• We, the people, saw criminality trebled—but not big and foreign media

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    WE, The Times and the Filipino people, saw it. We in this paper probably bored some of our readers to tears but they did not leave us because they knew we were telling the truth: crime and lawlessness had grown so large under the Aquino regime.

    We noticed how lawlessness was growing rampant as early as the second and third year of this Aquino government. Then, in 2015, this space and our columnists (specially Ric Saludo) said that under President BS Aquino we had become the most violent country in Asia, next to North Korea, and we warned that he were becoming like the drug and gang lord-controlled governments of Central America.

    We did not make up those facts. We were just using figures from the Philippine National Police, the National Statistics Office, and the 2015 ranking made by the “Global Peace Index” of 162 countries. The last mentioned is made by a respected panel of international experts of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

    Only we, among the four top national dailies, were reporting facts about the lawlessness and criminality that had engulfed our country. Primetime TV newscasts were ignoring the magnitude of the lawlessness. Although sometimes Ted Failon did talk about it in his morning show.

    But by and large the extent of the criminality and lawlessness, the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and other agencies, the hypocrisy and criminal use of the slogan “Daang Matuwid” (Straight, i.e., Righteous, Path) were never given the attention they deserved by the broadcast networks and the press associations, the Makati Business Club, the other business associations and the foreign diplomatic associations in their official statements and analyses of socio-economic conditions. Why?

    And the international agencies also, when they made their assessment of Philippine conditions, very correctly pointed to the great rise in Philippine growth—but very wrongly repeated the Aquino regime’s mendacious claim that it was responsible for these great economic advances when the truth is that the regime was simply reaping the fruits of the labors and the good planning of the previous regimes—especially that of the Macapagal Arroyo administration, whose leading Cabinet members were in fact those who—remember the Hyatt 10?—had defected to the Aquino camp.

    Trebled criminality and corruption
    So we now go back to the issue we want to raise in this editorial. Did they not see lawlessness and criminality treble under Aquino?

    Why did the big media, the Makati Business Club, the World bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN people assigned to our country, not join The Manila Times and the few other risk-taking souls in calling attention to the trebled lawlessnessness, criminality and other forms of corruption in the Aquino regime?

    How could the leaders of these institutions and their supposed-to-be morally upright top executives have the stomach to raise toasts to the greatness of President B S Aquino and Secretary Mar Roxas, who as chief of the Department of Interior and Local Governments, was tasked with maintaining law and order as the superiors of the Philippine National Police and the other law enforcement agencies?

    Why did none of them join us in calling for a deep probe into why criminality and lawlessness had escalated and what should be done at once?

    Big media did not support our calls. But nevertheless the people knew what was going on.

    That is the reason a girl rejected the Aquino-Roxas Matuwid na Daan hypocrisy. She voted for President-elect Rody Duterte because, said she, voicing the concern of millions, “I want to be able to walk at night without fear of being assaulted.”

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    1. No need to trumpet praises on yourselves. There may be minimal improvement in crime during the last 5 years but you can not conclude that this is the only reason Duterte won. You can not deny the remarkable economic growth of the country, the international reputation we have gained, and jailing of senators which has never happened before except during Martial Law, and the increase in the millions of people helped by the government. You’re wondering why the Makati Business Club, the World bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN did not join The Manila Times in their assessment? Because they look at the country not in terms of one issue but rather appropriately consider all factors and make an evaluation.
      Manila Times has always been anti-PNoy. Did you ever pause and ask yourselves why your subscription and circulation is low compared with the other newspapers?

      • chromaticfrog on

        “There may be minimal improvement in crime during the last 5 years but you can not conclude that this is the only reason Duterte won.”

        – When did they make that conclusion? The only time they mentioned Duterte’s name was at the end, when they quoted an anonymous source. Aside from this, they never claimed that criminality was the “only reason” why Duterte was elected.

        “You can not deny the remarkable economic growth of the country, the international reputation we have gained, and jailing of senators which has never happened before except during Martial Law, and the increase in the millions of people helped by the government.”

        – They never denied those points. All they said was: “And the international agencies also, when they made their assessment of Philippine conditions, very correctly pointed to the great rise in Philippine growth—but very wrongly repeated the Aquino regime’s mendacious claim that it was responsible for these great economic advances.” That’s not a denial. As for the millions of people helped by the government – really? Filipinos must have a very short memory, or they’re not very grateful, since they decided to vote for a wild card, and not for the candidate vetted by the establishment.

