‘Me Pulis sa ilalim ng tulay ‘ in times of EJK

When things are difficult, you laugh and you sing. Those are coping mechanisms that Filipinos have developed into art. There’s a song going around social media that is so much fun. It’s a new version of an old game song “May Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay.” The song is usually sang in a party where […]

September 17, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  No Comments

Grief and rage

Reynaldo de Guzman, 14 years old. Kian Delos Santos, 17 years old. They are children under the definition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Raymart Siapo, both 19 years old, just passed their childhood. They are all dead. Killed brutally by persons who have lost their […]

September 8, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  4 Comments

Outrage at Kian’s wake: Lawmakers, rights activists denounce Duterte’s war on drugs

Please click here for VERA Files’ photo essay By Arianne Christian Tapao and Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos by Arianne Christian Tapao Usually on opposing sides, supporters and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs have joined the chorus of condemnation over the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos and called […]

August 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order, PNP. illegal drugs  No Comments

‘Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!’

Kolumn ko ito sa Abante. Anong klaseng tao itong mga pulis na walang habag na pinagbabaril ang 17-taong gulang na si Kian de los Santos habang nagmamakaawa, “Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!” Ito ba talaga ang sinasabing kailangan maka-quota and mga pulis kaya kahit sino na lang bibitbitin nila at pagpapatayin at […]

August 19, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  5 Comments

The tragedy of a numbed citizenry

I seriously doubt if this bill by Angat Tayo Party List Rep. Neil Abayon will prosper into law and if it could be implemented. But it’s good enough because it is a recognition of government officials’ incompetence and ignorance of the situation on the ground. House Bill 6195 authored by Abayon requires elected and appointed […]

August 19, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Transport  3 Comments

The height of impunity

Upon orders of President Duterte, Police Chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa said the murderer-cops, led by Police Supt. Marvin Marcos will be re-instated to the positions they held before they were suspended for the killing of former Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and his fellow inmate, Raul Yap, in Baybay provincial jail in […]

July 13, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  8 Comments

‘Huwag gawing basurahan ang Marawi’

(Unang lumabas itong column sa https://www.abante.com.ph/prangkahan-huwag-gawing-basurahan-ang-marawi.htm) Lugmok na nga ang Marawi ngunit sa halip na tulungan palakasin ang kalooban, ini-insulto pa. Ito ang tingin ng marami sa ginawa ni Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa sa pagpadala ng dalawang tiwali nag a pulis sa Marawi. Tama lang na pinuna ito ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at […]

July 9, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  6 Comments

Tourism and peace and order

Congratulations to the people who made the staging of the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines a rousing success. The publicity that the Philippines got from the pageant and the goodwill generated from the 86 beauties were a bonanza to Philippine tourism. Last Monday’s pageant financier former Ilocos Sur Chavit Singson said the $14 million […]

February 1, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police, Tourism  2 Comments

When protectors become tormentors

Update: SC issues writ of amparo in favor of kin of slain drug suspects http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597757/news/nation/sc-issues-writ-of-amparo-in-favor-of-kin-of-slain-drug-suspects There’s a part in the narration by the surviving victims of Oplan Tokhang in Payatas in Quezon City last August 21 that sends chills down one’s spine. In the petition for Writ of Amparo filed by Centerlaw before the Supreme […]

January 29, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  12 Comments

Duterte’s puzzling lack of outrage over police role in South Korean killing

On the first day of his presidency, during the turnover of command ceremonies at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, President Duterte boasted that he knows the scalawags in the police service. He issued a strong warning: “I know kung sino ang mga general who are tainted with corruption. You […]

January 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Philippine National Police  4 Comments