Article Open season for killing

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  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Open season for killing

    12 December 2016

    The killing last month of Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte, and his fellow inmate Raul Yap inside a Leyte provincial jail is the most brazen incident of murder perpetrated by police officers in recent memory. Espinosa and Yap were killed by a group of 24 policemen led by Supt. Marvin Marcos allegedly because they resisted the serving of a search warrant; they purportedly engaged the police in a shoot-out, and guns and illegal drugs were found in their possession, all while they were in their prison cell. Some among us are of the opinion that Espinosa deserved to die ...

    Policemen can treat the six years of the Duterte administration as an open season for killing, and they can go on a daily shooting rampage without dread of accountability, even far worse than what is happening now. After each kill, they only need to recite the magic mantra “Drug lord/addict, nanlaban!” and the Duterte administration will install halos of purity over their heads, with no questions asked. This issue of whether the involved policemen should stand trial or should be immediately cleared of liability brings the country to the metaphorical forked road.

    If we allow Superintendent Marcos and his cohorts to go unpunished, this country will take the road where police killings will become even more brazen and shocking. The killings will get so much worse along this road because the example of a protected Marcos will embolden rogue policemen to use “Operation Tokhang” as a means to perpetuate their criminal activities. On the other hand, if we exert sustained protest and campaign to compel the prosecution of Superintendent Marcos and his cohorts, our country will go down the other road where fear of retribution will be instilled in the hearts and ...

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