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EDSA bus explosion and the wave of crimes


Photo by Gmanews.tv You scooper Jorrel Santos

Not another crime. There seems to be a wave of crimes lately with this latest bus explosion, “the latest carnapping incidents made even more gruesome by the brutal murder of the victims Emerson Lozano and his driver as well as car dealer Venson Evangelista. Once again the Philippines is in the world spotlight with a negative image: that of a crime-ridden country.

Crime does not pay should be the message that these criminals should be getting. Nothing deters them from committing these outrageous crimes. The Philippine National Police (PNP) should be at the forefront, to act as deterrents. The PNP needs a lot of help to be able to cope with these wave of crimes.

The President was quick this time, responding to the bombing incident with this statement that he vowed to go after the people behind this outrageous crimes.

Uulitin ko lang po, at ito nga ho ay gusto kong ipahatid sa ating mga kababayan: Talaga pong hindi titigil ang inyong pamahalaan na mahanap itong mga taong gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimen na ito, na talaga naman pong hindi nakatutok sa isang tao o isang grupo, eh, talagang pananakot lang po sa buong sambayanan. Hindi natin pababayaan na magpatuloy ito, ang ganitong sitwasyon na may agam-agam ang atin pong mga kababayan sa Pilipinas.

Senator Kiko Pangilian in a press release issued this statement:

We condemn this latest act of lawlessness that has led to the senseless killing and maiming of our citizens. But we equally condemn the system of justice that has perpetuated brazen criminal act such as this. The lasting solution to lawlessness is strengthening the long arm of the law in a system that swiftly punishes the guilty. Only when the system of justice works will we see the end of lawlessness and criminality.

In view of recent events that have seen the brutal killings in the carjacking cases, the assassination of a member of the media in Palawan, and now this, the President should seriously consider designating an anti-crime czar to help track and lead to the arrest of the masterminds behind these dastardly criminal acts. The Executive Department should also initiate the convening of the Judiciary Executive Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council or JELACC and see how the three branches of government can set a common strategy to modernize the administration of justice in the country.

The President has called on the citizenry to do their part by being vigilant and help report leads to the cases. The administration should then do its part in ensuring swift prosecution and for justice to be meted out to those proven guilty.

Here are some reactions on EDSA bus explosion and the recent crimes.

Photo by Gmanews.tv You scooper Jorrel Santos

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