From the news I’ve heard, watched and read the two policemen who are now in the spotlight are both decorated public servants. Both received a handful of prestigious and finest awards. But how come they are now facing the society’s garrote of death?
It is not a mind-boggling puzzle to know the reason why these two policemen are now placed into the hall of shame of Philippine history. The first police man I am referring to is Chief Inspector Joselito Binayug, chief of Police Community Precinct (PCP) in Asuncion, Tondo, Manila. He was included in the Philippines’ Top 10 Outstanding Policemen. But this award is not a good basis of one’s character. His brutality on an alleged suspect was caught on video and eventually released to the public. Although there were earlier evidences of police brutality it did not make a huge impact on the public. I might as well guess that the recent police brutality video caught the public more because of the current position of our government and the whole nation toward the known and unknown actions of Philippines’ public servants.
The other poilice officer that I am pertaining to is Rolando Mendoza. He was relieved from his position when he was charged with extortion and forcing a chef to swallow “shabu.” He was among the Philippines’ Top 10 Outstanding Policemen, and was also given other awards and medals. But where is he now? In purgatory. He may not have brutally tortured his victims but he did brutally kill them. He held hostage more than 20 Hong Kong nationals together with three Filipinos. He may have released 10 or so hostages including the 3 Filipinos but still the hostage drama took a bloody toll. At the end of the day, there were 7 or so who were murdered by Mendoza while the others were badly injured and/or traumatized. The whole world watched the drama take its toll. Mendoza wanted attention and he did get it. The only problem is the whole world was watching and together with Mendoza’s death was Philippines and the Filipinos downfall. Mendoza, how can you be so selfish and mental?!
Both were given the highest honors in the country, both were “good police men” in their own right (as what their neighbors, relatives and colleagues said) but what did they do to prove that they deserved to be honored? They did something but not be honored rather to be dishonored. If these men are to be the “nation’s finest” then I must say then we are in for a BIG trouble.
Is it safe to say that the recipients of the awards and the highest merits given by the Philippine government were all based on poor judgement and loose facts? Then if it is then those medals are nothing but scrap. Can someone redeem our “nation’s finest?!”