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
Many Filipinos today are realizing that the single, six-year presidential term as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution is woefully inadequate for a good president like Benigno S. Aquino III. The delegates who wrote that provision in the Constitution must have still been reeling from the almost 20 years of “kleptocratic” rule of strongman Ferdinand Marcos when they decided that one term was enough for any future Philippine president. Four years—the presidential term at the time—would be too short; eight too long.
The arrogance of China is becoming readily apparent with each passing day. With their newly acquired economic and military power the Chinese appear unrestrained in their assertiveness towards their neighbors. China, instead of positioning itself as a 21st century superpower appears to be turning back the clock resembling more and more the 12th century empire of Genghis Khan and the Mongol hordes who conquered most of Eurasia...just because they could.
On Her 5th Death Anniversary, We Say 'Thanks for Nothing Cory Aquino'
The passage of time has a way of distilling reality and bringing out truths that are sometimes hidden or lost by present circumstances. Case in point is the overwhelming level of admiration many Filipinos have for former President Corazon Aquino. When she passed away in 2009, the entire nation seemed beside itself in grief. Her casket was mobbed by thousands of mourners as it slowly made its way through the streets of Metro Manila to its final resting place at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.
The Failure of Philippine Education Is Now Staring Us in the Face
Will the Philippines Ever Become a Developed Country? The short answer to that is no—at least not in our lifetime. While the country has of late improved it credit ratings as evidenced by upgrades from Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's all that perceived progress is illusory. In the Fifties and Sixties, when the Philippines was undeniably the country at the top of the heap in Southeast Asia, people said it would always be the most industrialized country in the region.
So, Should Jejomar Binay Be the Next President of the Philippines?
Though his popularity rating has taken some hits lately, Vice President Jejomar Binay is still far and away the strongest contender for the Philippine presidency in 2016. But is he the right choice for the country? His legions of supporters will give you an enthusiastic "yes;" his detractors however, will tell you "no!" So who's right? To answer our question, lets look instead at Binay's deeds rather than the words of his supporters or detractors.
China’s Military Base on Mabini Reef Violates the Philippine Constitution
While searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 11, 2014, a Philippine Air Force plane flying over the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea sighted Chinese reclamation activity in the Mabini Reef of the Kalayaan Island Group within the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. His aerial photographs were transmitted to the Philippine government for analysis.
Napoles PDAF/NGO Scandal: What is Ten or Fifteen Billion Pesos Really Worth?
For those who have been following the Janet Lim-Napoles PDAF/NGO* scandal these past months, it is easy to get caught up in all the rhetoric—the words and phrases repeated day after day. Words like "ten billion" or "fifteen billion" have turned into something akin to "gray" background noise. Words devoid of any real meaning or significance. So let us try to put back some meaning into those trite and often-repeated phrases in order to better understand some of the far-reaching ramifications of Napoles' actions.