Focus on the
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
That is what we should all be thinking now that our three “kababayans” have paid the ultimate price for the offense they had committed that would have been considered a heinous crime in any part of the civilized world.
Indeed, what happened to Sally Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain, who were executed on Wednesday in China after its courts had found them guilty beyond doubt of the crime of drug-trafficking, was a blow that hit all of us, especially when we think of the grieving families who had counted on them to improve their lives, and the sorrow, and possibly the guilt feelings they had left behind.
We all rooted and prayed for the success of the efforts of our government to save them from the penalties imposed on them. At the same time, however, we realized that theirs seemed to be a hopeless case, what with the very strong evidences against them. Despite the attempts to paint them all as innocent victims, who had been used unwittingly by the real traffickers, anyone with a modicum of intelligence would still find unbelievable that excuse, since most of the explanations coming from them only opened more doubts as to the claims that all of them had been duped into becoming the “mules” for what must be a multi-million operation that has tentacles worldwide.
The government of China agreed to a small concession in delaying their execution, but never wavered in its determination to exact the penalty for what they had been convicted of. And so it was implemented on Wednesday.
We do not know the intentions of those who are trying to wring out every teardrop from our people by dwelling on the claims and accusations of the families of the convicts. It could be the competition among media entities, who should, instead, focus on the lessons from the tragedy. All the tearjerking and heartrending reports and interviews are getting out of bounds, and all we should say now is “Enough already!”*