A comment I read from a link which I won't mention moved me to writing this.

Justice is defined as being fair and reasonable. Is taking the law into your own hands fair and reasonable?

"Is there a motive?" Whether there's a motive or not, no one is above the law. There's due process but others prefer to do it their way, murder people in cold blood, take lives of innocent people. For the past years, I always see and read news about Zamboanga City being city of bombings, kidnappings and killings but I refused to believe it when I was there way back 2003 for a summer camp. We were given the chance to meet Mayor Lobregat, tour the city, have a feel of the different cultures present there. I always think that at times, media tends to exaggerate the news they get and in turn this builds up fear in people. 

But just last week, something happened and up to now I still can't bring myself to believe that it really happened. As a tourist, I'm having doubts visiting the city again and I fear for my friends who lives there. If I'm someone who lives there, I might ask myself this question. "Am I going to allow myself to live in constant fear for my life and my loved ones' lives?"

I already posted some of this insights on my Facebook page. Last Friday afternoon, June 22, a good friend was shot along the busy streets of Zamboanga City. Yes, he was shot in broad daylight. Yes, it was inhuman. His name was Justine Raphael F. Wee. A registered nurse, working as an associate of Usana Health Sciences. He was a great friend, mentor, adviser. He's one of the few people I know who's very genuine. The type of person who'll ask you how's your day not for the sake of striking a conversation but he really wants to know how you're doing. He would always text me, "Kumusta Ma'am Karren? Kumusta si Sir Habib? Kumusta kayo?" He would text my partner, Habib, "Kumusta Sir Habib? Kumusta ang makulit mong gf?"

I remember our last conversation, you told me to continue to be an inspiration to others. To always put a heart on what I'm doing. Yes, Sir Jad, I will. Will always do.

Justine, Jadjad, Sir Jad, Coach Jad, someone whom I knew for not so long but touched my heart, someone I got along the first time we met (which not all has this type of personality). We miss you already! I know you're in good hands. You're one of our guardian angels now. 

What makes us sad even more is that Justine Raphael F. Wee is not the first victim of this senseless killings, not just in Zamboanga City, and without any action from the government, he won't be the last. Around 200 innocent lives has been taken over the last 2 years and the authorities seems to neglect this issue when in fact this is something which needs to be addressed with urgency. Is 200 lives not enough as a wake up call? When are you going to take action? When one of your own is taken? A relative? A close friend? This is far from worse already.

We cry for Justice! Justice for the families and friends left behind who are having difficulties accepting this. Justice for the victims whose been robbed with the chance to fulfill their dreams.

JUSTICE FOR JUSTINE RAPHAEL F. WEE. Justice for the countless innocent lives that has been taken.
A continuation to the post I shared in my Facebook page. This goes out to all call center agents & to those people who belittle the BPO industry.

Anyone who says "Call Center lang pla ngwork" clearly haven't tried working as a call center agent.

RESPECT, indeed. First, be thankful that this industry is giving jobs to thousands or even millions of Filipinos. Second, it's not easy being a call center agent, we have to SACRIFICE (our health, miss family events). Third, it's true that some of the call center agents may be under employed but the common denominator may be, they provide for their families, send siblings to school, sustain basic needs. Do not forget their HARDWORK. Fourth, it's not easy talking to foreigners who's always discriminating us Filipinos, continuously underrating us. Lastly, if our government (past/present) provided suitable jobs for their profession, same salary, same benefits, do you think this industry would survive here? You might want to step back and think about it.

I too had my own ups and downs as a call center agent. Sure, it pays well. I get to pay my own bills, travel where I want to, dine out. Things a young adult usually do, I experienced that. Yes, we deserve it. We deserve to treat ourselves from all the hard work, sacrifices, considerations we have to do.

But in the long run I felt like I'm not growing. I graduated at the age of 19, worked in this industry for almost 2 years. I was stagnant. I was stucked in this industry. The BPO industry was a training ground for me. Everyday of your working life, you meet new friends with different personalities, different stories which I learned from.

For those who are blinded with the big pay this industry provides, be wary of your actions.

For those who continue to work in this industry to be able to provide for their loved ones, continue and excel in what you do. Just don't confine yourself, don't limit yourself in this industry. Be open to change. Take risks. 

We may have different reasons, different stories why we opted to be a call center agent. Whether you're a factory worker, street sweeper, minimum or below minimum wage workers, you deserve respect.