Friday, September 22, 2006

melo commission

The proverbial cat is out of the bag: the so called “Melo Commission” was established basically as a fall-back of the national leadership in anticipation of its trip abroad. When openly confronted not only by foreign leaders but also by protesting Filipino communities abroad about the wanton killings in the country, it has a ready and convenient answer: the Melo Commission.

Never mind if the commission has no clear budget. It is all right even if the whole National Police force plus the entire National Bureau of Investigation together with all the Armed Forces of the Philippines are told that they are incapable of stopping political killings and unutile in bringing the killers to justice.

As usual, the present administration is well prepared to use everything and everybody simply to project its desired image of integrity and nobility here and abroad. It eagerly wants to believe that objective truth is inconsequential and standing reality is irrelevant. No wonder that it talks of the “enchanted kingdom”.

The commission may be composed of honorable members but its author is not known to many for its honor and integrity. The commission may have a composite honest intention. Yet its creator is suspect even in its legitimacy and probity. One thing is certain though: the commission is a useful prop for the administration.

Meantime, the summary executions go on. And so far, not a single pro-administration individual has been abducted, much less unceremoniously killed. That is why it can rightfully be said that all genuine critics of the administration live dangerously in this country. They are putting their lives at the mercy of those now in power and might over the land.

Needless to say, people by and large wish the commission well and want it to succeed in its given task. At the same time however, not few have their doubt about its actual reach and real impact in the over-all heinous killings that in fact still go on in the country with regularity as feared and expected.

The waste of human lives is the most cruel offense to people and the biggest curse of humanity—irrespective of race, color and creed. And this is one of the many concrete social liabilities that is fast becoming already ingrained in this country.

+O.V. CRUZ, D.D.
22 September 2006