What do ordinary Citizens feel everyday about the police?

SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza

The botched hostage taking has spurred so much vehemence from the Administration’s critics.  The hypothesis so far– at least for both critics and those who lean towards the administration has been that there was a level of complacency.   What we’ve been missing though is an indictment of our justice system.  Largely because of years of neglect, largely because there really isn’t true justice.

ABS-CBN wrote:

SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza said he ran towards waiting media workers near the command post in Rizal Park after he heard then Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim tell other policemen to take him away. This was after one of the police negotiators told the mayor that Mendoza should be charged as an accessory to the hostage crisis.

“Ang sabi niya (Lim), pag nagtuloy ang hostage-taking, isama niyo na yan (What Lim said was: ‘If the hostage-taking continues, he should be included),” Mendoza told a multi-sectoral panel investigating the hostage incident.

Mendoza said he became afraid after hearing those words because of the veiled threat.

“Matagal na rin po ako sa serbisyo at ang ganung mga salita ay nakakatakot sa amin. Hindi po maayos. Kung maayos po, dapat idaan nila ako sa labas at sabihing may kaso ako. Wala namang sinabi na may kaso ako e. Kung malinis ang intensyon nilang walang masamang gagawin sa akin, hindi nila ako idadaan sa gilid,” he said.

(I have been in the service for a long time and those kinds of words are very scary for us policemen. It’s not alright. If it was alright, they should have brought me right outside and told me that I was being charged. Nobody told me I was being charged. If their intentions were pure and they had no plans to harm me, they wouldn’t have brought me out the backdoor.)

We have a country where the police are scared of their fellow officers.   Was Mendoza scarred that the police would kill him?  Isn’t this what ordinary citizens feel everyday?  Powerless at the hands of people who could easily bully them?  From as little as calling out traffic violators in the street— caught beating the yellow light for example to bigger crimes like the hostage taking.

Why was Mendoza scarred?  Was it because he knows the shenanigans of the police?

Will it be then a long road to establish a system of justice where the grieved party and the accused could get fair treatment?

Image via ABS-CBN news

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

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  • Tony Lopez ,

    Maybe Noynoy will act on his fantasy of an Elliott Ness crusader as he builds a super-SWAT team out of PNP-SAF and Army and Navy teams.

    But what exactly are Noynoy goals for his Elliott Ness? Does Noynoy want his Elliott Ness to stop jueteng illegal gambling and smuggling, does Noynoy want his Elliott Ness to end Abu Sayyaf banditry, is it about machineguns and fast cars or is it Truth Commission?

    • Mike H ,

      • stella so ,

        It is actually P.Noy’s culture of distrust that continues to promote low morale and the feelings of hopelessness in our society. This was discussed thoroughly in this article here:

        Mendoza’s hostage drama and P-Noy’s culture of distrust


        • Cocoy ,

          Hi Stella, why do you say there is a culture of distrust?

        • Cell ,

          After the hostage-taking incident I have learned to understand the sentiments of the policemen. They were actually the real hostages of the frail system of the past. I pitied them but at the same time I am hopeful that the Aug 23 incident will be an eye opener to the Aquino administration to calibrate the whole military. Policemen are supposed to be our heroes in times of crisis, I hope that should be our feeling going forward.