KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: NBI probe of ‘Facebook’ shooting post urged PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:21

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong…” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, the Holy Bible).

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DRILON-RIDON AFFAIR: “A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH”: So what did Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon expect when he came face to face with Sen. Franklin M. Drilon whom he had been accusing of irregularity in the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center? That Drilon would still cozy up to him and still be chummy-chummy? Truth is, Drilon is pissed off with Ridon’s accusations. Good thing Drilon didn’t do something worse to Ridon, aside from shouting at him.

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TALE OF TWO POLITICIANS: From a Facebook post by Manny SD Lopez: “Regardless of the downpour and flu symptoms, I compelled myself to hear mass yesterday evening. Seated in the front side of me were former Speaker JDV and his wife Rep. Gina. While the mass was on going, a familiar young national political figure with his wife approached the elder couple.

“They bussed the two and tried to exchanged pleasantries. JDV and Manang Gina cordially responded, but were quick to revert back for the final prayers. The young senator gave me a passing look as they left. As the mass ended, Manong Joe passed by while I was still praying. He turned around and gave me a light press in the arm. I reciprocated with a smile and uttered softly `how are you Speaker ‘.

“...Indeed, in politics there are no permanent alliances, only permanent interests. But there is such a thing as master politician and less endearing politician, and respect and friendships are built along the way regardless of political persuasions. When choices are to be made in a cluttered political environment, discernment should nonetheless prevail. But surely human nature will play a significant role in the decision process. Sayang ang `investment’ naging epal na yata? ”

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NBI AGENTS ESCORTING ACTOR? WHY NOT? Our friends from Cagayan De Oro City feel scandalized until now that heavily-armed agents of the National Bureau of Investigation arrived at the city’s airport several days ago, not to arrest any wanted criminal, not to fight any war although they looked prepared for one, but to escort actor Vhong Navarro in a show he was commissioned to do.

Will anybody, particularly Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, the immediate superior officer of the NBI, care to explain this use of government agents for a purely personal—and, rightly so—highly commercial endeavor of an actor? Is there no better work for our NBI agents now?

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NBI PROBE OF SHOOTING FEATURED IN FACEBOOK URGED: I guess that NBI agents should instead be focusing their energies in solving crimes, especially those that are committed in broad daylight, and in public view yet. For instance, they can try to view a Facebook post featured in the group “For Better Philippines”, coming from a video uploaded in the website www.marklestermiranda.com, which shows a security guard, in his white uniform, being mercilessly fired upon, from his back, by someone wearing civilian clothes and a bull cap.

After the security guard fell down from the first volley of gunfire, the gunman in civilian clothes went near him and fired several more shots, evidently to make sure the security guard was dead. But the victim did not die immediately. He moved his arms several times, apparently trying to stand up. Then, two guards, wearing green uniforms, hovered around, but did not do anything. It seemed they merely wanted to confirm if the victim had died.

In fact, one of the two green-uniformed guards is seen pulling gently away the gunman, bringing that gunman inside the building where the green uniformed guard seems to be assigned. The question here is this: with brazen crimes that assault our common sensibilities like this, why is not the NBI doing anything to at least investigate it? Why are NBI agents more concerned with an actor?

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