Friday, August 7, 2009

A demolition job

Why is it that local government officials are heaping obstacles on the way of Leila de Lima, the feisty Chair of Commission on Human Rights?

The recent one is the legal suit filed against her by Jonathan Balo, the inmate who led de Lima and company to the quarry site where victims of the Davao Death Squad were buried. The site where the police found human remains is located just behind the Firing Range owned by a retired policeman.

This Inquirer editorial hazards an answer:
A demolition job it truly is—a criminal complaint that alleges an official gave an order, without any proof, and imputes guilt based on hearsay (if even that). It also assumes that the series of events as narrated in the affidavit, assuming the report is accurate, can only have one possible meaning. In fact, and considering the circumstances, we must not immediately rule out the possibility that some of those police officers mentioned in the affidavit were part of an elaborate set-up.

The Balo turnaround should be seen in this spectral light, as the black propaganda Nograles says it is. The reason: the identification of the possible site of a mass grave means the CHR is getting closer to the masterminds of the Death Squad.

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