Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PO2 Jomel Caronan, HERO!

PO2 Jomel Caronan joins the list of the elite group of policemen who were given the chance to be a hero, stood up to the challenge, and emerged unscathed. This is indeed heartwarming and I hope that this is a portent of things to come in the P-Noy administration.

Not all policemen is given this chance in their lifetime. In fact, majority of policemen who stay in the service for more than 30 years in the service, will never have this kind of chance encounter in flagrante delicto. And not all who will encounter this opportunity will step up to the challenge. Others will run away. Others will just pretend that they have not seen anything. More so in the case of PO2 Caronan, he could have opted to just drive away because he is assigned in Paranaque and the place of incident is in Manila. Unfortunately, shoe who accept this challenge do not survive or gets injured to a varying degree. This makes the accomplishment of PO2 Caronan a triple victory for him!

Once again, congratulations to PO2 Jomel Caronan!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hopes of Pulis na Pogi Under the P-Noy Presidency

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. 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.

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.

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?

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!

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I know that this title will again stir not only a few angry remarks but I cannot anymore contain the frustrations that I have kept to myself for the past few days. Actually, I was about to applaud Bangit when he declared that he is retiring early but with his latest remarks, I think I have to say my piece.

In an earlier post, I called Bangit a stupid but greedy and ambitious officer. This did not sit well with one of my readers who posted a defense for Bangit. But with Bangit’s latest remarks made during his speech as outgoing CS, I would dare say again that HE IS STUPID YET GREEDY AND AMBITIOUS BEYOND COMPARE! AND NOW LET ME ADD: HE IS ARROGANT AND UNFIT TO BE CALLED AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN.

He said a lot of stupidities in that speech and I intend to dissect all of them one by one but let me focus with the portion that I have the most beef at. He said,

"I am concerned that because of what happened to me, people will think that the position of AFP Chief of Staff is co-terminus with the President. It is not and will never be,” he told the audience, which included outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

When I read these remarks on the papers, my jaw dropped and exclaimed, “My God, who is this Bangit? Was he really the Chief of Staff?” This is because as the highest mammal leading the military organization of the Philippines, it is expected that he is well-versed with the legal, moral, ethical, and all the other basis of his and his organization’s existence. At the very least, he should have known the legal basis.


If he had not read it yet after 36 years in the military service, let me cite for him the most relevant provisions that are applicable in his case:

Article I, Section 2 (d). The civil authority shall always be supreme. The President of the Philippines as the Commander-in-Chief of all military forces, shall be responsible that mobilization measures are prepared at all times.

Article II, Section 22 (b). Officers shall be commissioned in the Army of the Philippines subject to such examinations for the determination of fitness and proficiency as the President may prescribe. All appointments and promotions shall be made by the President, but the appointments and promotions in the Army from the rank of colonel shall be made with the consent of the Commission on Appointments of the National Assembly.

Article II Section 23 (a) The Chief of Staff shall be directly subordinate to the President of the Philippines.

Had Bangit cared for the AFP like the way he said he cared for it, he should have made himself thoroughly well-versed with the legal basis of his existence. This way, he should have realized that his career as a pure soldier ended at the rank of Lt. Col. considering the fact that after that rank, he had to directly kowtow with the politicians especially those in the Commission on Appointments. And kowtow he did. In fact, I would dare say that he politicized himself more and better than the others and in the end, these political connections propelled him to the highest military post of the land way ahead of his time and way ahead of his many seniors.

Bangit has to acknowledge that this political factor intensifies as a soldier move further up in the hierarchy and culminates at the Chief of Staff position wherein the enabling law found it necessary to define it with a very special, separate, and specific article: “Article II Section 23 (a) The Chief of Staff shall be directly subordinate to the President of the Philippines.” This simply means one and only thing: the CS position is a position of confidence and in GMA’s time, Bangit benefitted the most from it. If he dares to deny this, then let him deny this in front of Classes 76 and 77.

The Board of Generals and others what-have-you may make recommendations, but in the end, it is the President who decides. Remove that prerogative of the President and the civil authorities and imagine the possible chaos that it will bring.

At this stage, Bangit should take heed from Jackie Chan in Rush Hour: “I like to let people who like to talk, talk. It makes it easier to find out how full of shit they are.”

Bangit should keep his shit to himself.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy to be a Cop, despite...

The father’s day special article of Philippine Daily Inquirer written by Patricia Evangelista entitled “Girl survives massacre but finds a father and a name” is special in two counts: It caught my eye literally—it made me cry—because 1) It was a moving story of a girl snatched from hell, and 2) The hero guy happened to be a policeman. But making it most special is the fact that the article was written by Patricia Evangelista, a writer who is not really known to be a fan of the police. And the way she wrote the article showed her bias.

