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Hate the Crime, Not the Criminal

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Ninoy Aquino was coming home but was assassinated while descending the China Airlines – 27 years ago, yesterday.- in MIA – Manila International Airport; now NAIA – Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Killing is older than the Bible. The criminal or criminals who killed Ninoy is [are] still unknown or scot-free? Soldiers who were convicted have served their sentences for almost 20 years but, when released from Muntinglupa, they protested that they have nothing to do with Ninoy’s killing. To those soldiers, their families and million others, the teaching to “hate the crime, not the criminal” is bul-sht! [When Ninoy ran for senator he was lucky to be a few minutes late during the Plaza Miranda bombing where the Liberal Party had a meeting-de-avance. In his campaign trails after that he included Guindulman and easily recalled the first time we met in l953 in the Luneta during the presentation of Cory Cojuanco who led the Corps of Sponsors of FEU ROTC. I was the color bearer of Cory who was my classmate in Interna tional Law under [Gov] Jacinto Borja Ninoy at that time was the correspondent of Manila Times in the Korean War and came home just to be with his “girl” from the Cojuangco family who owns the Far Eastern University]

The woes of crimes and criminals have dominated text messages, banner headlines TV and radio after the cell-phone video of TORTURE in the police precinct in Tondo, Manila. The criminal was detained on charges of theft and robbery – very notorious, maybe. The mamang-police who were in the precinct wanted maybe to exact full information about the who’s and how’s of the underworld to end once and for all the stain of criminality. The cell-phone video got the pity and sympathy – even tears of the viewing public. Malacanang, Senators Congressmen, Press and Media, Religious and Civic sectors condemned the Torture and the Torturers – the Police. Nobody is HATING the criminal anymore, especially that there is another victim of a shoot-out, a carnapper, who died of axphxia. Mamang Police, na onsa na mo? Is thisCriminal’s Week. Non-working hole-a- day?

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“Try your best to enter the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. Once the master of the house has got up andlocked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from . . . away from me, you wicked me”.

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