30 January 2010
The fatal shooting incident of an alleged robbery suspect by PNP personnel in Panganiban, Catanduanes should be investigated thoroughly by an independent body to avoid whitewash.
Otherwise, a precious life will be totally relegated into the dustbin of injustice and oblivion. A mere part of statistics, a dust in this part of the universe.
The family of the victim should ring the liberty bell. They should avail of the services of the human rights lawyer if possible.
Since the right to life is fundamental, it should be protected and respected at all cost. He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. Same is true with bullets.
Some PNP personnel are disgusted by the actuation of victims of robbery and thefts here in Virac. Once the robbed items are recovered by the PNP, the victims of these petty crimes lose the interest to file a case against these Lupins.
As a consequence – the suspects are set free – for absence of complainants and witnesses.
The Lupins are then reluctantly set free by the apprehending authorities. These scums-of-the-earth will ply their illegal trade again with wild abandon. Ang iba’y labas-pasok ika nga.
No complainant, no witness means no crime committed, the ranking PNP personnel said.
Sayang yong kanilang efforts and services rendered--- to the extent of exposing their lives to danger.
Indeed, crime does not pay to some if not majority. The long arm of the law, too slow if not timid to react, finds it hard to catch the violators.
There is no such thing as a well-adjusted slave, Dr. Wayne Dyer said. So one must declare himself a non-victim.
In other words, we should avoid the “alaskadors and the pakialameros”. You can all find them in your workplace, in the school, in the market and even at home.
And so, Dyer added, a special kind of freedom is available to one if he/she is willing to take the risks in getting it: the freedom to wander where you will about life’s terrain, to make all your own choices.
The central insight must be that individuals have the right to decide how they will live their lives, he said.
As long as the exercise of one’s right does not infringe on the equal rights of others, any person or institution that interferes ought to be viewed as a victimizer.
The problem of being victimized by those alaskadors, pakialameros or tsismosos rests on each one of us, he added, not in all those people who have learned to pull our respective strings.
What is a victim? He is one who runs his life according to the dictates of others. One is being victimized whenever he find himself out of control of his life.
The keyword is control, Dyer added.
“You can be robbed or swindled in much more damaging ways when you give up your emotional and behavioral controls in the course of everyday life through forces of habit”, he said.
You are a victim when your life is not working for you. If you are behaving in self defeating ways, if you are out of sorts, hurt, anxious, afraid to be yourself, then you are a victim”, Dyer concludes.
You need freedom then. However, no one is handed freedom on a platter, he said. You must make your own freedom.
Freedom means you are unobstructed in ruling your own life as you choose.
Anything less is a form of slavery.
This is the theme of the movie played by Mel Gibson in a tragedy. Instead of begging for mercy to spare his life against a tyrant king, he chose death.
Before he died his last word was: freedom. The men and women, who witnessed his public execution, rose in arms and won their liberty ---freedom from fear, tyranny and want.