Ezzeah’s story is undoubtedly extraordinary. However, as a Father’s Day article, it was written more like a “Baby’s Day Special.” Yes, the policeman hero, PO3 Edgardo Figuracion, was mentioned and so were his superiors, Chief Supt. Angelo Sunglao and PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa. All were fathers who made this miracle possible, yet the latter two’s participation merited only a single line. The likes of PO3 Edgardo Figuracion, Sunglao, and Versoza in the PNP far outnumbers the scums that always land in the front pages. But that is Evangelista’s way.

From my pulis viewpoint, the most significant contrast in the story are the two fathers of Ezzeah: her biological and her adopted fathers. The former is a tricycle driver, the latter is the perceived mortal enemy of tricycle drivers: a cop. If their encounter is in another venue or forum, most probably, the cop would be the much reviled and maligned character and the tricycle driver the “kawawang maliit na tao na inapi ng may kapangyarihan.” If there is one thing that I would really like to highlight here, it is the irresponsibility of the tricycle driver. In most probability, his attitude towards his daughter is reflective of the typical tricycle driver's attitude about driving in the streets : “Bahala na kayo dyan, basta ako kumita lang.” This is the very same attitude that led him to make three children even if it appeared that he cannot support them properly. The death of his wife and his 4-year old son would have resulted in him having two less mouths to feed. But he chose to run away from the responsibility, much like the way tricycle drivers run away from accident scenes whenever they can. And don’t tell me they don’t—I had been a victim of these scums.

The story of the tricycle is a reflection of the environment in which it operates in. While it is true that tricycles are necessary in some cases, most of the time, it operates at routes that can be considered “walking distance.” It simply feeds that “indolence of the Filipinos” that even a distance that would have merited a short walk becomes a tricycle route. But that is beside the point.

The way Evangelista wrote the article brought forth to mind another joke that goes this way: One day, a woman was praying inside a church. She was praying loudly, “Dyos ko, bigyan nyo po ako ng P100 na pambili ng gamot ng anak ko.” The cop who was seated beside her took pity on her. But when the cop pulled out his wallet, he found out that he only have P50. Nevertheless, he took it out and gave to the woman his last money. And so the woman prayed again, “Dyos ko salamat po at dininig nyo ang aking panalangin. Pero sana sa susunod wag nyo na idaan sa pulis kasi kalahati lang ang natanggap ko!”

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lt Gen Delfin Bangit should resign now

It has been quite a long time that I held my peace and temper on Bangit. First and foremost, he is in the military and I am a cop. Professional courtesy dictates that I do not comment on the military's affairs. But with his latest pronouncement in the media that he was hurt because "Aquino did not inform him that he would not be retained as Armed Forces chief" I just cannot control my rage anymore. Bangit's is the ultimate poster boy of the Arroyo generals: Stupid, but greedy and ambitious officers who will sell their souls just to get their ambitions (that are normally beyond their natural talents). For how can you follow a totally discredited leader if you do not swallow your dignity that was honed to value "courage, integrity, and loyalty" during your ideal and formative years? You have to totally fool yourself to be able to convince that inner voice in you to recognize Gloria Arroyo's legitimacy. One such officer who can do (and did) that was Bangit. He not only silenced that inner voice in him: he murdered that voice forever. He is one of the Hello Garci Generals!

When Bangit said "Spare the military from politics and intrigues" shortly after he was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments, I nearly made this article already. How dare him say that after he himself dragged the military into the political abyss with the "Hello Garci!" But I still held my peace. But his pronouncement that he "was hurt" took the cake. What does he expect, Noynoy to call him at this point? Even after the proclamation, his idol Gloria is still the President. Noynoy is only limited to preparations for the transition and he has no real power yet. He should never begrudge Noynoy if the latter is acting professionally, unlike him who is acting like a child.

Bangit, after all those years in the military, should have known that a soldier's professional career service ends at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Anything higher than that are already political positions and this is enshrined in the 1987 Philippinne Constitution. (But I think Bangit knows this all the while. He is just playing dumb at his convenience and for his advantage at this time of crisis with Noynoy.) He should read Article VII, Section 16 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. It is stated there that Colonels and above are presidential appointees and their appointments must be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. If he cannot grasp the "politicalness" of that situation, then he has no right to be called a soldier.

