By Mortz C. Ortigoza
“Pin-head o mahina rin ang utak nitong senator na ito,” this what I quipped after I read the Face Book’s post on the proposed death penalty bill of Senator Risa Hontiveros published by Politics.com.ph.
Hontiveros assailed the proposed death penalty passed by the House of Representatives that she and her Liberal Party’s colleague wanted to torpedo after it reached at the Senate.
|TOP BRASS. From left Philippine National Police's Director General|
Ronald dela Rosa and Senator Panfilo Lacson. Photo Credit:
“Death penalty is a cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment, which has a disproportionate impact on the poor and little guarantee that innocent people, would not be sentenced to death,” Hontiveros wrote and was quoted by the Liberal Party’s friendly website.
In that article, Politics.com.ph posted a poster of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the three activist priests Fathers Mariano Gomez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, called as Gomburza for brevity by Filipinos, who were victims of death penalty by quoting Hontiveros’ comment “simply for standing up for equal rights, freedom and democracy.”
The website titled its paraphrase of Hontiveros Face Book’s post as: “Paano kung inosente? Risa Hontiveros opposes ‘cruel’ death penalty”.
My reaction: How could those convicted felons killed by a firing squad, lethal injection, electric chair, guillotine, or by the noose that needs only somebody to kick the stool where the convicted criminal stands, according to another “intellectual giant” Senator Manny Pacquiao, so this forsaken, soft, and criminal friendly country could save for electricity when the poor convict would be given due process and free lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office or PAO and after his conviction by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) his case would have an automatic review by the Supreme Court?
Death Penalty is justifiable than the government’s gauntlet hand policy on “shooting it out with the suspected hard core criminals” at a drop of a hat or arbitrarily extra judicially killing them.
We should get rid of this kind of death as it already reached the 6,000 mark after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office middle of last year.
Let’s legalized execution by creating more RTCs so death would have due process.
How Jose Rizal and GomBurZa became victims because they stood “simply for standing up for equal rights, freedom and democracy” as espoused by Hontiveros, could not get my comprehension.
What kind of logic is that Politics.com.ph and Senator Hontiveros?
Dangerous drug lords whose products turned a human being into a monster like being a robber, kidnapper, or rapist who mercilessly killed their victim did not stand for equal rights, freedom, and democracy.
These sonnafabich are dregs of society, they are termites that will bring these country to the abyss and the morass.
These malefactors would destroy the pillars of what are equal rights, freedom, and democracy stand for.
Their elimination from our society is not only deterrence to their successors but only make our democratic pillars stronger.
Besides, Rizal and the three priests did not experience the real due process because they were executed by a Kangaroo Court under the authoritarian regime of the Spanish colonizer.
Senator Ping Lacson, a former chief of the national police, schooled incumbent chief of the Philippine National Police’s Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa when he told the latter at the Senate's Committee on Dangerous Drugs hearing Thursday the following:
“Don’t wait for your men to be sued. You sued them administratively so they could be suspended”.
He said that the chief PNP should be pro-active to interfere on his policemen who were caught by security cameras “planting ” illegal drugs shabu to table drawers of foreigners like those South Koreans and Chinese and cops who were panned by close circuit cameras stealing valuables of foreigners where some they physically hurt during their raid.
“Respect and trust among your men are earned, they cannot be demanded,” the ramrod former four - star general, who even forced policemen to reduce their beer belly during his watch, cited.
The lecture ensued during the hearing of the death of the South Korean executive of Hanjin, world’s biggest shipbuilder that give jobs to Filipinos, who was murdered near the office of General Bato by police officials who also shamelessly fleeced the wife of Jee Ick Joo with five million pesos ransom even after they murdered him.
The incumbent Chief PNP looked incompetent on the call of Lacson who was feared but respected during his unforgettable stint as top honcho of the national security.
Bato should remember the quotes of political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli when he wrote them on his book The Prince: “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both”, “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared” and “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him”.
The last one was very applicable to the exhortation last Thursday of Lacson to dela Rosa.
Son of a gun, those quotes that are being used nowadays as dogma by effective leaders were written by Machiavelli in the 16th Century in Florence, Italy.
Critics of Bato criticized him not for his heavy handedness leadership but as singer, clown, and drama artist on concerts, boxing of Manny Pacquiao in the U.S, and Senate hearing and national TV interviews where he in some occasions wept unabashedly just like what he had with the effeminate balding host Boy Abunda.
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