The “trigger-happy” culture in the Philippine National Police has been long existed. Like barnacle rooted deep, this overgrown culture couldn’t get dislodged just as easy. The Philippine Human Right Commission has modest success filing human rights violation cases to the court against law enforcers, but none so far in the resolution of those cases put deterrents to “trigger-happy” police. Other than mere suspension, discharge, or worse, their dockets shelved, none of the police human right violators get ample punishment. Why is that?
Could it be that the victims of the “trigger-happy culture” are menace to society anyway … a case of vigilantism? Could it be that victims of the “trigger-happy culture” better off disappeared, somehow relieving the government of the use of resources for their incarceration without assurance they can be reformed? If these are the justifications, borderline indignation is the order of the day. Poetic justice can be slapped on them.
But when law enforcers are in cahoots with criminals, and become “trigger-happy” to end the shady partnership – harsh condemnation must be the clarion call.
Media had never run out of stories exposing this kind of collusion. Police involvement as protector of crime syndicate or as takers of the fruits of the crime is well known. And when the shady partnership turned sour – for the police not to be implicated, “rules of engagement” is unemployable. They go for the kill.
Of the so many shoot out encounters, the law enforcers, by now, could have already fine tuned employing the “rules of engagement,” but it has always been bungled up because there’s no intent to employ it in the first place. Police are usually overtaken by strong tendencies to be “trigger-happy”, to distort or to destroy the evidence, or to seize the loot on the crime scene. This could be the worst case of human rights violation. Police of this kind deserved not just suspension, nor dismissal, but punishment of the severest kind.
Severe punishment for human rights violators, if police are the culprits, can be a long time coming, unless citizens unite in their condemnation of this crime. Citizens must be made consciously aware that if anyone is shut off of their rights to exist, one shouldn’t have a space in the civilize world … and one might as well get back to the age of lawless savagery where human can be no difference at all to the lowest form of animals!