eriously folks, it seems
that lately more and more high profile suspects in the Philippines slip away
right before law enforcement authorities can take them into custody—from
Senators Gringo Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, to former Governor Joel Reyes
and his brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, to Congressman Ruben Ecleo Jr. and
property developer Delfin Lee. Now, Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother
Reynald Luy Lim seem to have likewise vanished into thin air.
This situation would be
laughable if it weren’t so terribly infuriating. The Philippine National
Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) appear so
blatantly incompetent when such situations occur. Putting a “tail” on these
high-profile suspects (secretly observing their movements from a distance)
would seem like a no-brainer to most people. Police around the world do it.
It would also save Filipino taxpayers thousands—if not millions—of pesos in
the long run. Placing a "tail" on someone is a lot less expensive than a
nationwide or international manhunt, not to mention egg on the faces of law
enforcement officials if they fail to apprehend their fugitive.
It is just downright awful
publicity for Philippine law enforcement when suspects thumb their noses at
them and seemingly fall off the face of the earth. It certainly does not
engender people’s confidence in their police authorities. Instead, it makes
them look like the Keystone cops, blundering from one laughable mishap to
The NBI and the PNP need to
hire more “gumshoes” to keep close tabs on those high-profile suspects who
have the wherewithal to disappear or flee to other countries. Filipinos need
to be reassured that those who commit crimes are not allowed to just walk
away and vanish. They must be brought to justice.
Janet Lim Napoles surrenders (8/27/2013)
MANILA - (UPDATE 11:34PM) Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10-billion 'pork barrel
scam', surrendered to President Aquino Wednesday evening, Malacańang said.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Napoles
surrendered to President Benigno S. Aquino III at 9:37 p.m. She was wanted
on charges of serious illegal detention of a former associate turned
whistleblower, Benhur Luy.
The primary purpose of Catholic schools in the Philippines is not really to educate but to indoctrinate. The reason they exist is to insure that the power and influence the Church wields is carried forward onto succeeding generations. That is the raison d'ętre for every school, college and university run by Catholic clergy all across the country.
In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) the most powerful storm ever to hit land, the global outpouring of aid is just so overwhelming. We Filipinos never realized we had so many friends all over the world. There doesn’t seem to be a country that has not offered to help.
SPECIAL EDITORIAL: Put a sock in it Anderson Cooper
The nerve of some foreign journalists who fly over here and complain about relief efforts moving too slow!Filipina track legend Mona Sulaiman practicing for the 1964 Olympics Don’t they know that these tropical islands are renowned the world over for their leisurely pace of life? Not since Mona Sulaiman won three gold medals at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta has any Pinoy (or Pinay) ever moved so quickly.
Super Typhoon Yolanda, Should Be a Wakeup Call to All Filipinos
There once was a time when most Filipinos thought they were God’s “chosen people” in Southeast Asia. Filipinos were the pious Catholics surrounded by a sea of pagans. When in 2004 a tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in neighboring Asian countries but spared the Philippines, many said it was yet one more proof that God was looking after His people. Well, what a difference 9 years makes because judging from the natural calamities now besetting the country one after another.
Get Rid of All Pork Barrel Funds for Senators, Congressmen, and the President
Philippine Senators and Congressmen have no business running their own little “charities” on the side. Legislators are elected into office to legislate, not hand out checks to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Janet Lim-Napoles/Malampaya Fund scandal has made it apparent in that many legislators did not practice due diligence in disbursing the people’s money allotted to them through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The Philippines, a Rotting Culture of Graft and Corruption
As it exists today, the Philippines can never become a great nation…at least not in our lifetime. Why? The answer is because from an outsider’s perspective, we are a nation of liars and thieves. Or if that sounds too harsh, we are a nation made up mostly of liars and thieves and a small minority of non-liars and non-thieves who prefer to look the other way or bury their heads in the sand.