BBC on Philippine bus hijacking charges

The BBC carried this:

The rescue attempt was bungled, leaving eight Hong Kong tourists dead – causing outrage in Hong Kong and mainland China, and straining diplomatic ties.

On Monday Mr Aquino said “appropriate charges” including serious neglect of duty would be filed against the head of the capital’s police force, the district police chief, the head of the SWAT team and the police hostage negotiator, reported news agency AFP.

“The message has to be sent… when you accept the perks and privileges of the office, the duties and responsibilities are equally accepted by you. You are responsible for your failure,” he said, referring to the policemen, the agency reported.

Mayor Lim and the deputy ombudsman will face lesser administrative charges – but key aides of the president, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno, escaped any charges.

I think it is a mistake for Lim to have lesser administrative charges. I also think it is a mistake not to charge media on the matter. Yes, we have freedom of speech and expression— but should we be irresponsible in exercising our civil liberties?

Should Puno have been charged? At the very least he was in a position to advice the president to take greater action, and he didn’t. As IIRC reported there are no exact rules to determine when such action ought to have been determined.

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.

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  • UP nn grad

    One of the “pluses” is that the “Noynoy” Administration has decided to emulate a practice of the GMA administration. Before April 2011, the Noynoy administration will establish a Malacanang “… situation room so that actions by the government in crisis situations can be more coordinated and swift.”

    Bad news for the Emerald Restaurant, but considering the Emerald Restaurant can’t guarantee to have a television-set available when one is needed, that is just tough luck for them. Maybe they can just do siopao-deliveries instead.

  • UP nn grad

    The Bangkok Post reports President Aquino to have said:

    “The message has to be sent… when you accept the perks and privileges of the office, the duties and responsibilities are equally accepted by you. You are responsible for your failure,” he said, referring to the policemen, … not to his long-time political ally and personal friend, Ricardo Puno.

    Apparently, there is a slowly-growing apprehension against cronyism in the new Malacanang administration, which, however, is secure in its knowledge that the next Philippine presidential elections over 5 years away.