INQUIRER OPINION - COLUMNS
For the fallen
Patricia EvangelistaPhilippine Daily Inquirer December 06, 2009THERE are two lechonsito girls, sugar andhoney. Their mother Cecile has not been homefor two years, caring for children in Qatar. Her husband Eduardo stayed in Tacurong,licensing officer 3 for the Tacurong Citygovernment. The overseas work wasnecessary to pay for the tuition of the twocollege girls. Honey studied in Manila, Sugar in Iloilo.Both girls had not seen their mother for twoyears. Sugar had not seen her father for one.On Nov. 23, two weeks after Cecile camehome for Honey’s graduation, the couplestepped into a service car, a red Toyota Viosdriven by a Tacurong City Hall employeenamed Wilhelm Palabrica. Eduardo, 53, hadsuffered a mild stroke days before, and Cecilehad made arrangements to bring her husbandto Cotabato City for a CT scan. With themwere Mercy Palabrica, Wilhelm’s cousin, andDaryll de los Reyes. Both were also city hallemployees.On the road to Shariff Aguak, the red Vioswith its cargo of five was stopped along with aconvoy of vehicles from Buluan,Maguindanao.All five bodies have been found.Sugar is petite, with straight black hair falling just beneath her shoulders. Honey keeps her hair in a ponytail, and holds her sister’s hand.