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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hold Your Horses, Folks!

Was it a staged summary execution? Apparently not. No one has yet questioned the claim that the policemen chased the suspects before they reached that Q.C. area where the encounter happened. Note that the shooting occured in a busy street, with thousands of spectators and possible witnesses.

But was it an overkill? Did the policemen kill the then immobilized suspects? Or was there still apparent threat on the lives of the policemen forcing them to neutralize the source of the threat? Given what media is showing, everything is hazy. An independent probe is therefore necessary.

As a lawyer, I am sworn and I am committed to upholding every man’s right to life. No one, premised on prevailing laws, has the right to exact justice on his own volition. Every alleged transgressor of the law must be presumed innocent until the requisite processes are observed and the courts of law declare him otherwise.

But then again, in the case of the now-controversial incident, the same presumption must be applied to the accused trigger-happy policemen. What’s happening now, is that media, particularly ABS-CBN which prides itself of having taken an exclusive footage of the shootout, rams down the public’s throat, its own version of what happened. ABS-CBN now takes it as its own crusade to lead the viewers to the conclusion it has reached. And we all know how influential media is in shaping public opinion. Regardless of what transpires in the investigations, the guilt of the policemen are already ingrained in the public mind.

Disappointingly, on the same boat was the head of the Commission on Human Rights which has yet to conduct an investigation but has already displayed melodramatic reactions on-cam. True, the mandate of the CHR is to ensure utmost respect for human rights, but it doesn’t command partiality to the dead or the complainant.

The public deserves to know the truth on this matter. Let the formal investigations begin and let’s draw our conclusions only when all the facts have been laid out.

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I have to admit I am an interested party to this case. As a lawyer, I do push for the observance of the due process of law regardless of the circumstances. But as a victim of carnapping, I too would be relieved to know if indeed those killed were part of the syndicates operating in Quezon City and that somehow there are now less of them prowling our streets.

4 comments:

Abou said...

how would we know if they are indeed carnappers. all we have are dead corpse shot several time at close range.

would someone bother to investigate if it was staged or otherwise if not for that video?

r-yo said...

abou: don't worry, there are still other means to ascertain that. for one, the car used was said to be indeed carnapped. And I do appreciate the fact that media was able to record the event. What I begrudge is journalism beyond reportage. I base this on tv spots I saw where the hosts clearly harassed police officials to toe their conclusion. After all that have been said, what media should focus on now is how the investigation proceeds - no more, no less.

BlogusVox said...

I don't have proof, but only have concluded from what I've seen and heard. IMO:
1. Are they carnappers? - I believe so.
2. Was it an overkill? - yes!

It doesn't take ABS-CBN to trumpet their exclusive footage. Based from previous police operation, a lot of innocent civilians where killed during the "cross-fire". Sad to say, masyadong "trigger-happy" and kapulisan natin. Take for example the case of that father-daughter killed a few years back because they didn't stop when "civilian" police with guns tried to stop them. And recently, also a father-daughter was shot and killed (intentionally?) when they tried to flee on foot away from an "operation scene". Can anybody blame me if I don't trust persons in authority sa Pinas?

aajao said...

atty. we need you here. practice your profession in your (almost) God-forsaken country!

OT ba comment ko? naiinis ako eh! parang wala nang bago dito sa Pinas.. >:(