By DEE AYROSO
Day: January 30, 2019
“First thing that struck me when I first met Randy was he towered over everyone. Gentle brown giant.”
A good fifty years later, the Philippine Congress is just about to punish Filipino children for being born poor.
In prison Randy endeared himself to all by consoling distraught fellow prisoners, volunteering to write letters and conduct literary programs for the illiterate inmates, organizing medical missions and sports fests, and acting as paralegal, among others. He readily shared his food, medicines, even electric fans and reading materials to all fellow prisoners. As the most learned and erudite of all the prisoners he was the instant choice whenever they were dignitaries or groups of students who visit the jail. He engaged the prison authorities on how improve the conditions inside the facility. In both the Tuguegarao and Ilagan jails he was elected prison governor by the inmates.
Malayao’s ride was at a bus stop when the gunman reportedly climbed aboard, approached the sleeping victim and shot him. He was killed on the spot.
Children aged nine to 13 share their artworks and opinion on the proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old.