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Thursday, May 17, 2007

God bless her soul

I was on the computer last night when the news about the death of one Nelly Banaag, a public school teacher serving as a member of the Board of Elections Inspectors in Taysan, Batangas was aired. She, together with Leticia Ramos, a poll watcher, died when the school they were in was allegedly burned by two men.

Six others were wounded during the fire, including Banaag's daughter Ritchel and the chair of the BEI, teacher Sally Villena. Villena is currently confined at Our Lady of Mediatrix Hospital and is reportedly in good condition.

DepEd secretary Jesli A. Lapus condemned the dastardly act and announced that he has ordered the immediate processing of teacher benefits for Banaag and Villena.

We will exhaust all measures to provide all the benefits due to the
family of the deceased... It's the least we can do for her and those she had left behind.

Taachers are looked at with respect and high esteem in other cultures and yet, here in our country, they are being disparaged for being miserable, unprofessional, selling tocino concurrently with teaching, often looked down to by rich folks when they cross paths like when their child received a low grade or being suspended for a wrong deed, etc.

The teacher's fate is even more degraded during elections when arrogant politicos or their goons accuse them of cheating. And to think they are ready to risk life and limb just to protect the sanctity of the ballot. Never mind that they can barely make both ends on the paltry sum they receive. Never mind that they have to work late just to make sure they have done their job. But at least show them respect. They are heroes worthy of the highest accolade.

I know the DepEd has promised support to the families but in my opinion, that is not enough. It should use all its resources to find the perpetrators and give justice to their death.

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Blogger ipanema said...

I think DepEd directive is a first. The local government should go after these low-life.

Yes, in other culture teachers are looked upon. Even parents respect them a lot.

Thanks for sharing this.

My prayers.

9:30 PM  
Blogger gilbert yap tan said...

Amen to that, Rolly, AMEN!

1:13 AM  
Blogger stani said...

hello sir rolly, sorry for again posting another comment unrelated to your post, but i am trying to raise awareness about a situation that befell one of my friends, he was a freshman in zobel when i was a senior.

the narrative can be found at my blog at this url:

pls don't publish this comment, i had no other immediate way to get in touch with you. thanks!

2:19 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ipanema AS of today, 5 local policemen are held for questioning based on cartographic sketch. Sana nga nahuli na ang totoong perpetrators.

gilbert yeah. Amen!

stani gone there already.

9:31 AM  
Blogger auee said...

Every election we see this tragedy played out again & again. De Quiros has been active & very vocal about his protests on politicians' & their goons' treatment of teachers manning the precincts.

Dapat sa susunod na election wag nang pumayag ang mga teachers ng Pinas. Have them contract out of this habit seen as part of low-paid public teachers' responsibility.

Meron bang teachers' union sa Pinas? Come on guys unite.

4:59 PM  
Blogger cbs said...

haynako boss, naaalala ko nga si nanay ko nung araw, public elementary school teacher sa bayan namin, pag eleksyon uuwi sya ng madaling araw na, tapos kaming magkakapatid nag-aantay pa sa kanya kasi shempre gusto namin pasalubong, shet, tas pag-uwi nya nangangatog pa akala namin gutom lang, yumpala natutukan pa ng baril, tas yung colleague nya na-abduct pa ng goons nung incumbent.

hopeless. that place is hopeless. kahit pa masakit sa loob ko na sabihin yan.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Bugsybee said...

Tito Rolly, I don't want to twit DepEd's big boss but when I first heard about this a few hours after it happened, one TV network had been trying to contact Lapus through his cellphone, landline number etc to ask for immediate assistance to be given the families of the teachers. He wasn't responding to calls and in fact, it took them a long time to respond.

Ang sa akin lang, I am thankful that they will exhaust all means to provide this teacher's family with all the benefits due her BUT shouldn't they have responded immediately to this unfortunate event? The first few hours after the death of one's beloved is often the time when we need most the financial assistance and any other form of assistance that anybody can give. Nakakalungkot that it took so long for DepEd to respond when they should have been on 24-hour alert since teachers were manning the precincts everywhere and given the dangers that come with Philippine elections, dapat on duty din sila lahat.

I salute Nelly, Leticia and all the brave teachers who served during the last elections.

6:12 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

auee I belong to an online group of teachers called pinoyteachersnetwork. We, as a group, is calling for the stoppage of using public school teachers during elections. I am sure there are other groups who are similar in this stance.

cbs Hindi pa naman siguro hopeless. Mukhang me pagbabago sa trend ng elections. For instance, sa mga kumandidatong artista, mas marami ang natalo. I don't expect it to change overnight. Paunti-unti lang siguro. Even God needed six days to create the universe, right.

bugsybee I didn't know about that. At least, the DepEd, as it should, is giving assistance.

6:39 PM  

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