CBCP exec catches solons sleeping on their job
LAWMAKERS who have joined calls for the reimposition of death penalty following rash of violent crimes were caught with their pants down by an executive of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Legislators favoring death penalty, including senators Miguel “Migz”Zubiri, Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto, should know the Philippines cannot reinstitute capital punishment because it is a signatory to the United Nations Second Optional Protocol favoring abolition of death penalty, according to Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of Catholic Bishops Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care.
Diamante said if they don’t know what the Second Optional Protocol is, they must Google what it is. He said the people are paying them millions and must make their staff work and do their research.
Addressing a weekly forum hosted by the Catholic Media Network, Diamante advised them to surf in the Internet to know that the country is among the 66 signatories of the protocol.
Article 1 of the protocol says that “each state party shall take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within its jurisdiction.
TODAY’S PROBLEM OF PEACE AND ORDER
INHERITED FROM PAST ADMINISTRATIONS
There’s no denying that the daily reports in the media on high profile and minor or petty crimes strike fear into the hearts of the citizenry.
The EDSA bus bombing last Tuesday that killed four passengers, two instantly, and injured 13 others even made the peace and order situation in our country more complicated and difficult to find immediate solution.
It is setteled that the problem of law and order falls under the jurisdiction of the Executive Department headed by President Benigno Aquino III the commander-in-chief of law enforcers, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (APP) and Philippines National Police (PNP).
That is why our people pin their hope on President Aquino in stumping the spread of lawlessness in some parts of the country specially in Greater Manila Area.
In fairness to the President, he told Palace reporters early this year and long before rash of violent crimes broke out, that top priorities in his agenda for 2011 are the include eradication of graft and corruption and maintenance of law and order, and security.
He said he ordered the police and the military to make crime syndicate operators and terrorist groups feel that it is now a personal fight between him and them.
Also, PNoy ordered them to intensity foot patrol as they track down hard on criminals and stop lawlessness together with nationwide campaign against crime syndicates and terrorist groups.
A total gun ban nationwide is now being mulled over because police studies showed that licensed guns were used in assassination, kidnapping, theft and robbery.
The famous quotation on “opportunity” from the late United States president John F. Kennedy may inspire President Aquino as he faces many challenges during his incumbency as Chief Executive:
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis”. One brush stroke stands for danger the other for opportunity.”
The rash of crimes, breakdown of law and order and terrorist activities all together make a crisis situation that gives the Aquino government (of six months) the opportunity to stop criminals from committing crimes to make our streets, our offices and our homes safe from them.