Kwentong Kengkay

Enero 27, 2009

kawawa ang bayan

Filed under: Pinas — kengkay @ 1:10 hapon

Kawawa naman ang bayan. Yan ang mgahuling katagang binanggit ni Philip Andrew A. Pestano bago siya namatay. Namatay sya dahil sa bayan. Namatay sya dahil sa kanyang prinsipyo. Namatay sya dahil may mga taong gustong kawawain ang ating bayan.

Ayaw naman nating parati na lang maging kawawa ang bayan di ba? Mga kababayan, ito ay isang email prayer brigade na pinaninimulan ni Fr. Reuter para kay Phillip.

Phillip Andrew A. Pestaño graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1989, entered the Philippine Military Academy, and became an Ensign in the Philippine Navy in 1993. He was assigned as cargo master, on a Navy ship.

He discovered that the cargo being loaded onto his vessel included logs that were cut down illegally, were carried to the ship illegally, and were destined to be sold, illegally. Then there were 50 sacks of flour, which were not flour, but shabu – worth billions. Literally, billions. And there were military weapons which were destined for sale to the Abu Sayyaf.

He felt that he could not approve this cargo. Superior officers came to him and said: “Please! Be reasonable! This is big business. It involves many important people. Approve this cargo.” But Phillip could not, in conscience, sign approval.

Then his parents received two phone calls, saying: “Get your son off that ship! He is going to be killed!” When Phillip was given leave at home, his family begged him not to go back. Their efforts at persuasion continued until his last night at home, when Phillip was already in bed.

His father came to him and said: “Please, son, resign your commission. Give up your military career. Don’t go back. We want you alive. If you go back to that ship, it will be the end of you!” But Phillip said to his father: “Kawawa ang bayan!” And he went back to the ship.

The scheduled trip was very brief – from Cavite to Roxas Boulevard – it usually took only 45 minutes. But on September 27, 1995 , it took one hour and a half. When the ship arrived at Roxas Boulevard, Ensign Pestaño was dead.

The body was in his stateroom, with a pistol, and a letter saying that he was committing suicide. The family realized
at once that the letter was forged. They tried desperately for justice, carrying the case right up to the Senate.

The Senatorial Investigation Committee examined all the evidence, carefully. Then they issued an official statement, saying among other things: Ensign Phillip Pestaño did not commit suicide. He was murdered. He was shot through
the head, somewhere outside of his stateroom, and the body was carried to his room and placed in the bed. The crime was committed by more than one person. In spite of these findings, by the Senate, the family could not get justice. The case is still recorded, by the Navy, as suicide.

For 12 years they have been knocking at the doors of those in power, to no avail. Now they realize that they should knock on the door of Him who said: “Knock, and it shall be opened to you. Ask and you shall receive. Seek, and you shall find.”

So they are asking all of the friends of Phillip from the Ateneo, from the PMA, friends of the family – including the girl he was engaged to marry – to say this prayer: Lord, we know that Phillip is safe with you, and will be safe forever, because he gave up his life, as You gave up Your life – for justice. If it is Your will, please let the truth be known of his
heroic courage and strength and love of country. Let justice be rendered here on earth. But if it is not Your will that justice be rendered here, give each of us the grace to live and die as he did – following in Your footsteps.

And at the last judgment, Lord, when all that is hidden will be known, let Phillip be seen as he really is – a brave young man who gave his life for honesty, truth, and justice.”

* * *

Phillip Pestaño died at the age of 24. He was scheduled to be married in January of 1996, four months after he was murdered.

He was a martyr. A martyr is one who dies for the faith or for a Christian virtue. Phillip died for a Christian virtue – justice. It is not likely that he will ever be canonized, but he takes his place among the Unknown Saints.

Some military men are killed in battle. They are given a hero’s burial. But Phillip died for a much deeper cause – he
was trying to preserve the integrity of our Armed Forces. He died out of loyalty to the Philippines, in an effort to keep the oath that he made when he graduated from the Military Academy.

Graft and corruption are the curse of this nation. But when they take root in the heart of our Armed Forces, they threaten our existence as an independent, democratic country.

