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Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:43

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

An Internet  article describes Donald Trump’s idea of law and order as  “…crime is not defined by a specific offense.. [it] is defined by who commits it.”  I was immediately reminded of what is happening in our own Philippines.

Remember the killing of  Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, the father of Kerwin Espinosa? Two  top PNP officials were involved in the incident. However instead of these two officials being indicted for the killing of Espinosa in his jail cell the two officials were sidelined for a short while but then were reinstated to their PNP positions. No charges, no trial.

Kerwin Espinosa himself, who admitted to a Senate probe on drugs  that he was a drug lord, was imprisoned for some months. But the latest news on him and a few other co-accused informs us that the DOJ has dropped the charges  against them. In comparison some 4,000 suspected drug addicts have been killed  in the atrocious drug war waged by this administration.

Senator Leila de Lima has been detained for several months on accusations made by some convicts that she has been enjoying the benefits of drug money provided by some drug lords.  She has denied this and so has Peter Lim; Lim has been freed but Delima is still in detention.

Former CHEd Chairman Patricia Licuanan was sacked by the administration ostensibly because she went on official trips too many times for the liking of  PRRD, even if she claimed that all those trips were legitimately for business of her office. Very recent news informs us that Mocha Uson,, Asst. Secretary for the  Presidential Communications Office of this administration, went on 8 trips abroad over a period of 10 months. All trips of course were claimed as  trips on official business of the government. Unlike Licuanan,  Uson  has not been asked to resign. To this date anyway.

Remember that P6.2 billion shipment of drugs that almost got through the  Bureau of Customs some months back? The BoC top man was relieved of his post but was given another job in government. Another person with a familiar family name was also implicated in this same case but was never even investigated. He resigned from his government job but for  an entirely different reason.

How do we tell young Filipinos what it means for law to be applied without fear or favor? How do we inform Filipinos who are naïve about the workings of society that  objective application of the law is a  requirement of justice? How do we convince our people that they should not redress wrongs they have suffered but go instead to those agencies or offices whose task it is to  go after those who break the law?  If we do talk to these people, will they believe us?