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poem for your kids uncle.. we love you & we're missing you!!  / Jorgette Joanne Gingoyon -. Yamyamin (neice)

i gave this poem to hya on her birthday uncle..

Wait... My Child

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and  I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, " Child you must wait!"

"Wait?, you say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?
By faith I have asked, and am claiming Your Word."

"My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and You tell me to wait?
I'm needing a "yes," a go-ahead sign,
or even a "no" to which I can resign."

"And Lord, You promised that if we believe
we need but to ask, as we shall receive.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
"I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!" 

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting.. for what?"

He seemed then to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And he tenderly said, " I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want.. but, you wouldn't know Me.

"You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint;
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
when darkness and silence were all you could see."

"You'd never experience that fullness of love as
the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save ... (for a start),
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart."

The flow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
of an infinite God, who makes what you have last."

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that "My grace is sufficient for thee."
Your dreams for your loved ones overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss! If lost what I'm doing in you!"

"So, be silent my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me
And though oft may My answers seem to terribly late,
My wisest of answers is still but to wait"

-Author Unknown

Judges condemn Gingoyon slay, urge swift probe  / Romeo F. Barza Philippine Judges Association (Pres. PJA )
"It is indeed very ironic and heart-rending to the rational world to learn that another judge has been brutally murdered in broad daylight amidst the lingering yuletide joy awaiting the passing of the year 2005 and the coming of the new year 2006,"

"The entire membership of the PJA grieves profoundly over the cowardly and bestial killing of Hon. Henrick F. Gingoyon, regional trial court judge of Pasay City, their fond comrade and fealty companion, last Dec. 31, 2005 in Cavite while on his way home after a gym exercise. Judge Gingoyon is the fifth RTC judge murdered by unknown assailants,"

"Again, as in previous killings, the PJA can only but condemn in strongest terms the recent murder of Judge Gingoyon even as it calls on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to order the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation to immediately and without let-up pursue and seize the merciless killers and their mastermind and to bring all of them to the bar of justice. Also, the PJA requests their new Chief Justice, Hon. Artemio V. Panganiban, to direct a deeper probe on the death of judges in the recent past, including the latest on Judge Gingoyon."

death is an open door to a new and greater life...  / Vernice Torres (classmate of his daughter )
my condolonces to the family of the late great mr.gingoyon,i heard and read good things about him, a true great man,and i have a great admiration for him...no wonder that hyacinth was her daughter which i have a huge admiration to.god bless my friend
He was the father figure in my life.  / Christian Enriquez (Ninong/Uncle)
I was so upset when i
found out so i refused to believe it. I thought if I
denied reality, I would just awaken from a
nightmare. I really miss him now! He was the
father figure in my life. Even though we were apart
most of my life, he still made an great impact to
me and i idolize him for that!
daddy / Hya Gingoyon (daughter)

hi dad =) it's my birthday! my first birthday away from home and my first birthday without you..

i miss you daddy so much!!! i miss your voice, your assuring words, your mere presence that gives me comfort and security..
i miss the days dad when its early morn there and you'll chat with me just to check on me  and say good morning before you leave for office..

i miss my whinings to you dad,  sharing my kwento's, my complaints in life, or telling you that i didn't take shower because its so cold here or letting you know that my stomach hurts or i have colds or i have a tiny pimple.. and i miss how you always make me feel better after and let me know that i am good & still have million of chances to do good in life!

life has never been the same dad.. there are times that i am happy & smiling but there are times that sadness & tears suddenly creeps in when i least expect it.. but you taught us to be strong, so for you we will be strong.. i will be strong daddy..

on my birthday, i wish you peace and happiness wherever you are daddy! part of me will always be with you dad.. i love you so much and i thank the Lord God  that even for a brief moment He gave me the best father a daughter could ever wish for!!
What a wonderful husband and father  / Donna/memory-of Christinaannvalle (grieving/mother)

What as awesome,man who risked his life for human rights.Where is the love for others?There is none anymore.I write this in reguards to my daughter who ended her life on October 17th 2005,because she had no rights.I tried every person i could think of to help her.The court system along with her husband and a few others,treated her like she was nothing.Why because it comes right back for the love of money.There is so much to her story.I just want to let you know i understand.Suicide is murder,it's just she did it to herself.Lord may you comfort this beautiful family.May they remember the wonderful father they had.Who stood for others.Just know that God has a plan.  

daddy / Hazel Beth Gingoyon (eldest daughter )
Daddy will always be the strict but loving father who wanted his girls to have long hair.

