DESPITE the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) it appears to be business as usual for lawless elements that apparently are trying to gauge the capacity of the concerned authorities to carry out the laws to the letter.

And if such situation would continue, chances are that, as already predicted by some political analysts, the May mid-term polls would be bloodier owing to the dismal failure of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to stop the spate of gun-related violence, some of which were committed in broad daylight.

Of course, we all wouldn’t want that to occur, much more get victimized by these criminal elements that are enjoying to the max amid the gun ban because they know in the first place they weren’t covered by it only these so-called responsible and legitimate gun owners.

Just the same, PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima must strengthen the campaign against loose firearms as the elections drew near. Otherwise what has been predicted is what’s really going to take place in the coming senatorial and local elections. If the PNP could not carry out a much stronger action, we can readily say that it’s just a clear indication of the Aquino government’s poor handling of the peace and order situation in the country.

Happy are those in places that violence seems to be a thing of the past but in cities and municipalities which have been tagged as election hotspots and were criminal activities were on the rise, the PNP must intensify the police visibility.

Anyway, they’re here “to serve and protect” us. Huh!

By the way, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who has been declared, if we are to quote Senator Frank Drilon, as the ruling party’s presidential bet in 2016, can be more effective if he would focus on his job and not on the May polls. The good secretary has been pre-occupied in trying to disable politicians or those elected officials in provinces who are not allied with them especially in areas that have been proven to be vote-rich like Cebu.

By so doing, he thinks that they would emerge victorious in the coming May polls as he trains his sight in the 2016 presidential race, forgetting that he must be at the forefront being the DILG chief to resolve the criminal activities convincingly and with dispatch.

Bgy. Pasolo’s Bad Egg Tanod

One Carlos Motellano, a watchman from Bgy. Pasolo in Valenzuela City, deserves to rot in jail. He’s quite lucky because the robbery-extortion charges filed against him for demanding money from a resident whom he’s supposed to protect is bailable.

This crooked tanod had even the nerve to drop the name of the Northern Police District just to bilk the hapless resident. The village chief must not tolerate such wrongdoing of his own men right in his backyard and let’s just hope that’s he’s the only bad egg in his pack.

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