Dereliction of duty PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:04

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Visibility of law enforcement authorities during the opening day of classes yesterday was truly felt. Passing by three school campuses from Airport, Baliwasan to town for the Monggueh Cabinet morning session, Writing Sniper (WS) witnessed scores of policemen lined up on both sides of the road leading to school entrances.

What struck WS all the more was the rare sight of Land Transportation Office personnel who teamed up with the police in directing traffic at then Baliwasan Central School. Peculiarly, there was not only one but two LTO vehicles servicing the place.

Diligence, surely noticeable. Saludos, Señores.

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Any Duterte-Misuari post-presidential inauguration meeting is snagged with legal implications. This we gathered from legal mind Jesus Carbon, who said Duterte, as the highest official of the land and his men — especially the uniformed escorts — are duty-bound to arrest MNLF Chieftain Nur Misuari on sight.

He explained, there is a standing warrant of arrest issued against Misuari for the charge of rebellion. The arrest order has to first be dropped by a competent court before can get any near Misuari, he said.

For sure then, when he, as president, meets Misuari and no arrest will be made, Duterte and his men would be liable for dereliction of duty and even turn up guilty for giving aid and comfort to a fugitive of the law.

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In previous times, it was the Chief Justice of the Court who always administered the oath of office to an incoming President of the Republic.

But on June 30, 2010, B.S. Aquino III, openly broke the tradition by announcing ahead of time,   that he would not take his oath before incumbent Chief Justice, Renato Corona. It was before Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales who swore him in to office, upon making the arrangements

And up to now, no word has been made as to before who incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte would take his oath.

Earlier, however, Duterte had said, he will take his oath before “a justice of the Supreme Court.”

But in the Supreme Court it is confirmed that no invitation from the Duterte camp has yet been received.

It is widely circulated, the Duterte camp is looking at two of his classmates and fraternity brothers in the Lex Taliones Fraternity.

These are SC Justices Jose Catral Mendoza and Bienvenido Reyes, who rank 11th and 12th in the order of seniority of the High Court.

Seniority is a tradition inside the High Court and the junior justices normally give way to the more senior magistrates in swearing in an incoming president. In terms of length of stay in the SC and seniority, Justice Antonio Carpio leads the pack, and is said to be hailing from City.

But technically, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is the most senior magistrate in rank since she bypassed all other justices when Aquino appointed her Chief Justice.

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc is expected to rule today on the request of defeated presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Mar Roxas 2nd for a 14-day extension to file his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), a law-mandated need for all candidates who ran in the May 9 elections.

And it turned out later, the winning status of VP-elect Leni Robredo is after all, not imperiled as reported in the papers. Accordingly, of the five presidential candidates, only Roxas failed to submit a SOCE, and all six vice presidential candidates have complied.

Debates on her alleged imperiled status were after all, useless. Even WS touched lengthily on the matter yesterday. Charge it then to mental exercise.

And for Roxas, the sailing may be rough. LP spokesman Barry Guitierrez explained that the reason for Roxas’ failure to submit his SOCE was the “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document, in compliance with the rules and the in the interest of complete transparency.” To which Comelec Chair Bautista, telegraphed a punch as he appeared unconvinced by the Gutierrez explanation, saying “if one’s reason is because of the voluminous documents, why were the others able to submit (theirs)?”

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If I become President, it would be bloody because we’ll order the killing of all criminals, ang mga durugista (narcotics offenders) and drug lords. – The words of then Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, in February

We were warned, and the threat now of a bloody war on crime looks more and more real.

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has offered bounties of P5 million each for drug lords captured or killed, with lesser amounts for lower-ranking syndicate members.

In answer thereto, drug lords have reportedly put up a bounty of their own priced at P50 million apiece for Duterte’s head and that of incoming PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. In turn, de la Rosa, challenged narco-kingpins to “bring it on.”

The danger on Duterte’s life is real, for as TMT reports, even the toughest, most advanced presidential security in the world is not totally impregnable.

It then enumerated a litany of previous assassinations. American President John F. Kennedy in 1963. South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee in 1979. Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat in 1981. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. Her son, also Indian PM, Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993.Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Plus the failed attempts to kill Pope St. John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan, both shot in 1981.

As for attempted assassinations in the Philippines, there were the attacks on then-Pope Paul VI in 1970 by a deranged Brazilian artist, and on then-First Lady Imelda Marcos in Dec. 1972 - just three months after martial law was imposed.

TMT queried, “Plainly, if the most disciplined and best-trained and equipped security forces in the world could not protect Kennedy, Park, the Gandhis, and Rabin, how would the PNP and the Presidential Security Group fare against master assassins targeting Duterte?”

And it is said, against a determined assassin, no amount of security can stop.

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This is as far as we can go. Space constraints stepped in. Until then, God bless us all…