With their dignified stance and authoritative stares, police officers represent justice. Police officers serve as the protectors of the vulnerable and the nightmares of every criminal.
However, recent reports regarding the involvement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the kidnapping of the South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo says otherwise. Though unproven to whoever kidnapped the Korean national, the fact that the PNP couldn’t prevent the kidnapping and the killing from happening, and given that he was killed inside Camp Crame, was just disappointing.
On other issues, the recent increase of the numbers of alleged drug pushers killed by police officers who they claim “resisted” just seems to be not right. However, their claim is quite questionable because their reasons contradict the evidences found in some CCTV footages and audio recordings.
What eats me up is the uncertainty that they can do anything they want and come out with their hands cleaned. How can someone who took an oath to be the pillar of the weak and be the wrecking ball who destroys it? Maybe they’re just following orders; maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re just doing their jobs; maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re telling the truth; maybe they’re not. Nothing is certain anymore.
On the whole, it’s just painful to think that the people who are supposed to give the comfort of safety to every Filipino can possibly be the greatest criminals. That those who are supposed to protect the people from being killed are the ones actually killing. That those who are supposed to eliminate theft and robbery are the ones stealing. That the ones who are supposed to ensure that the Filipino’s rights are not stomped upon are the ones stripping it of off them.
It’s too bothering to think that if they do the opposite of what their obliged to do, they’re not the ones who will suffer the most, it’s us—the Filipino people. The Irony.