When an agency is tasked to run after a crook, it better brace itself for good. There are a lot of legal “landmines”, or technical maneuvers, which could jolt anyone treading through into an explosive situation, blowing up into smithereens anybody caught into it.
In a simple case of search down in prison, a prison administrator once directed an officer to conduct an instant raid on a suspected drug lair in the prison camp. True enough, contrabands were seized and suspects investigated. What came out of the investigation however proved fatal to the raider. The suspect claimed that it was the raider who was supplying the contraband all along and that failure to remit the sales rendered the suspect vulnerable to searchers and eventually to filing of charges. The statement of the suspect was submitted and as a result, counter charges were filed and the prison leader has to reckon and unfortunately order for the dismissal from the service of his subordinate.
NBI was similarly situated. It was tasked to run after big time syndicates. It was directed to go after crooks. Of course, there also bad players in the team, it is always given anyway. It is how the team works that matter no matter how some bad players would spoil some plays. Even if NBI tries to project a la FBI stance (although FBI gets its manpower from the top 10 of law schools in USA), there will always be some shades of pitfalls along the way. It is given but the mission is always fulfilled at the end of the day.
In the Napoles case, NBI was lead agency. It deployed twelve tracking team to bag their celebrity prey. The world is watching. Presidential attention was even compelled to be agitate, resulting in the issuance of a 10 Million peso bounty. A few minutes later, Napoles with her lawyer surfaced. They went to the Palace to surrender to the President bearing the note that they are up against their NBI tormentors.
Some really are gifted or better, smarter than the others. The NBI prey proves to be smarter than their previous targets. At the end of the “catch me if you can” episode, it was NBI which is about to fold up. While suspect Napoles is getting every concession she seeks,—a good detention facility, an air conditioning unit and recently, a possibility for a maid as errand, the NBI on the other hand is disintegrating.
The world indeed is full of trickery as the poem Desiderata would point out.
Suddenly, PNP rose up to the occasion. In an instant, it became the protective agency sought for. PNP became the sanctuary of Napoles, the threatened fugitive from justice turned victim and viewed at times as state witness. PNP will blanket the accused with its mantle of fortification. Sometime ago, some PNP elements were found to have bungled on their prey. On two occasions, suspects were summarily exterminated along with innocent bystanders. PNP for a time was never called to be consulted but rather to be conducted in an assault.
The make over was fast. PNP has become the lead agency for safety, as what really it should be in the first place. Meanwhile, NBI was trailing, its integrity and reputation depreciating slowly. Worst, NBI was (and still is) at the forefront of sensitive situations like the alleged Ampatuan massacre case among others. If it continually reduce its effective representation, time will come when offenders become the bearer of revenge and the State, merely an audience of judicial tragedy.
Finally, the poem Desiderata concludes in the face of all these unfortunate incidents, “Let it not distract you (from trickery) from a virtue therein, for the world is also full of heroism. Be gentle. Strive to be happy.”
US law enforcement, after a couple days, was able to pin down the identities of those involved in the Boston bombing incident. Two boys almost out of their juvenile years, a 26 year old and another a 19 year old students of Boston school. They are brothers. Both are migrants from Chechnya, a Russian minor province. Their parents sought sanctuary in US soil and applied for citizenship which eventually was granted.
What is behind this? What is the persuasion behind the bombing? Who stands to benefit from the violent mayhem committed? What exactly will settle maiming several innocent civilians in the resulting carnage? Assuming that the identified culprits, boys in their early adulthood, were the bombers, what compelled them to do it? The crime is not one of passion, an instant, something which could have pushed them or made them snap. It is a crime with deliberation as shown from the devise they used. It was a slow, predetermined effort to work slowly in preparing a home-made bomb. They boys barely out of their juvenile years, inexperienced in the field of terrorism, may have been inspired or lured into something sinister.
Surely, these boys acted with care, discretion and discernment. They knew the consequences. The bomb they were carrying had a purpose, one that would express their feelings and concerns. They do not even look like they were the hopeless and desperate kind. They were admitted in prestigious schools and the younger one even became a state scholar. From a rural Russian province, these boys were reintroduced into American life and for a decade they were literally assimilated. Their adjustment must have been too punishing psychologically for them. While they grew as kids of strict Islamic environment, the American liberal atmosphere proved too generous for their adventurous and rebellious nature. They were not only brought up in a copious community but fed with freethinking. This may have been what inspired them to express and enforce their lethal plans.
The evil duo, a label of hatred they got after being identified as the culprits, believed, and may have subscribed in the mantra that one must destroy something in order to build a new one. History of warfare yields numerous dramatic pictures where an area is bombed into extinction or bombed if only to be reconstructed into an ideal setting. A Biblical scenario may have been noted also where Sodom and Gomorrah was flattened by an angry God because of excessive and sinful living. Scholars know this. The problem however with migrants is their conservative appreciation of where they are situated. The feeling of alienation, of being unfit, of being belittled if not discriminated rule their day. In USA, not so much in Europe, discrimination is the order of the day. Life in the US has become impersonal to the point that life is mistaken as routine and ordinary. Those who succeed are the most objective. Migrants are basically a subjective lot.
It is not surprising that in places where impersonal relationship is descriptive of environment, heinous crime prevail. An urban area which has achieved quite a level of barbaric hostility is ripe for any criminal mind to explode his evil deeds. Denizens in these places should always be vigilant and always on the alert. They must also be on their guard and if possible familiar with martial arts. Without this component, any person is like a prey innocently roaming in a predatory environment. Here, it is either the government or vigilantes who must stabilize the surroundings. In their absence, the citizens are threatened with extinction.