“3Rs” during the Holy Week

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

AFTER the long vacation due to the observance of the Holy Week, we are back to our daily routine.

For Roman Catholics, at least, majority of us underwent the “3Rs” during Lent, which was to relax, reflect and renew. Before the Holy Week, Archbishop Jose Palma said the Lenten season is not for vacation but rather it is time for reflection. I beg to disagree. How many of us went into reflection? Most people packed up their things and went to their desired destinations for vacation because it was time for family bonding. Those who have money went abroad or to the known summer capitals in the country like Boracay, Baguio and Tagaytay. But those with a limited budget stayed here or went to the provinces.

But what kind of process of reflection do we need to undergo during Lent? Going to churches or Visita Iglesia? Doing the Stations of the Cross or listening to the Siete Palabras in church or listening to it on the radio flooded with many sponsors? Or going to a retreat? These are all the traditional ways of observing the Lent. For me, we can strike a balance between relaxation or recharging and reflection. We can go on vacation and at the same time reflect.


Not to be philosophical about it, we can reflect anywhere. It doesn’t necessarily have to be inside a church or in a retreat house. Reflection is subjective because it is between you and your God and we can do it anytime, not only during Holy Week. Now, after reflection, have you renewed your faith to the Holy Almighty? I doubt it. Happy Easter!

Of the five Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officials charged with multiple murder and frustrated murder by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 in connection with the ambush-slay of Atty. Noel Archival and two of his aides, only Chief Insp. Eduardo Mata, provincial chief, had the courage to face the media and vehemently deny his participation in the killing. SPO4 Edwin Galan, chief clerk and custodian, only faced the media when NBI 7 raided the HPG 7’s impounding area. He now refuses to be interviewed.

The other accused--Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, HPG 7 director; Senior Insp. Joselito Lerion, Special Operations Team head; and PO1 Alex Bacani--are nowhere to be found.

Sources said they continue to report to their respective offices but they hide when members of the media arrive. You know, I want to see their faces on TV and newspapers so we can identify these “terrors of the highways.”

Why are they refusing to talk about the case in public? Because they cannot answer some nagging questions? Now, if we condemn them they will cry “trial by publicity.”

This is a matter of public concern and their integrity, credibility and even their professions are at stake here. I don’t know Mara personally, but sources said he didn’t know anything about the plan to assassinate Archival. In fact, in the complaint filed by the NBI 7 before the provincial prosecutor’s office, he was only named as “having conspired” with the other accused. If we are going to interpret this, it means he had no direct participation in the crime. His role being in charge of the impounding area was that he allowed impounded vehicles to leave the impounding area to be used as getaway vehicles by Archival’s killers.

But Mara said he has no control of impounded vehicles. According to my source, the style at the HPG 7 is once a “questionable vehicle” is apprehended and impounded it’s then “to each his own.” Meaning, the owner can only negotiate with the apprehending officer. Keys of impounded vehicles are not turned over to the property custodian but rather kept by the apprehending officer. Lerion was the apprehending officer of Archival’s client whom the HPG 7 officer allegedly extorted P200,000 in exchange for the release of the vehicle. Lerion and Archival almost engaged in a fistfight at the Mabolo Police Station when the lawyer had the impounding incident placed in the blotter.

Is Mara entertaining the idea of turning into a state witness once the case is filed in court? Abangan.


I have heard that Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Atty. Alfonso Tan and LTO 7 Acting Director Arnel Tancinco are scheduled to appear before a Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Toledo City tomorrow for a contempt charge filed by a city resident in connection with the scrapping of the drug test as a requirement for securing and renewing a driver’s license. The LTO insists on scrapping the drug test despite the injunction issued by the RTC in Toledo City. Will they be cited in contempt for defying a court order?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.


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