Fear of Duterte gov’t eroding PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2016 11:35


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… You must fear the Lord your God and serve him…” (Deuteronomy 6:13, the Holy Bible).

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INVENTORY OF SMUGGLING CASES PUSHED: If Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez wants smuggling to slow down or completely stop in the Philippines, he must endeavor to make an inventory of all smuggling cases being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and then publicly disclose the status of each one of them, including those who have been accused of the crime, and how much taxes they avoided paying.

That way, we can be assured that the cases are being earnestly probed and prosecuted, and are not being manipulated by anyone, for the purpose of setting the smugglers free from liability. The problem right now is that the investigation of smuggling cases is shrouded in utmost secrecy, with the participation of government officials yet.

The disclosure I am seeking here should also make public the details about the dates when smuggling was supposed to have been committed, as well as the dates that cases were filed with the DOJ, and the status of each of the cases—whether or not cases had been filed in court. The names of the smugglers must also be disclosed, of course!

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FEAR OF DUTERTE GOV’T ERODING: The erosion of the Fillipino’s fear of the Duterte government is taking place very fast and, if President Duterte and his boys will not pay serious attention to it, it could happen that many of our countrymen who have been accustomed to routinely doing crimes before Duterte came in, and who slowed down with their old nefarious ways after he took office, are now back with a vengeance.

Indeed, there was much fear hereabouts shortly before and after the President was sworn in on June 30, 2016. Consequently, many drug addicts and small time pushers literally fell one over the other in surrendering to the authorities, for fear of being killed. Also, an eerie silence akin to that when martial law under President Marcos was just declared pervaded many places after the Duterte oath taking.

Many Filipinos got very happy with this, and hailed what was happening during the first few days of the Duterte presidency as the advent of the change that was promised during the campaign. Yet, at this point, there is a perceptible return to criminality and disorder in many places, fueled by a growing perception that Duterte could not really monitor what is happening around.

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PEOPLE ARE LOSING FEAR OF DUTERTE: Let me cite just a few examples. When Duterte was installed president, many truckers, truck owners, and operators whose trucks have been passing through Northbay Boulevard, from its northern tip in Malabon to its southern part in Manila, dutifully observed the long-running truck ban. This meant that trucks did not pass through Northbay Blvd. before 10 a.m. on any given day after Duterte came in.

Also, the slimy-looking characters who had been extorting money from truck drivers violating the truck ban along the same Northbay Blvd., disappeared from the scene, after Duterte’s inauguration. But both the trucks running while the truck ban was still in effect, and the extortionists plying their trade in Northbay Blvd., have returned, and so are the policemen and traffic aides who are known to coddle the bad eggs in the area.

What gave them the renewed “bravery’ to violate the truck ban and proceed with their extortionate ways once again? It could only be the removal of their fear that they could be caught and then punished under the Duterte presidency. It is exciting to ponder about what could be behind the growing removal of their fear of Duterte, don’t you think so, my dear readers?

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