Sunday, November 06, 2016

Espinosa Killing: A Clear Case of EJK—Sen. Panfilo Lacson: My Pulis Take

Only a moron would believe that Mayor Espinosa actually fought it out with policemen from his jail call.  (But it appears that there are 16M morons roaming around the neighborhood nowadays.  It also appears that they rapidly multiplied to 91%.  Ewan ko na lang sa mga numerong yan.  Kasama na yata ako sa mabubuang a!)  Nothing in his highly publicized saga, that started with his naming by Duterte and subsequent surrender to Bato, would indicate a person who is stupid enough to entertain that idea of picking up a gun and shooting it out against heavily armed policemen—FROM HIS JAIL CELL TO BOOT!  There are several statements that defied credulity that the PNP proffered in trying to explain the incident.   But all are so far out of this world that even the Marines will not believe them even if you tell it to them!  (With due apologies to the Marines.)



First and foremost, how the Mayor smuggled a weapon inside his jail cell is already something that only the current PNP dared explain.  (Teka, naipaliwanag na ba?)  Obviously at the get-go, the operation had murder as mission, thus the jail guards deserted their posts when they got wind of the plan.  They just do not want to be involved and that is a very wise call.

Second, what kind of policeman would apply for an SW and worse, what kind of a judge would issue a search warrant for a jail cell?  (Well, if the lawyering standard nowadays is based on Duterte’s standard, who is a self-admitted patulog tulog in school, then there is no wonder!)   It is worth emphasizing that an SW is devised as a protection to the constitutional rights of citizens stated in Section 1 and 2, Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, to wit:

Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable, and no search warrant or warrant of arrest shall issue except upon probable cause to be determined personally by the judge after examination under oath or affirmation of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

However, for convicted persons, that guarantee cannot be already invoked considering that they are already wards of the state and kept in a facility whose upkeep, maintenance, and most especially SAFETY and SECURITY are inherent obligations of the State.  Shall I still cite jurisprudence and current regulations to support this point?  Wag na.  May 16M na hindi rin makakaintindi.

I will just make this article short because 91% of Filipinos have attention span shorter than their dicks and cunts but for the policemen involved in this operation and for others who will involve themselves in similar operations in the future, I just would like to print here the POLICE OFFICER’S PLEDGE that is recited every Monday Flag Raising Ceremony:

I will love and serve God, my Country, and People;
I will uphold the Constitution,
and obey legal orders from the duly constituted authorities;
I will oblige myself to maintain a high standard of morality and professionalism;
And I will live a decent and virtuous life, to serve as an example to others.

Siguro naman, kahit kasama ka sa 16M or 91% (whatever!), e maliwanag naman ang ibig sabihin ng pledge na yan.


Well, on second thought, kung ang Presidente mismo e hindi nakakaintindi ng nitty gritty ng DUE PROCESS despite his being a lawyer, e hindi na ako magtataka.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ayos lang yan habang hindi ka pa tinatamaan…

“I like President Duterte’s drug war campaign, especially if it will help us get rid of drug addicts, recidivists and rampant pushers. But my son is innocent.”


Those words came from a crying retired SPO4 Alfredo Jebulan of Rizal Police Intelligence Office whose son was gunned down a kilometer from their house by unknown assailants while having a night out with friends.  His case is no different from the case of Myrin Rodriguez of Muntinlupa whose husband was killed by masked men who barged into their house in the middle of the night while they were sleeping with their 14 year old daughter and 10 year old son.  According to Rodriguez, they were members of the Iglesia ni Cristo thus they voted for Duterte.  These stories and more abound nowadays:  that of supporters of Duterte’s anti-drugs war who became casualties themselves.  Every single one of them professed to their innocence.


When the death of Jebulan first came out in the news, I was able to get a snap shot of the reaction of Facebook user Win Win.  He said, “12mn.  Dpt tulog na ehhhh keya na didisgrasya 12mn nasa labas pa..”


I was so incensed when I read his comment that I downloaded the pictures of his family and workmates and all warned them not to go out at midnight lest they risk of “disgrasya” according to Win Win. I asked him, "So, death sentence na pala ngayon pag 12mn nasa labas ka pa?  Saan bahay mo?  Siguraduhin mo lang na ang mga mukhang ito ay hindi namin makita sa labas after 12 mn ha?"  I posted another picture of his family and his workmates with essentially the same message.

He promptly deleted his post and blocked me.

Win Win, is presumably another supporter of Duterte's "War on Durgs."  Ayos ang lahat basta hindi sila kasali sa mga tinatamaan.  Pero pag sila na ang ilagay mo sa firing line, takbo na agad.  Parang yung sinabi lang yan ni Mike Tyson:




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Drugs: The Davao City Myth?

