The road to perdition

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

I DID not watch or hear the “in aid of legislation” committee hearing in the Lower House which in a way was fortunate on my part. Unfortunately, I read about what transpired and it was dismal, demeaning of the legislators, and a new low in public discourse. Nothing in aid of legislation at all, but in aid of prurience, misogyny and bullying. Indeed, the Lower House has lower standards.

What I did catch was the PNP Chief shedding tears because he could not explain why his subordinates behave the way of mercenaries whose main interest is going for the gold against duty, morality and good citizenship.

They were crocodile tears because common sense clearly says that in cases like the killing of unarmed prisoners right in their prison cells in the dead of the night using superior numbers and superior firearms with or without warrants (was it for search or arrest?) should merit immediate suspension, followed quickly by investigation and finally indictment. Or, just plain immediate sacking.

The tears are just props for obscuring duty. Regretfully they cannot elicit sympathy or understanding when justice is called for and not given. So far, so bad for this PNP Chief who is always in the public eye, including high-profile presence in foreign boxing venues while his subordinates are carrying out summary executions of drug suspects.

Then we have the President himself ranting regularly about how he hates drugs, how he has a list of drug suspects, how they should all be killed. Illogical, nonsensical, illegal and immoral. No rule of law invoked, no due process thought of, no rehabilitation, no second chance, just draconian measures that do not solve the drug problem but just create criminal actions.

And, of course, do not dare question human rights violations that are happening on a daily basis. That would merit a rain of expletives, curses and insults.
All this is now normal public discourse.

Where the above leads us is to a coarser existence, a fearsome universe and an unintelligent management of government and oneself. There is a palpable lack of compassion and justice that bodes ill for the country. This is not an environment that will produce a better society and a happier citizenry.

Indeed, we may be on the road to perdition.


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  1. So to you, the immediate response to any and all incidents of this nature is sacking ; nevermind that the people you sacked lost their position, but not their criminal aliances, which they are forced to use on everyone once they get desparate. Another cook in the same crowded kitchen. And if it fails? you go “meh, I dont really work here.”

    Since you clearly do not support the current government, what will you be doing at that point? Snickering in the background at how much everyone has failed to keep everything up and running? I’m sure this kind of article makes for interesting reading for somebody, but it only serves to kick up hate from people who only want to keep up with the news.

  2. vagoneto rieles on

    It is easy to make up our minds about the killing of Mayor Espinosa. It looks, so much like a premeditated ‘rub-out’. It assaults our sensibilities, and challenges our concepts of right and wrong. It must, therefore, be condemned in the strongest of terms.
    Likewise, it was easy to condemn and vehemently reject the proliferation of the illegal drug trade. It incrementally and irreversibly destroys our youth, corrupts government officials, and casts doubt on our long held beliefs of morality. What’s more, the wealth that the drug trade brings to its purveyors is so powerful an incentive, as to cause an actual turn about in a whole people’s, otherwise, righteous ways.
    Over the years, there have been a number of countries that were rocked to their very roots by ‘institutionalized’ drug trades. Of these, the most blatant and serious cases were the Opium Wars in China in 1839 through 1860 which resulted in so weakening the Qing Dynasty as to cause them to, resignedly, open their borders to trade with the European powers then, and America. The others include the 1967 Opium Wars involving Laos, Burma and China, which appears to have permanently stunted the development of the two smaller countries. Finally, there are the more recent, and still ongoing national problems of Colombia and Mexico, which have demonstrated how governments can actually be brought to their knees by this nefarious and deleterious scourge. The proliferation of illegal drugs worldwide is a problem that all responsible governments must ‘stop dead on its tracks’.
    President Duterte cannot be faulted in making the fight against drugs his first priority. While his methods might not pass minute scrutiny in polite society, he knows that his fight does not have the luxury of time to go through neat legal niceties. He, therefore, just muzzles and brazens it through. He simply expects his constituents to understand; and, to give him the benefit of the doubt after assurances that erring police officials will be dealt with appropriately.
    It’s been just over 150 days since President Duterte was installed in office. In this period, it has only been Mayor Espinosa and another Town Mayor in Maguindanao…among the many drug-trade purveyors and protectors named…who have fallen. These characters, by their own actions and admission, have been drug dealers. Do we really grieve for them? Will we grieve for those others who might fall some time soon? I’d probably have to think that one out.

  3. We have been on this road since 1986, but those who were blind to the yellows’ abysmal mediocrity and unparalleled hypocrisy did not notice it until now, when these yellow creeps have started to smell like a rotten egg, thanks to the vile and untalented leadership of the yellow prince Boy Sayad.

  4. War is very difficult and to be avoided if at all possible. Our war on drugs is one of the most difficult to win. We have society on one side trying to follow the rules versus the drug world that follows no rules. When the PH finally wins this war we will be a much better and safer society.