Call­ing P.DU30: Kindly re­form the ‘rogue’ PNP!!

Manila Bulletin - - Views • Features - By FIDEL V. RAMOS FOR­MER PHILIP­PINE PRES­I­DENT “Tough talk­ing ma­cho PNP Chief Bato de la Rosa has again turned ‘Cry­ing Cop.’… ABANGAN!! Please send any com­ments to fvr@rpdev.org. Copies of ar­ti­cles are avail­able at www.rpdev.org.

I— Atty. Ig­na­cio Bunye, Manila Bul­letin, 11 Septem­ber 2017 N re­cent weeks, there has been no bet­ter ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ist-public ser­vant to ar­tic­u­late our cit­i­zenry’s con­cerns about Govern­ment pol­icy and strate­gic di­rec­tion than Atty. Ig­na­cio “Tot­ing” Bunye, for­mer mayor of Muntinlupa City, leg­is­la­tor, BSP func­tionary, and jour­nal­ist. This is re­mark­ably true, says FVR, not only in terms of Bunye’s long years of public ser­vice as city mayor, leg­is­la­tor, cabi­net of­fi­cial, and BSP Mon­e­tary Board mem­ber, but also as ad­ven­tur­ous re­porter and cor­po­rate tal­ent.

IN FACT, PRES­I­DENT DUTERTE RE­CENTLY CON­FERRED A RARE MEDAL ON PO­LICE CHIEF IN­SPEC­TOR ESPENIDO WHO EX­E­CUTED THE BLOODY OP­ER­A­TIONS THAT KILLED OZAMIZ CITY MAYOR REYNALDO PAROJINOG PLUS SOME REL­A­TIVES LAST 30 JULY 2017.

RE­VIS­IT­ING “TIGER” TOT­ING

IT IS NOT TOO WELL-KNOWN THAT TOT­ING BUNYE WAS AN ENTERPRISING WAR COR­RE­SPON­DENT FOR THE PHILIP­PINE DAILY STAR FROM 1966 TO 1968 IN SOUTH VIET­NAM. HE AU­THORED A DOC­U­MEN­TARY EN­TI­TLED “THE OTHER WAR,” A FIRST-PER­SON AC­COUNT OF THE AC­TIV­I­TIES OF THE PHILIP­PINE CIVIC AC­TION GROUP (PHILCAG) IN TAY NINH, SOUTH VIET­NAM, OF WHICH COLONEL FVR WAS CHIEF OF STAFF DUR­ING 1966-1968.

When Co­ra­zon Aquino as­sumed the pres­i­dency af­ter the EDSA Peo­ple Power Rev­o­lu­tion in 1986, Bunye was des­ig­nated OIC mayor of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Muntinlupa, Rizal.

He was elected mayor of Muntinlupa from 1988 to 1995, and also served in a con­cur­rent ca­pac­ity as chair­man of the Metropoli­tan Manila Au­thor­ity (fore­run­ner of MMDA) from 1991 to 1992.

In 1995, Bunye was re­elected as Muntinlupa mayor. Dur­ing his 12-year stew­ard­ship, Muntinlupa meta­mor­phosed from a fifth-class mu­nic­i­pal­ity into a highly ur­ban­ized city. Adopt­ing proven cor­po­rate best prac­tices gained from work­ing with Ayala Inc., Bunye – among oth­ers -- ini­ti­ated the com­put­er­a­ti­za­tion of Muntinlupa, stream­lined op­er­a­tions and cut cor­rup­tion, thus mak­ing Muntinlupa City the busi­ness-friendly com­mu­nity it is to­day.

He founded the Muntinlupa Polytech­nic Col­lege, which has since be­come the Pa­man­tasang Lung­sod ng Muntinlupa. Tot­ing up­graded public health ser­vices and also es­tab­lished the ceme­tery for Muntinlupa’s poor.

