Rama can never sell SRP lots-A A +A
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Our policemen are sworn to serve and protect lives and properties. They are here to maintain peace and order. When criminality rises and there is no order, the police are held primarily responsible.
Our policemen deserve not only pat in the back for maintaining peace and order in our community and in catching the criminals, but also high praises for a job well done.
But as time goes by, things change. The rules have changed and some people who have the connections in the corridors of power use our policemen for their personal and vested interest.
A retired judge, who wished not to be named, called me Tuesday morning to narrate what he witnessed in Mandaue on Monday at around 9 a.m. near a mall.
A team of uniformed Swat cops accompanied a rich-looking matron to a nearby motor inn. Their presence somehow caught the attention of everyone near the mall. They saw where the cops were going.
Curious, my friend verified and learned that the Swat cops accompanied that woman to the motor inn because she suspected that her husband was inside with a companion.
What the Swat cops did was improper. It is indecent and highly irregular to escort someone and knock at the door of inns without search order from the court.
Because the persons inside the room did not get out, the Swat cops left after they realized that they did not have the authority to force the man out of the motor inn. So it was not ascertained if the companion of the man was a woman or man.
New Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino should look into this illicit practice. The Swat cops have no business escorting that woman and knocking at the door in the absence of an order from the court.
Yes, it would take time for the complainant to seek an order from the court to search a house or room but that is not an excuse for the policemen to shortcut the procedure or rules.
This was not the first time, though, that the Swat cops escorted a complaining spouse. It also happened in Mandaue City some years back. Perhaps the Swat cops thought that what they did was within the bounds of the law.
Cops know their roles and responsibilities. There are limitations to their work such as the right of every person to be safe and secure in their homes or place of stay.
“Section 2. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable…”(Bill of Rights, Philippines Constitution).
The cops should be reminded to respect the rights of every Juan de la Cruz as enshrined in our Constitution.
Private citizen Tomas Osmeña growled at the move of Mayor Mike Rama to take out from the Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) the task to promote the reclaimed 300-hectare South Road Properties (SRP).
The CIPC is managed by Joel Mari You, a loyal ally of Tomas. But to accuse Mayor Rama of politicking is not only funny but also shows Tomas has run out of acerbic words to say against his ex-underling.
As private citizen, Tomas could only dislike but not disagree on Mayor Rama’s plan to implement an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) as mass transport system for Cebu City instead of his brainchild, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that President Noynoy Aquino turned down.
Tomas’s tongue slipped. While he denied CIPC managing director Yu is a supporter of Type O, he impliedly admitted that his campaign catchphrase in the last elections, Type O was untrue.
The ex-congressman should have been honest and told the press during the celebration of his grandfather Sergio’s birthday that Rama can’t sell the lots at SRP while he is around.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 12, 2013.