MAGANES: A wisp of change and reform

July 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

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The entry of Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte into the presidency brought hope to every Filipinos. The once reluctant candidate for President got the support of the majority of the Filipinos because of his non-conventional style of campaigning. He batted for change and reform in governance zeroing in on the end of illegal drugs, corruption, illegal gambling and all forms of criminalities. Although he was popular for throwing “cuss words,” that did not deter the massive support of the Filipino electorates.
President Digong’s simplicity could no longer be overemphasized. He has shown it with fashion from the day he was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippine Republic ranging from the food served up to the kind of apparel he is comfortable to wear. He’s not the type of president or leader who is “maporma” and “madrama.” He is what he is, not minding what his critics will say. He is an epitome of a leader who shuns protocol, which maybe has given headaches to his presidential escorts.
During the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) last July 5 at the Clark Field, Pampanga, President Digong spilled the beans by naming five generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are allegedly ” protectors of drug lords in the country.” The five generals named are: former PNP deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr., retired general Vicente Loot, now mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu, Director of Police Regional 6 Bernardo Diaz, Director of Quezon City Police District Office Edgardo Tinio, Director of National Capital Region Police Office Joel Pagdilao. Diaz, Tinio and Pagdilao are still active in the service and were ordered relieved. Duterte also ordered the National Police Commission (NPC) to conduct a “non-zarzuela” investigation.
The generals cried foul. They said they were not involved to the allegations of President Duterte, saying they should have been consulted first as their names have been defamed. They denied their participation on any drug dealing much to the consternation of Duterte’s followers and supporters. Of course, denial is the best form of defense and we hope NPC will conduct a “no-holds barred” and objective investigation.
Lest we forget, President Digong has already called the attention of the named generals to resign before he will assume the presidency. His call was echoed several times last June and yet none among them came into the open. Their lackadaisical attitudes have put them more into “hot water” to the extent of saying that they will clear their names. President Duterte, in my personal opinion, has all the pieces of evidence on hand to pin the five generals. He was a former prosecutor and knows fully well the ins and outs of legal proceedings. I know he will stand by what he said and what he claimed so that his integrity and credibility will not be questioned in the end.
Following his expose, in a media briefing, President Duterte showed a chart linking General Garbo as protector of the three drug lords in the country, two of whom are currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa. They are Chinese nationals Wu Tuan also known as Peter Co, Peter Lim also known as “Jaguar”, and Herbert Colangco. Co and Colangco are at the NBP while Lim is at present out of the country but was warned that if he will come back, he will be killed.
 During the administration of PNoy, it will be remembered that Co and Colayco were living in luxury inside the NBP. They have complete amenities to the envy of those renting five-star hotels. It was said that although they have been detained in a maximum security, they still operate their “drug operations” using cell phones. Indeed, they were treated as first-class detainees making those officials in the NBP “dumb and deaf.”
What is the relevance of Duterte’s exposes on the generals and the “drug lords”? The morale of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was apparently boosted. Those who are doing their work efficiently have not lost hope for a clean and honest police institution. Well, of course those with records and considered scalawags are shivering as they do not know when they will be ousted from the service or be transferred to other areas not of their choice.
Indeed, change has come. Reforms are widely implemented not only on the war against illegal drugs. All government departments and agencies are doing their “cleansing” activities among their ranks. Many corrupt employees are advised to resign or else they will face administrative charges. These reforms, although done in trickles, give us Filipinos the much needed hope that the country we love will still be great with the right kind of leadership in our midst.
How long these reforms will be implemented are worthy of waiting. We have waited for so long and given the pace of changes President Digong is doing, we could not ask for more.
(For comments and suggestions, email me at Visit my blog “The Roving Pen” at Listen to my radio program “VIRGIL MAGANES SA DWPR” aired over DWPR Radyo Asenso, 1296 KHZ AM Band at 8:00-9:00 AM, Mondays to Saturdays.)

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