Crimes surge

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Thursday, February 6, 2014

RECENTLY, criminals were striking again in different parts of the country, most likely manifesting the hard times that many are experiencing now.

While watching the evening television news, I was somehow alarmed over the robbery, rape and murder cases that now hound the citizenry and pose as serious threats to peace and order in many communities.

A couple of days ago, a young little girl was raped and was killed in a grassy vacant lot not far from the kid’s dwelling where the suspect perpetrated the crime. The said act was so barbaric that those who saw the dead body of the girl were drawn their ire against the perpetrator.


Another rape victim was reported involving again a minor. The suspect consummated his crime of passion in his residence, after getting the confidence of her victim. Witnesses to the crime reported the incident to barangay authorities that collared the suspect before being able to get away with his illegal and inhumane act.

In other news, a father while having a heated argument with his wife, drew his pistol and shot his wife. Their son, in an attempt to rescue his mother from his trigger-happy father, tried to prevent the latter from shooting. The son was unlucky that he was shot too by his own father and died.

Another incident tells how two retired couples who just came out of a bank after withdrawing some amount of their savings were accosted by armed men and robbed their money together with their other valuables. The couple’s Sports Utility Vehicle was likewise taken.

In a bid to deter the couple from reporting the heist, one of the suspects fired a shot into the head of the old man that caused his instantaneous death. The suspects fled while eluding identification and arrests by authorities.

A friend of mine in our community had discovered that his residence was ransacked of his personal things and valuables by a group of men and a woman who even parked their vehicle in my friend’s garage. Gone are the days of the akyat-bahays that destroy the iron grills of residences’ windows as they now enter houses through front doors.

House robbers are now in luxury vans that they park in garages while pretending to be either visitors or relatives of house owners. The said modus keeps away unsuspecting neighbors as they robbers do the ransacking and robbing activities.

One may conclude that criminals are getting bolder now because of their dire need for money. They get daring too in doing their criminal activities as most of them are said to be using prohibited drugs before they commit their crimes.

We may thing it outright that criminal elements, such as those who rape little girls, are high on prohibited substances that they tend to forget what is unlawful and what is not.

With the number of crimes happening these days, we can say that communities are not anymore safe with lawlessness, this despite the presence of uniformed authorities who are mandated to “serve and protect”.

We cannot perhaps blame some lawmakers who recently called for the re-imposition of the death penalty that they say to be the ultimate deterrent of crimes as criminals in the death row would serve as “samples” to other criminals.

After Leo Echegaray, no other criminal has followed his footsteps until the repeal of the law that is now being lobbied to be re-imposed.

Of course the Catholic Church is against the ultimate punishment for criminals, pointing out instead the increased and effective law enforcement as the solution to criminal incidents. This gives the challenge to our authorities to increase their intelligence networks and furtherance of their visibility in their supposed efforts of making communities safe.


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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 07, 2014.


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