Saturday, September 20, 2014

Palparan and the Philippine Daily Inquirer

There are just very few editorials of the Philippine Daily Inquirer that I do not agree with because I find the paper generally level headed.  But I saw one on the September 20, 2014 edition.  Ironically, it is one of the shortest editorials I have read.  Here it is in full:

12:59 am | Saturday, September 20th, 2014
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When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.

That is effectively what’s been afforded Jovito Palparan, with the Malolos Regional Trial Court’s decision to transfer him from the Bulacan provincial jail to the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio, where he will be held while on trial for kidnapping and illegal detention charges.

Could the court have forgotten that the retired major general, the reputed “Butcher” in his heyday, evaded arrest and was a fugitive from the law for years? Doesn’t remanding him to a military camp, like a duck to water, amount to special treatment? Is justice served by rewarding him with a homecoming?

Here is also my comment in full:

innocent until proven guilty di ba? the purpose of detention during trial is to ensure appearance of the accused.

and everyone is equal in the eyes of the law di ba? e kung si cedric lee and company nga ay nakapyansa, bakit si palparan hindi pwede sa army jail? hindi nga sya pinakawalan e.
inquirer, you want incarceration to be a part of punishment. but hey, there is no conviction yet!

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