But I think Bangit knows this very well. When he was appointed Army Chief in 2009, not a few thought that there were other more deserving senior officers bypassed. But the more professional officers held their peace. The same also happened when he was appointed AFP Chief this year. He jumped over more than 20 senior officers from classes 76 and 77. Still only some of these officers just expressed their displeasures and frustrations. And more than that, all officers carried on, understanding that the President can choose even a Brigadier General as the AFP Chief of Staff because of two vital criteria: trust and confidence. Now that he does not enjoy it from the new President, he dares to cry foul? How dare! (or how stupid?)

About that bull that there are no resignations in the Army or the military, a simple google search with the keyword "general resigns" returns almost 4 million pages. Generals resign for various reasons all over the world. Resignation and retirement are two very legal options of every officer at any stage of his career!

Bangit should take either option now. Those are the last remaining options he has. This is his last opportunity to at least redeem some of his dignity that once held sacred the ideals of "courage, integrity, loyalty."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Man claims money woes led wife to abortionist

HER CONCERN OVER THE added financial burden of having another mouth to feed drove his 22-year-old pregnant wife to seek help from an abortionist.

This was the claim made Thursday by the husband of Catherine Castro who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon by barangay officials in Quezon City based on a tip from a concerned citizen.

(Please read the whole article from inquirer.net by clicking on the tile above.)

My pulis take:




The above links are my previous articles on sex education, contraception, and my railings about the Catholic Church. Now here comes another incident of intentional abortion. At the very least, this is one of the strongest arguments that the Catholic Church should consider in reexamining their stand on the RH Bill. If before we thought that abortion is only performed in unwanted pregnancies by pregnant unwed women, then here is the proof that a legally married woman, impregnated by her legal husband--and the pregnancy is acknowledged by the husband--may seek abortion for other reasons. In this case, it is financial. This also goes to show that people nowadays are fully aware of the burden and responsibilities brought about by child rearing. Given a choice, these people will definitely take steps to avoid unwanted pregnancy. To do so effectively, they have to be educated. And this is through sex education that the Catholic Church so strongly opposed for so long a time now (since the Spanish era! hahaha).

Heck, with Noynoy at the helm, I hope he stands firm on his earlier pronouncements supporting the RH Bill. I hope he will not kowtow to the Catholic Church just like what his predecessors did.

Well anyway, there is no Catholic vote. If the Roman Catholic Church has not realized it yet, it is now almost irrelevant in Philippine politics. Just look at the latest elections and the previous elections.

They should now realize that Iglesia is already the big IT!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Obillos and Company Deserved What They Got!

I am making this post as an addendum to my previous post regarding this same topic (Cavite police chief, 17 more cops face murder raps). I based my previous conclusions on what I saw on the early evening news. I focused on the two portions where Col Obillos was grappling with the M60 LMG and PO Paraiso holding the hand of a policeman checking his gun in his holster.

Today I reviewed the footage in Google and was even more shocked by the other details I saw. At 1:51 of the video, the man (presumably PO Paraiso) holding the hand of the policeman checking on his 9mm in his holster is himself holding an M-16. Worse, the M16 appeared to be pointed to the cop. And where ever it was actually pointed, it is definite that the M16 was held in a "ready position." All these happened while that man was shouting to the policeman "Bitawan mo yan!"

At the start of the video, at about 1:16 mark, it can be clearly seen that the cop driving the jeep was harassed by the people of Obillos to the extent that he shouted, "Wag nyo ko anuhin! Pambihira naman kayo. Tatawagin ko nga CO ko!" to which somebody from the Obillos camp retorted, "Tawagan mo! Sige tawagin mo! Sige humawak ka pa sa baril mo!" This retort was shouted while the cop was clearly walking away! In this exchange alone, it can be definitely seen who are the provocateurs! The cop was actually going the pacifist way! "Tawagin ko CO ko!" is rarely followed by "Sige para magbarilan na tayo!" When a policeman decides to call for his superiors already, then he is actually wanting to get a way out. He is passing the buck to his superior. He has no murder in mind.

Compare that with a person telling an obviously armed cop (of course, he is in uniform!) "Sige humawak ka pa sa baril mo!" What does that person intend to do if the cop holds his gun? Shoot the cop? All the time, in that instance, cops are trained to check on their gun by resting their palm in it while holstered. By all means, that is "hawak" in its barest form. Is that now permission for them to shoot the cop? What did that person has in mind provoking the cop like that?

These new details strenghtened my earlier conclusion. Infact, now, more than ever, I firmly believe that Obillos and company got what they deserved that day!

I hope that the authorities, especially the judges and prosecutors who will handle the case, will see things in an impassioned way.

Good work and kudos to the Cavite Police!


