BEHIND THE LINES: 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:55

BY BOB JALDON

2012 is just a continuation of Dec. 31, 2011. It can’t be promising. What does the future hold for our beloved city? One thing is almost certain: the mayor will speak before the city council when it resumes session and enumerate his plans for the year – something which he did last July. Then, there is also the probability that an officer and a gentleman, Police Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, will be replaced because of the deteriorating law and order conditions. The minority in the city council, as expected, has started to question again the manner by which Mayor Celso L. Lobregat is disbursing his intelligence fund.

It is highly illogical to contend that the killings and other crimes go on unabated because the mayor isn’t using his intelligence fund wisely. It is also unreasonable to say that the intelligence fund can be used to stop the deathly incidents because these cases were mostly crimes of passion and revenge, though highly regrettable. Who can stop a crime related to passion or vendetta? It is a pity that Chief de Ocampo has become the victim of the unforeseen breakdown in law and order. His replacement can do no better but bite his finger nails and hope that the irrational behavior of the frustrated and dispirited souls are undermined by God.

In 1980 Mayor Cesar C. Climaco nailed a huge crime board at the corridor of City Hall showing the daily index and non-index crimes. The tally didn’t stop until he himself was brutally gunned down in Camino Nuevo while inspecting a fire scene. Even Martial Law couldn’t stop the killings, bombings, kidnappings and robbery-hold-ups from happening. Certainly not Lobregat’s intelligence fund! Even the greatest and most powerful nation in the world couldn’t stop the deadly 9/11 from happening, not with all its intelligence networks and billions of dollars allocated for security. Nay, even the Central Intelligence Agency nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation couldn’t stop the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Why blame on de Ocampo?
Something that is past cannot be recalled, but we can only look forward for a better tomorrow – something, too, that cannot be predicted.

This is not to say, though, that the police must be absolved. They should implement the gun ban to the hilt. There are hundreds of loose lethal weapons in the hands of irresponsible individuals. That must be put in check even if the police have to go door to door to get these guns. Not only that, ordinances must be implemented. A simple thing as parking on no-park zones is violated everyday by motorists because the cops just turn a blind eye and instead focus their eyes on their cell phones for incoming messages from their text mates. Sus madre de cacao! If the police can’t implement simple laws, who else will?

By the way, I have it from a reliable source that construction on Robinson’s and Go Hotel will commence either February or March this year. Will that make our city any better?