Political Violence:the return of Bullet for ballots?

December 22, 2006 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Political violence ranges from Intimidation to Assassination in these islands some see bullets as ballots – with power flowing from the barrel of the guns and issues settled by hit squad.

I remember when a friend of mine was killed a few months back. He was a Journalist who had been a vice mayor for a time – Dan Mariano – wrote quoting a old saying about violent actions and societies who fail to act and become complacent or afraid.

Fear all things considered – is the weapon of those who have no alternative but quash any opposition like a bug – when they are devoid of popular support. It is the tool of the thug, the mafiosi, the dictator, through fear and not out of respect for law and the rights of others that those kinds retain power. The classic example was Nazi Germany where this short story came from the Dan – brought to my attention.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

At a Politcal science lecture I was asked to speak at in the States a year or so ago – one of the areas I was asked to describe was if there were street gangs were involved in politics – one other speaker told spoke out before I could answer. Saying… The Political groups themselves are often the gangs of the islands in rural areas.

Political Killings, Guns-for-hire, hit squads, and vendetta feuds on top of insurgency, coup attempts, and yes – extremist terrorism.

As the Department of Tourism used to say Wow Philippines… More than the usual. But to the world at large it is story that not unlike the typhoons and calamities that often hit here is seen as part and parcel of politics. That does not mean this is the way it should be or has to be – one major change – is where a few years back these kinds of crimes – and that is what they are criminal acts; were more commonplace.

Philippines killings probed
TVNZ, New Zealand – A commission created by the Philippine government to probe hundreds of killings and disappearances of left-wing workers and reporters will submit its report

PNP to protect solons with death threats
Senior Superintendent Romeo Hilomen, chief of the Philippine National Police Security and Protection Office, on Thursday said that his office is prepared to protect politicians whose lives are in grave danger. –abs-cbnNEWS.com

Suspect links governor to Abra congressman’s murder
A suspect in the murder of Abra Lone District Rep. Luis Bersamin Jr. last Saturday has identified Abra Gov. Vicente Valera as the mastermind in the killing, police said Friday. ABS-CBNNews.com

The overall figures however if taken into context with Violent crime say in the City and County of Los Angeles – say – Compton is not far off from the level of local violence but there the violence is Gang and crime related.

Gangs account for approximately 51% of all homicides in Los Angeles County. Of the 1156 homicides in 2001, 587 were gang-related. The majority of all gang homicides are committed with handguns. – Los Angeles County Safe Streets Bureau

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