        “You’re wondering why the Makati Business Club, the World bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN did not join The Manila Times in their assessment? Because they look at the country not in terms of one issue but rather appropriately consider all factors and make an evaluation.”

        – They didn’t make the same assessments as the Manila Times editorial board because the majority of these organizations are banking and financial institutions — excluding the UN, which is basically a geopolitical watchdog. They aren’t jorunalists. If journalism is publishing stuff that somebody doesn’t want published, then, clearly, the Manila Times is doing its job. God forbid that it publishes juicy stories that are critical of governmental corruption.

        “Manila Times has always been anti-PNoy. Did you ever pause and ask yourselves why your subscription and circulation is low compared with the other newspapers?”

        – Ad hominem. Citation needed. Even if this point was true, a low circulation doesn’t necessarily make an argument wrong.

    2. The Philippines are control by OLIGARHS that’s why nothing happen to your complain. These OLIGARHS control the media and all business are control by these people. I want to know if Manila Times knows about the anomalies exposed by Bobby M. Reyes, conscience of the Filipino Nation. I did not read any news re this matter. The anomalies exposed by Bobby I read on the Web Site. These anomalies of Cory are following. the 36 companies sequested from Kokoy was given to her brother-in-law (LOPA). this companies shall be handed to government. The selling of PAL and Pal Office in San Francisco. The government lost $300million and $6million. The $200 million given to her brother Peping to transfer to Australia. These anomalies few item done by Cory during her terms. Is Manila Times aware of these anomalies? If not try to expose these anomalies done by Cory

    3. Ordinary people in the street can feel and sense that everything is not as alright as they want them to believe,they know that the country is upgraded by Fitch and standard& poor, but they felt otherwise, they feel they are inclusive only concerning increasing chasm between haves and have nots, spiraling drug problems,deterioration of peace and order,rampant corruptions of untouchables and favorite protégées in government.I believe the outgoing president when he said that the past election is a referendum of his “Tuwid na Daan” legacy,now we know better. Wishes the incoming president fulfills his visions for the country.

    4. Ang problema kasi sa inyo, yung statistics nyo flawed eh. The people aretired of you guys specially your articles. We still dont know the reason for DU30 ascencion as President, this could be the real clamor of the peopl but not because of your prediction.

      Time will tell if DU30 indeed is the leader that we clamor for. Pero and problem ay and culture ng most government heads and even politicians are corrupt.

    5. fidel S. Pescador on

      The truth of the real situation…God bless you Sir, God bless Philippines…

    6. I agree about the increase in lawlessness in the country. But, is it fair to solely blame the Aquino Administration for such mess? I said this because, I think, the Judicial branch had something to do with this runaway criminality in the country. One example is the Vhong Navarro case. The accused, Mr.Cedric Lee and his gang assaulted and illegally detained Mr.Navarro. And the incident was caught on camera. Supposedly, the case is a non-bailable offence. But, for some reason, the group was allowed to post minimal bail. So, what happened there? How about the case of Mr.Juan Ponce Enrile? While the others were still in custody because the offence, once again, was non-bailable. Mr.Enrile was allowed to post bail while the others were not. And supposedly, he was allowed bail because of health reason. But, as soon as he was released, he went back to work right the very next day he was released. Was that a sign of being old and sick? I think unless the court is willing to prosecute, no administration would be able to execute their duties in reducing, if not totally eliminating, criminality. We have always been attacking the Executive Branch of gov’t. Maybe it’s time to examine the Judicial branch. It’s time to do away with the so-called double standard of Justice. We have been barking the wrong tree.

    7. Let President Mayor DU30 clean the leftover dirt and filth of this disastrous administration.And let each Filipino contributes on his own good way and deeds for the success of DU30 admin and for the betterment of our country.😊

    8. Prinze Fisher on

      Because the leaders of these big institutions’ concern, is ONLY their self-interest. They are the elitist and doesn’t care for the welfare of the Filipino people at all.

    9. P.Akialamiro on

      Quite frankly, I read this paper’s editorial almost everyday. Considering the other news items I gather from other news media, I find MT to be ‘the’ objective newspaper. It’s a shame that other media have been commercialized and became fronts of ‘public relations’ of the current and past administrations. No wonder people who do not have a way of evaluating news items, tend to have ‘skewed’ information of what actually is going on in the country. In effect, after so many years, people had to resort to a relatively ‘unknown’ politician with the right ‘battlecry’ for the change needed by them. Having been in and out of the government; and, in and out of the country, I am glad that an ‘alternative’ to all these negativities in the country had emerged. Good luck and best wishes to Mr. Duterte,