The good coffee cup
VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Perez (The Freeman) - April 13, 2019 - 12:00am

My notification alerts were so noisy that Thursday morning as I was still groggy from a trip the day before. I could only comprehend that there was a student killed. Upon further reading deep into the news feed, she was Kis Trvyl Ramos, a graduating BA Psychology major from the University of the Philippines Cebu who was a victim of a senseless killing at the coffee shop where she worked.

The coffee shop is rather familiar to me. One of our interns who is also a good friend of mine is one of the managing partners. I was invited once to dine in the coffee shop and taste their coffee. Although I didn't go, the thought of visiting that place one day never left my mind. I would pass by the area, and wished I had more time to drop in and have my cup of coffee.

Apart from that student, the managing partner who was also on duty inside the shop was gunned down. He was the target. The police are looking into love triangle as the angle but the suspects are still unknown. But with love being the reason for one's death, isn't that hate after all? We live in a world today where the life of a person has been diminished to the smallest value. It has become easy to pull a trigger because of anger, hate, or any other reason. Seems like there is no conscience that's bothering us anymore. We have become too liberated, careless, and free. Why can't we (ironically) have a cup of good coffee, talk it out and iron out all our differences? We have so much interaction online and onscreen but have lost touch with the reality of life. The real essence of being in a relationship is now gone.

There will be additional security deployed around the said coffee shop out of fear that the gunman may come back. I want to live a life where I can just freely go anywhere without having to be afraid of somebody going after me. We all want that, I guess. If I can only plead with these people to please stop. It's all too much. They have been robbing us of our right to live peacefully and much worse, it is also scaring the next generation. I don't want a life full of fear, I want to happy. Well, we all deserve to be.

I pray for the souls of those who were killed that night inside the coffee shop. We may not feel the same way about the said coffee shop again, but we can give these guys a chance. I choose to stand by the victims and condemn all the killings that have been happening. We are all entitled to a life free of worries, let us not mess that up. As cases pile up, I pray for the diligence and also discernment of the authorities for the speedy resolution of the case.

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