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We need more eagle-eyed cops

Ninfa Leonardia

Sometimes we hear stories about policemen that make us realize that not all of them are trigger-happy, “kotong”, bribe-takers, womanizers and heavy drinkers, or even drug protectors. We do have police officers who are dedicated to their jobs, and who keep an open eye for wanted offenders even when they are assigned to other duties. Such stories seem to revive our trust and appreciation for the work they do, and make us hope that all the new owns entering the service could be as idealistic.

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This thought came to me when I read an item in the national media about policemen in Makati who apprehended a driver for a traffic violation. His offense was minor, but the cops noticed that he had a gun and it was unlicensed. So they had to take him to the Police Station where one of the cops who had stopped him recognized him as the suspect in the robbery and killing of two dentists in their clinics in Makati, by pretending to be a patient. As if tired of evading the law, the suspect, whose initial offense was only a traffic violation, also confessed to also having killed a female call center agent who refused to give up her bag when he held her up!

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What struck me about the news item was the admirable memory of the policeman whose instincts rang a bell upon seeing the man who was already in their records with arrest warrants for robbery and homicide. So now an offender has been arrested and will surely face the courts for his crimes. What if the policeman had not been eagle-eyed and had let the man go after only recording him for a traffic violation? I hope, though, that they were not among the cops who had been involved in the condemnable EJKs (extra-judicial killings) that had gotten our country such a bad name.

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Now that we are on the subject of cops, I hope some will be assigned to watch the area where the new flyover at Araneta Street is located. Oftentimes at night, we notice several big trucks loaded with unidentifiable materials that look very heavy, also driving on it. Aren’t they violating the load limits on the flyover? But since there are no more enforcers or traffic policemen at the time, they must feel they have impunity to use it, even when the roads below are open as traffic is minimized by then. Maybe Col. Luisito Acebuche can do something?

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They called it a miracle, but nobody has proposed a recommendation to Rome for its confirmation. This was the unbelievable incident of the Metro Rail Transit in Manila, notorious for its breakdowns that very frequently lead to having the passengers get down and look for other means of transport to get to their offices or schools, and causing irritation and loss of working time, not having any such breakdowns in the past seven days! To commuters, who are used to being stalled and having to get off way before their destinations, the seven breakdown-free days are, indeed, miraculous!

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Well, even we in the provinces have heard about their annoyance with the services of the MRT that has caused them to curse its officials for not being able to solve the problem despite the fact that the network and its cars are relatively new. It looks, however, that its new management has finally procured the needed spare parts to keep it running, and run it has been doing for all of seven days! Well, God created the world and the two human beings he placed in it, also in seven days. But let’s cross our fingers and hope the MRT doesn’t get stalled again on its twelfth day!

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Movie aficionados will surely be excited over the announcement that two of Hollywood’s best-looking and most talented and popular stars are being featured in a movie to be produced by producer Quentin Tarantino. And the two male stars are Brad Pitt and Leonardo D’Caprio! The announcement did not even bother to name the female stars in the movie. They know what crowd drawers just the name of the two heart-throbs will be.

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So our human rights situation has even gotten the attention of Iceland? The foreign minister of that country has called on the United Nations to investigate the alleged human rights abuses in our country. The Iceland official was said to be calling on behalf of 40 countries. In responding to that, our Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano asked the Icelandic official to come to the Philippines and see the actual conditions here. I think he should go slow with that invitation. The Icelandic may come at a time when the newspapers are publishing stories about drug suspects being gunned down, or found dead. What conclusions would he make then?*

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