Daily Star LogoOpinions


Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 12, 2017
Front Page
Negros Oriental
Star Business
Opinion
Sports
Star Life
People & Events

 

Twinkling
with Ninfa Leonardia
OPINIONS

Who's above the Law?

Ninfa Leonardia The Philippine National Police has announced that murder cases have gone down by 8 percent in the first eight months of the year. Did they also count the so-called extra-judicial killings that some media outlets have tagged at more than 3,000? Maybe they didn't categorize them as murder because they always said the victims “nanlaban”, or fought back. In those cases if the victims did not die, they might have been charged with attempted murder on the police.

***

Ironically, the PNP is also reported as claiming that the war against drugs had led to the drop in murder cases. Again, are we involved with semantics here? What could be the difference between EJKs and murder, when some of those killed in the former were reported to be kneeling and begging for their lives, or were killed because they were friends of someone already “penalized” for being suspected to be a drug pusher, trader or user? Why have the deaths of Kian de los Santos and the other teenagers killed now raising so much outrage among civilians, to the point that Presidential Assistance Office has to come in?

***

Well, well. The President has named his classmate and fraternity brother in San Beda's Lex Taliones to the Judicial and Bar Council. Now, Jose Mendoza is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, having left the post upon reaching the age of 70. Now he has been harnessed back by his classmate and fraternity brother, along with some others. See why young students are willing to go through the merciless hazing required for acceptance in those fraternities? The privileges and opportunities are great after graduation. If one survives hazing, that is.

***

Speaking of hazing, one of the suspects in the fatal one that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III, Ralph Trangia, has returned to the country after flying off to the United States as soon as the news broke out. Now he will be among those to be questioned and most probably included in the charges for the death of Castillo III. Worse for Trangia is that his parents are now involved because they, too, may be charged for obstruction of justice for apparently spiriting away their son who happens to be a suspect.

***

It was saddening to hear the news that the shortlived union of the two Negros provinces had been dissolved by the administration. Already, the ties between the two, rather the only two provinces in this boot-shaped island, seemed to have tightened and there had been no objections from the people, too. Is it true that the President got exasperated because of a report that some officials were insisting on a big budget for it? What a pity. Anyway, as mentioned during a session on Federalism held in Bacolod a few weeks ago, it is very likely that the two will again be united in one federal state. Let's look forward to that.

***

But it must have been a disappointment to Governor Freddie Marañon, who had been very keen on the union and whose ideas also jibed with those on the Oriental side. Now he is on his last term, but who knows? He might still be back in power in the event that the new system is adopted. I wonder, though, what procedures will be made to get the consensus of the people on this new system. So far, as I have noted, our people here do not seem to have much to say, whether they are for or against it. What I am only sure that they are against is, is for a dictatorship in place.

***

Meanwhile, it is reassuring to see that motorcyclists in Bacolod appear to comply very strictly with the helmet law. But it looks as if this is only during the daytime. At night, especially after midnight, it is helmets-off again. Worse is that there are sometimes four on one motorcycle, two adults and two very young children, all bareheaded. And it also after midnight that we pass quite often motorcycle accidents, some of which turn up in next day's news as fatal.

***

I'm glad to hear that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is not about to grant the request of Rep. and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to exempt members of Congress from apprehensions for traffic violations. I can't believe we are hearing a congressman asking for such a privilege. Isn't the law applicable to all, and is there one that exempts them? Kudos to “Bistek” for having the guts to say outright that his administration will not grant it. Sus! Fariñas reportedly said a congressman who runs over someone must not be taken to the police precinct because he will not be able to perform his functions. I don't think that there is a dictum that no one is above the law except congressmen.*

 

back to top


   
  Email: visayandailystar@yahoo.com