"He was just like a friend to the point na tinulak-tulak lang namin sya (that we just pushed him around)."
"He just lived a very simple life, and that's the way we also learned to live. It was not in his nature to let anyone know that he was a judge. He never projected that kind of aura,

"For us, he's just our dad, taga-sundo, kargador ni mommy, taga-bitbit (someone who fetches us and carries our bags). He taught us well. He sheltered us from responsibilities not so we would be ignorant of them but that we be innocent of them. We learned a lot from him. We will miss him a lot because he was the center of our life."

Daddy / Henriette Gingoyon (3rd daughter )
My father was so simple. He was so lambing to us all. He was not like a judge. People did not even know that we were children of a judge until he died,"

I will always remember my daddy's words of wisdom..
"Have a good heart, always,"  quoting her father's last words to her..
Daddy / Maribeth Gingoyon (Beloved Wife )
 EVEN with tears streaming down her cheeks, Maribeth, widow of the late Judge Henrick Gingoyon, looked every bit a woman who enjoyed married life.

With her long pony-tailed hair and youthful features, Maribeth radiated a glow that spoke of years spent in bliss.

In an interview yesterday, her face glowed while talking about how her husband loved her and took care of her and their children.

"Mura mi ug uyab (We were like young sweethearts). This is even the first time I told anyone that we held hands when we slept."
Judge Gingoyon  / Cebu Vice Mayor Michael Rama

Gingoyon  a "no-nonsense regional trial court judge" who wasn't afraid to take on high-profile cases.

The Chief Justice strongly condemns the killing of Judge Gingoyon  / Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban

The Chief Justice strongly condemns the killing of Judge Gingoyon and urges the authorities to immediately get to the bottom of it and arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act and re-double their efforts in solving previously unresolved crimes committed against judges.

Gingoyon killing leaves another bad stain on the country’s peace and order situation  / Former Bureau Of Internal Revenue Commissioner Liwayway Vinzons-Chato

"Gingoyon killing leaves another bad stain on the country’s peace and order situation."

Gingoyon “should be admired for standing up for the establishment of justice.”
Condemn Gingoyon's Killing  / Kilusang Magbubukid Ng Pilipinas KMP

“This (murder) was definitely related to his line of work and specifically the Piatco case, because the one he had opposed was none other than the political mafia family in Malacaסang and it exacted its revenge with swiftness and precision that can only be done by military operatives under its pay. The SC upheld the RTC decision only on Dec. 19 (last year). He was cased in the succeeding days and was killed just before the year ended.

“Political killers now have become so brazen because they know they have the backing of Gloria who has done nothing, not even lip service, to serve justice to the victims and their relatives.

By killing Judge Gingoyon, Gloria’s ilk is saying they will spare no one, not even a judge, to get what they want.

Henrick's murder  / Atty. Frank Malilong (Friend/collegue)
 I hope that they are able to arrest his killers sooner than later. I also hope the New People’s Army would join in the hunt. Whoever catches the killers, I hope, would shoot their balls away, before turning them (the suspects, not their appendages) over to the Court, and validate our belief in their inadequacy. How justice would be served so poetically by the convergence between the physical and figurative sense.
Exert all efforts to bring to justice  / Senate Majority Leader Francisco Pangilinan

Exert all efforts to bring to justice the killers of judges, including those responsible for the slaying last Saturday of Gingoyon.

If the killings of judges remain unresolved, the public's trust in the country's justice system would be further eroded.
A very simple, Principled man  / MenMen Paredes
“He was a very good person, a very soft-spoken one. Henrick was very friendly. He had no enemy. It saddened us to learn about what happened to him. He lived a decent life. He was raised in the Carbon area and struggled to finish his studies. He was a very simple, principled man,”
"his death is a loss to the country."  / Democrito Barcenas (former IBP Pres -Cebu Chapter )
"His death is not only a loss to Flag but to the judiciary which he served so well for so long with utmost dedication,"
Never had the chance to meet him in person. But his reassuring voice and warmth will always be remembered. In this lifetime, we are fortunate enough to have been blessed with a man, whose courage and reputation has now placed him in a pedestal where he will always be looked up to . God Bless You Tito!! You will always be in our hearts. Close
SPECIAL REPORT Extrajudicial killings  / Hazelbeth (daughter)  Read >>
SPECIAL REPORT Extrajudicial killings  / Hazelbeth (daughter)
Manila Times Online Edition
Monday, July 16, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT Extrajudicial killings

Even lawyers, court officials weren’t spared

By Julie V. Tolentino, Researcher

SINCE 2001, 26 lawyers and 10 judges have been killed for reasons related to their profession, according to the Counsels for the Defense of Liberties (CODAL), Philippines, a lawyers’ organization which believes that everyone is entitled to legal representation and that the cause of the client should not be imputed to counsel.

