Another Quezon City resident was robbed and killed inside her house Friday night while heavy rains battered Metro Manila brought about by “habagat” (southwest monsoon) and storm Mario.
Seventy-five year old Zenaida Sison, mother of actress Cherry Pie Picache, became the nth victim of the soaring crime rate in the metropolis this year.
Initial police report says the suspects, who remain unidentified, broke into the victim’s two-story house along Scout Lazcano during the heavy downpour, beat the victim to death before carting away an undetermined amount of her jewelry.
A few weeks earlier, a netizen caught in his cellphone camera several armed men surrounding a sport utility vehicle at gunpoint along EDSA near Ortigas in San Juan, before finally commandeering the victim’s vehicle to La Loma, Quezon City.
The suspects turned out later to be members of the Quezon City Police and were after the P2 million the victims had, supposedly to buy heavy-equipment in Subic, Zambales that day.
And, few months ago, a famous car racer, Enzo Pastor, was shot and killed along Commonwealth Ave., in Quezon City by a lone gunman on his way to another race in Subic, Zambales.
Authorities nabbed the gunman few weeks later, which turned out to be an active duty cop, and admitted that a friend and the wife of the victim had hired him.
The three incidents, which landed on the front pages of the various newspapers and got aired as top stories of television networks, are just parts of the growing peace and order problem in the country today.
Robbery and hold-up of people on the streets is almost a daily occurrence, while summary executions by motorcycle riding men are fast becoming an ordinary news item these days.
Though authorities usually solve the cases brought before them, one wonders if our law enforcers will ever be able to prevent criminals or catch them in the act of doing a crime.
Ironically, we are used to cops arriving late at the scene or when the bad guys have long been gone. We never have the pleasure of seeing or at least learning about our law enforcers being able to stop a crime before it happens.
Observers believe the country needs an official who will manage the crime fighting ability of the police and go hard after criminals, other than the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has been inefficient so far.
Some suggested that former PNP chief and Senator Panfilo Lacson would make a good crime czar. Lacson was credited with putting a stop to kidnappings in the country, and going after rogue cops when he was the PNP chief.
Others believe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the answer, that he can bring back peace and order to the land. Duterte, who has been accused of forming a local vigilante group to go after criminals in his turf, brags of almost a zero crime rate in his jurisdiction.
What country needs now is a crime fighter and not a “politico” who is just full of lip service, and an interest in Malacañang in 2016.