RUN-AWAY RASCAL

By: Ely Lagajino

Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13 (KJV)

Uncle operated a sari-sari store located outside of our Elementary school. The store became famous for its name as “close open sari-sari.” Because it opened only depending on the availability of the grade four pupil who serves as the retailer. I open the store during recess, before and after classes, and on weekdays.  Auntie, a teacher, uncle, a barangay official, and a fishing boat operator who managed a farm were busy so they could not attend to the store. Their only son was a grade one pupil.

One Sunday afternoon, a drunkard bought some supplies but he never paid. Then he demanded for more, which I refused. The angry drunk harassed me using his rusty arrow for catching fish. 

“Wait, I’ll tell uncle about your orders”. 

Uncle was furious when he learned that the man tried to shoot me with his shaft as if I were a talakitok.

I went back to the store and told the man, “Uncle is coming with a gun”. 

When the drunkard saw uncle coming down the house, he sped away, forgetting his arrow rifle and never returned. 

I feared this man because he was an ex-convict who murdered his brother in a senseless gambling argument for money amounting to only a “salapi” which means fifty centavos.

The sixth commandment, “thou shall not kill “mean that God created all people in His own image, and no one else has the right to terminate a human life. 

In the New Testament Jesus magnified this commandment saying that anger serves as the root cause of murderous intentions and it is a form of breaking this law. (Mathew 5:21-22) 

All acts of injustice tend to shorten life, the spirit of hatred and revenge, selfish neglect of caring for the needy or the suffering; excessive labor that tends to injure all health violate the sixth commandment (PP p.325).

“Thou shalt not kill” commandment protects the sacredness of human life.

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