Emotionally distraught

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Chito ParazoIt must have been emotionally painful for jailed Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla to see his actor-turned-politician son “Jolo” lying in a hospital bed with a gunshot wound in the chest. It was good that Sen. Revilla was given permission by the court to be with his son for several hours. As of now, police could still not ascertain whether the wound was self inflicted or was caused by accidental shooting.

Jolo, the current vice governor of Cavite, was rushed last week to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center after he supposedly shot himself by accident while cleaning his .40 caliber Glock pistol inside their Ayala Alabang house in Muntinglupa. Latest medical report about Vice Governor Remulla showed that he’s now in stable condition. He is however still confined in the intensive care unit to monitor his blood output.

Although the Revilla family are claiming that it was “accidental shooting,” many believed that the vice governor tried to commit suicide as a result of his apparent depression over the incarceration of his father for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. It must have been shame or helplessness, or perhaps even anger when his father was detained for allegedly receiving “kickbacks” from infra projects funded through his pork barrel allocations.

Police were said to be still investigating the incident as I write this column. The Revilla family maintained that  it was accidental. They told police that “Jolo” sustained a gunshot wound in the chest after he accidentally pulled the trigger of his pistol while cleaning it inside their Ayala Alabang house.

What bothers  me though is the fact that being a vice governor of a big province and a son of a senator, “Jolo” is always under the watchful eyes of his close-in security men or bodyguards. With all the bodyguards he has around him, how come the vice governor did not ask even one of them to clean his Glock pistol for him?

Here’s my take: This is a clear case of attempted suicide. He is definitely suffering from an emotional breakdown as a result of the incarceration of his senator father.

But while Jolo deals with his emotions, if not depression, President Noynoy, on the other hand, has also some medical problem of his own. According to a lot of Filipinos, the President has amnesia. He has problems remembering what he did or did not do. I just hope President Noynoy is not afflicted with Alzheimer’s or even dementia.

If you may recall, the President said he does not remember being briefed truthfully by his loyal friend and former bodyguard, resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima.

As a result of his continued denial of his alleged involvement in the Mamasapano incident, the public, as well as the members of the country’s police force, have lost their trust and respect for President. To cite an example, the members of the PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF) ignored the presence of President Noynoy during the recent turnover ceremonies for the newly appointed  SAF Chief. It was reported in the media that when the acting SAF Commander acknowledged the presence of President Noynoy for the turnover rites  at Camp Bagong Diwa, SAF troopers did not clap their hands nor cheer for the Chief Executive. They reportedly just watched in silence as President Noynoy made his way towards a podium to deliver his speech. It was strikingly different when the new SAF commander was introduced to the police commandos. They clapped enthusiastically in welcoming their new chief.

The apparent “cold treatment” he got from the police troopers must have made the President nervous and uneasy that he decided to cancel a speech he was about to deliver in front of the members of SAF. This is only the beginning, Mr. President. More insults are coming your way unless you start being a man and admit responsibility on the Mamasapano incident.

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) created by the Aquino administration to investigate the Mamasapano massacre will soon release its findings. As usual, its investigation report will not differ from what the Senate has said. The President has no culpability in the Mamasapano incident.  Both of these hearings were conducted to appease public anger over the brutal slaying of 44 police commandos.

This is just a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.

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