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July 24 2012 3 24 /07 /July /2012 14:55

Subanon-Tales-1                                                         Cover of "Subanon Folktales & Oral History"

  Drawing: Zabala:




I was digging in to slush and muddy water searching for files lost in Typhoon Sendong, which hit us in our house in Carinugan, Cagayan de Oro City, December 17, 2011, when my eye caught sight of something familiar: damp, with pages sticking together, were newspapers clippings, documents, letters, and reports marked confidential, and maybe as a joke – ‘secret.’

They were files of the assassination of Cesar C. Climaco, then mayor of Zamboanga City, November 14, 1984, only one year and some five months apart, August 21, 1983, from the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, erstwhile nemesis of the late Dictator Ferdiand Marcos.

What I am doing now is retrieving the files from the slush and damp ground where they lie; dry them in the sun, though not directly, so the pages would not stick permanently together, and slowly but slowly separate the pages so they would not tear or the file would not come all apart.

In this way I have recovered several documents, and so far their contents are quite interesting; not only to Zamboangueños but to Filipinos who were oppressed and terrorized during the heyday of martial law in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Humbly, I cannot promise you a complete report, neither a story with a beginning, middle, and end like in fiction. Because all will depend on what we can recover of these waterlogged files.

We may not even start in the beginning, or somewhere there, it actually all depends on what we will recover every time we dig our fingers into the slush and sticky and malodorous slime.

Tomorrow or Friday, I will post in my Facebook (www.facebook.com/arenriquez) and my website http://antoniofermin.over-blog.comwhat I can wipe off clean.

Muchas gracias,


Antonio Enriquez   

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<br /> For Antonio Enriquez<br /> <br /> <br /> Tony, superstood, I need your address, I want to send something to you in<br /> <br /> <br /> Cagayan de Oro through my sister-in-law who lives there, Dulce Dawang (Dean, College<br /> <br /> <br /> of Science, Xavier University). I'm not sure about your email addy now.<br /> <br /> <br />                       Jimmy Abad<br /> <br /> <br />  <br />
<br /> <br /> Jim, superstood forever, I'm trying to use this platform and I hope I reach you thru it. Our place is always muddy and full of holes. Not quite advisable if you had just washed your car.So email<br /> me first, okay? antonio_e36@yahoo.com. Likely we could just see Dulce at XU.... besst, tony <br /> <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />


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