SQUARE POINT: Too much publicity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:38

As of press time, reports said that the Chinese couple accused for the exploitation of black corals and other marine products are now in a foreign country. They were able to elude arrest as a group of Senate security personnel arrived in this city to serve the warrant.

However, logic tells us that the action taken by the Senate investigating committee should have been treated as a confidential matter to avoid the so-called jeopardy. The coming of the arresting team should not be divulged to the media until the mission is accomplished.

Nevertheless, Senate President Enrile who was disgusted over how the case was handled by our prosecutors has called on the DOJ to take the necessary action for extradiction in order to get back the fugitives and let them face the bar of justice for their offense.

Penchant or coincidence, fact is— many people are fond of limelight. They want to be focused as the center of attraction, the leading star of the show or the talk of the town.
Most often than not, however, too much publicity is detrimental to the main purpose of the undertaking or operation. The logic is simple— it defeats the purpose while all the efforts and provisions are invested to facilitate or expedite the success of the mission. Get the objective at all cost is the order. But the outcome is not what was expected for the benefit or gain falls on the wrong hand.

For example: in the pursuit operation against a group of terrorists. Here comes a zealous news reporter interviewing the top military officer who proudly, at times boastfully, tells about his brilliant ideas and strategies in combatting terrorism, Unknowingly he reveals the movement of his troops, their capacity and the tactics they employ to get their objective. Meanwhile, somewhere in the hinterland the terrorists are listening to the radio. So the troops return empty-handed. The truth hurts, they say.

The reporter gets a bonus or a tap on the back from the editor for the scoop while the officer earns a step to promotion. But the government failed in its effort to attain peace and the villagers remain in fear. 

In so many instances, this is a common blunder, such as conducting checkpoint for loose firearms and illegal weapons, buy bust operation, arrest illegal recruiters, drug lords and other criminals. Remember the popular leftist in the Sierra Madre mountains who remains ree, a police renegade who was able to cross the border after killing a general and a colonel, the two fugitive senators who had eluded arrest and back in Congress, now we have these two eluding Chinese traders who were able to sneak through the dragnet.
Our point is— we’ve never learned. --Jack Edward Enriquez