Is jailing the elderly a heartless act? What do we get in jailing 80- or 90-year-old offenders? Do they still have the energy to go into crime sprees or escape from prison cells?
For the nth time we note: Crimes committed by tandem-riders on motorcycles are becoming more rampant, more daring, and, recently, simply more senseless. They come in various guises: snatchers, rapists, burglars, murderers and assassins. Of late, within a span of 12 hours, tandem-riders shot at random five unarmed, innocent civilians in a Fairview (Quezon City) vicinity.
Despite our continued exposure to an excess of high-profile or sensational crimes, the assassination of a judge still sends us reeling, still strikes us as deeply offensive. Why? Because we sense it for what it is: an attack on something fundamental, something basic, to our way of life.
Criminals riding in tandem strike again. It is time to enact a law and eradicate this problem with these provisions: 1. The police can check riding tandems but for not more than a minute to prevent corruption (kotong). 2. “Helmets” (the protective headgear required of motorcycle riders) must be colored white. 3. Helmets and motorcycles [...]
By Michael L. Tan
Yesterday’s (Thursday) front-page headline, “Stray bullet kills baby,” gave me a sense of déjà vu. I found the Jan. 2, 2013 front page of the Inquirer on the Internet and it read “Hunt for Marcos loot to end,” followed by a smaller headline, “Ranjilo dead, Nicole fights for life.” Ranjilo Nemer, 4, and Stephanie [...]