July 7, 2009
Independent Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan warns Palace officials on issuing intelligence reports and accusing groups as masterminds behind the recent string of bombings in the country without hard evidence.
“Nasaan ang ebidensiya na MILF nga ang nagsagawa ng bombing?” asks Pangilinan on military reports pointing the group as masterminds. “Ilabas ang ebidensiya na magtuturo sa MILF bago nila sabihin na kagagawan nga ng grupo ang nasabing krimen.”
Pangilinan cautions officials to be prudent in releasing statements to the press lest they be accused themselves of rushing results just to save face.
“Hangga’t walang matibay na ebidensiya, walang karapatan ang gobyerno na mag-akusa o magtuturo ng posibleng mastermind. Kapag walang matibay na ebidensiya at nagtututuro na sila, di kaya frame-up ang layunin ng mga ito?”
“True justice will not be served until the real culprits are identified and stopped. Finger-pointing and rounding up the usual suspects doesn’t mean that the job is done; and rounding up the usual suspects suggests the lack of political and military will to zero in on the real culprits. The ultimate goal is to protect our people from senseless violence. We must ensure the safety of Filipinos.