own as well. With all due respect, I thank you all for giving us the trust through the years. For helping us to become what we are now.
The Philippines is more than just a group of islands. We are a nation of strong and remarkable people. A country of beauty and love known to be hospitable and well-valued. I humbly apologize for what happened tonight. No one in this world would want something like that to happen for life should be valued.
I politely ask the attention of the world. Please do not judge and mistreat us just because of what happened tonight. I have been searching the net and found terrible things. Hong Kong advices to avoid travels here, China and HK bans Filipinos and that Philippines is the worst place to go.
I can’t blame you for what you have decided but I hope that you could understand. Our country is now in a sea of problems. And I know for sure that we helped you in a way or another. Let peace and understanding reign this time.
I know that this letter will just be trash but I wish that you would understand. On behalf of the Philippine population.. WE ARE SORRY.
As a song puts it…
And I believe that in my life I will see an end to hopelessness, giving-up and suffering. And we all stand together this one time then no one will get left behind. Stand up for life. STAND UP FOR LOVE
Reigno Jose Dilao
- Filipino president Benigno Aquino wants bus hostage incident inquiry (shortformblog.com)
The world we live in is too say the very least, in sad shape. Children are being abused, going to be hungry. The sick and shut in are denied treatment and the elderly are treated like dirt. People are taking advantage of other people who are in worse shape than they are. Computer scams and mail fraud are hurting the naive and vulnerable. Prejudice and stupidity run rampant and people killing other people using airplanes to take down entire buildings.
We are ingesting fish filled with mercury and other toxic chemicals, there is a floating mass of trash and plastics in the North Pacific the size of Texas. Big business is targeting minorities with fast food that causes diabetes and obesity in our children. Colt 45 is marketed directly to young Black men. We’re bombarded every night with commercials for this drug and that drug. There’s something really wrong if we have to make drug suggestions to our doctors instead of the other way around.
Lyrics in music and sex on television helps to persuade our kids to have sex at a young age. Don’t be naive and think it doesn’t. When I see a commercial for McDonald’s I want some fries. So to think that a fourteen year old boy seeing all the seductive and scantily clothed girls on Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, or 90210 don’t want some booty, you’re wrong. It’s already what they think about at least every ten minutes anyway.
Babies being shaken and killed by the mother’s boyfriends. Kids taking guns to school and killing their friends, teachers and other classmates. Natural disasters and viruses destroying whole families. The economy has millions of people unemployed and NASA wants to send astronauts to Mars. Corrupt governments committing genocide.
I have listed an exhaustive number of things going on in our world but far from a complete list. If you could do one thing to help fix our world please tell us what it is you would do. Even if you don’t have a solution, which particular problem would you like fixed. If you think you might have a solution, I would love to hear that as well.