"...Niño Calinao was seated on a bench with other UP students. When appellant Ranin neared their bench, he suddenly fired two successive shots at Calinao. The other students ran away as Calinao fell to the ground. While the latter was crawling on the ground holding his stomach, appellant Ranin shot him a third time. Then, appellant Ranin fired a fourth time at the fallen body of Calinao. De Castro tugged on appellant Ranin’s shirt and told him, “Dodong, Dodong, tama na yan, patay na yang bata.

-People v. Ranin, Jr., G.R. No. 173023, 25 June 2008

it took 9 years before a decision could be reached in the death of nino calinao, a senior up journalism student who was gunned down in broad daylight in palma hall on feb. 19, 1999. sure, the court sentenced the hitman to reclusion perpetua, without the possibility of parole. but to this day, the alleged masterminds roam freely. after 9 years.

now that's just brutal. there's no other way to describe it.

and i thought nothing could be more brutal than nino's death.

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