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Many cops are either stupid or crazy


THE murder of Manila Chief Inquest Prosecutor Jovencio Senados on a busy street in the city showed that there is anarchy in the country.

The attack was described by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra as “audacious,” as he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate “this horrible murder.”

“We are shocked by the audacity of this attack. It highlights once again the peril that our prosecutors face each day in the discharge of their duties. I have ordered the [NBI] to step in and investigate this horrible murder,” said the Justice secretary.

The assassination took place on Quirino Avenue, a very busy thoroughfare, at 11:05 a.m. on July 7, a Tuesday.

As in almost all big crimes in the past, there were no policemen around.

If there were police cars or beat patrolmen at the scene or nearby, the assassins would have thought many times before committing the dastardly act.

Malefactors have no respect for the law because they know that if they commit a crime there would be no cops to stop or chase them.

In many instances in the past, the malefactors are themselves law enforcers.

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There’s an apocryphal tale about the efficiency of our policemen in solving a crime.

In New York, so the story goes, cops are at the scene of the crime in five minutes, even given the heavy traffic in the streets of the Big Apple.

In Tokyo, the police swarm all over the crime scene in three minutes, and in Hong Kong, two minutes.

In Metro Manila, policemen are at the crime scene in seconds.

Why? Because they themselves are the perpetrators.

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The recent rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in San Juan, Ilocos Sur by two policemen from another town will not be forgotten by the citizenry for a long, long time.

Here’s a flashback to the incident:
The victim, Fabel Pineda, was arrested along with her cousin by SSgs. Randy Ramos and Marawi Torda for curfew violation.

Instead of taking the two girls to the police station, the two cops took them to a beach where they raped them.

Fabel went to the San Juan police station to file a complaint about the rape.

She was ambushed by the two cops after coming from the station.

The brazen act was witnessed by several persons who identified the duo.

In contrast, a similar but less serious incident happened in a Japanese town many years ago.

There was furor after a patrolman raped a Japanese housewife in her home.

The patrolman’s immediate supervisor and the town’s police chief committed suicide while the mayor resigned his post.

To be fair, both the police chiefs of San Juan and Cabugao towns have been relieved of their posts.

But the gravity of the offense calls for the resignation of higher police officials out of shame or embarrassment.

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Why does the Philippine National Police (PNP) accept scums of the earth into the force?

Most police candidates who didn’t pass the IQ (intelligence quotient) and neuropsycho tests were able to bribe their way in.

Many others were recommended by big-time politicians.

That’s the reason we have many stupid or crazy policemen who “serve and protect” the citizenry.

I hate to repeat myself, but I’ve received numerous complaints of abuses committed by policemen against ordinary citizens as host of “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo,” a self-styled private ombudsman radio show.

Through my program, my “angels” (reporters) and I have filed countless cases against erring policemen.

Some complaints have been resolved with the dismissal or suspension of the accused policemen.

But in most cases, my “Isumbong” reporters and I have become frustrated over the slow grind of the wheel of justice for the aggrieved citizens.

Time and again, I’ve followed up the resolution of cases against the erring policemen but was told each time to wait as the case was being given “due process.”

During the time of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd, I asked for a dialogue with then-Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in order to complain to him about the delay in the resolution of cases against erring cops pending in various PNP units, as well as in the National Police Commission.

Roxas never went to the dialogue but sent an assistant instead, a far cry from his late predecessor, Jesse Robredo, who would personally act on all complaints brought to him.

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Interior Secretary Eduardo Año blames hardheaded citizens for the sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Año said people refused to wear masks in public and observe distancing.

What did Año expect?

There’s a jocular saying, “monkey see, monkey do.”

The chief implementer of quarantine laws and rules in Metro Manila, MGen. Debold Sinas, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, was the No. 1 violator.

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And now, for the lighter side of life.

A romantic wife sent her husband, who was on an out-of-town assignment, the following text message:

“If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you.”

The unromantic husband replied: “I am in the toilet. Please advise.”


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