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.
Spanning 12.4 kilometers, Commonwealth Avenue is a vital thoroughfare in Fairview, Quezon City. It has become a constant scene of motor accidents that often involve madmen driving buses racing to get first crack at commuters, earning it the infamous nickname “Killer Highway” and the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s most dangerous roads (a modest estimate of three to five accidents a day).
“5 DEAD as thrill killers strike in QC” (Metro, 5/12/14). Gun deaths in the Philippines are a daily phenomenon, at an average of 20 each day. That’s 7,300 Filipinos per year or in 365 days.
By Conrado de Quiros
As impunity goes, the murder of Rubylita Garcia ranks way up there. Garcia was a 52-year-old reporter who had worked for Remate for more than 20 years.
It goes by a dry, innocuous title—Revised Police Operational Procedures Manual 2013 edition—the sort that makes the eyes glaze over and calls to mind reams of the most banal rules, directives and instructions, all the “should” and “should not,” the “must” and “must not,” that make up the nitty-gritty of everyday police work.