If you happen to pass by the tambayans in the UPSE, you would notice the freedom board put up by our student council. Every month, there is a different question that students get to answer. For September the question happened to be “When do you feel safest?”
Taking into consideration the prevalent crimes in this country, I would say never.
Two weeks ago, our country was shaken by the news of the murdering of Kae Devantes, a marketing agency executive who was last seen alive leaving her office at Bonifacio Global City on her way home on September 6. Unfortunately, she never made it. The next day, Kae’s dead body was found under a bridge in Cavite. Recently, the police have found a suspect who admitted to the killing of Devantes, their reason? “Napag trip-an lang”. Upon reading that statement from the suspect, I felt a surge of different emotions from shock to fear to anger. What kind of person would just kill another being for almost no apparent reason?
That’s when I confirmed that we are never truly safe. Apparently, not all criminals have motives now, and there are people who would kill just for the heck of it and anyone could be a target, what happened to Kae could have happened to anyone. From what the news articles say, Kae lived a good private life just like most of the people I know and that’s the part that frightens me the most.
Regardless of motives and the degree of the act, the big question still remains– will there ever be an end to crime in this country?
A lot of people would say crime is heavily caused by poverty. People become so desperate that they resort to doing criminal acts to get a hold on some money. That reason makes sense and is true for a lot of situations but then how do explain our politician stealing money through corruption or political killings that happen during election season. Aren’t these people considered well off? In their case, crime is caused by greed and selfishness.
So until all these causes are gone, which is very much unlikely, it’s best that we keep our guards up and take care all the time.
Reference used: http://www.mb.com.ph/suspect-in-devantes-murder-with-nbi/
-Alyssa Bianca Santos / 2012-24290