Brazen killings shock Vice President Leni

Published December 6, 2020, 5:48 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Vice President Leni Robredo is flabbergasted over the brazen nature of killings in the country the past few weeks wherein officials get slain in the “safety” of their own offices.

(Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

In her weekly radio program “BISErbisyong Leni” Sunday ver DZXL, anchor Ely Saludar asked Robredo on her take regarding the killing of Los Baños, Laguna Mayor Caesar Perez, who was gunned down inside the municipal hall in the evening of December 3.

“‘Di ba iyong parang municipal hall…dapat ano iyon eh, dapat secure na lugar, ‘di ba? Dapat secure na lugar, kasi iyon iyong bahay ng pamahalaan doon. Eh iyong reports, Ka Ely, one kilometer away iyong police station, so ang tanong ko lang, bakit mangyayari iyong ganito? (The municipal hall should be a secure area right? It should be secure, because that’s where government resides. According to reports, Ka Ely, the police station was just one kilometer away, so my question is, why would this happen?)” Robredo said.

What’s more frightening according to the opposition leader is that there have been similar occurrences like the Perez slay.

“Hindi siya first time eh. Nasa loob ng ospital, binabaril. Parang napaka-brazen na. Nasa loob ng korte, nababaril. ‘Di ba? Sino pa ba iyong ligtas? Iyong mayor, ganiyan iyong nangyayari sa kaniya. Parang nano-normalize, nano-normalize iyong patayan (This is not the first time. Even a person inside the hospital gets shot. It seems so brazen now. A person inside the court can get shot. Right? Who remains safe? That’s what happened to the mayor. These killings are becoming normal),” she said.

It was only last November 11 when Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 45 was shot dead by a lawyer in her own office. The incident, which shook the judiciary took place in the afternoon.

What’s worse is that RTC Branch 45 is located on the 5th floor of the Manila City Hall. 

Robredo, chairperson of the Liberal Party (LP), also shared that a lawyer-social activist whom she knew was also recently killed in an ambush.

“Bakit hinahayaang mangyari? May napanagot na ba? Kasi mahirap, Ka Ely, mahirap na ganito. Mahirap na ganito, kasi kapag nangyayari iyong ganito na walang napapanagot, kasalanan ng pamahalaan na hindi niya kaya protektahan iyong kaniyang mga mamamayan (Why do they let this happen? Have people been held accountable? Because this is a difficult situation, Ka Ely. It’s the government’s fault if it can’t protect the citizenry and fails to hold the perpetrators accountable for it),” she reckoned.

She further said that authorities’ failure to provide a solution to the killings would just embolden more evil-doers to continue their ways.

“Mas natatakot ako sa impunity as a whole, na parang napakanormal na lang na mabalitaan natin na may mayor na pinatay, may judge na pinatay, may abogadong pinatay, may mediaman na pinatay (I fear for impunity as a whole, since it seems that it’s so normal for us to to learn about a mayor, a judge, a lawyer, and a mediaman being killed),” Robredo said.