Doubt on killings

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

caused pub­lic up­roar and prompted the Se­nate to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Also killed af­ter that were mi­nors Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz and Rey­naldo de Guz­man, with the po­lice claim­ing that Ar­naiz died in a le­git­i­mate en­counter. The po­lice still con­sider de Guz­man as miss­ing al­though his fam­ily has iden­ti­fied a body found in Nueva Ecija as his. The body bore 26 stab wounds.

The re­sult of the sur­vey, had it been re­leased ear­lier, would have served as a warn­ing to the po­lice that pub­lic opinion in the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war against drugs is chang­ing. Many have in­creas­ingly be­come like the vil­lagers in the fa­ble who no longer be­lieved in the boy who cried wolf.

As ex­pected, Malacañang re­fused to ac­cept the sur­vey re­sults, claim­ing the ques­tions that were asked of the re­spon­dents were “lead­ing and pointed.” But re­fus­ing to ac­cept re­al­ity is a prob­lem in it­self. If the Palace won’t ac­cept the sur­vey re­sults, it should at least note this state­ment from Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III, an ally:

“If the PNP has solved any of these killings then they should re­sort (to) me­dia and an­nounce their achieve­ment. Wala tay­ong naririnig. Kaya tu­loy dito sa Se­nado nararam­daman ko yung ti­wala sa PNP, yung bilib sa PNP eh wala. Bum­abagsak o nawawala.”

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