Bato sure to fail as BuCor chief
The US government has joined the European Union in condemning the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country brought about by President Digong’s war on drugs.
For every denunciation made by these countries, our government’s response should be to tell them to go to hell.
The Philippines is a sovereign country and should not let itself be dictated upon on how to run its internal affairs.
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Why didn’t American human rights groups react to the disappearance or death of hoodlums in unnatural numbers in the streets of New York City during the time of Mayor Rudy Giuliani?
Before Giuliani’s time, many places in New York were not safe even in the daytime as there were muggings, especially at Central Park.
The New York Police Department was accused of shooting unarmed civilians and Giuliani defended the actions of his policemen.
Because of his unorthodox method of dealing with crime, Giuliani was able to cleanse his city of undesirable elements.
What Rudy Giuliani, a former New York prosecutor, did to criminals in New York, Rody Duterte, a former Davao City prosecutor, is doing to undesirable elements in the Philippines.
The problem with the United States is that it sees human rights violations in other countries but ignores those on its own turf.
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As Oscar Albayalde took over the helm of the 190,000-strong Philippine National Police, President Digong gave him a mandate:
“Just do your job in accordance with the requirements of the law in destroying and perhaps killing the criminals. I will be there for you.”
I hope that dire warning was addressed to scalawag policemen as well.
I volunteer my public service program, “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo,” in exposing abusive members of the PNP.
Every month, this columnist, a self-appointed ombudsman, receives scores of complaints of police abuses — killings, torture, false arrests, “planting” of evidence — committed against innocent citizens.
But Albayalde’s predecessor, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, largely ignored the complaints I brought before his office as he preferred TV interviews, apparently to enhance his public image.
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A message to Dela Rosa as the new director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor): You won’t succeed in disciplining the corrupt prison guards who are in cahoots with convicted drug lords unless you eliminate the rotten eggs. C’mon, you know what I mean!
If you had dealt decisively with the policemen who abducted and killed a Korean businessman right in front of your official residence, you would have sent a very clear message to the whole PNP.
But you did not; that’s why your men didn’t fear and respect you.
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