Jeneda Sal­cedo’s si­lence

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion -

“You don’t choose your fam­ily. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” –Des­mond Tutu

Iloilo Pro­vin­cial Board Mem­ber Jeneda Sal­cedoOrendain did not use her po­si­tion to get back at the po­lice who raided her and her rel­a­tives’ res­i­dences last Oc­to­ber 17 in Sara, Iloilo. Dur­ing the said raid, which was tar­geted at her father, for­mer Sara Mayor Nep­tali ‘Tally’ Sal­cedo, her half-brother Ne­rio and nephew Nixon were killed.

Po­lice claimed they re­sisted ar­rest and at­tempted to en­gage in a shootout – al­le­ga­tions the Sal­cedo fam­ily has re­futed.

As of this writ­ing, the pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial has nei­ther lam­basted po­lice nor sought higher civil­ian and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice au­thor­i­ties to look into the mat­ter in or­der to get even, de­spite such armtwist­ing tac­tics, pre­var­i­ca­tion, and “waslik poder” be­ing so preva­lent in the Philip­pines’ po­lit­i­cal hege­mony. Had such an in­ci­dent af­fected an­other po­lit­i­cal clan, those in gov­ern­ment of­fice would be tak­ing turns tear­ing law en­force­ment mem­ber to shreds. Many times, the par­ents of the po­lit­i­cally pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial en­cour­age their chil­dren to hit back hard – even in­vent sto­ries – and use their full might as pub­lic of­fi­cials.

Such huffy and ill-tem­pered at­ti­tudes risk rep­u­ta­tion and cred­i­bil­ity as the chil­dren go on tirades in or­der to sat­isfy both their egos and pen­chant for re­venge – this did not hap­pen with the Sal­cedo fam­ily.

In­cum­bent Sara Mayor Ermelita Sal­cedo and her hus­band prob­a­bly raised their chil­dren to be hum­ble and mod­est. The fam­ily, who has since filed a com­plaint against the raid­ing team on rob­bery, il­le­gal search, among other ac­cu­sa­tions, has opted to al­low the le­gal process reign supreme.

The Sal­cedos, de­spite their rep­u­ta­tion as “an­ar­chists,” have shown their ca­pa­bil­ity in fac­ing ma­jor im­broglio with ver­i­ta­ble ad­her­ence to the rule of law.

In fair­ness to the po­lice, led by Iloilo Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice direc­tor, Po­lice Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mar­lon Tayaba, and Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-6 direc­tor, Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao, they wel­comed the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing, they are will­ing to im­pose dis­ci­plinary ac­tion if the ac­cused are found guilty.

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