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  Duck! Duck from the mob! Maximum tolerance was done by the police, using just truncheons, in dispersing the angry crowd in Tambacan Tanjay’s dredging or mining whatever. (Photo by Choy Gallarde)  

Lack witnesses behind killings

The Philippine National Police has clarified reports that out of the 32 shootings in Dumaguete last year, 20 were drug related, of them ten victims were executed extrajudicially, while ten other drug cases were considered solved even as the ends of justice have yet to be completed in the courts of Justice.

In a hurriedly called press conference Wednesday at the city mayor's office, Dumaguete police chief PSupt James Goforth (right photo) presented statistics saying, not all killings were drug related. Some were personal alterations that led to homicide.

Goforthexplained that extra- judicial killings is a nomenclature of the national culture of impunity which could mean both execution gangland style, or, simple homicide or murder. Extra-judicial in the sense that the killing was without judicial sanction.

He noted that in Duamguete accidental shootings involving two brothers who are minors, the shooting of a mentally deranged person who went wild outside the emergency room of the provincial hospital and the shootout between a police officer in Canday-ong and a suspected drug pusher, were reported as extrajudicial killings.



Communication gap is culprit in Tanjay fiasco

The Tanjay LGU calls it “dredging”, the Mines Geosciences Bureau MGB calls it “mining”, while capitol's Environment and Natural Resources Office ENRO calls it “extraction.” They are all correct. But the people are confused.

This is the problem in Tambacan, Tanjay poblacion 4.

Whatever,- - - the government is not handling the TambacanTanjay fiasco with enough professionalism.

And clearly, after we have gathered the facts, we found out that the culprit is simple COMMUNICATION gap.

And what are the facts:

1. Tanjay LGU applies for dredging at the mouth of the Tanjay river because it floods the city once it rains hard;

2. Tanjay LGU engages Sino Italy firm to undertake the project for P X-million pesos. But on exchange deal, meaning, Sino Italy will also extract black sand to be sold commercially so it will also earn.

3. DENR has approved both applications of LGU for ECC Environmental Completion enviroment\\ . But capitol ENRO calls it extraction. So Tanjay applies for extraction permit. STATUS: STILL PENDING, thus Sino Italy cannot yet officially start operations.

4. But Sino Italy wants to test its extracting and mining machines, meantime. So while testing, and still without permit, people around there are apprehensive and restless blocking the way. Some fear of an earthquake because of the tremblors caused by the machine along the shoreline.



The Philippine National Police here has lamented that there are no witnesses to the crime of extra judicial killings and urged citizens to do so. Question: why are citizens not willing to testify as witnesses even if it is for public interest and welfare?

Perhaps we can venture a guess, a logical guess.

Is it not possible that there is loss of confidence on the part of the public against our law enforcers? Or is it loss of confidence in our Courts of Justice? Take your pick.

City Ordinance 73 or the reward system provides P100,000 for the triggerman who will turn state witness and disclose the identity of his mastermind, testify in court and bring the killers to justice. The scenario is more ideal than real. It is because of the public's possible loss of confidence in the judicial system.

A number of detainees approached us yesterday at the city jail (during a BCBP visitation and sharing) saying that they were all planted with “fake evidence” as suspects of drug cases. At first glance, you tend to believe their stories. But unless proven otherwise, we still give the enforcers the benefit of the doubt.

Part of aborting loss of confidence, we urge the 7 pillars of justice to give each detainee a copy of their respective cases and charges. Our experience shows that eight out of every ten detainees do not know what their cases are all about.

There are detainees there who cannot afford the services of a lawyer and have been jailed for five long years. The lack of education is also among the causes of loss of confidence.

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