“Norman told The STAR that he had been high on shabu and drinking gin for the past three days, during which he had not slept. “I could not remember if I raped her but I know I stabbed her several times,” he said.”
These are the kind of monsters that can bring the lust for blood in us. I for one have been arguing why people would resort or condone EJK but I also recognise the ramifications especially from the war of words I had with friends who strongly oppose war on drugs.
EJK blurs the line that divide real justice from killings or murder. I myself do not want such dim distinction and would want EJK to cease but when such horrible and evil things like this happens, I am tempted to imagine emptying a dozen clips of 7.62 NATO ammo on these monsters head or strike a sword at their necks.
It is easy for us to throw sound arguments. Debunk those we deem unrighteous or morally depraved and become keyboard activists and Facebook moralists but if this happen to your daughter… I will not blame you at all if you will burst with rage, spit and tears all over with trembling hands “hang the rapists, kill the murderers!”
Darn, I won’t even protest if you pump bullets on them or chop their little juniors down under first before cutting their heads off. I will not cheer but I will not protest if a lynch mob comes in for these monsters.
If you can amazingly forgive such hideous beasts in a matter of days, I salute you, but the public may not be that pious and forgiving. Forgiveness is always possible by the grace of God but it will take a lifetime to heal the pain of losing a love one in the hands of monsters.
Even some animals exhibit a sense of dignity among fellow species but monsters like these are worse than rabid dogs.
In a world where human life is reduce to that of an ant, I understand why EJK would persist today. Heck! It is thriving like a lucrative business. Yes the moral compass have shifted to the ways of the barbarians, the uncivilized, the bloodlusts warmongers according to human rights advocates, due process barkers and social media moralists.
Despite the disturbing approval of street justice by the majority, I for one would admit and voice out that for real justice to surface and triumph, EJK has to stop or prevented.
I will make this short: EJK must stop because:
- Innocent lives are at stake and we need to know who is killing who. Was it the hired guns by drug syndicates, some lone wolf vigilante in the name of vengeance or God forbid, the administration?
- If the drug or criminal syndicates decides to “purify” their own ranks, then it’s their problem. Easier for the justice system to pursue and implicate charges against these syndicates.
- If an innocent citizen is killed by masked riding-in-tandem goons, then we know with confidence it is not our own government.
- The killings or murders committed by goons will no longer be attributed to our beloved President.
The police themselves has to exercise restraint and must observe proper protocol particularly rules of engagement. If drug lords or pushers fight back then of course, the police has all the rights to defend, engage and neutralise the threat.
Some really do fight back especially high on drugs because they think they’re invincible and lighting fast. They even think they can fly when high.
Between EJK and death penalty then let it be death penalty, not because I want death for the scums of the earth (I confess, I sometimes do), but because such penalty is in the side of the law.
I heard arguments that death penalty does not work as a deterrent against criminality. Perhaps it is not so much of being a deterrent but death penalty itself should give a sense of retribution to the victim’s family.
Imagine if you are the father of that girl who was raped and killed mercilessly, which will you choose:
- a prison sentence but alive, well and smiling when the day is good (tax payers money which includes your money shoulders their food, amenities, etc)
- kill those monsters with your own hands (the most tempting)
- let EJK do its thing (hoping)
- death penalty
There is another option that has not been offered or even implemented here in the Philippines (in my knowledge) and that is hard labour. I believe we don’t have a history of hard labour sentencing when we became an independent country.
So if not death penalty then life imprisonment with hard labour for the sickest damnable criminals around. Death penalty or even hard labour should only come when we can have confidence in the justice system purged from corruption.
Only the guilty beyond reasonable doubt (and after a number of case reviews) that is convicted regardless of wealth and status.
This is the reality that we are facing right now:
For Pro Human Rights Advocates
Human rights advocate are crying foul against EJK because innocent blood have been spilled. Either by crossfire, mistaken identity or simply a vendetta of whatever reason is not an excuse to kill because the kind of EJK we have is not the same EJK we read in the comic books.
Comic book EJK usually if not always, targets the guilty. Our brand of EJK does not discriminate the innocent from the guilty ones. Both are bad but the latter is worse. The agents of EJK are themselves murderers but who will strike justice upon them? Are they not guilty of their own cause and device? The rich are usually spared from EJK.
For EJK supporters and cheering squads
These citizens who were victims of denied justice, corruption and criminal acts such as rape or murder are crying for revenge or retribution because innocent blood has been spilled. The reason is simply because a love one was a victim of rape or murder or both.
They are tired of a justice system that favours the wealthy suspects and convicts. Even when convicted, high profile criminals such as drug lords are still able to live in luxury and run an evil empire throughout the country even behind bars. Maximum prison facilities is now a haven for meth labs to thrive.
Life imprisonment which is the “harshest” sentence a Philippine court of law can throw right now is a badge of pride for these crooks. Prison facilities have become safe houses. Some of the police force from star generals down to prison guards are protectors for these high profile inmates.
This is the dilemma we are facing right now. We are either caught in a loop of perpetual violence of revenge and vengeance or criminality and corruption. Both parties from the opposite side of the spectrum are crying foul in chorus. Throwing jabs, hurling memes and insults against each other in Facebook posts with lengthy fiery debates.
However, there is an end to this cycle and this is where the law of the land comes in at the hands of government leaders with an iron resolve. Leaders united and will exhaust all means necessary so crimes will be prevented in the first place and victims of drug abuse will be rehabilitated before they mutated into monsters.
Monsters who should have not existed in the first place. I can only hope for we as a society are better than this.
*EJK – Extra Judicial Killing
Condolence to the family of the young 7 year old girl and rest in peace to Myla Rosales. Let justice be served in the strongest terms possible. If the guilty is found floating, I won’t be surprised.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16 [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
(1 Peter 2:13-17)
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”