Why did Lapena not sue Faeldon re: P107 M “gift”? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 October 2017 13:53

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… It is time for you to act, O Lord, because your laws are being violated by the people…” (Psalm 119:126, the Holy Bible).

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WHY DID LAPENA NOT SUE FAELDON OVER THE P107 M “WELCOME GIFT” FROM SMUGGLERS?  It looks as if the government is suffering some kind of a paralysis nowadays, first on the fight against corruption, and, second, in responding to the ever-growing disintegration of the country’s mass public transport system, and in giving security to ordinary citizens who are being victimized by criminals and lawless elements roaming around with impunity.

On the issue of corruption, especially that which afflicts the Bureau of Customs, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena had just confirmed in an interview with Sen. Panfilo Lacson that former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon received some P107 million as a “welcome gift” from the Bureau’s smugglers shortly after his installation in his post.

The question is this: if Lapena came to know that Faeldon truly accepted the P107 million (which evidently was a bribe money) from the smugglers plying their trade at the Bureau, what is preventing him (Lapena) from suing Faeldon for graft and corruption? Why did Lapena deem it more important to report first to Lacson? Was it not his obligation to file a case against Faeldon right away with the Ombudsman? Oh well…

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ARE THERE READY REPLACEMENTS FOR THE JEEPS THAT WOULD BE PHASED-OUT? Now, on the issue of our ever-degenerating mass public transport system, I wholly agree that the old vehicles being used to ferry passengers in the different cities and urban centers of the country should already be changed, starting with the phase-out of equally old passenger jeeps. But, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, can you tell us what will you replace them with in the meantime?

If President Duterte will stop the use of old passenger jeeps to serve our countrymen already, is there a sufficient number of vehicles that could be utilized to transport all those who were previously riding in jeeps? Would this not merely aggravate the acute shortage of mass transport vehicles that we are now experiencing, even with jeeps proliferating in the country?

Indeed, are not the LRT and MRT similarly dilapidated by now, too? Is not the present rail service very prejudicial to our countrymen on account of breakdowns among their trains daily? The same problem of reliability afflicts taxis and passenger buses, so that these means of transportation are really insufficient to cater to the needs of Filipinos who commute mornings and afternoons. Shall we just tell the passengers to walk, as a lawmaker was suggesting?

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ARM FILIPINOS TO FIGHT BANDITS AND CRIMINALS: Now, on the issue of security for our people in the face of freely and boldly-roaming bandits and criminal elements, drug addicts, and other malefactors in the country today, we should all recognize that our policemen and soldiers have become almost useless in assuring the safety of the four corners of the archipelago.

I am saying “almost useless”, not totally useless, because of the many other concerns they have, and this is a compelling reason to provide each and every Filipino with the capacity to fight criminality in their environs. One of the most effective means to do this is arming our people, with guns and grenades, if need be.

Yes, this could be abused by some of our countrymen, but this is not a reason to deny others something that they could use in times of trouble. They are not congressmen and senators, or occupants of any other high-ranking positions, who have bodyguards to protect them from attackers round the clock. Somehow, if our people are armed, criminals would have to think twice before victimizing them.

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