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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BAD habits die hard. Just ask some members of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB TPG), now known as the Kapatiran Para sa Progresong Panlipunan.
Happy days are here again. Or so they thought. Perhaps, they miss the good ol’ days when the RPA-ABB can strut around civilians with their firearms.
However, they forgot they're in Silay. Its mayor José "Oti" Montelibano is -- from these group's perspective -- notorious for putting RPA-ABB members accused of illegal firearms possession behind bars.
This time, the Silay police arrested Mayo Rosal, Gerald Lama, of Barangay Guimbalaon, Silay City, and Rene Juaniza of Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City.
The Silay PNP confiscated a .45 caliber pistol with three magazines of ammunition, and an M20 fragmentation grenade, a non-bailable offense.
KPP president Gilbert Arsenal said that he respects the filing of cases against three of their members. He should have left his statement at that and let the wheels of justice roll.
Instead, he expressed dismay that the PNP made the three scapegoats because of alleged robbery-hold-up incidents in Silay.
Yup, bad habits do die hard. RPP-ABB aka KPP members commit a felony yet their gut reaction is to run to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process for help. Big brother to the rescue.
For guys like you and me, the normal reaction is to look for good defense lawyers. Among financially hard-up respondents, their job would be to enlist the Public Attorney's Office for legal assistance.
But then these people are not like you and me. They think they have special privileges unavailable to ordinary citizens or rights under the 1987 Constitution's Bill of Rights.
When I checked the Opapp website, I read that Undersecretary Atty. María Cleofe Gettie Sandoval stated that: "The formation of the Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan is in line with the goal of the government to transform the RPM-P/RPA/ABB TPG into a legitimate socio-economic and political organization, as outlined by the proposed Closure Agreement Toward the Disposition of Arms and Forces."
How many of the RPA-ABB, oops, I mean, the KPP members think that the disposition of arms means they can still carry around firearms and explosives like the old days?
Moreover, the Opapp website says that the KPP "endeavors to "improve economic conditions and welfare of its former combatant members" and "strengthen its capabilities so that it could effectively pursue its commitment to continue to work for the interest of the working masses and pursue substantial reforms for the betterment of the working people."
So, fine. But where do the .45 and the fragmentation grenades come into the picture of the KPP's otherwise commendable endeavors? Somehow, I fail to see the connection.
Unless of course their concept of improving the "economic conditions and welfare of its former combatant members" is not to work as security guards is not their idea of improving their economic well-being.
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Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 04, 2013.