We cannot perhaps add anything more to the universal condemnation of, and loud calls for justice for, the grisly murder of Jennifer Laude. There is no legal or moral justification for an apparent hate crime.
Less than 24 hours after rains brought by Tropical Storm “Mario” submerged the metropolis, causing the evacuation of thousands of families and damage to many households, the floodwaters were mostly gone. The rains having moved to the north, the floods subsided, leaving behind muck and tons of garbage.
Loyalty has its merits, sure. But President Aquino would have to forgive the public if it rolls its eyes at yet another instance of him peremptorily dismissing concerns about the performance of a subordinate. This time, public anger has been directed at Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima for the spate of brazen crimes that show not only a breakdown of law and order but, even more alarmingly, the involvement of police officers themselves in criminal activities.
By Bobby M. Tuazon
President Aquino has sought to clarify that he is not seeking reelection. But his words have not doused speculation about his wanting a second term and added more confusion to the issue.
The news conference last Thursday was as extraordinary as it was rare: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, for only the second time since her appointment to the Supreme Court, met the press in a lengthy and candid give-and-take.