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Saturday , June 23, 2018

Espinoza: Pick Ombudsman from private sector

AS THE world celebrated the death of the global terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, the administration of President Noynoy Aquino is in a grinding process as to who would be the next Ombudsman after Merceditas Gutierrez resigned amidst the impeachment case against her.

Among the names that surfaced are former senator Wigberto Tañada, Jose Manuel Diokno, son of the late Sen. Jose W. Diokno, and former agrarian reform secretary Rene Villa.

If I may suggest, the Judicial and Bar Council that would look into the names of applicants should think out of the box. The nominees to the post should not be limited to politicians or has-beens considering that we are a country of more than 80 million people.

Let’s be clear on this. I have nothing personal against the three nominees. But our system of appointment is appalling. It is stuck with those who have been in politics or in government service.

There are many people in the private sector who have the courage, intelligence, integrity, and honesty and who can suitably steer and lead the Office of the Ombudsman as mandated in the Constitution.

What I am simply saying is that PNoy’s government, if it truly wants an Ombudsman who can work according to its mandate, should create a search committee and open the post to every Filipino qualified for the job.

The process may take some time but it would serve the purpose. Limiting the selection to only few people and rushing the process in order to quickly fill up the vacancy may have some dire consequences later.

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News on the death of the leader of global terrorism, Osama bin Laden, eclipsed the story on the death of the youngest son of Libya’s leader Moammar Gadhafi and his three grandchildren during a raid by the rebels on his house.

Americans and people in the other parts of the globe celebrated Bin Laden’s death in the same manner that Libya’s rebels rejoiced over the death of Gadhafi’s son and his grandchildren.

Osama’s death could not even pay for the crimes he committed against humanity. But I don’t find rejoicing over someone’s death appropriate. Gone are the days of gladiators wherein the victors were cheered and the losers jeered.

I even doubt that Osama’s death can terminate Al Qaeda’s existence. But it is our constant wish that international terrorism will end after his demise.

President Obama’s announcement that Osama was killed in an operation and “justice has been done” was anti-climactic since the world already knew of Osama’s death on the Internet. I read it in Yahoo news early morning the other day.

Justice is not served with the death of Osama. Had Osama been captured alive, tried and convicted before the international court of justice for his crimes to humankind, then I could proudly say that justice was served.

There are questions, though, that need answers on the death of Osama. Did he fight it out with the American Navy Seals? Did he surrender but he was finished off? Or, did he kill himself because he did not want to be captured?

(elespinoza53@yahoo.com)


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