Be­fore fin­ish­ing his ten­ure as mayor, Bunye ini­ti­ated the es­tab­lish­ment of the “Ospi­tal ng Muntinlupa” on a 5-hectare lot within Fil­in­vest Cor­po­rate City, which is also the site of the fu­ture Civic Cen­ter.

In the 11th Congress, Bunye cham­pi­oned the cause of lo­cal govern­ments and be­came an ef­fec­tive fis­cal­izer. He served as press sec­re­tary from July 2002 to early 2003, be­fore be­com­ing the pres­i­den­tial spokesman in Jan­uary, 2003.

WHAT IS NOT TOO WELL KNOWN IS THAT TOT­ING HAS BEEN A STAL­WART FVR COL­LEAGUE FROM WAY BACK TO THE PHILCAG (VIET­NAM WAR) AND EDSA-UNO YEARS. AS MAYOR, BUNYE WAS AMONG THE STEADFAST AS­SETS IN BLOCKADING MUNTINLUPA’S STREETS AGAINST MIL­I­TARY REBELS TRY­ING TO IN­FIL­TRATE METRO MANILA TO AC­CESS GOVERN­MENT TAR­GETS FROM 1987-1989. WHO WAS THAT BOY??

IN HER OP-ED AR­TI­CLE TI­TLED “REPACKAGING,” ANA MARIE PAMINTUAN OB­SERVED THAT THE PNP CAN­NOT BE AB­SOLVED OF THE BLOOD­BATH; THERE ARE SIM­PLY TOO MANY IN­STANCES, CAUGHT ON SUR­VEIL­LANCE VIDEO, OF COPS ABUS­ING THEIR AU­THOR­ITY AND COM­MIT­TING CRIM­I­NAL ACTS IN THE NAME OF THE WAR ON DRUGS.

IN A PAS­TORAL STATE­MENT TI­TLED, “LORD HEAL OUR LAND,” THE CATHOLIC BISH­OPS’ CON­FER­ENCE OF THE PHILIP­PINES (CBCP) EX­PRESSED HOR­ROR AT THE DEATHS OF THREE TEENAGERS IN RE­CENT WEEKS, ALL VIC­TIMS OF THE DUTERTE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION’S CAM­PAIGN AGAINST IL­LE­GAL DRUGS AND CRIME.

ARCH­BISHOP SOC VIL­LE­GAS SPEAKS: “STOP THE KILLINGS!”

“WE ARE AP­PALLED BY THE REMORSELESSNESS BY WHICH EVEN THE YOUNG ARE EX­E­CUTED,” THE CATHOLIC BISH­OPS CON­FER­ENCE OF THE PHILIP­PINES HAS DE­CLARED.

The prelates urged the Catholic faith­ful to of­fer prayers for 40 days start­ing 23 Septem­ber for all vic­tims of vi­o­lence, the war on drugs, and the anti-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions in Marawi City. THE CBCP ALSO CALLED FOR THE TOLLING OF CHURCH BELLS EV­ERY 8P.M. – IN THE TRA­DI­TION OF “DE PROFUNDIS” – DUR­ING THE SAME 40-DAY PE­RIOD IN RE­MEM­BRANCE OF THOSE KILLED. SAB­O­TAGE OR SELF-IN­FLICTED PROB­LEM?

THE RE­CENT KILLINGS AL­LEGEDLY TAR­GET­ING THE YOUTH “SHOULD BE VIEWED WITH SUS­PI­CION AND UR­GENCY,” A PALACE SPOKESMAN SAID, RE­FER­RING TO THE DEATH OF KIAN LOYD DE­LOS SAN­TOS, 17, ON 16 AU­GUST; CARL AN­GELO AR­NAIZ, 19, ON 18 AU­GUST; AND REYNALDO “KULOT” DE GUZ­MAN, 14, AR­NAIZ’S LAST KNOWN COM­PAN­ION, PROB­A­BLY ALSO ON 18 AU­GUST.

