One of the most hilarious statements that I read on social media today was the allegation by some pro-administration supporters that the kidnap and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo by rogue policemen inside Camp Crame was actually perpetuated by the so called “yellows” and the Liberal Party (LP) in an effort to destabilize the Duterte administration.
Instead of owning up to the misdeeds of these police officers and ensuring that rogue policemen are held accountable for their actions, the allies of the administration twists and turns its way to pin the blame on the “yellows” and the Liberal Party which Duterte himself said is already a decimated and powerless political force.
Apparently, the mantra of this administration seems to be, when everything else fails, blame it on the “yellows."
It is no surprise that many policemen are abusing their power since it was no less than our President himself who promised to protect them from the law.
We need not go far than to look at the killing of former Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside the Leyte provincial jail.
According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), what happened was a clear case of a rubout conducted by police officers led by Supt. Marvin Marcos of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) but instead of punishing Marcos and his erring police officers, Duterte even reinstated them to their positions.
Can we actually feel safe now that we know that our own police officers who swore to protect us have become criminals?
Another whammy of the present administration is that while Duterte always says he is against corruption in our government, his fraternity brothers who are now in top government positions seem to turn deaf at his pronouncements.
A perfect example would be the Bureau of Immigration’s former Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles, who was caught on CCTV receiving almost P 50 Million in cash from the notorious Jack Lam in exchange for the freedom of more than 300 illegal Chinese workers in our country. Is this the change that Duterte promised to everyone during the last elections?
Hunger continues to rise
While the political allies of the President together with his Justice Secretary and online trolls are busy attacking his political enemies in an effort to silence them, it seems that many of them have forgotten their primary duty of the administration, which is to help ensure the welfare of every Filipino.
What is proof of this?
The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on involuntary hunger that showed a rise in the number of families that have experienced involuntary hunger during the last quarter of 2016. From 2.4 million Filipino families who experienced involuntary hunger in the 3rd quarter of 2016, it is now 3.1 million Filipino families that have experienced involuntary hunger during the last quarter of 2016.
If the Duterte administration is serious about solving criminality in our country, then this is an issue that they should address soon. No less than former President and current Manila Mayor Erap Estrada always said that a hungry stomach knows no law.
Now, if they are unable to solve this growing problem, don’t be surprised to hear one of the administration’s staunch supporters pinning the blame again on the “yellows”.
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Harvey S. Keh is the Executive Director of the Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation.
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