ONE of the biggest failures of the Aquino Administration in its almost six years of being in power is in curbing crime and corruption. There has been, in the words of our columnist Ric Saludo, an “explosion of lawlessness” during the BS Aquino regime.
This is one more proof of the mendacity and hypocrisy of President Aquino and his people who keep on lying about having succeeded in reforming Philippine society with its “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight/Righteous Path) policy that, they urgently insist, must be continued by the next president.
The truth—which PNoy Aquino’s admirers in the foreign and domestic media have hidden from the world—is that there has been a massive increase in crimes and corruption these past five and a half years. This fact refutes the Aquino regime’s claim to integrity, honesty, uprightness and devotion to the rule of law.
Mr. Saludo has written accurately that “crime and smuggling have trebled. Crime incidents skyrocketed from 324,083 incidents in 2010 to more than 1 million a year in 2013 and 2014, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (see https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2015%20PIF.pdf and https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20PIF.pdf, noting that 2011-12 figures are grossly understated, with several police chiefs relieved or probed for false data).
“That’s not the work of random criminals, who don’t just triple in a few years, but organized crime, which is now even assassinating judges.”
Lawbreaking and corruption emanate from the top, which is why lower officials—including law-enforcement officers—are also corrupt in the BS Aquino Regime.
Our former Trade and Commerce columnist, Thelma Dumpit-Murillo, has taken an interest in the police (perhaps because her father is a retired top-ranking police and military general). She wrote the following report after watching events up close in Bataan.
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PNP Bataan ‘One Time, Big Time’ drug bust yields negative results, suspects ordered released
Last December 10, 2015, joint elements of the PNP, AIDSOTF, and PDEA numbering more than a hundred led by Bataan Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia conducted a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Bia-an, Mariveles, Bataan, allegedly as part of the OPLAN LambatSibat Project. The operations resulted in the arrest of ten persons who the PNP operatives claimed were caught in the act of sniffing shabu. However, drug testing conducted on the urine samples of the suspects by the Bataan Provincial Crime Lab revealed otherwise. Of the ten, eight were ordered released by the Office of the Bataan Provincial Prosecutor due to negative findings from drug-testing conducted on the suspects.
The order from the Provincial Prosecutor of Bataan stated that while “complainants stated that they caught [the respondents]in the act of using illegal drugs” it is “inconsistent with the negative result of the drug testing on the arrested persons as indicated in the Chemistry Report. Hence the stated circumstances leading to the arrest and bodily search of the respondents appear doubtful, the Provincial prosecutor further said.
The PNP operatives conducted the raid without a search warrant issued by a competent court. Thus, it can be surmised that the evidence the PNP presented such as seven (7) plastic sachets of crystalline substance believed to be shabu, four (4) plastic sachets of dried marijuana fruiting tops, three (3) calibre 45 (paltik) firewarms were all planted.Those arrested were found out to be just farm workers and not drug pushers. They were at the site to prepare the land for planting. They complained that they were inhumanely treated by the PNP operatives, were hogtied and kicked like animals during the operation.
‘One Time Big Time’ operation is under the Oplan Lambat Sibat Project of PNP and DILG against syndicated crimes, wanted persons, loose firearms and illegal drugs. (End of Dumpit-Murillo report).
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This is not an isolated case. Human rights activist NGOs frequently report similar incidents. Some of the most pitiable victims are indigenous people in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
Despite such cases, and the Philippines being among the worst countries in the world for the murder of journalists and human rights advocates, BS Aquino continues to claim to be a great reformer and a success in combating crime and corruption. And his powerful media owners and practitioners here and abroad praise him for it.