Editorial: Malacañang’s concern

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

THE recent spate of high-profile murders in the country has finally gotten the attention of President Noynoy Aquino. Or at least that was what Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma told reporters Monday. Among the high-profile crimes mentioned was the killing of Cebu-based businessman Richard King in Davao City.

But even before the murders of King, race car driver Enzo Pastor (gunned down in in Quezon City) and Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr. (killed in Dagupan City), ordinary Filipinos have expressed concern over the worsening peace and order situation in the country.

The popularity of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who uses “unconventional methods” in battling criminality in his jurisdiction, is proof that people are worried about criminality and are looking for leaders that could effectively solve the problem.


Ironically, King was shot in Duterte’s turf so the Duterte bubble could burst.

“Government is firmly determined to stem the tide of criminality and improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to solve crimes,” Coloma said.

He mentioned intensified patrols and checkpoints, stricter enforcement of gun-control measures, neutralization of guns-for-hire and implementation of search warrants for loose firearms as among the measures law enforcers should take.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima has issued a directive to his regional directors for increased police visibility. And it came with a warning to all police commanders to either shape up or ship out.

Increased police visibility, though, is only one of the measures that can be affective in the battle against criminality in the country. It cannot even become effective if police commanders and their people are not imbued with honest intention, aggressive and creativity.

But it’s good that Malacañang and the PNP hierarchy have pushed the emergency button as far as the recent spate of high-profile murders is concerned. As they say, the first step in solving a problem is admitting there is one. Now on to the next stage of the problem-solving process.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 19, 2014.


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