Interesting tidbits from the homily by Fr. B--- at the Misa de Gallo at Ateneo de Davao today.
It seems that the Mangudadatus dropped by Ateneo on November 21, the Friday before the Maguindanao Massacre. They had gone to consult with their Jesuit friends, and to ask for prayers. At the time, the Ampatuans had already threatened violence, hence they were worried. "We know we're not clean," they said, "but at some point, things have got to change."
The Mangudadatus made the conscious decision to send women and journalists -- without any bodyguards and weapons -- in order to emphasize their peaceful intent. We know how that turned out. That's why the victims ought not to be considered victims but martyrs.
If we view it as simply the Maguindanao massacre, then the most that we can do is to condemn. That's the easiest thing to do. But if we view it as martyrdom, then perhaps we can start looking at it as a turning point for change.
As per Fr. B---, the Mangudadatus have said that they will not retaliate against the Ampatuans. They ask for prayers that the other members of the clan hold true to that plan.
Yesterday marked the month after the Maguindanao Massacre. Christians and Muslims alike held a candle-lighting ceremony at Roxas to remember.