At 3:48 of the video, the lawyer of Obillos, Atty Rey Robles said, "Pag makipagbarilan ka, isa, dalawang tama...pag tumumba ka na, tama na yun no. E ito, sabi nga ng isang taga NBI na tumulong sa amin para dun sa report, parang hindi na tao ang mga bumaril dito e. Lapas ng 50 ang tama."

I wonder how many shootouts this lawyer has been into personally. When you are in a shootout, especially in that kind of close encounter, you do not have the luxury of time to check on your opponent especially if he is armed with firearms stronger than yours. I believe that that lawyer, an educated man that he is, agrees to this. But who can blame him? He was already bought by his clients to say the things they want him to say.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Joavan, Mayor Soc to be charged Monday

The .45 caliber pistol used in Friday's road rage incident in Talisay City involving Joavan Fernandez and a businessman driving a BMW, is still missing.

Joavan's red Isuzu Bighorn was towed yesterday to the police station as law enforcers refused to inspect the car without a court warrant.

The police's failure to open the car immediately after arresting Joavan, the Talisay mayor’s son, was a wasted opportunity, said two legal sources.

They don't need a warrant for that, said lawyer Democrito Barcenas in an interview.

“As long as the arrest was lawful, a search can be made,” he said.

A second source, a judge who asked to remain unnamed, confirmed this.

Read the whole article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer website by clicking on the title above.

My pulis take:

I do not believe that the Talisay, Cebu policemen are that stupid not to know that "search incidental to arrest is legal." I just think that these policemen were just staying in the side of caution in protecting themselves. Personally I believe that what they did was wrong--very very wrong. But who can blame them? Consider the options they were facing:

1. If they searched the car, they could have found the weapon--and earned the ire of Mayor Soc. By all indicators, Mayor Soc is the textbook example of a "kunsitidor." In this particular case, if the reports were accurrate, it appears that he even personally retrieved the main evidence and "corpus dilecti" in this crime. So if you are a Talisay policeman, what would you prefer, earn the ire of Mayor Soc and make Vincent Joe Castrodes happy or vice versa? Who is Joe anyway?

2. If the policemen searched Joavan's car, the latter could charge them with robbery (even if unfounded of course). The criminal aspect of the robbery case may be resolved in their favor by the courts later but the administrative part may be filed by Joavan in the PLEB. And guess who is the ultimate head of the PLEB? Yes, you guessed it right, the Mayor--the Dad! The law mandates that one member of the PLEB is an SB member and another is a Bgy Captain. Usually, both of these guys are the Mayor's choices.

3. Now that they did not do their duty, the policemen "will face a separate administrative investigation for their “lapses” in the case," said Sr. Supt. Erson Digal, provincial police director. Well, the complainant in this case will be the PNP itself. For the involved policemen, this is way better than a case where Joavan is the complainant.

So there you have it. Some pulis idea from a pulis na pogi. And by the way, before critics lambast me, i would like to remind you that Mayor Soc is always right. And people of Talisay agree with him. Just look at the results of the recent elections!

Hahaha, fire away!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Cavite police chief, 17 more cops face murder raps

MANILA, Philippines - Double murder and frustrated murder charges were filed before the Department of Justice on Wednesday morning against 18 policemen for the killing of 2 security aides of a former congressman on May 10.

Leading the respondents was Senior Superintendent Primitivo Tabujara Jr., director of the Cavite provincial police office.

The other policemen charged were Superintendent Ramil Montilla, Chief Inspector Christopher Olazo, Senior Police Officer (SPO) 4 Jimmy Narag, SPO2 ariel panganiban, SPO1 Janelito Dinglasan, Police Officers 3 Ricardo Poblete, Salvador Cesma, Domingo Garcia, Police Officers 2 Alvin Sinko, Wilfred Casalme, Renato Bayo, Bobby Zamora, and Police Officer 1 Rafael Rodriguez.

The charges filed stemmed from an encounter between the security team of former congressman Plaridel "Del" Abaya and the policemen in front of the Bacoor Municipal Police Station on election day.

Abaya's chief security officer, retired police senior superintendent Arnulfo Obillos, and security aide Navy Petty Officer 2 Juanito Paraiso were killed in the supposed encounter.

Abaya's lawyer, Rex Robles, said evidence recorded by the police's scene-of-the-crime office and eye witness accounts show that Obillos and Paraiso were shot at close range, which is contrary to claims of the policemen that they were killed in a shootout.

Robles added that Paraiso, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, including 2 in the head, tested negative for gunpowder nitrates which showed that they did not fire back at the policemen.

The lawyer told reporters that the filing of the criminal charges against the policemen goes beyond politics and that they were simply seeking justice for the families of Obillos and Paraiso.

