By Raïssa Robles
In a country where 2,210 men, women and children have been mysteriously gunned down over the past five months, Yani Jebulan’s death seemed to be just another statistic labeled as “collateral damage” in President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.
The victim’s father, however, refused to let his loss become a mere DUI (death under investigation). Alfredo Jebulan, a retired police officer, swiftly wrote a letter to Duterte – a letter that minced no words and conveyed the rage and grief in his heart.
Alfredo’s daughter, Miah, shared her father’s letter on Facebook, which said:
I’m addressing this to you Mr Rodrigo DUTERTE. My youngest son was shot in the head by riding in tandem men wearing bonnets at around 12 midnight Oct 29 2016. He died instantly with a single bullet in the head. My son is a 3rd year college student studying at Fatima University, Antipolo Rizal. He has never been involved in any illegal drug habit moreso in pedling drugs whatsoever. I’m.well aware of this because as a retired policeman I am very strict with my children having them or just one of them to be involved in this kind of malpractice. And it was my former job when I was still in the active service to arrest those involve in drug activities. My point is, if I will know that one of your policemen has the hand for the cause of the death of my son, God forbids, I will let heaven and earth befall upon him. I know you dont tolerate this but let me be very very frank, if they know how to kill people, SO AM I. This goes to you too Gen Dela Rosa Sir. I’m begging you Help me solve the unecessary death of my son PLEASE or I will be the one to do it without your help.
One of those who conveyed his sympathy wrote on Miah’s page:
This is a situation where I sincerely condemn EJK. The victim is a brother of my “mistah” who’s family once sheltered me when I lost direction due to unforseen circumstances.
Miah, however, made the following clear in a later post:
Bago ang lahat basahin nyo po mabuti ang mga post.,
Natural ayaw ng karamihan ang EJK, at kadalasan nagiging dahilan nalang ito kahit na may iba silang pakay,.
HINDI PO SINISISI NG AMING PAMILYA ANG PANGULO
HINDI KAMI NAGTUTURO NG KAHIT NA SINO PARA MANAGOT SA KRIMENG NANGYARI SA KAPATID NAMEN
ANG HINIHINGI NAMEN AY TULONG SA MABILISANG PAG AKSYON AT HUSTISYA KAY YANI
DAHAN DAHAN PO TAYO SA MGA SINASABI NATEN
SALAMAT PO SA MGA TAOS PUSONG NAKIKIRAMAY
I have no further words to say for now except that I condole deeply with Miah’s family.