Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quick Bites: The Senate Hijinks and the Atimonan 13

I know. It's been a week since my last post. Things have been rather hectic, and, while there are topics of interest to me, such as the ongoing situation in the Senate and the apparent rub-out/ambush in Atimonan, which resulted in the deaths of 13 people, there's just not enough time to collect my thoughts to write about them. I'll just comment very quickly on each, and try to write about them, perhaps tomorrow.

Regarding the Senate situation, I find it interesting as to how people in power can be so cavalier about using public funds, which, I might mention, are provided by our paying of taxes. In short, the so-called savings that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile unevenly distributed to the Senators, is our money. It's something to think about as we approach the 2013 elections, wherein Enrile's son, Jackie is running for Senator.

As for the Atimonan 13, it's not the first time that our law enforcers have used excessive force in dealing with alleged criminal elements. It appears that, instead of having criminals face the slow pace of justice in the Philippines, some of our law enforcers have made the conscious decision to dispatch these criminals to the next life. This, of course, shows the enforcers' disregard for legal procedure, which creates a vigilante-type situation in our country. It's not something to be proud of, as it is a step in the wrong direction.

So, as we continue into the new year, it appears that it's going to be a rich year for commentators and opinion writers, because it doesn't look like the current issues are going to be the only issues we'll have to deal with this year. 


1 comment:

Dino said...

Since this administration has been in general bragging a lot about savings (as compared to the Arroyos who love to spend, spend, spend), I wonder how government agencies handle the savings they generate. I know it's unfair to generalize, but I have a feeling Enrile's actions give us a hint.