PLM on P-Noy's decision on the hostage fiasco PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2010 16:45

Classic Patronage Politics

 

The decision of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to clear DILG undersecretary Rico Puno and others from criminal and administrative charges over the botched hostage rescue operation on August 23 smacks of patronage politics.  P-Noy has put friendship and political alliance as his priority over all other things, including justice for the eight Chinese tourists who were killed in the incident and the integrity of the legal team in the Incident Investigation and Review Committee who spent gruelling weeks to come out with a credible report.


No wonder it took P-Noy several days to mull over the IIRC report.  He waited until his two-man committee composed of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo de Mesa had reviewed the report (twice!) to present his bland anti-climactic decision.


P-Noy almost cleared everyone, except of course the “little people” whose statuses in life do not warrant a delicate handling from the government. Talk about the class bias of the P-Noy administration! It turned out the ultimate victim was none other than the brother of Rolando Mendoza, the other policeman whom they tried to arrest during the height of the hostage crisis. SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza has gone on record to accuse Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim of trying to have him “salvaged.” Now, Lim has received a slap on the wrist from P-Noy but Mendoza will be charged with “serious disobedience, conspiracy to commit a crime, illegal possession of firearms, and serious illegal detention.”


Those that P-Noy ordered charged were mostly policemen whom he taunted with these words: "The message has to be sent... when you accept the perks and privileges of the office, the duties and responsibilities are equally accepted by you. You are responsible for your failure."

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2010 16:52
 

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