XU com­mu­nity de­mands jus­tice for Ungab

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The fa­ther of law stu­dent Gexie Ray Ungab yesterday broke his si­lence, main­tain­ing their de­ci­sion not to file charges against Gexie’s killers, say­ing that jus­tice may not be achieved here, but “there is jus­tice in heaven”.

Alexie Jose Ungab was in Xavier Univer­sity (XU) yesterday af­ter the univer­sity’s Phi­los­o­phy Depart­ment, where Gexie was once em­ployed, of­fered a “Mass for Jus­tice and Peace” yesterday at the Univer­sity Church of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary.

“As I said, wala nami nagkaso, so kung naay mga up­dates or news karon about sa fol­low-up sa kaso, wala nami labot ana, hands off ang fam­ily (We didn’t file a case so if there are up­dates and news about the case, our fam­ily has noth­ing to do with it). Sige lang, naa gi­hapon hus­tisya sa lan­git (There is jus­tice in heaven),” the fa­ther said.

Univer­sity pres­i­dent Fr. Roberto Yap, who presided the mass, how­ever hopes that per­pe­tra­tors will be brought to jus­tice, call­ing Ungab’s mur­der a “de­spi­ca­ble and hor­ren­dous crime”.

Yap, in his homily said, faith must be deep­ened in these dif­fi­cult times.

“We pray for the eter­nal re­pose of Gexie, our friend, a fel­low Ate­nean. We are also ex­press­ing out con­do­lences to the fam­ily, we share their sor­row, their shock, that the Lord will con­sole them in this very painful loss. We joined the cry for jus­tice, this is a de­spi­ca­ble crime, it is hor­ren­dous, we pray to the God of jus­tice that those who per­pe­trated this ter­ri­ble crime re­ally be brought to jus­tice, that re­ally jus­tice be serve,” Yap said.

“In our mass, we re­ally prayed that our faith deep­ened, our faith that what­ever has hap­pened is that our faith in the God of love, that the last word is not this ter­ri­ble deed that this hap­pened, that the last word is com­fort and care that our lov­ing God can give,” he added.

Ad­dress­ing friends and col­leagues of Gexie, a fam­ily mem­ber said they be­lieve “God, through his own mys­te­ri­ous ways will let the per­pe­tra­tors face the con­se­quences they de­serve”.

“Some­times I couldn’t ask the ques­tion why, be­cause it is so ironic that we poised Gexie to be the lawyer in the fam­ily, to bring jus­tice to the op­pressed but in his death, we could even hardly give him the jus­tice that he de­serves be­cause in to­day’s so­ci­ety, jus­tice re­mains elu­sive,” he said.

“Thank you all for your prayers and unta dili na ni sya mautro (hope this will not hap­pen again),” the fam­ily mem­ber adds.

The 23-year-old Ungab died of mul­ti­ple stab wounds, gun­shots, and was re­port­edly mutilated too.

Gexie was sup­posed to at­tend a birth­day party in Lanao but failed to come home. His dead body was then found at a fu­neral par­lor in Ili­gan City. PJ Orias

(PJ ORIAS)

THE XAVIER Univer­sity com­mu­nity holds a "Mass for Peace and Jus­tice" for Gexie Ray Ungab, a phi­los­o­phy in­struc­tor at the univer­sity. Ungab was killed last month by still uniden­ti­fied per­pe­tra­tors.

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