Was in Baguio on Wednesday, to discuss something with some of our Northern Luzon correspondents. Throughout the workshop, the cellphones kept ringing; it was bloody Wednesday. The night before, Hacienda Luisita union leader Rick Ramos had been shot to death. On Wednesday, the violence became a morbid orgy, a "festival of killings." In the morning, Bayan Pampanga chair Francisco Rivera was gunned down after his usual morning jog; two other men, Rivera’s running companions, were killed too. Sometime past 5 pm, Piston Bulacan president and Anakpawis chair Federico de Leon was shot in the head and chest, by a man and a woman posing as passengers on his jeepney. During the workshop, we talked about the future, about plans and initiatives, but the long arm of the present kept reaching in.