No cuffs for suspects
(Editor’s note: In RP stealing P30,000 can land the thief in jail for many years but diverting P728M to P10B plus is still okay as noted by the author.)
LAW enforcers in RP, according to my cousins in New York and Chicago, are too “friendly”, even kind to suspects, too patient waiting at hospital lobbies, or perhaps too quick to accept favors like dining and eating first before completing and executing the process called warrant of arrest.
Governor in cuffs
My sister in Chicago saw federal agents on TV towing a meek Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois to jail, in cuffs. Rod was booted out of office by the state Senate (37 Democrats and 22 Republicans) voting 59 – 0. He was also stripped of all political rights, like running for any public office or accepting public appointment in all of the US.
And Rod’s fault: Trying his best to sell Obama’s senatorial chair to the highest bidder after it was vacated “noon” of January 20, 2009. The “auction sale” was recorded on CD by the FBI who played the whole proceedings to the Senate of Illinois.
Sooner or later long vacation in jail
The governor’s problem is far from over. He faces a litany of criminal charges that can fetch prison terms of more than 15 years, soon. He was Mr. Illinois who may want to run for president one day after Obama and Abe Lincoln.
Martha Stewart, the nation’s popular TV anchor, fashion and fine-living guru in the US, owner of a string of business firms, was arrested for a minor offense of insider trading. She was handcuffed by federal agents (like our NBI) but peacefully accepted national humiliation in jail to await trial. She was convicted in a matter of days and sentenced to serve a few months in prison. She did not fight back. After the jail term she resumed doing business and gained respectability all over again.
It’s different here
It’s different in our culture of big/petty graft in offices high and low, of common-place bribery, of vote-buyers bragging about basement bargains per voter reporting minutes before closing of polls, of politicians training and telling wives, parents, in-laws, children, grandchildren, etc. to embrace politics as sacred but highly profitable.
Giving all 91.8M of us nothing to be proud of and many things to be ashamed of.
Like escorting Bolante, deported from the US, from the NAIA to St. Luke’s to take a bath first before ordering his army of doctors, good and shy, to take his BP (slightly up), pin ECG terminals to his body, and give him a bouquet of stethoscope and all “tools to hear his heartbeat, lungs, stomach, etc.
Or waiting at the gate of Paule and asking his legion of doctors if it’s okay for them to move in and lift Paule’s stretcher all the way to Pasay’s city jail, called “mabaho, marumi at mainit” by his lawyers.
And listening to Delos Angeles lecturing to senators, BSP, SEC and all RP’s high officials in all offices that “regulate and protect” depositors’ investment in water and air who meekly spread deposits not to exceed R250,000 each as ordered so that insurance can give a 100 percent refund – a computation long studied by con men and swindlers who don’t dress or look like thieves in the strictest sense of the word.
Thanks for everything
But thanks to the PNP for showing Lozada all the sceneries in Laguna and Cavite, both fearful and fancy, before asking him to sign “voluntarily” a piece of paper that everything was well and good when he was met at NAIA after his Hong Kong “religious and business retreat.”
Lastly, it turns out that falsifying GSIS checks of less than R30,000 can give the employee/forger a stay of 15 years plus in jail.
But stealing R728 M tax money and more than R10 B of investors’ hard-earned savings may or may not result in a month’s bed/board in jail. Amen! (Comments are welcome at email@example.com)
By Atty. Romeo V. Pefianco
Opinion and Editorial