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.
We are gravely concerned about recent reports about more school-campus crimes targeting students and teachers. There should be a thorough investigation into these crimes, and no efforts should be spared to catch and prosecute the people behind them.