TODAY’S issue has another one of those examples indicating how diverse — and sometimes at odds with each other — the opinions Manila Times columnists’ are.
Two of the most read columnists of The Times are Rigoberto Tiglao and Erwin Tulfo.
The titles of their columns today immediately tell readers how they stand about Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and her raid on the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
R. Tiglao’s title is “De Lima should be fired over ‘Bilibid Hilton.’ ”
Columnist Tiglao says: “As secretary of the justice department with the Bureau of Corrections being one of its biggest agencies, hasn’t Leila de Lima been in charge of it for nearly five years now? Shouldn’t she rather feel shame, and resign immediately, for her massive failure to manage our biggest prison that it has become a national embarrassment?
“She should be fired immediately really for having supervised what has turned to be a travesty of our penal system.
“Frankly, even her boss should really go because of this national embarrassment and clear failure of governance. Next time around, will they let moneyed inmates out armed with Armalites and go shooting people to escape the boredom of prison life?”
He gives, as he always does, details to support his opinion and sway the reader into accepting his point of view.
Broadcaster and columnist Erwin Tulfo’s column title is “De Lima does it for Bucayu, beyond the call of duty.”
Here are Mr. Tulfo’s first five paragraphs:
“Hat’s off to Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima for a great accomplishment in her crackdown of illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
“She’s done so because no man would dare stick his balls out there and do the job. “Conversely, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Jesus Bucayu should either resign or be fired from his post for his failure to do the job he swore to perform.
“But, even if he quits, he should be thoroughly investigated by the National Bureu of Investigation (NBI) for complicity with the mafia behind the rampant illegal drugs trafficking, gunrunning and other vice activities inside the prisons.
“Bucayu must know he is liable for the presence of illegal drugs, particularly shabu, powerful firearms, other deadly weapons, and unauthorized cash amounting to more than one million pesos found in the possession of prisoners.”
Yesterday, Ricardo Saludo, author of the Times column Republic Service, wrote a satirical piece about the subject. He gave it the title “Hot resort and hotter surveys — Bilibid or not!” If you didn’t catch it yesterday, go to our online edition, read it and have a good and bitter laugh.
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