‘Protect yourselves at all times’

ABOVE THE BELT | ALEX P. VIDAL

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”–Albert Einstein

NEW YORK CITY –Now that the riding-in-tandem’s reign of terror has remained unabated in the Philippines, active cops and former colleagues of slain retired Iloilo City policeman Ronaldo “Apple” Alag in the Philippines included in the narco list of President Rodrigo R. Duterte should not let their guards down.

Even politicians, lawyers, judges, journalists, housewives, teachers, sidewalk vendors, and other civilians are not exempted from a man-made horror and terror.

As we tell the boxers before the start of a boxing bout, “protect yourselves as all times.”

There is no guarantee that the liquidation squad won’t strike anew.

There have been scores of characters linked to illegal drugs waylaid and executed by the notorious motorcycle-riding gunmen, but not a single assailant has been arrested or identified.

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Except in the case of PO2 Dorben “Benjo Acap of the PNP Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) based in Camp Delgado in Iloilo City, who survived an ambush attempt in Sitio Pajo, Brgy. Dulonan, Arevalo District on June 26, 2018 and managed to fire back and hit his shooter, PO2 Melvin Mocorro, all other crimes committed by the riding-in-tandem murderers have remained unsolved.

Even if Mocorro had been collared and charged in court, no one was expecting him to go to jail for Acap’s foiled murder.

Many people suspect Mocorro’s superiors will make sure he will be “off the hook.”

We remember that among those mentioned by President Duterte in his “narco list” were retired Iloilo cops Elvis Donasco and Remy Donasco.

The Donasco brothers have denied any involvement in any illegal activities, including drug trafficking.

They also denied they were protectors of drug traffickers operating in Western Visayas.

If the charges against all the suspects are based on falsehood and erratic intelligence data, they shouldn’t be harmed even with a ten-foot pole.

If the reports are accurate, file charges against them in court so they can defend themselves.

A big no to summary execution.

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The Donasco brothers and other characters in the president’s “narco list” could be victims of jealousy and envy.

Unless the “intelligence” reports reaching President Duterte have been verified and substantiated, it’s not fair to eternally attach their names to unlawful activities.

Like all victims of extra-judicial killings (EJK), all other suspects should be given their day in court.

Just the same. They should not trust anyone who ride not just in motorcycle but also in cabs and even private cars who approach them or roaming around their neighborhood.

It’s better to be prepared and alert all the time than sorry.

With the climate of fear and impunity hovering around the horizon, it isn’t safe for anyone to trust anybody not part of our household.

Even some of our colleagues will sometimes kiss us like Judas to ensure our downfall and imminent death.

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The boring FIDE world chess championship tussle between champion Magnus Carlsen and American challenger Fabiano Caruana in London will finally be decided in a tie-breaker on November 28, 2018.

Carlsen will play with the white pieces in the first game of rapid play-off after the drawing of lots is conducted.

The format will be: Best of four rapid games with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

If still tied, they will play up to five mini-matches of two blitz games (five minutes for each player with a three-second increment).

If all five mini-matches are drawn, one sudden-death ‘Armageddon’ match will be played where White receives five minutes and Black receives four minutes. Both players will receive a three-second increment after the 60th move. In the case of a draw, Black will be declared the winner.

I won’t be surprised if on Wednesday, a new world chess champion will be crowned.

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