I was browsing the internet and whiling away my time when suddenly I came across this:



It is a copy of the PRO11 report regarding their OPLAN TOKHANG accomplishments covering the period July 1 to 10, which is basically the first 10 days of the Duterte presidency.  What caught my attention is the number of surrenderees under DCPO which I presume is Davao City Police Office, the police office of the Holy Land:  They have 1,308 surrenderees. 

My first thought was, “Oh, so there are also drug users in Davao City?”  So I dug further and found that as of October 12, Sun Star Davao reported that the number of surrenderees in Davao City is already 9,322.



I then looked around a bit more and found in Sun Star Manila that the number of drug surrenderees nationwide as of September 1 is at 627,358. 


Out of curiosity, I examined the ratio of the drug surrenderees vs the population and found this:
So—after all the hype—Davao City appears to be statistically no different from the rest of the country with only 5 percentage points distinguishing it from the national figure.

wtf?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Suggestion: Replace the PNP with Vigilantes

My last article elicited concern among my friends.  They pointed out that I am insinuating that the killings of the Rosales siblings are government initiated and that they are drug related or at the very least, part of the current “war on drugs.”  Well, if Abante Tonite is to be believed, then yes it is drug related especially in Lauren’s case.


What remains to be clarified then is if I believe that this pair of murders—and the many others—are government initiated or sanctioned.  Well, here it is:  Yes, Pulis na Pogi believes that most of these killings are government initiated and sanctioned.  Again to clarify, I am referring to the riding-in-tandem style vigilante murders though I also believe that many of the so-called encounters that resulted from anti-drug operations are also cold-blooded murders.  But that is a subject for another article in the future and let me focus on the vigilante style killings.

Since furor first arose about vigilante killings, both the President and the Chief PNP had been consistent in their denials and non-sanction of the activity.  The latest of these denials was made by the President last week.  But what gives?



When the Odicta couple were killed in cold blood, Duterte immediately claimed that they were “targets.”  Targets of whom, he did not clarify however.  Until now, no suspects had been identified in the slayings though a perfunctory investigation was initiated by the PNP.  Rappler reported “On the day the suspected drug lord was killed, Duterte explained that Odicta "was really being hunted."  Sought for comment about the Odicta slay, Duterte said on August 29: "That is not my problem. He is wanted, and he is the number one drug lord."”



Following the logic of the President, granting that the Odictas were real big time drug dealers and targets for neutralization by the PNP, then there is a group or groups of people that are far better than the government in general and the PNP in particular because they are able to neutralize this couple before the government and the PNP did.  And they are so good that it appears that the PNP is afraid to touch them with a 10 foot pole because until now, none of them had been made answerable for the crime that carries the same, if not heavier, penalty than drug dealing.  In the Senate investigation, the Chief PNP admitted to their existence, yet no concrete plan was proffered for their neutralization.



So I have a suggestion to whoever cares.  I suggest that we just abolish the PNP and the other law enforcement agencies and ask these vigilantes to take over.  They appear to have a much much better intelligence network and far far more capable operators that they remain so many steps ahead of the inutile Philippine National Police and the rest of the government…


That way, we will even save millions in salaries of law enforcement people because the vigilantes do it for free.  Or do they?



Thursday, October 27, 2016

JR Rosales: RIP (Rest in Philippines)

I would have liked to wait a bit longer for my first full-length article in the Duterte administration but I cannot allow this incident pass without a comment.  In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, JR Rosales was murdered in cold blood by riding in tandem killers.



What makes his story stand out is that he is the second in his family in a span of a few months to suffer the same fate.  Last July, his sister Lauren was also killed in the same fashion.  What took my attention is that from the reports, there appears to be very little or no probability at all that they are in anyway involved in illegal drugs although for Abante Tonite, Lauren is a “Lady Pusher.”


As a policeman, this saddens me no end—actually disgust is the more appropriate word.  Let us presume that the siblings are drug pushers.  Is killing them in cold blood the solution?  Does it not place us in the level of Edgar Matobato?  Is murder the correct solution to problems just like the way Duterte—and the Ampatuans—advocate?  Dapat nga ba syang patayin?




In the PNP Academy, it is taught “THE POLICE IS THE WALL THAT SEPARATES ANARCHY AND PEACE.”  I would like to believe that the same is also taught in the PMA albiet referring to the AFP.  But why is it that top PNP generals now apparently keep quiet about the wrongs going around us?  Alangan namang hindi na nila alam kung ano ang tama at kung ano ang mali?  In a past article, I took to task the PNPAyers.  Now I want to ask the generals at the top tier of the PNP:  where has COURAGE, INTEGRITY, and LOYALTY gone?  Will you allow this to continue?

