In 2008 my husband and I were part of a contingent that accompanied one of the people that figured in an infamous historical event in the Philippines. Jibin Arula, then the last remaining survivor of the Jabidah Massacre of 1968, went back to Corregidor for the first time. It was by the invitation of then Congressman Mujiv Hataman of the Anak Mindanao Party list, who had initiated the construction of a Peace Garden commemorating the ill-fated Jabidah Unit.
A few days ago I learned that Jibin Arula passed away during the Holy Month of Ramadhan. The man who brought his story out into the open, Sen. Benigno Aquino is dead. President Ferdinand Marcos, under whose regime Operation Merdeka was conceived is also dead.
Will the dead bury the dead?