“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”- Genesis 3:19
November 24, 2009, in one of the mountainous region in the province of maguindanao, an investigating and excavation team was formed and for the first time, tried to break up earth to uncover one of the most revolting slaughters of human life.
The weather was undoubtedly fair that day as if everything was placed together to reveal the authenticity of a hideous massacre which the perpetrators tried to conceal. The location was truly remote, far from inhabitants - a strategic spot to craft a sickening killing spree. Up on the crime scene where authorities pool around the area, a big machine called a backhoe, painted with words whose administration belongs to the governor – Andal S. Ampatuan Sr.-and without an operator was parked just above a soft ground of earth. The ground to which it was parked was uneven, its position and the surrounding to which it stands was trying to suggest that whatever work to be done in that place remains to be unfinished. Just beside the backhoe were four unevenly parked automobiles, some windows holed with a bullet and all doors of the vehicles were left open. Upon a closer inspection, there lay several lifeless human bodies, flat on the ground and blood drenched. Their face almost unrecognizable, bullets fired on several parts of their bodies, others show apparent lacerations and some have torn pieces of the clothes they were on. Women and men alike suffered the same unfortunate end with no regard and hesitation on the part of the perpetrators.
On that same day several men worked on excavating the ground which remains unrevealed. Shovels were used to carefully dig a portion of the soft ground, and sometime thereafter revealed a persons’ hand which they all tried to pull out. They covered the person’s body...