In strictest and most basic terms, the job of the PNP is straightforward and the PNP mission can be summarized in one sentence:  The police should prevent crimes and solve it if they occur.  To do this, there is only one way:  remove criminals from mainstream society either by killing them or jailing them.  Now here rises the complication.  For a magaling na pulis (like Pulis na Pogi, ehem ehem), killing is the easy way.  As succinctly illustrated since July 1, 2016, killing is as simple as ABC.  (Here is an example of a real-life police rubout/salvage/latag.  This is even the "harder" method of killing compared to the "riding in tandem style" which is far far easier.)  Policemen kill suspects and simply state that they are drug dealers who fought back during a buy bust operation.  End of story.  No investigations, no complications.  But this is also how vigilantes deal with drug dealers and to date, they had killed as many as the policemen did.  This is also the way Edgar Matobato dealt with criminals in Davao City in his heydays.

The other choice, jailing criminals is an entirely different animal.  Hindi kaya maraming PNP Generals ang hindi marunong nito kaya patay patay na lang ang choice nila?  Hindi kaya wala pa silang experience dito?  Hindi kaya hindi talaga alam ng maraming heneral kung paano?  Obviously, Matobato cannot send anyone to jail.  Sa tanga nyang sumagot sa mga napakasimpleng tanong na hindi nya makumbinsi ang mga nagtatanga tangahang senador, then he has zero chance of convincing a wise and highly learned judge to send anybody to jail.  Obviously, the other vigilantes also do not have the knowledge to operate within the bounds of the law so they opted to join the criminals outside it.  Ganun na rin ba ang mga pulis ngayon?  Wala tayong kakayahang magpakulong kaya patayin na lang natin?  Gaya ni Rowena Tiamzon, sasabitan na lang natin ng cardboard?



JR Rosales, we take comfort in the fact that you are again with your sister Lauren.  Additionally, ang mga magagaling na pulis (like Pulis na Pogi, ehem ehem) also take comfort with the fact that the prescription for murder is 20 years.

You and your sister— and Rowena Tiamzon and many others—will have justice.

God willing...

(All photos grabbed from the internet.  Walang akin dyan.  Salamat sa mga source and owners.  Kung ayaw nyo gamitin ko pictures nyo, please leave a comment and I will remove it.  Kung gusto nyo naman specific acknowledgement, comment din para mailagay ko.)

Friday, July 01, 2016

Review of the PNoy Presidency and Hopes on Duterte's

Six years ago, I wrote this article, Hopes of Pulis na Pogi Under the P-Noy Presidency (click here to read the full article).  Today, one day after PNoy left the office, I am reprinting it in full and reexamine what happened to those hopes.

So P-Noy is taking over on Wednesday. I really hope that he shall be the change that he promised to be. As a cop, I really pray for a lot of changes but the foremost that I hope for is the end of the palakasan and bata bata system in positioning. I do recognize that the PNP will never be immune from political forces but I hope that it simply comes to play as a tie breaker. Merit and fitness should be the first and foremost consideration. Only if the candidates are all qualified that political consideration can come into play.

IN THIS SECTION, PNOY IS AN UTTER FAILURE SPECIFICALLY ON HIS CHOICE OF PURISIMA.  I ALREADY WROTE SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT THIS AND I NEED NOT BELABOR THE POINT FURTHER.  PNOY'S ONLY SAVING GRACE IS HIS LAST CHOICE AT MARQUEZ WHOM HE CHOSE OVER GARBO. 

For the policeman, the basic order is “Let us run after criminals and put them behind bars. If they fight us, we fight and fire back!” With this basic order, I hope that at the very minimum, P-Noy would consider that this statement is not all figurative: especially for police leaders sporting stars on their shoulders, once in their police lives they should have experienced doing this order literally. And as leaders who are expected to lead their men by example, they should still be able to perform this order literally if needed. Consider the following:

1. To literally run after criminals, policemen should be physically fit. So P-Noy should retire those invalid and sickly generals who cannot run anymore. At the very least, they should not be given command positions because they are bad examples to their men in terms of caring for one’s self.

IN THIS ONE, PNOY NOT ONLY FAILED IN PURISIMA.  PURISIMA ACTUALLY FAILED IN HIMSELF SO FOR HIM TO PASS, HE REMOVED THE STANDARD WHICH IS THE PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST.