These attacks continue to this day, but the casualties from the law profession are just a small portion of the 755 civilians who have been killed extrajudicially, according to CODAL.

Three hundred fifty-nine survived similar attacks, CODAL said, but 184 persons are still missing.

“The attacks on life, liberty and property are against the very basic right of a human being,” said Edre U. Olalia, international officer of CODAL, Philippines. “As lawyers we are tasked to defend these rights. We all believe in the rule of law; in effective and independent legal representation; in due process; in freedom, democracy and justice. Noble words that can be achieved if those tasked to uphold them are free from any attack on their lives, liberty and property.

“As advocates, we face these threats and hardships while we perform our duties to our clients, to the profession, to the courts, and to society.”

Stories of killings of lawyers and judges who only wanted to defend the rights of other people are in the database of CODAL.

Atty. Gil Gojol, a human rights and labor lawyer, was returning to Sorsogon City in Bicol after a court hearing on Dec.12, 2006. He was in his van, driven by Danilo France, when four armed men on motorcycles shot at the vehicle. France was killed first. Gojol tried to flee but was shot in the buttocks. He fell on his face and was shot in the head. He died from four gunshot wounds in the body. They were killed about 200 meters away from the army detachment of the 22nd Infantry Battalion in San Ignacio, Gubat, Sorsogon.

Since the 1990s, Gojol, legal counsel of the Association of Democratic Labor Organizations-Kilusang Mayo Uno (ADLO-KMU) and former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Sorsogon Chapter, has been handling almost all of the human rights cases in his area, including cases of minors who were unjustly imprisoned, according to CODAL

Judge Nathaniel Pattugalan of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 35, survived an attempt on his life in October 2005 when he was assigned to the Bagao Metropolitan Trial Court in Cagayan. Armed men had fired at his vehicle, killing his driver. The attack prompted Pattugalan to request the Supreme Court to transfer him to another post, preferably in Manila.

But on January 19, 2007, Pattugalan was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. The judge was in a public utility vehicle in front of city hall when a single bullet hit him in the chest. His relatives said that since the first attack on his life, Pattugalan rode in public transportation vehicles, “thinking that he would be a harder target since there would be many witnesses.”

Rodolfo Paglinawan, a paralegal of Purefoods Workers’ Union, Metro Manila, was gunned down inside a fast-food chain in Cubao, Quezon City, by unidentified assailants on August 24, 2006. He was a labor union organizer.

On May 15 2006, Atty. Rogelio Montero and his son Fiscal, both of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, attended a hearing and were looking for a place to have a snack. While alighting from their vehicle; unidentified assailants suddenly appeared and pistol-whipped Montero, killing him. Police said an “old grudge” was the motive in the slaying.

Atty. Carlo Magno Umingga of the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) in Pangasinan was gunned down, and his wife seriously injured, when armed men attacked them on April 14, 2006. Umingga had earned the ire of many policemen because of his work with PLEB, a government agency prosecuting erring policemen, among others.

On March 31, 2006, Atty. Godofredo Pacenio, Jr., city prosecutor of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte in Mindanao, was on his way home to Buenavista in a public transport vehicle when another passenger shot him dead.

Judge Henrick Gingoyon of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) was walking home in Bacoor, Cavite, after working out in a nearby gym when he was shot dead by an unidentified gunman. Gingoyon, former counsel of BAYAN and the militant May First Movement (KMU), was the judge whose ruling in the controversial Piatco case was unfavorable to the government. Before he was killed on December 31, 2005, Gingoyon had received various threats several times in his career.

Judge Estrellita Paas of RTC Pasay City was stabbed to death in her home in Natividad town in Pangasinan on September 23, 2005. Two suspects were arrested for her murder, but the case was dismissed for lack of probable cause in November 2005

Atty. Eugenia Vinluan Campol, a Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) lawyer in Baguio City, was gunned down by unidentified men while she was on her way to her car near University of Baguio in September 2005. Campol was the lead counsel for a complaint for abuse of authority and oppression filed before the Ombudsman against Boliney, Abra vice-mayor Dominador Sianen. The complainant was Campol’s husband, Julius. Police said Boliney Mayor Ronald Balaoas and his father, Benido, a former mayor, ordered Campol’s murder committed by Bernard Fassong.

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