MOCKERY to note that while Davao City police assured the public of its safety during the Lenten season, a strong magnitude of explosion rocked the metropolitan police headquarters.
Let the police define safety from their own backyard to convince the public that indeed they are capable of keeping the community safe as well. That Black Saturday explosion in broad daylight at Camp Domingo Leonor is a clear manifestation of carelessness if not a complete dereliction of accountability.
Passing the buck to the scorching heat of summer is a lame excuse and a vivid picture of their ignorance in handling explosives. Recklessness and negligence become clearer in the eyes of the average when they failed to satisfy the following suppositions: First, these fine men forgot the basic on up to what temperature a kind of explosive withstand. Second, these fine men were not aware of the storage temperature during summer. Third, these fine men failed to appreciate the importance of the explosives being used as court evidences thus were not handled and treated with extra precaution inside the EOD storage while the cases are still under litigation.
If a bomb joke worth the joker to be imprisoned, what does an explosion inside the police barracks mean to the law enforcers? It alarmed, it caused panic to the public, and rendered damage. Is there a sacred cow in DCPO explosion?
Granting arguendo that there is no magic wand cast into that incident; isn’t it for delicadeza that DCPO Director Alexander Tagum will be relieved or at least he himself voluntarily submits to leave if only to give a freehand while the PRO XI is conducting an in-depth investigation?
Well, the “accident” happened and the court evidences were gone. Even if the garrisons of SWAT, EOD and K9 will be reconstructed, the sanctity of court evidences stored in the EOD storage of Davao City Police Office turned residues and cannot be restored. This is a worse misconduct like killing a person without the law speaks for justice.
Forget the ills if you may, but I am sure that the police are also doing their best, commensurate to the upsurge of their salaries. We only pray that a safer storage of explosives will soon be constructed. Safety and preventive measures will be adopted with the expectation that explosives are detrimental and can detonate anytime. Otherwise, without the assumption of the given harms, it is as absurd as telling the water not to get wet.