Punching Bug

On illegal drugs, death penalty, Abu Sayyafs

By Ulysses R. Butuyan

 

AFP BATTALION JOINS WAR ON ILLEGAL DRUGS. With Duterte as the commander in chief, will the summary executions be less this time around? Will the soldiers respect due process of law for a change?

HOW SERIOUS ARE LAWMAKERS IN FIGHTING CRIMINALITY? Pork barrel seems to be more interesting to pursue.

DUTERTE IS DIRECTING ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING COUNSEL TO REVEAL HOW MUCH HE WAS WORTH FROM 2006-20015. Too good to be true?

QUORUM LACK STYMIES DEATH PENALTY BILL. When will we realize that judges are not infallible? What makes the bill sponsors think that judges and justices never err in their judgment? If the conviction is eventually found to be a mistake, is there a solon or magistrate who can resurrect the convict?

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BLAMES DUTERTE, TRUMP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PUSHBACK. The two may be nearest of cousins. What’s worse is that one of them even used to be a fiscal who is expectedly savvy on the Bill of Rights.

PALACE ON ANNESTY REPORT: PINOYS ARE SATISFIED WITH DUTERTE. “Palace” and “Pinoys” mean the same, it seems.

ENVIRONMENT SEC. LOPEZ CLAIMS THAT CONGRESSMEN WERE BEING OFFERED P50M EACH TO JUNK HER APPOINMENT. Does she not know that congressmen never accept bribes?

DUTERTE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE DEATH PENALTY IF CONGRESS REVIVES IT. How discerning our lawmakers are. In fact he’s been using it even long before. Ask Lascaňas.

DUTERTE’S UNSETTLING RHETORIC DRIVING AWAY EU INVESTORS. That’s an understatement. It’s more because of his extrajudicial killings, not his rhetoric.

PROGRAM TO SPEED UP JUSTICE LAUNCHED. Transfer the power to appoint judges from the President to the Supreme Court and expect competent and politically unbiased magistrates.

CHA-CHA MAY LEAD TO DICTATORSHIP. We are already there, with an almost look-alike of the previous tyrant presiding.

A DAY AFTER GOV’T SUPPORTERS LOST THE VOTE ON THE INQUIRY INTO THE CONFESSION OF THE LEADER OF THE SO-CALLED DAVAO DEATH SQUAD, SEN. GORDON TOOK THE FLOOR AND INSISTED THAT THE SENATE SHOULD NOT BE VENUE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAD APPARENTLY LIED TO SENATORS. Does Gordon still sound like an illustrious alumnus of the University of the Philippines with a judicious intellect?

ABU SAYYAFS BEHEAD GERMAN. Have they no plan to decapitate Hitler’s local look-alike?

‘HANGING JUDGE’ WANTS DEATH PENALTY REVIVED. Ask him if he is willing to be meted the same penalty if, the Lord forbid, he were the convict.