“Those who have less in life should have more in law.” This is a hallowed pronouncement, an admirable principle. But in the state of the nation today, its exact opposite is the norm in the observance of law, in the application of justice.
Long since, people are the appalled witnesses of a disgusting pattern. Those who have least in life are the ones getting the fill force of the law. Those who have the most in life are the ones most favored by the law – by the its distortion, cross-eyed interpretation or plain non-observance. Surely, the lady symbol of justice is not blind, and her balance is tilted in favor of the heavy weights in Philippine society.
There is practically a non-ending series of criminal and civil cases filed against the powerful, the influential, the occupants of high public offices. Yet, except for one congressman, one mayor or so, our prisons are filled with but proverbial “small fishes”. The known grafters and corrupt characters ultimately remain free and happy. Disgusting.
There is again a call to curb the ever increasing jueteng operations in the country. The more jueteng there is in a province and in a region, the bigger jueteng payola come to play. And the result of official sound of alarm will be one and the same has it has always been: Some jueteng collectors will be rounded up. Some jueteng money will be untouched and undistributed. Disgusting.
The jueteng lords specially in Luzon are well known and much identified. Yet they remain real phantoms to the government, pure spirits to public authorities. They seem to have banish in thin air during jueteng round-ups. To this date, with all the intelligence funds, all the personnel and equipments available, the law abiding citizens are still waiting for but one much visible and well named jueteng lord to be caught, tried and placed behind bars.
22 April 2005