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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
IT'S a no-brainer that technicalities in our legal justice system will not only unreel the cases against the three senators and other high officials in slow motion but also push their true and just outcome to the very edge of a moral abyss. Unless, we the people watch and mobilize to insist that morality, truth and justice carry the day for us.
How far along has the case of the Maguindanao massacre gone? Not very far mainly because of technicalities. But since many witnesses have either disappeared or died suspicious deaths, it appears that immorality too is hounding this case.
Strong evidence of murder notwithstanding, Ensign Pestano’s death was dismissed as a suicide by judges most probably corrupted by the accused. Only after many long years of persevering effort did the ensign’s parents get a guilty verdict for the high ranking navy officers who forever silenced their honest son-patriot and many witnesses to hide their crime.
These examples clearly demonstrate that unless people persevere in mobilizing to take direct affirmative action, cases filed against the high and mighty in this land can easily drag on for years only to end up being dismissed for the usual legal pretense of “lack of sufficient evidence.”
Concerned citizens must watch trials intently to insure that the proceedings go at the right pace and in the right direction. We should insist that the trial of accused PDAF scammers be open to media. We should also continue to mobilize to get our reactions voiced and listened to in the course of the trial. We simply cannot allow the perpetrators to be let go on mere technicalities or on shady back office deals.
One way to evade justice is to run for office and win. We will, therefore, also need to ensure through concerted action that none of the accused get elected to higher office in 2016 as Revilla and Estrada gallingly intend to, or re-elected as the others will most likely want to.
We must oppose their election and as well the election of anyone who, as Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sr. has telegraphed, will exonerate or pardon the accused once in power.
In the interest of fairness, however, we should also insist that the President orders the investigation of, and the filing of cases against, his allies who have emerged as suspects of the same crime of plunder.
This is the worst of times when we see with stark and agonizing clarity the extent of corruption in high places. Not China but our elected officials are our own worst enemies. Yet, this could also be the best of times if we grab the opportunity to impose our will on all officials including those who claim to be making others walk the straight path.
It’s all up to us. We are their bosses after all.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 18, 2014.