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Commentary: Send in the laundryman

Pangasinan (13 August) -- THE timing, It's always the timing.

Even the most trusting among observers will certainly still wonder why some officers of the law, especially those in the police and military, get relieved of their posts suddenly and in indecent haste whenever a big scandal erupts in their office or organization.

The operative word for such move is often the trite "for an impartial investigation."

That is quite understandable if the officer or officers concerned are believed to have either direct or indirect involvement or there is strong reason to believe they can block or influence the results of whatever investigation may have been ordered.

But how about relieving an investigating officer, the most ranking one, who has shown an independence of mind and has no sign of involvement whatsoever in the violation or malfeasance being sought for a full-dress investigation?

Aye, there's the rub, as the poet would say.

Any way one looks at it, there's the smell of rotten fish in the backyard.

Senior Superintendent Jane Andres Aunzo, regional director of the Presidential Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who had earlier been named to head the task force investigating the trillion-peso worth of shabu laboratory discovered in barangay Binmotubot, Naguilian, La Union was suddenly taken out of the region and reassigned to central office. This, just as she was beginning to look into the possible involvement of more police officers in the protection of the illegal drug manufacturing activity other than the first bagged officer, Sr. Supt. Dionicio Borromeo, the former police chief of Dagupan who was implicated by the shabu lab caretaker.

And the plausible reason for the relief? That she had "already completed the standard two-year tour of duty in Region 1."

So a newcomer had been put in her place. How expect the replacement to have a good grasp of the whole case coming as he is straight from the cold?

The answer? Simple. He won't have any. Not a firm hold, not a strong and complete grasp of whatever it was that some other laundrypersons upstairs may be washing. Ignorance, you see, is bliss - for everyone concerned.(PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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