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Commentary: Julier's wish

By Danny O Sagun

Pangasinan (17 November) -- A YEAR and a half have passed since the murder of San Carlos City Mayor Jolly Resuello. Before him, many others - some mayors and vice-mayors and a judge - fell into assassins' hands.

Have these cases been thoroughly solved? Nothing concrete, so far, although the police, as usual, would say the murders have already been solved with the filing of cases against suspects.

Resuello's son, Julier, is naturally apprehensive as to the outcome of the case. He may appear frantic to some but he could not do anything. Once again as opportunity came, he raised his concern with President Arroyo when she came over to attend the birthday bash of third district Rep. Rachel Arenas last Saturday. The timing was good as the regional police director was around during that lunch at Arenas' farm in Malasiqui.

In an interview after the President left, Julier expressed hope that the President's directive to Chief Supt. Luizo Ticman will result in the full resolution of the case. GMA told Ticman to always coordinate and exchange information with the mayor and arrest suspects still on the loose. The mayor obviously has confidential info that he cannot just divulge to the media - identity of the suspects and the mastermind/s, etc.. The police may have theirs too. It may well be necessary for the police to compare notes with the mayor.

We really wonder why our law enforcers have a hard time closing cases like the Resuello's. Just think: The murder was witnessed by the public. A suspect was caught on the spot. A video footage was available to help investigators. The victim's family had connections, money and influence. The family in fact is well-entrenched politically. The administrations of Espine and GMA are with them.

How justice seems to elude Ayoy and his siblings in spite of such factors in their favor thus makes us think as to what awaits ordinary mortals like us in this world so unfair to the least privileged.

We all thought Jolly's case was an easy thing for investigators to dispose given all the circumstances. We were wrong. But what really went wrong with the investigation? Or to rephrase it, what went wrong during the investigation?

We recall how confident the former provincial police director was as to the early solution of the case. He was even giving clues as to the possible mastermind/s. That was all. What we heard later was his recall for a new assignment, leaving the matter to his successor, who could only base his assessment on information fed to him. We can only hope he is really interested in putting the matter to its finality.

Julier is keeping his fingers crossed. He can only wish the President's words sent shudder down the spine of the regional police director and work for the full resolution of his dad's case. (PIA) [top]

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