Friday, October 26, 2012

Let justice rain for MSU philo prof found tied, dead, burnt inside Internet cafe he built to help kids in school


Let justice rain for MSU philo prof
found tied, dead, burnt inside 
Internet cafe he built to help kids in school

Othelo's body is still inside as this building that houses his Internet cafe business burns. His literal financial help to the school needs of his siblings and others' children, which aid he got from his income from this Internet cafe, has come to an end. But the legacy of this amiable professor at the Mindanao State University Philosophy Department will remain to be among the storied past of the institution built to establish seeds of high-quality knowledge for Muslim and Christian youths.  Tragedy occurred October 25, 2012 at the commercial center of MSU, the place this author (Berteni "Toto" Cataluña Causing) used to know and promenade during the mid-1980s.

GREET TRAGEDY WITH A SMILE.


TO ALL PERSONAL FRIENDS OF OTHELO D. COBAL, I AM WITH YOU.

Hello friend Khal Mambuay-Campong, please accept my condolence to all of you at the MSU Philosophy Department, the faculty and students, who are personal friends of Othel.  I do not know him from Adams but I got an idea of who he is: MSUan all over, like you and me.

HOW SHOCKING INDEED TO HEAR THIS PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR OF MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY, SINGLE, 30 YEARS OLD, SUPPORTING SIBLINGS AND OTHERS' CHILDREN'S SCHOOLING, THAT HE WAS FOUND DEAD, TIED AND BURNT INSIDE THE INTERNET CAFE HE ESTABLISHED AT THE MSU COMMERCIAL CENTER I USED TO KNOW AND PROMENADE IN THE MID-1980s.

I also learned he was one of the coaches of the debating teams from MSU and other schools.

While I cannot compel you not to cry for him, I wish to tell all of you that even in rains the sun still shines.

I have come to realize that although it is awkward and inappropriate, the best way to meet tragedy and disaster is to smile at them.

LET US LOOK FOR THE SUN IN THIS COMPELLING DEATH OF A MAN WHO, I HAVE JUST READ, IS A RARE MAN and a RARE MSUan.

That sun is just there. If the rains eventually stop, as it must, it will shine to give light to MSU for all its children to see it through.
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