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The Heinous End of Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez and Martial Law

The gruesome death of Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez mirrors the effects of the unwritten policy of the government to disregard, with unbridled license, the rule of law for the rule by law when it suits its ends e.g. repeated attempts in failed constitutional adventurism, more recently HR 1109.

This adventurism with the law, done amidst a continuing climate of unsolved extra-judicial killings, questionable abductions and missing critics of the status quo; intimidations, threats and often the murder of social activists; assassinations of suspected left leaning community leaders etc., notwithstanding local or international pressure for their immediate closure, breed a perception that a person’s life in the Philippines is cheap and that a class of people in the Philippines is above the law.

Easily, this perception erodes public respect for the majesty of law and the expectation for its equal protection. The spate of recent executive pardons and commutation of penalty of known personalities convicted of heinous crimes merely exacerbated this perception.

On the private and personal level, those with perverted minds among us might find that they too could get away with their own criminal design. As it appears to them, these unsolved crimes seem to be the rule in the nation. They feel they too need not follow the law and go to court, with all its delay and open proceedings, to settle a dispute or to erase an irritant in their lives. All one needs to have, their dark mind seems to suggest, is a heart of stone, money and connection. This seems to be the message one gets from the manner by which Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez earthly existence was ended. Parang isang crime of passion, done ala Sopranos starring James Gandolfini and his Mafiaosis! And Filipinos being the best copy cats in the world, especially doon sa may mga sapi d’yan sa ulo, they might really think crime does not pay in this part of the world!

Indeed, these are dangerous times in the Philippines but this is one of those instances where our outrage should overcome our fear and we, the people, should really stand up and push our authorities to solve this case of Ruby Rose, even if she is not in any way related to us, much less, known to many of us.

If, for some reason or another, this case would be white-washed or the guilty party would not brought to justice, as in other big cases, totoong naka-kaawa na nga ang mga walang connection o nga dukha sa atin, lalong-lalo na kung may kaya ang kanilang makakabangga. At dahil baka maniwala sila na talagang wala na ngang pag-asa sila sa altar ng batas ng bayan dahil isang dukha lang sila, they might take the law in their own hands and surely, hell would really break loose, in our country. And the sad part of it all, is that it would benefit no one, neither the Barramedas nor the public or justice itself, but someone who, right now, has been praying for almost half a decade for a chance to declare martial law in the realm.

Should that happen, that situation would be hell for all Filipinos, rich and poor alike, as if all of us have ended like Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez – entombed in a cement-filled drum, encased in steel and lying at the bottom of the deep murky, silt-filled waters of the port of Navotas and in whose wake, not even her children were allowed to be present.

If you are on FaceBook please join us at the Justice for Ruby Rose & All the Victims of Domestic Violence cause.

Lu Tong Mancau

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