Where are the plunder cases?-A A +A
By Ben Emata
From Across the Seas
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
IT is almost one year now since the alleged plunder cases were filed against 38 people that included Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, and until now these respondents are free to go anywhere they like. They can even go to foreign lands and stay there for as long as they like without any problem.
I am wondering what is happening to our justice department. Until now former President Arroyo is detained on plunder cases. Why some are detained while others are free to roam around like the three senators, namely: Enrile, Estrada and Revilla.
What makes the Ombudsman delaying the filing of the cases in the Sandiganbayan or if they had been filed already, what makes the Sandiganbayan behind in the issuance of the warrant of arrest.
I am very anxious about the filing of these cases because a plunder case is not bailable and, therefore, the accused will have to be detained like former president Gloria Arroyo. I want these cases tried already so that the guilty parties should go to jail and the innocents should be set free and enjoy life of an honest man.
The government should continue running against the plunderers in the public service before some of them could make an exit to foreign lands. I am very sure some of these accused are excited to fly out and enjoy life in America, European cities or elsewhere than being in jail and made as punching bags by hardened criminals with heavy tattoos. I also suggest that the plunderers should be treated equally with the thieves and other criminals and as such they should share the small space of cells. Napoles, I supposed is enjoying life in a detention center in Laguna. She should be in regular jail where the criminals are supposed to be.
Most of the plunderers have illegally pocketed government funds, the thing that did not happen in our lives. They enjoyed the life of millionaires and now they should try also the life of a criminal behind bars. If they are treated as punching bags by convicts inside the cells that is a matter of procedure that we cannot avoid.
I am not saying they deserved it just like anyone. Of course, my heart goes for them, I pity them but some people may never have a sort of heartbeat for them. They are angry certainly because of the public funds that vanished.
The only way to stop plunders and other forms of corruption in our country is to punish severely the people involved. Citizens will be served a lesson and surely they will be frightened by the sight of convicts being beaten by their fellow convicts. Most of these new plunderers if convicted will suffer the brunt of the law. They should return the money they have stolen and let them spend the rest of their lives behind bars. If we don’t punish them now there is no way other plunders in the future could be punished too. I hope the government should be stricter this time.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 12, 2014.