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Police “data manipulation”


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself…” (Psalm 49:15, the Holy Bible).

POLICE “DATA MANIPULATION”, PART II: Yesterday, we started narrating here the story of an information technology teacher whose complaint for direct assault was rejected by the investigators of a police precinct. I sensed that the rejection of the teacher’s complaint was a way of manipulating the crime data under the jurisdiction of the precinct, to show a lesser crime rate. Here is the conclusion of that story:

The teacher proceeded right away to the nearest police station and filed a complaint for direct assault, in view of the provisions of Art. 148 and Art. 152 of the Revised Penal Code. The police investigator-on-duty, showing signs that he is an acquaintance of the offender, however refused to accept the complaint of the teacher for direct assault, insisting that the teacher should only file a case for slight physical injuries.

A question for Gen. Marcelo P. Garbo Jr., chief of the PNP National Capital Regional Office: since when did police investigators become vested with the right to determine what people should be complaining about? I was told later that the investigator and his colleagues at the precinct were surreptitiously telling one another that the complaint of the teacher could not be accepted by them, as it would show a big incidence of assault cases in their area.

BARANGAY ELECTIONS STILL AS PARTISAN AS EVER: As I was writing this column at mid-noon of October 28, 2013, most Filipinos were reported by media as having already participated in the barangay elections that will choose the next set of village leaders of the country for the next three years. Among those who presented themselves for election as barangay captain was my brother, Ariel Lazo Mauricio, in our Barangay Poblacion Center, Ramos, Tarlac.

As usual, reports of vote buying, of transporting voters to the polling precincts free of charge (called the “hakot” system), of voters’ disenfranchisement on account of their names no longer being found in the posted voters’ list in many places, of big-time politicians taking sides and turning the barangay elections as one huge political and partisan exercise, contrary to what the law says on the matter.

So I thought to myself, what else is new? Elections in the Philippines, whether national or local, had always been (and have remained through the years) a system of patronage politics, with politicians of every kind and color trying to exert influence even when they are prohibited from doing by the law, to assure their very own survival in future elections.

PREACHING GOD’S WORD TO THE DEAD? In just a few days, the Philippines will commemorate once more its tradition of visiting cemeteries and the graves of their loved ones, in an event that is alternately called “All Saints Day” or “All Souls Day”. Depending on the practices and beliefs of the people in a town or locality, the event is held either on November 1 or November 2.

But, do Filipinos really know the significance of these commemorative festivities (yes, festivities, because many usually take advantage of the day to hold reunions of the living, indulging in food and drinks like it was Christmas or New Year)? That is the more important question that must be addressed, in view of the event’s repercussions for eternity.

You see, there are several parts of the Bible which tell us that the living have the responsibility to preach the Word of God to the dead, not just pray for them. In fact, in these verses, the Bible does not tell us to pray for the dead—rather, it tells us to proclaim God’s Word to the dead, so that, even if they died as sinners, they would still be entitled to spend their eternity with God. What are these verses? Read them in our next issue, God willing.

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