Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Abus threaten to behead one hostage Tuesday

Abus threaten to behead one hostage Tuesday

By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:27:00 03/31/2009

Dinner of rice and fish was served as usual Monday night, but the three abducted workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) refused to eat in the forested Indanan hideout of their Abu Sayyaf kidnappers.

The kidnappers announced that they would execute one of their hostages at 2 p.m. Tuesday, unless the military pulled out from Jolo Island, a demand Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno described as impossible to carry out.

“They know what will happen, that is why they don’t want to eat. They are silent, sometimes they would cry,” said a caller, who identified himself as Albader Parad, the Abu Sayyaf leader, to radio talk show host Arlyn dela Cruz in Manila.

“Their hands and feet are tied,” Parad said. “They’re in one place.”

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My take:

The government is again willingly allowing the bandits to take it hostage at the expense of thousands of law abiding Jolo citizens. In exchange for what? The safety of three people who in the first place should have never been there anyway? With the repeated failure of the Abus to comply with their end of the bargain in the current negotiations, they are just reconfirming what everybody knows all along: they are a bunch of idiotic morons who must be obliterated from the face of the earth through the use of sheer brute force. Negotiations is useless with them as word of honor is not in their vocabulary. This happened before, this is happening now, and this will again happen in the future. Once and for all, the government must act decisively. Even at the expense of three people who actually asked for it anyway...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Two incidents to remind Sen Pangilinan of his Stupid Law

Boy, 14, stabs man he claimed stole his phone
By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:09:00 03/28/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Police arrested a 14-year-old who allegedly stabbed dead a neighbor whom he accused of stealing his cell phone in Pasay City Friday.

Aside from the minor, police also held his older brother and their cousin who allegedly helped him beat up and stab the victim.

Senior Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Pasay police chief, identified the boy’s brother as Alvin Wabie, 27, and their cousin as Allan Mesias, 30.

Petrasanta said they already turned over the minor to the city social welfare office.

He said the victim, Leo Noel Caturan, 28, was inside an Internet shop on Leonardo Street, Barangay 61 at about 2:30 a.m. when Mesias arrived and asked him to go outside.

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Cebu girl, 13, raped and slain
Suspects are youngsters

By Jhunnex Napallacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:56:00 03/28/2009

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 13-year-old girl was gang-raped by six youngsters, aged 13 to 19, and then stabbed 60 times until dead, police said.

The gruesome attack happened past 9 p.m. on March 25 but was discovered the following evening after one of the suspects surrendered to the police and admitted his participation in the crime.

The girl lived in the Looc district of neighboring Lapu-Lapu City. Police said she was a neighbor, supposedly even a friend, of the teenagers who molested and killed her.

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My take:

These are the things that should happen to KC Concepcion if only to drive home the point to her father that Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) is one of the most stupid laws in the world. While other countries are reducing the age of decernment of their youth, Philippines took a giant step backward (nearly bringing it back to the dark ages--if we are not there yet) when the Stupid Pangilinan Law practically absolved people below 18 years old. Other countries are increasing the rights--and liabilities--of people when they reach the age of 16 while here in the Philippines, we officially believe that citizens below 18 years old still do not know how to think responsibly, therefore should not be held accountable. God bless our country...we need it very very badly.

CHR probes 800 kills by Davao death squad

CHR probes 800 kills by Davao death squad

De Lima airs concern over public acceptance

By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:25:00 03/30/2009

Close this MANILA, Philippines—The killings have gone on for too long and it’s time to hold those responsible to account.

With this message, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Leila de Lima is set to open on Monday a public inquiry into a wave of unexplained killings of more than 800 people in Davao City since 1998.

Many of the victims were people purportedly with criminal records, giving rise to suspicions that the killings were the work of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), a shadowy vigilante group.

For De Lima, what is “most alarming … is the growing culture or mentality of public acceptance of the executions.”

