Friday, October 14, 2011

Justice for Given Grace

October 14, 2011, Los Banos, Laguna- A name says it all for me like beauty queens Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup or Gwendolyn Ruais has all pretty and unusual names fit for a queen. Leaders like Benigno Aquino, Ferdinand Marcos or Gregorio Honasan has all brave, masculine and courageous names. When my mother and I talked one time about names, I told her it might be destiny. There’s always a story behind every name and who would think that someone name Venus which is a feminine name, pronounce as Vee-nas and has a history Means "love, sexual desire" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love, equal to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. This is also the name of the second planet from the sun will become a beauty queen?

When I first heard that a 19 years old, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Computer Science student has been raped and murdered inside the campus(rape and murder are like usual cases nowadays everywhere and I am everyday disappointed with the justice system) I was more surprised with her full name which is Given Grace Cebanico. She had a very beautiful name, Given Grace is a powerful one, A grace from above or a blessing. So why it happened?

The two suspects right now are in Police custody, they are PSBank security guard Lester Ivan Lopes Rivera and a trike driver Percieval De Guzman. A witness told the police that she saw Given Grace has been abducted along Diamond street in Umali Subdivision which is just meters away from the campus.
Given Grace body was found in a canal at IPB in Barangay Putho, Tuntungin, Los banos which is also a part of the campus.

Saw her Facebook account, her profile picture hugging a big bear, innocent and young. Her life wasted because of those two selfish, greedy and no conscience men. Even though those two suspects were in custody, I don’t think Justice will be easy and will be just like that. The community must be safe for everyone, the other suspect was a security guard, does he was supposed to be a hero? Los Banos is like my second community, I even stayed up to 2 am studying at one of their Coffee shop.

The students and administrators at UPLB are all asking for Justice for Given Grace. At this moment, a lot of media men and a vigil hailed this afternoon just after the main gate. For me justice will be given if the crime like that will not happen again, security in the area will be tight at all times, mind set of the people about sex will be different and respect for women must be increase.

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