The family of Phillip Pestaño is doing the right thing. They are turning to God. They are praying that justice will be administered here, in our country, in our day. But if this is not God’s will, then let us at least try to preserve the
ideal of integrity in every mind and heart and soul.

Let’s forward this message to every freedom-loving Pinoy in our list. Thank you.

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  1. Hello Kengkay,

    Nabasa ko na rin to. Masaklap talaga ang nangyari sa kanya. God bless him and his family!

    Komento ni Sofie — Enero 27, 2009 @ 1:31 hapon | Sagutin

  2. kawawa naman siya… hindi bale, sasabihin ko kay Harry (isang seminaristang kaibigan namin na nag-aambisyong maging Santo Papa balang araw :-)) na i-canonize si Philip at gawing isang santo in the near future. but I’m proud of him. matapang siya.

    -kaz
    sant feliu de guixols, girona, spain

    Komento ni pinoyonlinenovels — Enero 27, 2009 @ 2:47 hapon | Sagutin

  3. kawawa tayo, pero sya… ma-swerte dahil meron syang tapang na marami sa atin wala.

    Komento ni annevdns — Enero 27, 2009 @ 3:16 hapon | Sagutin

  4. ang tagal na ng kaso, kaya lang e napaka hirap humanap ng hustisya dito sa atin kase ang dami ditong palakasan..

    sayang si pestano, iilan na lang sila na ganon ang prinsipyo sa buhay..

    Komento ni payatot — Enero 27, 2009 @ 4:08 hapon | Sagutin

  5. nabasa ko rin yan. nalungkot ako sa nangyari. grabe.

    Komento ni reyna elena — Enero 27, 2009 @ 6:00 hapon | Sagutin

  6. I read about this Pestano case but,I was not really in to it that time.
    Ganito lang naman talaga ang kalakalan lalo na kapag napulitika na ang sistema at pera ang pag-uusapan.

    Komento ni Cocoy's Delight — Enero 27, 2009 @ 7:51 hapon | Sagutin

  7. Ouch! Kawawa naman ‘yung mga naiwan. Lalo na ‘yung mga magulang. = C

    Komento ni The Gasoline Dude — Enero 28, 2009 @ 2:16 umaga | Sagutin

  8. Ang kawawa ay ang mga nagpapaapi at hindi lumalaban. Masaktan ka man, ikamatay mo man, kapag ang iyong prinsipyo ay matatag hindi ka madadaig ng ano mang pagsubok. May mga taong namatay, sadyang pinatay, at balak patayin dahil lamang sa prinsipyong ipinaglalaban. Nasa kanila ang katotohan, ang dunong, ang tapang at higit sa lahat ang kalayaan. Mabuhay ang mga Pilipino, mabuhay ka inang bayan!

    Komento ni Colegiala girl — Enero 28, 2009 @ 3:00 umaga | Sagutin

  9. In my eyes, Philip is indeed a hero. Ang kawawa ay yung mga taong nagpapaalipin sa money and power.

    May he rest in peace. Let’s pray for his soul. He was a good man…

    Komento ni Snow — Enero 28, 2009 @ 3:14 umaga | Sagutin

  10. astig siya, dahil gang sa huling sandali may paninindigan siya.

    magiging masaya ba tayo na mabuhay ng walang saysay o mamatay na puno ng saysay? ganun lang naman yun diba ms kengkay? 😉

    Komento ni yhen — Enero 28, 2009 @ 5:20 umaga | Sagutin

  11. saludo ako sayo philip! mabuhay ka kung di man sa mundong ito sa kabilang buhay kung saan mas masaya!

