Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Echoing the Errors: the Etong Case

There’s the cleaning up of the seeming “crime scene” on one side…
And the obvious forceful warrantless arrests on the other…
The Etong Case is one heck of a mess and mystery, all concocted in a span of one week.

On One Side
There’s definitely wrong done by the Failons (or Etongs, to be more precise). Knowing Ted as an anchor, journalist, and broadcaster, I can confidently say that he knows already the thing about preserving the scene for the benefit of the investigators. Seeing how well it was all done – cleaning up of the bathroom, the vehicle, the ‘silencing’ of his household – one cannot help but throw some doubt on the idea that it is all but a mere suicide. Seeing these things done, one cannot help but throw in the idea that they are keeping something. (And if there’s any, I do wish that it will all be cleared soon…real soon.)
And then there’s the willingness of their intimates (friends and relatives) to seat with those ABS-CBN people, discussing matters related to the incident. Hallo!? Can’t you reserve your statements to the investigators? It would make matters much easier for all – to the investigating group, the Failon (Etong) family, and to the public as well.
As for the media in general, is there no more thing nobler than racing to make scoops on different issues? It mars the image of the media industry, not to mention the fact that it actually spoils the already-deteriorating trust and confidence of the public in the media. Hay..whatever.

On the Other Side
“I don’t fault the police…,” says a rap group. But seeing them neglect the crime scene (allowing mediamen to poke around the Failon house), neglect the Miranda Rule, and make warrantless arrests on some of Failon’s relatives (for the reason that they go annoyed with them, ha-ha) is something that the whole police force should reflect upon. They are the ones who should show the general public that the law, as well as the right of the people, is to be respected. With that brute-like attitude the Philippines saw on TV on the arrests made on that fateful Thursday night, I am yet to put pride on those blue-costumed public servants.

In the End
I hope to learn the whole truth about the case soon. I, for one, do not want to see this case filed into the aging databases of our police, joining numerous other unsolved cases of the pulisya. I hope that the attention that the media gives to the case serve as a catalyst in arriving at the conclusion of the incident.

“Justice System. Is there justice in the system? Or is it just us in the system?”
Corporate Avenger, Web of Lies

*Photo from forums.abs-cbn.com

**Miranda Rule: The rule that police (when interrogating you after an arrest) are obliged to warn you that anything you say may be used as evidence and to read you your constitutional rights (the right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent until advised by a lawyer). WordWeb.

1 comment:

Debugger said...


good day!
tanong ko lang kung member ka ng kapwa sa uplb.


alumnus ako.. tanong ko lang kung ano na meron sa org?
ano kelangan from the alumni..
yun lang.