Three kinds of poison PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:07

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BY BOB JALDON

San Diego, CA. — The late Alberto de la Rosa was a senior agent of the National Bureau of Investigation before he retired as regional director and joined politics. He ran and won as a councilor under the Concerned Citizens Aggrupation jointly headed by Cesar C. Climaco and Hector C. Suarez, two of the fiercest political rivals in the ’50s. Climaco was a Liberal while Suarez was a Nacionalista.

Being a G-man, ‘Bert’ was espousing what lawmen would call “balance of terror,” something the Old Testament preached - “an eye for an eye...” As a young reporter, I couldn’t understand it until Zamboanga started to reel from unquantifiable losses to lives and property because of ruthless executions, target bombings, kidnappings, etcetera. The culprits were never caught. Nada. We didn’t ask questions because we were too afraid to speak out, not while Martial Law was in place.

Today, the killings, bombings and kidnappings go on unabated. The identities of the bombers and kidnappers have been identified by the police. Still, no arrests. Nada. Our police and law enforcers can’t just carry out missions to locate and neutralize the enemy because the Commission on Human Rights would be at their doorsteps. But never the enemy’s.

Presently, there are three deadly poison hounding us: corruption, crime and poverty. The criminals have grown in fearful numbers. Corruption lingers in certain corridors of power and poverty will always be the government’s best friend for as long as society is, and will always be, divided among the powerful, haves and have-nots.

A Roxas government, a Santiago’s, a Binay’s nor a Duterte’s won’t be able to do anything about these three venom that is slowly swallowing a people expecting to be saved from misfortune. To rid this country of crime, corruption and poverty is every politician’s promise, a badge of righteousness, a pledge. OMG. Ferdinand E. Marcos, with his feared secret marshals, the Ministry of Human Settlements, the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan, couldn’t overcome these dreadful diseases. Those who were jailed were his political enemies, never his cronies. Until now, the cobwebs can’t be swept away, not even with a mighty slogan,”Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”

Not that God has willed it, but the poor will remain poor — for they, as willed by God shall inherit the earth.