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Solitary Confinement is Already a Torture


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

President Noynoy Aquino was right for one thing when questioned by a blogger why the prison facilities of the recently imprisoned senators, Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are better than the previous prison cell of his late father, Ninoy Aquino. There’s actually no basis for the comparison since the situations are different then and now plus the offenses allegedly committed are of unrelated in nature. He even added that at some point, his father’s room was air-conditioned!  The President highlighted that as a highly sociable man, the solitary confinement of his father was the greatest torture during his ordeal!

In addition to that, Ninoy Aquino was accused of being a rebel by capitalizing on political propaganda using the media. Revilla and Estrada are not yet convicted for the plunder cases filed against them. It will actually be a dumb thing if the administration places these two very popular actors turned senators into normal jail bars – for security reasons.

Besides, what goes around comes around. We know for the fact that these two senators are Presidentiables, knowing the masses! What will happen to the President when the tide finally turns around? At least, he can expect to be treated as human as possible based on his current status if he is no longer in the position with all the drastic actions he imposed to these powerful members of the opposition.

Yes, he vowed to punish those corrupt people in the government but it is however obvious to everybody that he is being selective. Corruption has been adamant for decades in the Philippines – and it is not only people who are corrupt. The whole system of government operations are! The President should have focused in changing the system rather than hurt those selected political enemies, their families and supporters –  if he cannot generalize it or if he is really not also using the corrupt system to gain power!

However, social damages have been done and not unless the next leaders with the backlogs of this administration can forgive those who trespass them – we can only expect a divided Philippines. Unity is far from the horizon now that unfair judgements are bestowed to respected public figures! It will not be surprising if a group of opposing political parties will join hands in putting a stop into this unlikely government priority. Just wait and see!

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