By Alon Calinao Dy: Senator Leila De Lima has made an Anti-EJK that brought a lot of controversies to Filipino people especially to police officers. This Bill was called as Senate Bill 1197 or "The Anti-Extrajudicial Killings Act of 2016."
This Bill was criticized by many people just like known reporter Erwin Tulfo and Senator Panfilo Lacson as this would endanger the lives of policemen. It proposes to warn crime suspects before they are arrested in operations.
One netizen commented, "this is totally bullsh*t. Who do you think you are to please everyone for this futile bill."
Even Mr. Tulfo did not agree to this proposed bill, just like he said "De Lima files bill Anti-EJK. She wants cops to announce their arrival to warn suspects of their arrest. What a stupid bill. Tsk, tsk, tsk."
I understand that Sen. De Lima had a lot of hate to what she now believes extrajudicial killngs for the criminals or what she called short cut justice.
However, she did not realize the fact that these law enforcers have families too. When they get killed, it's so easy to tell their families that they die as heroes. But the truth is, it's really hard for the families to accept the reality especially for the children.
Just like the case of Abigail Macaspag Cabaguing, she was my former classmate at Sacred Heart College (now St. Mary College), Catbalogan City, Western, Samar in 1997. Last August, her husband PO1 Gary Cabaguing was killed in a legitimate police operations in Marabut, Western Samar because the suspects had anticipated their arrival.
Abigail and her police husband had two children who are very young to understand the difficult situation and what happened to their father. It's really hard to see your old friends suffer especially when she lost a husband who just performed his job well.
I don't think Senator De Lima understand what the families are going through when cops are killed because of their sworn duties and responsibilities. I think this Anti-EJK bill is for the criminals to live but don't actually care for the safety of our police officers.