I am not yet ready to update my blog because of so many reports I have to accomplish but news footage I saw last night from the different media network on the forcible and warrant-less arrest of Ted Failon’s house helpers and family members did bother me. The case, obstruction of justice. I could not hold my tears and anger seeing policemen from Quezon City dragging helpless civilians to police mobile cars to be brought to the police precinct for questioning and to be brought to the fiscals office for an inquest procedure. Ted Failon’s lawyer were in the area but they could not even prevent the policemen from dragging their clients.
“These are peaceful people. They’re not criminals although they are being suspected as accessories for the obstruction of justice. These policemen are not only showing great anger in their faces, they are even very physical with these helpless people,” said our maid who was watching.
I don’t know how many children have seen it, and I don’t know what kind of impressions they have with the police? What kind of impression does the world have having seen such footage in international news about Filipino policemen applying unnecessary force in arresting people who were only stating their rights to be respected?
It all started with a shooting incident in Ted Failon’s (TV News anchor or ABS-CBN) involving his wife who sustained a gun shot wound to the forehead to what had been perceived as a suicide attempt. Never the less the police put everybody in the household as suspects including Failon who was found negative with gunpowder burns in a paraffin test. Well the case is still under investigation and I will not dwell on it. My only concern is a perceived violation of human rights in arresting what they call as suspects in the obstruction of justice as alleged by the police.
It’s a good thing atty. Delima of the Human Rights saw the footage and found something wrong with it. Now those who performed what has been perceived as a little bit inhuman way of arresting helpless people (despite the presence of their lawyers) have to explain their acts. For that matter the PNP leadership will also conduct an investigation on the case.
But Senator Francis Pangilinan is so furious about what witnessed as inhuman way of arresting suspects (which he termed as “bullying” of Failon’s family members (kapamilya) and house helpers (kasambahay) and a driver); and called for the relief of a police official in-charge. And who could not be furious about it, the policemen even pursued arrest of “suspects” (sisters of the victims and a brother in-law) in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
Isn’t this a wake up call for the public to be aware on the abusive practices of our lawmen in enforcing arrest? Of course the police people have the right to defend themselves. What is only written her is a public perception whether the police performed their duties in a manner that no human right is being abused.
By the way the DOJ secretary has ordered the immigration office to put Failon in the watch list for being a suspect in the death of his wife. Some people seemingly noted that the secretary had been insinuating that the wife of Failon possibly did not commit suicide. But everybody has his own right of opinion.
On the other hand Failon is a radio/TV news anchor who is also known for his being a critic to the Arroyo’s administration.
Sana lumabas ang katotohanan and that justice be done.