don’t hold your breath
Gloria M. Arroyo Ph.D.
Republic of the Philippines
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT
I am Noel M. Capulong Jr, a common 20 year old constituent of yours in this Great Country and Strong Republic of the Philippine Islands. Please allow me to take a little piece of your precious time for me to plead for your help regarding a very important issue in my life and to our people. My father, Noel “Noli” Capulong, was gunned down by two unidentified men riding in a motorcycle last 27 May 2006 in our jeep on his way home. My father was a simple egg vendor who is also active in the BAYAN MUNA Environmental Action Movement, a former staff in the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), and also an active member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).
My father was an ideologist, a principled man, a layman, and a good father. He fights for what is right and always on the belief that being an activist is not a blasphemous thing but it is an honorable virtue if the struggle of what you are fighting for goes for the interest of the people. Although, he’s an activist, my father was not always critical with the government. He believes that there are still good and patriotic statesman/stateswoman who still works for the goodness of our people. They are just plainly entangled in the clouded political system of ours. In fact, he was thankful to you when you personally awarded me your Presidential Leadership Medal four years ago in UP Los Baños (High School). He was grateful in our government when it gave me a scholarship in UP College wherein it gave me way to march with my BS Biology course last 29 April 2006. It was the day my parents were very proud of me, of UP, and of the Republic. It was also the day we had our last picture together.
Madam, I do not believe that the justice system in our country is already futile. Beyond suspicions and allegations, and thorough pin pointing, I would just like to beg for your help on the investigation of my father’s death. Nagmamakaawa po ako sa inyo sampu ng aking pamilya na nawa’y matulungan nyo po kami. Hindi po kami nawawalan ng pag-asa na magkaroon ng katarungan ang kanyang pagkamatay. Napakasakit po ng nangyari sa amin kung kaya’t ako po ay naglakas ng loob na sumulat sa inyo. I know I am only an ordinary citizen of yours, almost negligible as compared to other big politicians surrounding you everyday. But I hope, a glimpse of this message by your eyes can make an impact. We are very much afraid that this case would be added to the many unresolved cases of senseless killings that are happening to our country. I know that as President of our Strong Republic, your mere words of direction would boost the speed of all the investigating bodies to resolve my father’s case.
My family’s hope is in your hands, YOUR EXCELLENCY.
Salamat po sa pagbabasa ng sulat ko. Patnubayan nawa tayo ng Panginoon.
Mabuhay po kayo at tayong mga Pilipino.
Lubos pong umaasa,
Noel M. Capulong Jr.