PNP Chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa cried like a baby at the Senate, lamenting the state of distrust for the Philippine National Police
The Philippine “Rock” said in between tears, he cannot blame the public if there is distrust among their ranks, this after Kerwin Espinosa enumerated the police in his drug payroll which earns him as much as P50 million a month.
Tears of shame, for a force riddled in corruption and distrust.
Tears of defeat, for failing to clean their ranks, defeating the purpose of the overhaul done to the entire police hierarchy.
Tears of frustration, for trying his hardest but still falling short.
We cannot blame the Rock for crying, who wouldn’t? When a drug lord point to the police as a regular to his payroll.
But there is another cause for tears today, the massacre which claimed 58 lives, 32 of those were journalists marks its 7th year.
Its 7th year of murder with no justice, worth Bato’s tears and more.
The gruesome crime was allegedly led by former Datu Unsay, Maguindanao Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., who stopped a convoy on its way to file the candidacy of then Buluan vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu.
The 32 hapless media were there to cover the event that led to their death and the hurt every journalist feels on this day of remembering.
It could have been anyone of us, for death does not discriminate and murderers will not hesitate to kill, especially journalists.
The mass murder has been described to be the worst case of electoral violence in history and the deadliest attack on the media.
We shall never forget.
Let the tears of Bato and those of journalists flow for today, there is a seeming loss of hope.
Let us weep for a loss of hope for the promised change which catapulted this administration into power.
Let us weep for a dwindling hope for justice.
It is a good day to cry.