First time in my life I read a column thrice in one day. The first time was in the morning when I got a copy of the Inquirer, the second while taking lunch and—I just could not believe it—the third during dinner.
I was appalled to read Ramon Tulfo’s column supporting and encouraging death squads that target human rights workers and impoverished street children (“Summary killings: Who’s complaining?” Metro, 6/24/14).
In his column titled “Summary killings: Who’s complaining?” (“On Target,” Metro, 5/24/14), Ramon Tulfo criticizes Human Rights Watch for its recent report on death squad killings in Tagum City, which implicates former mayor Rey Uy. The report details the extrajudicial executions of alleged drug dealers, petty criminals, and street children, and is based in part on interviews with and affidavits from three self-proclaimed members of the death squad that carried out the killings.
This refers to Ramon Tulfo’s column (“Doctors charged with fraud,” Metro, 3/15/14) about the case filed against the incumbent president and four past presidents of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) for allegedly faking the signature of Teresita Manzala, chair of the Professional Regulation Commission, on registration documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We appreciate the Inquirer editorial staff’s fearless views and reports of events here and abroad, including Ramon Tulfo for his column “VP Jojo Binay’s death warrant” (Metro, 12/24/13) and Winnie Monsod for siding rightfully with the Dasmariñas Village security guards (“Winnie Monsod: Guards were correct,” Inquirer.net, 12/19/13). To all of them I say, “Keep up the good work!”