The Edsa hold-up and kidnapping in broad daylight on Monday last week, September 1, 2014, shows how criminality has worsened in Metro Manila and the rest of the country in the past four years under President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd.
(Our country’s crime rate has doubled under the Aquino administration in 2013 since 2010 and will further increase in 2014 based on the 18 per cent rise for the period January-May this year. The column of Ricardo Saludo in the Manila Times last September 2014 entitled “ Crime has doubled under Aquino. Here’s Why” cited the data released by no less than PNP Director-General Allan Purisima in his press briefing last June 27.)
Yet what is even worse was the involvement of ten members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that shows the deterioration in the quality of policemen who have become rogue cops and despicable criminals. It is no longer surprising or shocking to hear and/or read of policemen involved in crimes that include kidnapping, robbery and murder.
It now seems as if the PNP has become the natural breeding ground for criminals. What makes it sickening is that the police officers involved in criminality graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) where their expenses were paid for by public funds. Four of the top rogue cops involved in the Edsa abduction and robbery belong to the now notorious PNPA Class of 2001.
The leader of the fake drug bust at Edsa that was actually kidnapping and robbery has the rank of Police Chief Inspector (equivalent to rank of Major in the AFP), a Station Deputy Commander of La Loma in Quezon City. He was arrested last Sunday by no less than the Eastern Police District Director and the Chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for Highway Robbery, Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention.
The daring “hulidap” (“arrest” with hold-up) at EDSA last September 1 by rogue cops near the PNP national headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City is actually no longer news. This is not the first time that policemen who are supposed to “ Serve & Protect” the Filipino people are the same ones who are involved in serious crimes.
Atimonan, Quezon, massacre of Jan. 2013
The worst police-perpetrated crime in recent history involving 13 policemen charged with multiple murder by the Department of Justice (DoJ) happened in January 6, 2013 with the infamous Atimonan Massacre in Quezon province. Thirteen persons were killed in the police rubout that included an alleged gambling lord, a police Superintendent (equivalent rank of Lt. Colonel in AFP) and two policemen and two members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
The DoJ concluded that all the essential elements of murder were present in the Atimonan Massacre that included “treachery when the respondents employed the checkpoint as a means to execute the crime of murder, giving the victims no opportunity to defend themselves.” The DOJ panel ruled that evidence was more than sufficient to establish that the 13 policemen conspired in killing their victims (done at close range).
The 43-page resolution approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano last September 2013 cited the “three-layered checkpoint(s) that was highly irregular and non-conforming to common and established procedures in checkpoints.”
Among the 13 policemen charged with multiple murder were two police Superintendents, a Chief Inspector and two Senior Inspectors. They have all been dismissed from service in a March 5, 2014 decision of PNP Director-General Allan Purisima. However, the commission of the gruesome multiple murder and obstruction of justice shows that they have neither respect nor fear of President B. S. Aquino 3rd.
The notorious leader of the Atimonan Massacre was the PNP Deputy Intelligence Chief of the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Batangas). A report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer of March 12, 2013 described him as someone “who had been implicated in previous spectacular shooting incidents in which 27 people were killed.” Yet he remained with the police force and was even promoted by the PNP!
The Atimoman Massacre was made to appear as a legitimate police operation (Case Operation Plan Armado) that was approved by no less than the Calabarzon Commander, a Chief Superintendent, who was charged by the NBI, but later cleared by the DoJ.
Just like with the EDSA abduction and robbery where the amount of P2.0 Million plus P119,000.00 was stolen from the victims by the police operatives, the amount involved in the gruesome Atimonan Massacre – where 13 people were killed in cold-blood – was much larger, an amount reported to be P200 million or more.
Promise of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas
Two years ago in 2012, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas promised that he would clean up the police force. However, he obviously has been unable to purge the PNP in the past year (2013) and in the past eight months (January- August 2014). Like his boss, DILG Secretary Roxas has miserably failed as proved by the horrifying Atimonan Massacre in January 6, 2013 and the Edsa kidnapping last September 1, 2014.
In spite of the Pnoy administration’s obvious failure to improve the police service, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma came up with an amusing statement last Tuesday. Said he: “Our police are working really hard to be deserving of the trust of the people.” Like his boss P-Noy, Sonny Coloma is out of touch with reality. The citizenry does not trust the police who are hardly working. Many of them just sit on their asses texting or talking.
Instead of getting angry with the policemen involved in the Edsa caper for their “double mortal sin,” Secretary Roxas should have the decency to RESIGN for his failure to purge the police force. But then, that might be asking too much from a man whose only qualification for becoming a Senator and now a Secretary is that he is the son of his parents–just like his boss. This probably explains why Mar is as INCOMPETENT as P-Noy.