Duterte should spare the nation from agony over Espinosa killing

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With one little gesture and change of style, President Rodrigo Duterte could spare our people and our country a ton of worry and days of agony, if he would make a resolve during this holiday season to choose his words more carefully and read instead from a prepared and reasoned statement during his public engagements.

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We are thinking of the distress that he has brought upon himself and the nation with his freewheeling and extemporaneous remarks on the killing last month of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his jail cell in Baybay,Leyte.

The President has sown a lot of confusion and worry with statements such as the following:

1. Upon his return from his trip to Peru and the APEC summit, he declared that he takes the word of the police on the killing, and not the words of members of the Senate and the media who have attempted to investigate the killing.

2. After the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced at the conclusion of its investigation of the incident, that the killing was a “rubout” (or premeditated killing) perpetrated by a team of the PNP’s Criminal investigation and Detection group (CIDG) in East Visayas, DU30 declared that he as President would not allow the policemen involved to be jailed.

3. He also declared that he must take responsibility for what happened because the police team acted under his orders to the police to spare no one who is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

4. And yet at the same time, DU30 has also said that he would not interfere in the disposition of the Espinosa case.

5. He also told the NBI to go ahead and file cases against the CIDG policemen, if it was truly convinced that the CIDG men were guilty of murder.

6. When PNP Director-General Roland de la Rosa ordered the relief of the CDIG-East Visayas Director and all the men involved in the killing, the President ordered that Marcos be reinstated to his post.

Without meaning to, the President could not have shown the country in a worse light to the world than he has with these incomprehensible and contradictory orders. They give the nation and the world the impression that there is no rule of law in the Philippines. Such an impression, if left uncorrected, will have adverse repercussions on the national economy and the country’s international relations. They convey an image of our President that is unflattering and counterproductive. They will diminish respect and regard for our country and our people.

Before the situation is muddled further, we urge that steps be taken to correct the situation, by assuring the public that law will rule in resolving the Espinosa murder.

It is best if the President can lead this process, by speaking more sensibly and responsibly about this horrible incident. He should clarify what he means by all his discombobulating statements. It is good that he has said that he will allow the law and due process to take its course.

We can understand why the President would want to honor his pledge to the police at the launching of the war on drugs that he would protect them against charges and consequences. And he does realize where his true duty lies – which is to honor his oath to ever protect, defend and obey the Constitution

By doing his constitutional duty, the President will spare the nation from further and unnecessary harm. He will enable people and country to recover from this horrible and distressing tragedy.

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  1. “… these incomprehensible and contradictory orders.They give the nation and the world the impression that there is no rule of law in the Philippines. Such an impression, if left uncorrected, will have adverse repercussions on the national economy and the country’s international relations. They convey an image of our President that is unflattering and counterproductive. They will diminish respect and regard for our country and our people.”

    Anyone paying attention in the rest of the world has more than an impression that there is no rule of law in the Philippines. It seems more of a fact than an impression. See for example this recent in-depth analysis by Reuters, which is the only media outlet reporting similar findings (NYT, eg.):

    “Police rack up an almost perfectly deadly record in Philippine drug war”
    http :// www. reuters. com/investigates/special-report/philippines-duterte-police/

    excerpt: “Reuters reviewed 42 drug-related shooting incidents involving the police in the Manila region covered by its journalists, as well as another 9 cases investigated in the same area by the government-funded Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR). In these combined 51 cases, police officers killed a total of 100 suspects and wounded just three. Of the three people who were shot but survived in these cases, two played dead and the third was arrested as he tried to flee the scene. … The figures pose a powerful challenge to the official narrative that the Philippines police are only killing drug suspects in self-defense. These statistics and other evidence amassed by Reuters point in the other direction: that police are pro-actively gunning down suspects.”

    I am among those who have diminished respect for the Philippine people for their apparently over-whelming support for an authoritarian like Duterte who disregards due process and the rule of law. I lived for two years in the Philippines in the mid-1970s, during the Marcos regime, including one year in Northern Mindinao. Despite the various crimes committed by Marcos, I have only good memories from my time there, especially of the kind and generous Filipino people. But something seems very different today, in a bad way.

