Criminality

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


MANY of the stories that merited space and printing in the primary pages of Sun.Star Cebu are, in my assessment, somehow generally about violations of law, whether these are civil or criminal violations.

But the way it looked to me, the pages appeared overburdened with criminal tales rather than civil or “neutral” reports that are pleasing or non-disturbing ones to imbibe.

Take the case of the reported closure of videoke houses said to be located at the other foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu city.

People in the vicinity were complaining about the noise from the nine videoke houses that were allegedly violating a Lapu-Lapu City ordinance that limits videoke operation only up to ten o’clock in the evening, but were opened up to “the wee hours of the morning.”

In response, and pressed by the complaints of her well-meaning constituents, Mayor Paz Radaza ordered the nine videoke establishments closed based on the existing city ordinance.

The operators complained about the order with the head of the City Advocate for Responsible Enterprises Task Force. But it is said that they were told earlier that they should sound-proof their respective establishments.

It does seem that in our social milieu, undertaking acts that do not jive with our laws, rules and regulations seem to be part of our way of life. As if the better part of our existence is spent looking for more profitable ways to make a living, even if doing the same would go against the standard that we ought to set for an orderly and peaceful life.

But as it is, we often try to do things against our civilized living.

There is the story about how the local City Office on Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) had tested workers in the barangays for the use of drugs, and found four of them in Barangay Tinago to be using drugs. They admitted it in their affidavits.

So far, it is said that 31 workers tested were found positive for the use of illegal drugs in an unannounced drug testing operation. Last weekend the task force conducted it in Cambinocot and Mabolo.

It is said that in Mandaue City, the local government unit revived its anti-drug group due to the rising number of cases related to the alarming crime incidence in the city.

In a meeting the other day by the new members of the council, the city’s executive secretary, who is said to sit in the council as representative of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said that the council will meet again soon to plan out their activities and programs.

There were other reports on crime incidents in the pages of Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, but time and space concerns did not make it feasible to mention all of them to affirm our belief that crime has become an uncomfortable bedfellow to our lives.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2014.

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