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Restless haunting EDITORIAL 12/03/2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Restless haunting

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Watered down and inconclusive — that was how Hong Kong, its government and citizens included, viewed Noynoy’s recommendations on the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report on the hostage taking bloodbath that cost the lives of eight residents of the territory who were in the country as tourists but instead got into the crossfire of one of the many public servants harboring a grudge against the government.

Not expecting justice from Noynoy and a system heavily tainted with political influence, Hong Kong is holding its own investigation into the incident that will spell new trouble for Noynoy.

It is expected to be a painful reconstruction of the events of Aug. 23 for Hong Kong, particularly to those who survived the bungled rescue of the local police force, but it is a necessary exercise to put closure on one of the most brutal attacks ever made on a group of Chinese citizens.

The mere decision of Hong Kong to reinvestigate is already a huge blackeye for Noynoy. It reinforced perceptions of the crooked judicial system in the country.

Included in the recommendations of the IIRC led by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and created by Noynoy to dig deep into that man-made disaster were criminal sanctions against Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno and then Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Verzosa, who were among the highest officials indicted in the report..... MORE

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