“Okay, when do we get to the CRIME part?”
There are a lot of things about President Duterte’s statements and deeds that confuse me. Some are more important than others. Some will get worked out in time, which is fine. I can wait, and hope they work out well for the nation. One thing the Philippines teaches well is patience.
But crime is the centerpiece of the Administration’s reason for being, according to campaign promises. Drugs and crime, gone or substantially reduced in six months.
So how come the crime of vigilante killings is going up? Way up?
These murders are not an official part of the policing effort. Vigilantes aren’t issued badges and do not have police investigation knowledge or probable cause (in its legal sense) or authorization to knock on doors or search and seize.
DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno has issued instructions to Chief Dela Rosa to prepare a report on their efforts to investigate the vigilante killings (224 as of August 4), and the police who have violated procedures in conducting drug raids or searches. But without President Duterte’s explict support, what is your guess as to the effect of this order? An order that contradicts what the President is calling for?
It seems to me it is all for public show. It will prove sincere when actual arrests are made. A lot of them.
Until President Duterte demands a stop to the killings, I’m guessing there will be no stop.
And maybe not even then, given what he has set in motion.
I can imagine that a lot of the vigilante killings are by people who recognize that now, under cover of President Duterte’s police violence, they can get away with murder. Literally, figuratively. Any way you cut it.
- If Bob’s your uncle, and Bob’s estate would be yours if he died, now is the time to kill Bob.
- If Bing is going to run against you next election, and he is a real threat, now is the time to kill Bing.
- If Janice cheated you on the business partnership, now is the time to take Janice out.
- If Sol is running drugs in your territory, Sol is a dead man.
The real problem here is bigger than individual killings. Bigger than Bob or Bing or Janice or Sol. The real problem here is hundreds time worse. The real problem is the protection net being cast by the President, a net that encourages citizens to be judges and executioners. He has set a killing machine into motion.
Resources are going into drugs while the greater Philippines is descending into crime of the worst order. Unrestrained murder.
The karatula killings are now classic in the Philippines, with explicit photos being shown to the entire world. A magic marker and a piece of cardboard is all it takes . . . packing tape if you can afford it . . . and you can gift a body to President Durterte or the people of the Philippines.
224 is four times Mamasapano. It is four times Ampatuan. Count from 1 to 224 and you will know it is an outrageous number of murders. Count again 10 times, for relatives and dear friends, and overlay each count with extraordinary grief.
And not a culprit in sight.
If we are very very generous in out consideration, we can understand aggressive police actions. But the nation as a killing field? The nation was supposed to come clean in six months.
So when is the President . . . and his smiling enforcer . . . going to get started on the crime part? The clock is ticking.