PACC rebuffs De Lima, warns LGUs; An “injustice” to RD Gilbert!

September 13, 2019

OVER the continuing brouhaha as regards the seemingly “systemic” corruption at the Bucor-- Bureau of Corruption, err, Correction--  now also being “itemized” by an ongoing Senate probe, detained illegal drug suspect (and senator) Leila de Lima on Thursday issued a brief, four- paragraph reaction lashing at Atty. Manuelito ‘Manny’ Luna, commissioner and spokesperson of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, to wit:

‘Commissioner Manuelito Luna of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has reportedly announced that they are also asking me and Sec. Mar Roxas to explain some issues in the IRR of the GCTA Law.

‘I say to them: Don’t bother to send me any letter or order requiring me to explain or any other paper of similar import. I might just tear that into pieces.

‘I do not at all recognize the PACC’s jurisdiction or authority over me, a sitting Senator.

‘Sa kagustuhan nyong magpapogi kay Duterte, nagpapakagago kayo!’ Amen, ehek, aray, hehehe!

But probably because her Senate staff are still reeling from the “rehashed revelations” of former BuCor OIC Rafael Ragos on the extent of corruption at the NBP to include his delivery of millions of drug money to finance her 2013 Senate candidacy, they probably missed out on one small but crucial detail that they failed to inform their boss prior to her issuing that statement:

The PACC and Comm. Luna in particular, NEVER claimed that De Lima and now senator, Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, also a former BuCor director, are among those subject to the investigative power of the PACC.

Yours truly can attest to this because, not only was Comm. Luna a guest during the regular Friday media forum of the National Press Club (NPC) last September 6 but also, we discussed at considerable length the GCTA/BuCor scandal two days later, last September 8, during the nationwide broadcast of the NPC’s ‘Meet the Press On Air’ radio program at Radyo Pilipinas.

And ever mindful about the “limits” placed on them by the law and being a professional and dedicated public servant at that, Comm. Luna never once made a claim about the PACC’s jurisdiction over the members of Congress, the senators, in particular.

But here’s Comm. Luna putting the issue in the right perspective as a rebuff to the “wala-sa-lugar” angst of De Lima, to wit:

‘Instead of venting her ire on us (PACC) for raising issue about the De Lima- Roxas GCTA IRR (that caused “confusion” in identifying which convicts are entitled to ‘good conduct time allowance’), Senator Leila De Lima will do herself a favor by answering the order of the Office of the Ombudsman (the Ombudsman, which has jurisdiction over lawmakers, had demanded for an explanation not only from de Lima and dela Rosa but also, from former DILG secretary and failed presidential candidate, Mar Roxas).

‘In the first place,’ Luna continued, ‘I never said that the PACC has jurisdiction over her, a sitting senator.’...

‘What I can vividly remember, however, is that I stated that we don’t have jurisdiction over her and Senator Ronald Dela Rosa since they’re both senators, and that under the principle of separation power and for lack of legal basis, we cannot inquire into her action.’

Translation? “Wala ka naman sa ‘hulog,’ madam,” ahahay!

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Over the recent “reshuffle” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced by Chief PNP Oscar Albayalde on Thursday, we got to learn of the following, as reported by the online news of ABS-CBN:

Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief, was appointed as regional director of the Caraga Police Regional Office while his predecessor, Police Brig. Gen. Gilberto Cruz, was appointed acting director of Integrated Police Operations in Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL).

Police Brig. Gen. Alfred Corpus, former Eastern Police District chief, was also appointed as director of the Soccsksargen Police Regional Office.

Other appointments are:  Police Brig. Gen. Omega Jireh Fidel - Director, PNP Engineering Service; Police Brig. Gen. Rey Lyndon Lawas - Director, PNP Training Service; and,

Police Col. Ronnie Montejo - Acting Director, QCPD.

Well, insofar as yours truly is concerned, the only “questionable” item in the foregoing designations is the “demotion” of B/Gen. Gilbert Cruz to the post of DIPO-NL.

Indeed, my one cent of opinion, DILG secretary, Ed Año, is that, this is an “injustice” to RD Gilbert considering that the DIPO post is essentially a “dignified desk job.”

As most police officers I knew conceded, the DIPO is nothing but the “parking lot” for police officers who has no “MBA” in Camp Crame, the DILG and the Palace. MBA of course is short for ‘May Backer Ako.’

I have known the caliber of RD Gilbert back when he was the Laguna police director (and which earned for the PPO many awards and recognitions) and I can assure you, Secretary Año, that this gentleman is a “doer” and an “asset” to the PNP and the government.
Indeed, Sec. Ed, you can hold him in the same level of admiration and trust that you have for NCRPO director Guillermo Eleazar.
The one “bad thing” going against RD Gilbert is that he is not a “PMAer” but a product of the PNP Academy. His being booted into the DIPO seems to show that the “bata-bata system” and “factionalism” remain as vibrant as in the “old days” in our national police organization of today.

It would be to the best interest of the PNP— and the country for that matter— if the likes of RD Gilbert are given all the chance and the support from above to show off what they are truly capable of doing for the general good.
Ang dapat nga kay RD Gilbert, “dalhin” sa mga lugar na maraming problema at ayaw iwanan ng kontrobersiya dahil sa “mahina” at “palpak” na pamumuno. Take Calabarzon for example.
Abangan!