By Solita Collas-Monsod
A very important point should be made about the Edsa robbery-kidnapping incident that occurred on Sept. 1 in which eight current police officers and one dismissed policeman were involved. And that is: that the whole episode would have gone unnoticed by the public except that it was caught on camera by an alert passerby who then uploaded it on Twitter, whereupon it went viral, catching the attention of the police authorities and the conventional media, and thus the rest of us.
Despite the fact that Filipinos traditionally highly treasure children in their midst, sexual abuse and exploitation of children tragically remain common in Philippine society. Adding to this poignant irony is that even as the clamor for greater vigilance against child abuse is spreading worldwide, incidents of rape and murder of children in both urban and rural settings in our country continue to be reported with seeming regularity, many of them perpetrated by those who are supposed to care for them.
This relates to Erika Sauler’s July 14 front-page report titled “‘Jocards’ prey on philanderers in Quezon City.”
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation raided rice warehouses as part of a government crackdown on hoarding. One warehouse was caught repacking 20,000 50-kilo bags of rice from subsidized supplies of the state-owned National Food Authority (NFA). That was more than six years ago, or on March 28, 2008, to be exact.
We would like to thank the Inquirer for the article titled “Ways to avoid being a victim of property scams” (Property, 6/28/14) by Tessa R. Salazar, which we believe should be most helpful to the buying public. As the Inquirer knows, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) is also principally mandated to protect the interest of condominium unit and subdivision lot buyers, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 957.