Friday, June 22, 2007

Life Behind Bars

This is how it looks when the sun is about to set at the Davao Penal Colony and you happen to look up from where you're seated outside the security gate talking to a broadcaster behind bars for libel. Your eyes momentarily leave the face of the person you're talking to and the absorbed faces of your companions to roam around and wonder what lie beyond the shadows.
On Easter Sunday, when the Communist New People's Army (NPA) led by Kumander Parago raided the Davao Penal Colony's armory without firing a single shot, jailed Davao broadcaster Lex Adonis was already inside to serve his four and a half year sentence in jail. He was brought there from the Maa city jail two weeks before. At the Penal Colony, he said he would surely meet the shadowy characters he had attacked on air. But his father, who visited him on the eve of the raid, had said it was much, much safer for him to be there than anywhere else. The day after the NPA raid, the whole area was crawling with journalists feasting on the breaking story of the day, not knowing that one of them was already behind those bars, unable to break that story.

3 comments:

claire the cat said...

this is a very literary observation. how ironic.

by the way, germs, naa naka cebu ngwork? please say hi to niza for me. :-)

Dava Maguinda said...

hello, claire,
kumusta! yes, nia pako diri. niza says, HELLOOO! WHEN ARE YOU COMING HERE?!!

Dava Maguinda said...

hello, claire,
kumusta! yes, nia pako diri. niza says, HELLOOO! WHEN ARE YOU COMING HERE?!!