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Culture of fear

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Ronald Roy — Jan. 19, 2017

A most quotable quote about “fear” comes from US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the Democratic Party (presidential term, 1933-’45), who “rabble-roused” the American people to patriotic levels when, in the course of the ravaging 2nd World War, he intoned: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Indeed, those fighting words surely enhanced the American fervor to win that hellish war among nations.

However, in a domestic armed conflict such as the one now raging among Filipinos, the condition of fear becomes painfully cultural because that’s when Filipinos get to realize that they would rather honorably die in combat on foreign soil defending the homeland, than kill misguided fellow Filipinos at home in defense of self and family.

Over the past decades, peace and order conditions have worsened, and there’s reason to doubt that they have in fact further escalated under PDu30’s watch, his anti-crime policies notwithstanding or: precisely because of his anti-crime methods. This means only one thing: Although his vision of a crime-free society is laudable, his methods to realize it are censurable.

Constitutional dictatorship?
Mr. President, if you are reading this, please desist from planning to establish what your associates love to call a “constitutional dictatorship”, which they claim will result after the Constitution has been revised to vest in the presidency all the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Poppycock!!

Don’t your colleagues know that, by nature, a fundamental law is the people’s instrument of check on abuses in government? “Constitutional dictatorship” is pure fiction…and you know it. It is a “contradiction in terms” palatably couched to deceive the people. Anyway, I’m glad you’ve decided to call it what it is: “martial law”, a not-so-palatable term.

When fear peaks
I agree, Luisa (Zaldivar), that despite PDu30’s claim that drug-related crimes have appreciably abated, people are increasingly gripped in a culture of fear these days. Fear reaches a peak when law enforcers—who are mandated to secure citizens in their homes, offices, schools, churches and other public places—have become the very criminals they’re supposed to rid society of.

Yes, it isn’t surprising that sooner or later police scalawags, taking full advantage of Digong’s all-out war on drug lords and pushers, would devise felonious schemes, like the so-called “tokhang for ransom”, an artifice which simply means that cops enter a home purportedly to search for drugs and related paraphernalia and/or arrest suspects, but actually kidnap someone for ransom.

Take the case of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo,who was abducted as he was leaving for work in Angeles City by a group headed by a high ranking police officer from the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in Camp Crame. Jee left behind a daughter and wife who forked out P 5 m, which was all she had, but they killed him just the same.

Mother and daughter will soon be returning to South Korea crestfallen without the man who had brought them here for a better life. This is, to say the least, a gut-wrenching episode that ridicules the President’s so-called “change is coming” pledge.

Defending cops, Digong’s blunder
The dragnet ordered by PDu30 never appeared serious, and many cannot be blamed for concluding that its listlessness was the result of his appalling resolve to defend policemen in trouble because “they are (his) men”. PDu30 shouldn’t be lulled into the comfort of his consistently high popularity ratings, as it can take only one person to drag him down.

The President must remember that his solemn oath of office behooves him to be just to each and every man. Need it be stressed, indeed, that if policemen (and other armed crime-fighters) are involved in crime, it is with greater reason that he should be stricter in eradicating this scourge of society?!

Trump presidency in jeopardy
As for your other point, Luisa, no, I don’t think the alleged cyberheist by Russia of campaign data from the Democratic Party was an “act of war”. An act of war, if I recall my International Law, is a treacherous military assault upon a country that may retaliate without having to make a formal declaration of war. The heist has been confirmed by the US Central Intelligence Agency as a possible reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

Expectedly, Pres.Trump has shrugged off what is seen as a dangerous threat to the stability of America’s political life, specifically, the US CIA’s affirmation that Russia has found a digital manner of spying on the United States of America!!

But it really matters not if Trump had nothing to do with the heist. If it can be reasonably shown that he benefitted from the cyber theft, the power of America’s democracy will ensure the termination of his term, one way or another — surely, an engulfing fear that Americans now fear.

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