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My take:

De Lima should be included in the hitlist of Duterte Death Squad. She is meddling with an executive option. Before she opens her mouth about the DDS, she should consider the fact that Davao City is number 1 most livable city in the country today and is also ranked Asia-wide. People like De Lima are the ones that should be shot on sight. Before she landed in the CHR post, she was with the COMELEC. Now pray tell me, is there anyone here who can say anything good about the COMELEC? In the same breath I dare ask: is there anyone here who can say anything good about the CHR? De Lima, before you open your mouth again and meddle in the affairs of Duterte, make sure that you had already done your job from where you draw your salary!

Leave Davao and Duterte alone and let Davaoenos decide their fate!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

NPC to file raps vs QC cops over attack on news team

NPC to file raps vs QC cops over attack on news team
03/17/2009 | 08:09 PM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | ShareThisMANILA, Philippines - The National Press Club (NPC) is set to file charges against several Quezon City policemen in connection with Sunday's mauling of an ABS-CBN news crew inside the Batasan police station.

To be named respondents in the complaint are several police officials from the Quezon City Police District Station 6, including station commander Superintendent Antonio Yarra and Chief Inspector Alex Alberto, the officer on duty when the mauling incident happened.

NPC President Benny Antiporda said they would file the complaint before the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service.

The brawl started when complainants Jackylyn Maulion, Luchie Maulion, and Eddie Masurong attacked Dexter Ganibe of ABS-CBN’s radio station dzMM and ABS-CBN cameraman Benedicto Ganelo for allegedly violating their rights to privacy.

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My take:

This is what every citizen who falls victim to POLICE INACTION should do: file a case of misfeasance against these policemen. Nowadays, many policemen are COWARDLY (takot/duwag) and EVASIVE (iwas) towards work especially if they are facing loud and aggressive persons. How many times do we hear policemen simply tell complainants "Pumunta na lang kayo sa barangay dahil barangay case yan." when somebody complains that squatters are intruding into their property, when in truth and in fact, squatters entering a private property can be immediately arrested and charged using the Revised Penal Code! This is the main reason why in every nook and cranny of the metropolis, there are squatter colonies.

Policemen are more afraid of suspects filing cases against them than complainants doing the same. This is so because usually, suspects are jobless people who can attend to cases while complainants are law-abiding citizens who are busy earning their honest keep and has no time to even file a case against policemen. So in an incident where policemen need to intervence and risk earning the ire of a suspect, the choice boils down to: "Should I intervene and get charged for abuse of authority or should I back off and be charged for negligence?" The choice is quite obvious.

In this particular incident, it was very apparent that policemen committed an act of omission (misfeasance). In some news accounts, they were quoted giving the lame excuse that they cannot intervene in the fight because several of the protagonists are women and that they can be charged with sexual harassment. How stupid and how lame!

NPC should file the case in PLEB if they really want to see justice. Filing the case with IAS will eventually lead to settlement especially if the policemen bribe the corrupt hearing officers there (Almost all policemen there are corrupt! I was once a victim, haha!) Once the IAS hearing officers are paid, they themselves will initiate settlement between the parties. Compared to the PLEB, the case will be heard by a collegial body composed of 5 persons representing various sectors of the society.

Let us see if NPC really does its social responsibility of seeing this case through and sparing the community of further stupidities by these policemen!

Baka naman dakdak lang ng dakdak din ito at wala ring mangyayari! Abangan!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Estrada under fire for toy machine gun

Estrada under fire for toy machine gun


By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:10:00 03/25/2009

Filed Under: Politics, opposition, Firearms, Laws


MANILA, Philippines—Deposed President Joseph Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay may have to choose their rides more carefully next time.

The Philippine National Police is investigating the two opposition leaders for appearing in public on a military jeep with a mounted replica machine gun, a possible violation of a presidential decree issued way back during martial law.

PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa Tuesday ordered Camp Crame’s Civil Security Group (CSG) to “dig deeper” into the circumstances surrounding a March 3 photograph that showed Estrada and Binay aboard a vintage jeep during a motorcade in Carmen town, Cebu province.

The photo appeared on the front page of a newspaper earlier this month.

“This looks very much like another case of harassment by the administration,” Estrada’s spokesperson Margaux Salcedo said.

