What a heartening experience. Despite the constant drum of raindrops on the roof and the ceaseless pounding of habagat waves in our corner of the world, came these friends from the neighborhood to enliven my drab evening with an interesting discussion on the jailing of Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada.
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?
By Juan L. Mercado
Reactions Viewpoint column “Restitution” (6/3/14) have cascaded in. The column reported that the Court of Appeals had reaffirmed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order: Fire the 10 Navy men linked to the 1995 murder of Ensign Philip Pestaño.
Through all the revelations and the ongoing drama of outrageous corruption by our legislators and officials, something great is happening in our country these days: The government is being given the chance to truly and fully address the deep-seated malaise of corruption and depravity in public service, and in society as a whole. This is unprecedented.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Why is our criminal justice system overprotective of the guilty? Why does it take so long to investigate, prosecute and convict criminals? After the tedious process is completed, why is the conviction rate still dismal? Why are our neighbors, like Singapore and Malaysia, better able to control criminality and corruption? So readers keep asking week after week.