The long nightmare for German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen, which began when they were abducted by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the waters between the Philippines and Malaysia last April, is finally over. They were released on Friday night, and found walking outside the town of Patikul, on Jolo island.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
If a law sounds too silly to be enforced, it might actually be. Filipinos have no concept of rights, nor that some laws sound so silly that government cannot possibly have any power to enforce them.
Finally appearing before the Senate committee on peace and order Tuesday after having previously snubbed its summons, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima admitted the widespread corruption in the PNP, said he was “ashamed” of this state of affairs, and vowed to correct the situation regardless of who’s involved: “Hinding-hindi po ako papayag na magkakaganun. Hindi na uubra ang mag modus operandi nila, ‘yan ang pinatigil ko at patuloy kong babantayan kahit sino man ang tamaan.”
By Rina Jimenez-David
The perils and sorrows of public service were amply demonstrated by former (I suppose the term can be used by now) National Food Authority administrator Arthur Juan.
Because of the spate of news reports on high-profile crimes allegedly committed by
police officers, calls have been sounded for a review of the list of cases filed against cops.