By Fred Yuson, Vice President
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Martin Luther King Jr
Today, the Philippine Press Club Ontario (PPCO) hosted a somber Flower Ceremony inside the Filipino Centre Toronto in Scarborough, Ontario in honor of the 34 journalists that were murdered in the so-called Ampatuan Massacre. This event which was attended by the members and officers of PPCO and friends, is a way of showing a deep sympathy for the families of the victims.
It was followed by the Invocation of Pastor Charles Ojano of the First Filipino-Canadian Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
The ceremony proceeded smoothly: As the name of the slain journalist was called, a participant walked solemnly to the makeshift altar to gingerly put a freshly cut flower into a vase, and this continued until the last name of the victim was called.
“We are demanding justice for them and their families and loved ones.”
“The wounds of Ampatuan massacre victims’ families remain and never gone. We not only continue to hope for justice but also hope to end the injustice.”
Afterwards, PPCO Director Ariel Ramos walked up to the podium to speak about the background of the Ampatuan massacre.
Snacks with drinks and friendly conversations concluded the event.