Different ways of implementing the law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:11

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

The past few days have shown the wide contrast in our implementation of the law by law enforcement elements in our country.

The latest favorite targets have been the tambays and those men who have chosen to forego shirts while being visible to the public. I never thought that behaviors of tambays or the shirtless can lead to being hauled off to prison.

I thought that one can be hauled off to prison only  if one commits an action more serious than that of Marvin Marcos. Remember him? He was (is?) a top ranking police official who entered a prison at dawn in Leyte purportedly to serve a warrant of arrest on Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa who was in fact already being held in a cell in that jail. It was claimed then that Espinosa had a gun ( inside his cell?) and had fired at Marcos and another officer fired back, killing Espinosa. If you don’t believe this tale I don’t blame you. But what makes the tale even more incredible is that Marcos and the other officer who shot Espinosa were not charged for any violation. They were simply put under wraps for a few months and later on continued with their careers in the police where they are to this day, as far as I know.

Compare the Marvin Marcos tale with the latest arrests of tambay  and the shirtless. I am not surprised if you are confused; I am too.

Or consider this latest story with something I came across in a national paper which came out on Friday, June 22.

A policeman with the rank of SPO2 was found guilty of robbery-extortion. He had a bank account which held P7.72 million and it is claimed this money came from drug dealing. In spite of these info on the SPO2 which came up 11 years ago, he was never discharged from the service. Neither was he  sent to jail.

He continued to be in the PNP as a member of the Police Security Protection Group.  He went AWOL  last year but  was finally arrested  in Bulacan on June 20. But the arrest was for going AWOL,  not for the crime he was found guilty of  in March 2007 . So for 11 years a felon was  serving in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). The Head of  NCRPO simply said that “we were remiss in our monitoring, letting him remain on duty.”

What assurance do we have that the people who have been jailed for loitering and for going shirtless will not wind up with more serious charges attributed to them?