Wednesday, October 25, 2006

command responsibility

Time and again the country and the international community continue to take good note of the dangerous, continuous and shameful situation in this otherwise dear and endearing land. The hundreds of wanton political killings go on. The sudden disappearances of people go unabated.

It is not enough that millions of human persons are marketed abroad for the government to rake in their dollar remittances. It is neither enough that the exploitation of women and children has become a ranking plague in the country. Human lives by the hundreds are terminated. Persons likewise by the hundreds are suddenly nowhere to be found.

In other words, since the tenure of the present administration, the killings and disappearance by and large remain but dead bodies to count and missing persons to identify. As of this month, there has already been no less than 763 who underwent summary executions plus 186 who are considered desaparecidos. And the counting goes on.

The disturbing question is that practically all the relatives and acquaintances of the victims say one and the same thing. Rightly or wrongly, they accuse certain misled members of AFP as the culprits. True or false, they claim that some perpetrators somehow have AFP connections.

Meantime, some cannot but wonder and ask: who has the command responsibility? Knowing the pattern of the killings and disappearances and aware of their common denominator, they cannot but think and inquire: who is in command? These questions are well in order, considering that there is such a title and office as “Commander-In-Chief”.

Is the command still in command or is it in effect under command? Does the chief retain the loyalty of the command or is it instead the one loyal to the command? These are relevant and disturbing questions in the country in these times. Practically all national top guns who have made an exit are shown the entry into otherwise civilian national public offices.

The protection and promotion of human lives are the fundamental priority and concern of the national leadership. When this thinks and does otherwise, then it loses its reason for being.

25 October 2006