The murder of Christine Silawan, the 16-year-old high school student in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City has become a sensation with calls for the death penalty resounding in many quarters.
Yet what is most disturbing is the relative silence of those who should otherwise help the community deal with such a gruesome event. Church and human rights groups seem to have gone blind. If they do speak out against those who have done this crime, it may be in hushed tones.
Is it because they fear the possible support for justice for her may mean supporting government`s drive against criminality?
As vanguards of morality and decency, church workers, feminists and human right advocates ought to be the first to seek justice for this 16year old whose only real occupation was to be a church collector. Have these human rights advocates bothered to offer words of hope and encouragement to the family left behind? Or will expressing their sense of decency and morality depend on their politics?