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.

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