    Based on my past experiences, I was making firm plans to move to the Philippines early in 2017, willing to spend all my savings and pension on the local economy. But I have been shocked to see such a large majority of the population support Duterte’s authoritarianism. Monitoring this and other news websites and blogs on a daily basis to see how the political and legal situation is developing there, I have now put my plan on hold, as I greatly fear I will not be safe living there. While I am just a nobody, how many others, including tourists and companies, are feeling the same way about visiting or setting up there?

    • You need not worry if you belong to the righteous ones. The evil will not touch you as promised by The Lord. But if you belong to the wicked of the world , then evil shall run after you because Satan deceive those who are lacking in faith.
      Satan , the evil one has no power over the righteous.

  2. President Duterte is playing mind games to the hilt—very much in the mind of Christ.

    Did you know that Christ employ unconventional wisdom in destroying his wicked and lawless enemies , those who do not love the truth? He was adept at deceiving , dividing , conquering and destroying conventional wisdom.

    Refresh your mind how Christ had deceived even his disciples when he was asked by Peter what would happen to the apostle John. He said , “if I want him to remain until I come , what is that to you?” The disciples came into conclusion that John was not to die. But he was not saying that John was not to die. But he only said , “if I want him to remain until I come , what is that to you?”

    So Christ had deceived the disciples , and the whole world have been deceived and confused until now. Why in the world he was doing that? Simply , he send delusion so that the enemies of truth would believe the lie and they be judged and condemned those who do not believed the truth but are wallowing up in wickedness.

    The situation is very much like today. The President has sent a delusion to convict those who are wont in believing lies. In this way confusion arises among the liars , once confused and deluded , it is tantamount to being conquered and destroyed. That is how Christ destroy the enemies.

    Expect more of this kind in the days ahead as the battle heats up!

  3. Francis Mensahero on

    Some info are wrong here.

    Let’s start from the bottom.

    6. When PNP Director-General Roland de la Rosa ordered the relief of the CDIG-East Visayas Director and all the men involved in the killing, the President ordered that Marcos be reinstated to his post.

    –They were relieved of their jobs before the mayor was killed. They were reinstated before the killing of Mayor Espinosa, while they were being investigated by IAS.

    Duterte said many times that he will support the police, if the police are found to be corrupt and drug protectors, they will be penalized.

    If you are a good policeman, Pres. Duterte will support them.

    Good read previous statements of President Duterte.

    By the way, President Duterte told multitudes to offer a solution to the problem. Lately, he said those against the anti-drug war ”you adopt an addict or pusher'”. Please do it.

  4. Who’s agonizing? Maybe only you? Don’t speak for us if you do not have the figure of those who truly care. We trust Digong and we are giving him a free hand to fight the war on drug as he deems fit! NO ONE, NOT ONE OF OUR LEADERS HAVE EVER DONE, not even attempted, to do what Digong has done and is doing! We will appreciate you more, media, if you could show more support and appreciation!

  5. Thank you for this. Unfortunately, this will fall on deaf ears. Either that or he has simply gone senile – with his old age and his illusion of his glory days in davao. Admittedly, I admired him for standing up for the people, having the political will to do what is necessary, changing the dynamics within the region, and so forth. His actions recently worries me. I think he is simply too old and became senile. He may even be thinking that he is the infallible hero. woe is us.

    • I don’t think he has gone senile. He is just over dedicated to his job, in fact so much into it that he didn’t care what would happen to him, as long as what he does he does for love of the country and the people. It is then quite amazing that those who think negatively of him fail to realize the patriotism that he demonstrates.

  6. Believe it or not, the public is not worrying or agonizing over this Espinosa killing, regardless of whether or not it was a rubout. As far as they are concerned, as long as the victim is a drug trafficker, its alright. Anybody who thinks this Espinosa rubout can be turned into another Ninoy Aquino assassination that can bring a president down ought to have his head examined.