Grabbed from abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 06/02/2010 12:51 PM | Updated as of 06/02/2010 11:17 PM

My pulis take:

Two nights ago, I saw on GMAs early evening news 24 Oras the video footages taken by somebody moments before the alleged shoot out occured. I believe that the policemen involved in the incident are justified in the use of force. Many people will say that I am biased for the cops, and I admit I may be, but let me explain.

Early in the video footage, it can be seen that Obillos was grappling with a cop for the M-60 machine gun. Accounts differ later whether Obillos actually got control of the gun. However, the mere act of Obillos of touching the gun of the cop is already enough fatal trigger. Many will not understand this but here is the explanation:

Cops are armed for a purpose. If you notice, other private people are also allowed to carry firearms but only the cops and other authorities in uniform are allowed to do so openly and in full view of the public. All others are admonished to keep their firearms away from sight. This permission to cops and authorities are embedded with both symbolic and tactical reasons.

First, the cop is a symbol of government authority. He is the frontline representative of the government and his uniform is the symbol of that authority. The gun is part of his uniform.

That brings us to the second reason, which is tactical in nature. In the course of the job of the cop of discharging his duties in maintaining peace and order and other government regulations, it is always assumed that there will be people who will opt not to submit to this authority. It is also assumed that these people will hurt the cop if the latter intervenes in their affair. Anyone who would dispute this can try an experiment or two: Without carrying a gun, try to stop or pacify two people beating each other to hell. Or try stopping a burglar emerging from the shop he had just robbed. Obviously, the one intervening needs to have an absolute advantage over the people he is intevening on. It is not acceptable that the authorities give a "fair fight" to suspects. Every intervention must always be to the advantage of the authorities, usually symbolized by the cop. This is upheld in Supreme Court jurisprudence. No government takes risks with their cops' lives on the line to give a fair fight. Anyone who would dispute this should try being a barangay tanod for a night. With this backdrop, it is obvious that the only real instrument that can maintain this advantage is the GUN DISPLAYED OPENLY.

Col Obillos most probably knew very well as a retired officer that his action of attempting to take away that advantage is a disaster in the making. And a disaster it actually turned out to be.

As for the case of Navy Petty Officer 2 Juanito Paraiso, I saw in the footage that he was holding the hand of a cop, presumably to prevent the latter from drawing his pistol. As a navy man not trained in police work, Paraiso must have not known that what he did was also fatal. Here is the explanation:

Cops here and abroad are taught this lesson right at the very start: ALWAYS BE ONE STEP AHEAD. For those interested, you can read the book "Tactical Edge" by Charles Remsberg. (http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Edge-Surviving-High-Risk-Patrol/dp/093587805X) This book is the "Bible" of street patrolmen in almost all US police forces. This means that in any situation, the policemen must anticipate potential dangers and the most dangerous weapon out there is a gun. One has to undertand the basic force continuum in the use of the gun: for a gun carrying individual, to use the gun, one has to follow the following steps in order. 1. if the gun is concealed, like tucked in the waist or placed inside a bag, one has to take it out first in the open or open that bag or raise that shirt. 2. Second is to hold that gun. 3. The third step is to draw that gun. 4. The next step is to aim that gun. 5. And the last step is to fire that gun. To emphasize the obvious, steps 1 to 5 may take less than a second to a skilled gun user.

That cop in the video sees armed people all around him at that moment. In this scenario, you do not leave your gun unchecked in the holster where it can be grabbed. Likewise, you can get shot anytime during that moment. The most practical way of checking that your gun is still in your holster and at the same time be one step ahead of others, is to place your hand over your gun (without drawing it of course). This is what the navy man must have failed to understand. He grabbed the hand of the cop shouting, "Wag mong bunutin yan!" This is his second fatal mistake. You do not tell a cop what he is supposed to do, especially in things relating to his self defense. In that case, if you think that the cop is about to draw his weapon, the correct reaction of a civilian is to surrender by raising his hand or to just simply run away. In that particular incident that took place in a very public location, either of the two options would be the wisest move. If you have complaints against the actions of the cops, then you can take that up later (ALIVE of course) with the courts, the NAPOLCOM, the DILG, the PLEB, the Mayor, the IAS, the COP, the PD, the RD, the Chief PNP, the CHR, the Civil Service Commission, the OMBUDSMAN, or if all these formal channels fail, the media. Yes Virginia, ganun karami ang disciplinary authorities na pwedng magimbestiga at magsuspinde ng mga pulis! But Paraiso chose to take matters in his own hands literally. And the result is fatal.