‘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

Ombudsman gives substance to public officials’ accountability

When the Mamasapano tragedy, which claimed the lives of 67 people including 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, happened and the active role of suspended PNP chief Allan Purisima was exposed, a source told us that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was angry. Who would not be? The tragedy happened Jan. […]

July 2, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Justice, Philippine National Police  7 Comments

Celebrities show conscience and heart for the 44 SAF heroes

Wearing black arm bands emblazoned with “44”, apl.de.ap of the international hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and one of the judges of The Voice PH, led the performance of one the group’s hits, “Where is the Love?” in last Sunday’s episode of the singing competition. The lyrics were sharply apt: “Overseas, yeah, we try to […]

February 3, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Entertainment, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  7 Comments

PBA star Arwind Santos condoles with family of SAF fan

Police Inspector Joey Sacristan Gamutan, 33, of the elite Special Action Force, was a fan of the San Miguel Beermen. He won a bet in the championship game for 2015 Philippine Cup title between the San Miguel Beermen and Alaska Aces last Jan. 21. He was so happy he told his wife, Merilyn, that he […]

February 2, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  12 Comments