No need for Anti-Kotong Law vs. law enforcers

Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara has filed House Bill No. 246 which would impose stiffer penalties against all law enforcers engaged in “kotong” (extortion) and other illegal activities.

I don’t think this law is necessary. What we need is for the chiefs of the PNP and the NBI to come out with strict directives for their men not to engage in kotong (extortion), hulidap and other deplorable crimes.

I may have some disagreements with Sen. Panfilo Lacson during his stint as PNP chief, but his directives against all PNP men not to engage in kotong heaped praises from the public.

All law enforcers, from the PNP and the NBI, became wary of the directive and everybody toed the line. The customary victims who are lowly wage earners such as taxi, jeepney, truck, bus and tricycle drivers and even sidewalk vendors praised the PNP.


Putting an end to jueteng is an easy task if President Noynoy Aquino, together with the PNP chief and NBI director, would one day hold a joint press conference directing all their men to stop juteng and refuse jueteng payola or face dismissal from the service.

In the past, when the jueteng issue crops up and an investigation is called upon by Congress, there is a remarkable compliance from all PNP regional and provincial commanders; city and town police to stop jueteng in their areas.

The problem is after those congressional probes “in aid of legislation ends, illegal gambling would slowly return. In some areas, like in Pampanga, there had been no resurgence of jueteng because the illegal numbers game does not stop in the first place.

Jueteng can not be stopped because many of our government officials – law enforcers, governors, mayors and congressmen – are into it. They are either payola recipients or gambling lords themselves.                                                                                   oOo

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo appears to be getting back at her former Cabinet Secretary DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman who would be implementing the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program for the Aquino government.

Soliman, a member of the Hyatt 10 who broke away from GMA at the height of the Hello Garci scandal, defended before the House of Representatives her proposed P34.2 billion budget to include the Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP) or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

GMA said she was not against CCTP but it can not be implemented until 2012 because the DSWD still has to conduct a one-year training program for its personnel who will be involved in the program.

GMA has a very good argument. For how can Soliman be able to implement the CCTP when she still has to recruit and train at least 1,000 personnel for said program.


I agree with Sen. Joker Arroyo’s opposition against President Aquino’s EO 50 that allegedly rushed the grant of amnesty to Sen. Antonio Trillianes IV and at least 300 Magdalo soldiers.

The Makati Regional Trial Court was scheduled to hand down its verdict on Trillianes’ case on October 28. Will there be a need for EO 50 if the Makati RTC’s decision was to absolve them from their military coup charges on that date?

From all indications, the issuance of EO 50 had been planned for more than a month since both Houses of Congress have separately prepared a resolution recommending the EO’s approval.

Aside from some active duty senior AFP and PNP officers, DOJ prosecutors handling the case also resent and oppose the EO 50. What will happen now to their efforts for case build-up and other preparations to prosecute the coup plotters.

Will they now just throw the voluminous records and related documents/evidences they compiled into the trash can with just one stroke of an EO 50?


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