Fre­quently, as is the case with P. Du30, we are un­cer­tain about what he truly means. Does he mean that there are politi­cians who are cap­i­tal­iz­ing on these deaths and us­ing them as an is­sue against him?

On the other hand, the more alarm­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Pres­i­dent’s remarks is that he was clear­ing the po­lice of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the killings, and blam­ing in­stead “shad­owy sabo­teurs” who go around killing teenagers and pin­ning the deaths on po­lice­men to de­rail P. Duterte’s anti-drug war.

Such a no­tion would be ab­surd, had it not come from the mouth of the Pres­i­dent him­self, who told PNP Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Bato to ex­am­ine the deaths more closely be­cause he was be­ing sab­o­taged.

Re­fer­ring specif­i­cally to the 14year-old “De Guz­man,” who was found float­ing in a creek with 30 stab wounds and his face wrapped in pack­ag­ing tape, the Pres­i­dent de­clared this could not have been the work of po­lice.

“You know the po­lice, they will shoot… but they wouldn’t wrap a sus­pect’s head – that is not the job of the po­lice. It’s non­sense.” P.Du30 said in Filipino.

WE RESPECTFULLY RE­MIND THE PRES­I­DENT THAT IT WAS ALSO NOT THE JOB OF THE PNP TO KID­NAP SOUTH KOREAN BUSI­NESS­MAN JEE ICK-JOO, STRAN­GLE HIM IN­SIDE PO­LICE HEAD­QUAR­TERS IN CAMP CRAME, CREMATE HIS BODY TO GET RID OF INCRIMINATING EV­I­DENCE, THEN STILL TRY TO EXTORT MONEY FROM HIS WIDOW BY MAK­ING HER BE­LIEVE HE WAS STILL ALIVE. BUT THEY STILL DID IT.

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL SPOKESPER­SON ERNESTO ABELLA CLAIMED DUTERTE’S CAM­PAIGN AGAINST IL­LE­GAL DRUGS HAD “AD­VERSELY AF­FECTED” THE OP­ER­A­TIONS OF NARCO-POLITI­CIANS AND DRUG LORDS, WHO WERE CON­NIV­ING TO CRE­ATE A NEG­A­TIVE PER­CEP­TION AGAINST THE PRES­I­DENT’S BLOODY DRUG CRACK­DOWN.

“IT SHOULD NOT COME AS A SUR­PRISE THAT THESE MALIGNANT EL­E­MENTS WOULD CON­SPIRE TO SAB­O­TAGE THE PRES­I­DENT’S CAM­PAIGN TO RID THE PHILIP­PINES OF IL­LE­GAL DRUGS AND CRIM­I­NAL­ITY, THE CENTERPIECE PRO­GRAM OF THE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION, TO SUC­CEED, WHICH MAY IN­CLUDE CRE­AT­ING SCE­NAR­IOS CRE­AT­ING PUBLIC ANGER AGAINST THE GOVERN­MENT,” Abella said. (Manila Stan­dard, 10 Sep. 2017). CORE LES­SON

IN ESSENCE, IT IS NOT ONLY THE ANTI-IL­LE­GAL DRUG DRIVE AND THE EN­TIRE PNP BUT ALSO P.DU30 HIM­SELF THAT ARE LOS­ING HEAV­ILY IN THIS WAR AGAINST IL­LE­GAL DRUGS, CRIM­I­NAL­ITY AND TER­ROR­ISM. HAVE WE FORGETTEN THE 2015 FI­ASCO OF PNP DIR-GEN ALAN PURISIMA, HIS COM­MAN­DER-IN-CHIEF P.NOY AND THE “FALLEN 44” PNP-SAF COMMANDOS???

AND, WHAT ABOUT THE CHR P1000 BUD­GET, THE RE­BUILD­ING OF DEV­AS­TATED MARAWI CITY, AND THE 400,000 RO­HINGYA MUS­LIM REFUGEES??? THESE ARE ALL PH-ASEAN COM­MIT­MENTS ––

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