2. To literally put criminals behind bars, policemen should know how to patrol and pound their beats. Likewise, policemen should also know how to investigate and sit in the prosecution’s witness chair and present these evidences in court. Thus, P-Noy should fire those generals who have not yet experienced being a prosecution witness in a criminal trial. Or they should be returned to the level where they will have the opportunity to experience this firsthand. Until then, I assure you that they do not know what they are talking about! There are so many of them.

ALL THE CPNPs THAT PNOY CHOSE IGNORED THIS ONE, MAYBE BECAUSE ALL OF THEM CAME FROM NON-POLICE BACKGROUND IN THEIR JUNIOR YEARS.  I DOUBT IF ANY OF THEM ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED TESTIFYING IN COURT THUS THEY UNDERSTANDABLY CANNOT RELATE TO THIS SUGGESTION.

3. To fire back, policemen must be adept in handling their firearms. However, current statistics show that 90% of policemen do not know how to shoot straight. And this is supported by statistics from the national headquarters. There are a lot of generals among these incompetent shooters! So to jump start things, P-Noy should revert these generals to PO1 status! For how dare you to command “Fire!” when you yourself do not know how to do it properly?

I HAVE SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT THIS AND I DID NOT SEE THIS BECOME A CENTERPIECE PROGRAM OF ANY OF THEM.  THE CLOSEST CPNP IN DOING THIS WAS BARTOLOME BUT NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING BUT BECAUSE HIS BROTHER ELS BARTOLOME MADE THE CHIEF PNP CUPS HIS PERSONAL FUND RASING ACTIVITY.

Many of these generals will say that being a police general, they need not perform all these things themselves. The basic order is not supposed to be literal but a figurative statement. My retort is short and sweet: In that case, be an artista!

IN THIS ASCPECT, I AM HOPING FOR A TRUE LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE OF THE CHIEF PNP.  HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT SEEN A COMPLETE PACKAGE RISE TO THE TOP. 

More on the other wishes of Pulis na Pogi on the next posts. Abangan!

POSTSCRIPT:

I AM POSING THESE VERY SAME HOPES IN THE DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION WITH GENERAL DELA ROSA LEADING THE WAY FOR THE SEVERAL EXPECTED CHIEFS OF THE PNP.  

Good luck sa ating lahat!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Special Traffic Courts: One Key to a Disciplined Society

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte had won on a platform centering on peace and order.  In many of the programs that he had stated, the common denominator is DISCIPLINE.  This early however, there are already those who are voicing contrary opinions:  the call center people questioning the after-midnight liquor ban, the smokers the smoking ban, and the Bumbays the ban on 5-6!  I have my opinions on these matters but let me start with a suggestion that I believe is one of the basic building blocks of an orderly society:  Traffic Courts.

In two articles last year, I pointed out that traffic is one of the manifestations of our culture of palusot.  This is because very few people really feel the burden of penalty in violating the law because traffic cases are treated the same as the other cases in our already overloaded courts.  They take years to resolve!  Coupled with uneducated drivers who obtain a driver’s license without passing through the correct process especially the driver’s education, the result is chaos in our streets where these ignorant drivers insist they are right even though they are very wrong.  They actually thought they were right because of ignorance of the basic rules.  They are ignorant of the basic rules because they did not pass through the correct process of obtaining a drivers license and simply BRIBED their way through the LTO!  Here is a couple of illustrations based on my personal experiences:



How many times did you find yourself in the situation of the yellow car where you had already crossed the inner lane while turning left but the cars in the outer lanes just continued along blocking you—including those cars who were so far from the intersection just like the red car?  Once, I nearly went into a fight with the “red car” because I insisted on going ahead because he was so far out and even though he ACCELERATED, I was still able to complete the turn albeit a near collision resulted.  In this case, galit pa ang driver ng pulang kotse!

In this second scenario, how may times did you witness a motorbike overtaking on the right, squeezing himself between the gutter and the car on the outer lane and in the process hitting a left turning car head on?  I had seen several of these and in many instances, the motorbike rider is even the one getting angry!  Such assholes!

These are two of the common illustrations that underpin the importance of the traffic courts.  In many instances, these incidents are resolved by who has the more menacing voice, the more belligerent tone, or on the more extreme cases the higher caliber of gun!  This does not bode well for order that Duterte promises.  What we need right now is a court that will dispatch of traffic cases referred to it and mete out penalties immediately if only to educate the drivers involved.  If the LTO fails to educate the drivers because of corrupt practices, then let these drivers learn the rules the hard way—through punishment in a judicial decision!


Or do we need the DDS solution?