Thursday, October 05, 2017

In the Name of the Father, and of The Cop and of The Holy Immunity

The Tatay of the Land. Keeps a humble place. Keeps a humble profile. The nation has no problem with that, except for Trillanes. Can’t add any other words to this except for the word, “Untouchable”. Not the new cultural trend of politics. We’ve seen this before. Even before 1972. Before you get to him, you will pass through the hellfire and spite of the Dutertards. There’s a phantom menace over the land.

That boy in your baranggay. Keeps his smile. Friends of the tambays. Friends of many. Average student. Loves basketball. He’s been carrying something in his pockets; that’s what the cops told us. Probably doing some small business in drugs. So they planted several bullets in his head and body. He was armed, they said. Nobody knows. The kid was a small-time drug dealer, thus sayeth our honourable cops. Dutertards continue to chant, “He had it coming!” No one will ever know the truth. The rule is, if he’s carrying pouches, shoot him. If you found tons of drugs, there should be due process and bring in the whole circus of the Senate as well! 

Cops. Evil lordlings. Corrupt and greedy. The Tatay came in and all these demons suddenly became trusted pets, hounds from hell caressed by the divine hands of the Father. Our new heroes. The shield of truth. Knights in shining armor, kissed by the Almighty.

Citizens. Stupid. Stupid. Cowards. Treacherous. Victims of police before the Father’s arrival. Victims of police even after the Father’s arrival, except that drug addicts and pushers have precedence in the death list. Innocents are just a bonus. Citizens and innocents are nameless, mere numbers. Do not give them names so that there won’t be drama. Do not give them a history so there won’t be any future at all. Let the bullets rain. Let Death dance over the roofs of our houses. Let Fear join him. They are now nameless guilty corpses- just bones or ashes, or buried deep in the earth. They are now nameless walking corpses- breathing and silent, or chanting “Protect and Defend the President!” 

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, honourable representative from Ilocos Norte. A Filipino citizen. Law-maker. Busy with hearings and congressional session. Wakes up in the morning and needs to get to work on time. Cites the Constitution so now he is entitled to a hassle free trip from his posh residence to the Batasan. Problem solved.

Working-class hero Juan de la Cruz, tired and sometimes pissed-off worker from the province, now working in the city. Filipino citizen. Law-abider, tax-payer, flying-voter, social survivor. Busy trying to survive, to feed family three times a day, to send children to school. Wakes up before the sun comes up and needs to get to work on time. Pays the jeepney or bus driver, shoves and kicks other passengers, wait in line, TRY NOT TO BE FED UP WITH THE CONDITIONS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE HE HAS NO OTHER FUCKING OPTIONS, as he travels from his small house inhabited by family, and other relatives, dogs, cats and cockroaches, to his work. His problems in travelling are not solved because the dilemma is simply way beyond his power.

The Holy Immunity. Arroyo. Aquino. Enrile. Marcos. The Father. Political princelings and overlords donning the title of honourable while standing in the august chambers of powers. All the turncoats who enjoyed the graces of the Second Aquino, and even the graces of the infamous Gloria Arroyo, now standing side by side with the Father. Dismantle the Supreme Court. Dismantle the Ombudsman. Dismantle, discredit or destroy the remaining powers that obstruct the Father.

The common man in the street. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Soon to be another casualty in the war on drugs, dying with a bullet in his head. Normal. You’re nameless.

From the “Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Through Action to Combat Impunity” that was submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights-

“Impunity” means the impossibility, de jure or de facto, of bringing the perpetrators of violations to account - whether in criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings - since they are not subject to any inquiry that might lead to their being accused, arrested, tried and, if found guilty, sentenced to appropriate penalties, and to making reparations to their victims.

Its First Principle states:

Impunity arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations.”

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