By Rogelio A. Pureza
The State shall establish and maintain one police force, which shall be national in scope and civilian in character, to be administered and controlled by a national police commission….
A week ago, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago pre-sold the controversial hearing she was going to conduct on the grant of “unique powers” to since-resigned Interior Undersecretary Rico E. Puno in vivid Shakespearean terms. “There will be a lot of sound and fury. There will be a lot of sound from Mr. Puno and maybe a lot of fury from me.” Unfortunately for all of us, the hearing last Friday turned out to be more Shakespearean than we realized: It was “a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Miriam Defensor-Santiago summoned Rico Puno to a Senate hearing and took on the roles of judge, jury and executioner. Quite apart from prosecutor, haranguer and clown.
I am lost in translation over the love of President Aquino toward Rico E. Puno, now a former undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Amid the latest corruption issue against Puno in connection with the controversial P1-billion PNP (Philippine National Police) gun deal, the President still managed to say some kind words for his beleaguered shooting-range buddy. P-Noy, speaking to reporters in faraway Russia, where he was attending the Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit, expressed his continued trust and confidence in Puno, whom he described as his “eyes and ears” in the DILG.
The editorial titled “Que Rico!” asked: Why did Undersecretary Rico E. Puno, with three others, try to enter the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo’s private quarters in a Quezon City condo? (Inquirer, 9/10/12)