Lawless impunity

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Friday, August 29, 2014


WHATEVER else people may say about our current socio-economic circumstance, the fact remains that anti-social elements have somehow become braver and brazen as to challenge law enforcers and legal authorities. The recent incidents in the city that featured unusual lawless bravado have gone too far.

Imagine the show of travesty against law enforcers in at least three municipal governments whose treasurer’s offices have reportedly been burglarized. Such show of brazen lawlessness has never been seen in our towns before.

What implanted this bravado into our criminal elements? Could it be secret political support from hard-boiled politicians? Or the laxity of our municipal police stations?

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Whatever, but the problem is that the burglars were able to defy our law because the three towns lacked equipment to protect themselves. They lacked security cameras and guards. And the burglaries were done “a day after a non-working holiday.”

A total of P167,000 were lost from the three offices: P75,000 in taxes and fees from Compostela; P55,96 public and P4,800 personal funds kept inside the office in Carmen; and P55,961 in taxes from Sogod, along with P31,500 in savings by a clerk who kept it there, as her home was earlier burglarized.

Then there is the report that the “serial robbers” are it again. How so? There was the front page news the other day that LBC was again robbed. This is the sixth time this happened to an LBC branch this year.

The latest incident happened before noon the other day in a branch along the busy street in, Subangdaku, Mandaue City. One is tempted o believe that the LBC is enjoying
a savings here.

Think how much LBC saved in promotion cost. Each time it is robbed, the story gets front page treatment, which must cost thousands in equivalent advertising cost.

The six cases of robberies this year has cost the LBC outlets, so the report said, a total of P191,000 combined. The five other outlets robbed before yesterday lost P167,000. But the branch hit recently lost only P24,000in cash and valuables to two unidentified men.

The operation lasted only for three minutes, and it was the third time that the branch was hit by robbers. Just the same, it merited front page space in Sun.Star Cebu.

How much could it have cost the LBC if it did a legitimate promo operation? I bet it would have cost LBC much, much more. Thus, I would say that LBC is definitely in good luck to have these promo coups happen to it. Other firms, I am sure, would be willing to pay double.

But no kidding now. How could the law enforcers stand the shameless game the lawless elements are playing against them in the city? Look, at what the lawless elements have done with impunity. They have gone into stealing “traffic light wires in Cebu City’s intersections.”

Really now our situation is no longer something we should joke about. Seriously, now!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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