May 15, 2007

Hello real world

Welcome to the land of election related violence.

It was around 4 o'clock in the morning. I woke up to a large bang with the purr of a motor vehicle roaring away to the north. Our house was along the national highway. I was ready to shake it off as a big avocado that fell on the roof with a really loud thud. Rhys was fast asleep beside me. I thought my sister alongside Rhys didn't hear a thing.

So i sleep again.

Then came Homer, knocking at our door asking what it was and where mama was.

I and my sister quickly went out of the room to deliberate on what that sound was. Homer was positive that it was a gun shot, saying it was a small gun, probably a 9mm or .45cal.

My sister all along, contrary to what i thought, heard the sound and was processing what happened before Homer's knocking. She was not sure if someone threw a stone at us or if it was a fire cracker or a gun.

And so i and you as well, may have realized how unintelligent my earlier Avocado conclusion was. Mama received a hand written death threat written in short bond paper with permanent black ink placed in a short mailing envelope last week. She also received a subtle threat from a high ranking official we don't know of.

We decided to call my mom, who went out of the house at exactly 2 am, thank God so much. Then we called the police.

So i changed clothes without washing my face nor brushing my teeth and my sister complained on why i was wearing a tank top and short shorts all of a sudden. I said it was an emergency situation.

So two policemen came. They stopped in front of the gate and just stood there, looking so roused from a good night's sleep by a very paranoid caller. They asked what happened, so we described the gun shot. They didn't bother getting past the gate, by the way. After a few explanations, they told us 'We'll record it.' I walked towards the house when they started towards the police car when i noticed a small piece of glass near our front door.

I quickly told my sister to call them back. Then there it was, a broken window pane with a nice little hole on the steel frame evidently caused by a bullet. It was the window at the left side of the main door.

So the two policemen checked. We looked around for the slug or the shell, whatever. We didn't find any. My sister started sweeping the shards of glass on the floor and i asked her why. She was destroying evidence! She laughed and said she was asked to. The two policemen told us to look for the bullet when the sun's up before they went back to the station.

That morning we found another bullet mark on the wall next to the window on the other side of the house forming a right angle to where the broken window was. There was a bullet skid (?) mark on the glass. The chief of police with the same two policemen paid us another visit and we showed him the other bullet entry point. They stayed for a few minutes and we served them coffee and buttered toast.

We, er, they looked all morning for the bullet and we found nothing. My mom, was by then, calling every 20 or so minutes checking on us. A police escort was already with her and she was scared about what those crazy people might do next. She gave an ultimatum that by 3pm we should be out of Bauang already.

Well, too much for my excitement on the day i will vote for Mr. Sobrepena as Caba mayor, who lost, according to my aunt, by the way. We voted, visited my lola and went up here in Baguio.

Please do pray for my family, especially my mom who is in La Union.

At ang masasabi ko,

ANG MAGTRABAHO NANG MARANGAL, HINDI FOUL
KAYA HINDI DAPAT ITIGIL

ANG TAKUTIN ANG ISANG BIYUDANG 53 YEARS OLD NA, FOUL
YON ANG DAPAT ITIGIL.

KASI NAKAKAHIYA KAYO.

SANA ANG MANALO, YUNG KARAPAT DAPAT.

AT YUNG MGA TAONG AKALA MO KAIBIGAN
NA MAKITID PALA ANG UTAK AT NAMPAPAHAMAK PA SA YO,
SANA MATUTO.

4 comments:

LEMniscal said...

Rianne, naku! I hope things are better. Mga walangya talaga ang mga duwag na iyan. Take care.

joyce said...

hi ri, hope you and your family are ok.

Rianne said...

thanks a lot joyce and lem. kailangan namin ng mga dasal ninyo.

Anonymous said...

hi rianne,
i will be praying for your family. hopefully all shall be well in the end. oo nga been hearing all over the news how violent the elections were in other parts of the country. nakakalungkot. :( sana nga ang mga karapat-dapat ang manalo.
ingat po lagi.
-lo