Update: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has a PhP100,000.00 bounty to anyone who could give information that would lead to the arrest of Pamana’s killer.
If today is an indication of our future, we are doomed.
The Philippines is now mourning the death of Pamana, a critically endangered Philippine Eagle released at the Mt. Hamiguitan range in Davao last June 12, the country’s Independence Day. Her release to the wild came after being cared for and rehabilitated at the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
Only two months after her release, however, Pamana was found dead. She was shot.
Pamana’s death, with her body discovered by PEF scientists last August 16, came as a shock and has fueled disgust and outrage all over the country. Wildlife advocate Kim Atienza, who played a big role in Pamana’s rehabilitation, and who also released her to the wild, has this to say,
“Nakakagalit. Kelan tayo matututo na minsan, ginagawa natin ito para sa ating mga sarili. Itong katangahan at ang kabobohang ginagawa natin sa pagpatay sa agila ay nakaka apekto sa ating lahat eh. So nakakagalit,” [trans. “Infuriating. When will we ever learn that we are doing this for ourselves. This madness and stupidity that we are doing, killing an eagle, is also affecting us all. So infuriating.”] (source: ABS-CBN News)
Indeed, this is infuriating. If Pamana being released to the wilderness symbolized freedom and independence, what could her shooting mean? Her name means “legacy”, and I hope that her death does not mean the lost of a better future.
This is truly a time to reflect on what legacy means to us. With what we are doing today, do we even want a future? What kind of life are we driving ourselves into? Power? Money? Property?
The best legacy we could give the world is an environment better than what we have right now. May Pamana’s death remind us that life is important, and that we humans, are not over and beyond any other species on earth. We should not make a game out of hitting or killing animals, rather, we must care for them, love them, for they help keep the balance in nature. We should not even think that we are more intelligent than them, for I am sure that if we only share a language and actually be able to hear their thoughts, we would be told how we are the most heartless, merciless, ruthless species to ever exist on this planet.
Let Pamana’s death remind us of our stupidity today so we could all learn from it.
Let Pamana’s death remind us that we are all interconnected.
Let Pamana’s death remind us of death, and that while we are still alive, we should help keep others alive as well.
Let Pamana’s death remind us to educate ourselves and others that lives must be respected.
Let Pamana’s death remind us that we all have a right for a future.
Perhaps, Pamana’s legacy is to teach us all these.
Fly high, Pamana. Love and light.
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