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My take:

Versoza should already seriously consider resigning or retiring. As a former head of the premier investigation agency of the PNP which is the CIDG, I am sure that he knows very well what kind of charges will stick and those that will be thrown out of court the moment it is filed. And this is one of those cases. But it seems that Versoza also threw away the phase "No maam!" from his vocabulary that he now knowingly makes a fool of himself. He should really go now before he further taints his legacy.

We’re not clowns — Verzosa

We’re not clowns — Verzosa
By: Alfred P. Dalizon
THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday asked anew the movie and television industry to stop portraying lawmen as villains and comic figures since it clashes with the police transformation program.

“We’re asking for a dialogue with the TV and movie industry so that we can ask producers, directors and scriptwriters to stop making movies and television shows that degrade the image of the police,” said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Nicanor A. Bartolome.

Bartolome said they are also suggesting the services of a PNP representative or consultant to assist in the taping or filming of movies and TV sitcoms to give them inputs on how police wear their uniform or react to real-life situation.

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My take:

This is another case of a dog barking at the wrong tree. If Versoza wants respect for policemen, he should start an honest to goodness house cleaning. Jokes only hurt if they have a ring of truth in it--because most of the time, jokes are accurate social commentaries of reality. I seldom hear of a great man losing his cool over a joke. On the contrary, self depracating jokes are always a hit if delivered by a man of great stature because it makes the audience feel at ease and at par with the speaker. In the hit TV show of the 60s "The Soupy Sales Show," celebrities even has to beg Soupy Sales to be in his show just to get pied in the face. Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davies are just two of the notable persons who guested in this show. Did it demean the stocks of Sinatra and Davis? Absolutely not!

For the PNP to regain the respect of the community, Versoza need not look at the TV or read the newspaper. All he has to do is just take a look at the parade grounds of Camp Crame. During Lacson's time, the area literally overflowed with recovered carnapped vehicles turned over by corrupt policemen who illegally used them for their personal purposes. Just like Versoza now who is not taken seriously by street patrolmen, Lacson only got everybody's attention and compliance when he sent the SAF to forcibly recover a car illegally used by PSupt Don Montenegro. When everybody saw Montenegro sprawled and handcuffed to the gound by a certain Inspector Delelis, everyone instantly understood that Lacson meant business. Overnight, Crame became the depository of thousands of recovered vehicles. And the PNP started to again regain the trust of the people. Now in Versoza's time, Montenegro is about to become a General as head of CIDG.

How can Versoza's PNP expect to gain sympathy with scams left and right? Euro generals, camo green uniform, jueteng, Erap machine gun-toting case, etc? If he is looking for a place to start, he can begin by relieving from their posts those directorial staff officers in Camp Crame who cannot pass the mandatory physical fitness tests.

Until then, the PNP will remain as a laughing stock--even without the television and the movies.

Manila cops criticize MPD memo on uniform

Manila cops criticize MPD memo on uniform


By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:45:00 03/24/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Police


MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Manila Police District have criticized what they described as attempts by officials to “militarize” their ranks by requiring them to wear camouflage uniforms during official inspections.

The Manila’s Finest Brotherhood Inc. (MFBI), composed mostly of policemen from the MPD, said the directive was in violation of the Constitution, which states that the Philippine National Police must remain civilian in character.

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My take:

MFBI has a point here but they are using the wrong arguments. The focus of the protest should center on the introduction of yet another new unifom without the proper technical basis. The new uniform is obviously a result of another general going to bed with yet another supplier and is again payback time.

Questions to the immaculate generals:

1. Will the new uniform make policemen snappier?
2. What is the difference between blue and green in urban settings? Why is the old non-functional and stupid camo-blue now being replaced by an equally stupid and non-functional camo-green?

But MPD people should stop thinking like civilians. It makes them look as equally stupid as the generals they criticize. In 90% of the world, while policemen are technically civilians, in the strictest terms, they are part of a very regimented military-like organization. When a person joins the force, he voluntarily gives up a lot of his civil rights, among which is his right to wear the clothes he like.

The uniform is made for a basic purpose: tactics. It should not be changed on a whim just because MJ went to bed with Spiderman!