You have to give it to
American law enforcement; they really seem to have their act together.
the horrific explosions occurred during the Boston Marathon it appeared
almost impossible that whoever did it would be apprehended. But just a few
days after that bombing incident, authorities seem to have cracked the case.
One suspect is dead and another is now apprehended. Large swaths of the greater Boston area
were on lockdown and
door-to-door searches were conducted in the suburb of Watertown.
The swiftness with which US
authorities seemed to have been able to get to the bottom of this tragic
incident have left many here in the Philippines in awe. This is after all a
country where justice seems to move at a grindingly slow pace. Woefully few
cases get resolved in the Philippines, and even when police and
investigating authorities like the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation)
occasionally manage to get suspects apprehended, cases languish in
Philippine courts where judges on the take dispense justice based on which
side pays them the most.
If the Philippines is ever
to pull itself out of the rut it is in, its police, government agencies, and
the courts will need to take their cue from places like Boston where law
enforcement is swift and efficient. In Boston, residents willingly put up
with the inconvenience of their city being on lockdown to allow police
authorities to do their job more efficiently. When citizens know those
designated to protect them are doing their jobs, they are wholeheartedly.
The legal maxim that says:
"Justice delayed is justice denied" has been around at least since the Magna
Carta of 1215. The Maguindanao Massacre for instance—a case that everyone
thought was a “cut-and-dried” from the very start, has been languishing in
court since 2009. The defense strategy seems to be to delay and stall the
case till 2016, when a new president and changes in local and national
politics takes place. Maybe at that point those in power can be “convinced”
to take a more sympathetic stand towards the accused and possibly let them
off the hook.
Many Filipinos look at what
just happened in Boston and realize that the Philippines still has a long,
long way to go. Tourists and investors may slowly trickle in but any influx
will remain just that; a trickle compared to that of our neighbors. Unless
we get our criminal-justice system to work swiftly and honestly, Filipinos
can kiss goodbye any hopes of seeing the Philippines as anything but a
third-world country, in their lifetimes. Published
An Australian living in the Philippines published a book titled: “The Unlucky Country. The Republic of the Philippines in the 21st Century.” The author Duncan McKenzie came up with the title as the counterpoint to “The Lucky Country” a book written in the mid-sixties that refers to Australia. In his book McKenzie explains that the Philippines is unlucky because, for starters, it is an archipelago and therefore naturally fragmented.
We’ve all heard the saying “justice delayed is justice denied.” That maxim has been around since time immemorial. In fact the Pirkei Avot (Hebrew for “Ethics of the Fathers”) which dates back to the 1st century B.C. mentions an old rabbi saying that goes: “the sword comes into the world, because of justice delayed and justice denied." In 1215 A.D. a clause from the Magna Carta similarly declares that “to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice."
Amal Alamuddin Clooney Wants to Defend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ...Why?
Okay so she's George Clooney's wife, she's got great looks, a law degree and ambitious enough to make a name for herself apart from that of her superstar husband. Fair enough. So Amal Alamuddin Clooney decides to take on high profile cases of injustice around the world. Even better. But filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? What's up with that? Better do your homework Mrs. Clooney. It won't take long for you to realize that Arroyo is getting exactly what she deserves.
Manny Pacquiao Should Not Be Given a Tax Exemption
Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has proposed a bill to grant Manny Pacquiao a special tax exemption for the income he will earn from his May 2nd boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pimentel justifies his bill as a "fitting tribute" to the Filipino eight-division world champion adding that "Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let’s give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world."
With Negotiators Like These on Our Team, Who Needs an Opposing Side?
What on earth happened to these two women—supposedly handpicked by the president himself to argue on behalf of the Philippine government in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—who now seem to be mouthpieces for the Moros? Have Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the negotiating panel become mesmerized by the tough "macho" image the rebels project?
Why is the NBI Going After Those Who Uploaded the Sagonoy Video?
According to NBI Director Virgilio Mendez, they have identified the individuals who uploaded the video showing the coldblooded killing of PO2 Joseph Sagonoy. The cellphone video was purportedly taken by Muslim rebels during the Jan. 25, 2014 encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel group. The video shows a wounded Sagonoy who is shot twice in the head at close range.
Twice the Heroes—the SAF 44 Who Lost Lives in Mamasapano
The 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) who were brutally killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015 are heroes twice over: first, they paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country; second, they exposed for all to see, the dangers the country will face if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed.
No More Bangsamoro, Period!
With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that the idea of a Bangsamoro is a bad idea. Just as the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) spearheaded by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was a bad idea (and declared unconstitutional in 2008 by the Supreme Court). Just as the failed Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the 1990s was a bad idea.
After the Mamasapano Massacre, Plans for a Bangsamoro Must Be Scrapped
What happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 is a "game changer"—make no mistake about it. Reality as we saw it before this event is not the reality we see now...everything is different; everything has "changed. When the Philippine National Police's (PNP) elite team known as the Special Action Force or SAF set out to arrest Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, it had actionable intelligence that the Malaysian fugitive was hiding in the town of Mamasapano. Marwan, an expert bomb maker, is a core member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.