Human Rights Day in Cebu

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  1. Dianne

    BY TERENCE KRISHNA LOPEZ
    Posted by Bulatlat
    Vol. VII, No. 44, December 9-15, 2007

    She was four years old,
    Dianne.

    Her dreams of colors
    And beautiful world
    Was cut, abruptly.

    In that dawn of darkness
    In that dawn that forever
    Vanished the sunrise
    In her life.
    And her sister’s
    And her father’s.

    Dianne’s mother
    Bled
    Cried
    Died
    In front of her.

    She was shot
    By someone from the ranks
    Of what they call military assets.

    Dianne cannot understand
    Not yet,
    Not now

    Perhaps,
    When she grows up
    And finds out
    That her mother was an activist,
    She will understand.

    She may follow her footsteps.
    She may become an activist too.
    She may also fight for the rights of the people.

    She may even take arms
    And become what them military
    Have tagged her mother:
    Rebel. Subversive. Communist.

    Ah,
    Them military
    Them state terrorists.

    They never understand.

    For every single life they take mercilessly
    They give birth to many more
    Who will continue

    To fight
    Survive
    And claim the victory of the people.

    Like Dianne
    And her sister
    And her father

    Or you
    And me.

    in memory of Liezelda Cuñado

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