I, Jose Romualdo “Rom” Baldillo Cumagun, shot Philippine eagle Pamana.
I say so because my best efforts to learn more about him weren’t good enough.
What do I really know about the Philippine eagle?
I shot Pamana because I did not teach my family enough about the wild birds of the Philippines.
When did I teach my wife and 4 children about Philippine raptors?
I shot Pamana because I did not integrate love for wildlife enough in my lesson plans.
Was I able to integrate bird calls in my corporate communication lessons ?
I shot Pamana because I did not write enough about how much the Philippine eagle means to me. I remember in my younger years that it was originally called as the monkey-eating eagle and it was only when it was being called the Philippine eagle that my awareness was piqued.
Did I strive hard enough to love and protect our national treasure?
I am claiming Environment Secretary Ramon Paje’s P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Pamana. (READ: Philippine eagle found dead in Mount Hamiguitan Range in Davao Oriental)
I will use this money to buy Kennedy’s Guide to the Birds of the Philippines.
I will use the money to bring my family to bird festivals conducted by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
I will use this money to bring my communication students to an expedition in Candaba Swamps, Pampanga so they can help the municipality in promoting environmental awareness.
I am the man who shot Philippine eagle Pamana; I have killed myself. – Rappler.com
Rom Cumagun is the guerrila publisher of The Philippine Corporate Address Book. He is also a Communication professor whose goal is to help students “learn with the world as their classroom and face life’s objections with audacity.” This piece was originally published in the author’s site, advertisingandromcumagun.wordpress.com.