    Komento ni Cindyrella — Enero 28, 2009 @ 6:15 umaga | Sagutin

  12. PLUG: My first post for my new blog – http://rllqph.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/pag-banned-ng-world-bank-sa-mga-kompanya-sa-pagpapagawa-ng-mga-infrastraktura-sa-pilipinas/

    Yung http://foobarph.wordpress.com – wala na po kasi yan yung version one.
    Eto na po yung bago – http://rllqph.wordpress.com

    Pa exchange link naman kung sakali. PM nyo sa akin yung link nyo kung di ko pa kayo na-a-add. Ahehe

    Komento ni foobarph — Enero 28, 2009 @ 8:21 umaga | Sagutin

  13. nakakalingkot naman ito
    sana lang magbunga ang pagkamatay nya
    hay

    Komento ni raft3r — Enero 28, 2009 @ 8:52 umaga | Sagutin

  14. ahhh fuck!! kinikilabutan ako sa ganyang news.. huhu..

    Komento ni wei vines — Enero 28, 2009 @ 9:18 umaga | Sagutin

  15. Mabuhay ka Philip!

    Kagaya ng iba, bakit ganun medyo may kinilabutan ako dun a.

    Komento ni kulot — Enero 28, 2009 @ 9:28 umaga | Sagutin

  16. yan ang trahedya, mareng kengks, kapag napaka-lalim na ng ugat ng korapsyon at sinisismo sa isang lipunan. hindi na nakikita yung kamalian/kasalanan na kakabit ng isang bagay. at kung magpursigi ka naman na labanan ito, ikaw pa ang itutumba 😦

    Komento ni taroogs — Enero 28, 2009 @ 9:32 umaga | Sagutin

  17. homaygad. speechless. ganyan na ba talaga ang bayan natin ngayon?? umiikot sa pera at hindi sa moralidad?? nakakalungkot.

    Komento ni Pilar — Enero 28, 2009 @ 11:24 umaga | Sagutin

  18. wawa naman..pero sabi nga..hanggang don na lang talaga siguro ang buhay nya..atleast may saysay syang nabuhay at marangal…

    Komento ni p0kw4ng — Enero 28, 2009 @ 12:48 hapon | Sagutin

  19. Naku kakalungkot naman ang story nya. Na-age ko pa sya namartir! Huhu.. T___T

    Kainis talaga ang ganyang mga malalagim na transakyon ng matataas na tao. Buhay talaga ang kapalit kapag hinarang mo. Kawawa yung mga taong gustong mamuhay ng malinis. Nakakalungkot talaga.

    Komento ni emilayskie — Enero 28, 2009 @ 12:49 hapon | Sagutin

  20. dahil i don’t usually read the papers, this is the first time i’ve learned of his story. it’s sad to know, that this doesn’t only happen in the philippines. most third world & corrupt countries, ganito ang nangyayari. illegal logging, i could forgive. pero yung drugs, talaga namang, after watching a lot of movies and reading a number of books that revolve around it, it could really be the root of all evil. sumisira talaga ng buhay.

    i salute philip. what he did was really an act of braveness. and i pity the woman and the family he left behind. i believe in karma. if he doesn’t get his justice in this lifetime, sa kabilang buhay, maibibigay sa kanya. the most we could easily do is really just pray for his soul. i’m sure he’s watching over his family & friends now, together with our lord.

    Komento ni antuken — Enero 28, 2009 @ 2:02 hapon | Sagutin

  21. money is the root of all evil……………..

    phillip…… i will remember that name.

    Komento ni foobarph — Enero 29, 2009 @ 12:50 umaga | Sagutin

  22. parang Jose Rizal, pala kwento nya.. namatay na wala paring nanyari sa ating bayan.. 😦

    Komento ni jeniffer — Enero 29, 2009 @ 8:24 umaga | Sagutin

  23. eto talaga minsan ang nangyayari sa ating bayan 😦

    Komento ni sandi martin — Enero 29, 2009 @ 9:29 umaga | Sagutin

  24. Ang mamatay nang dahil sa bayan ay mabigat pa sa bundok siera madre ng pilipinas,
    Ang namatay sa inuman ay magaan pa sa balahibo ng manok. . .

    mabuhay si kapatid na “PHILIP”…
    Isa syang bayani . . .
    tularan natin sya. . .
    REBOLT NOW!!!

    Komento ni marc comiling — Pebrero 28, 2009 @ 1:22 hapon | Sagutin


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