20 April 2009

What is Atty. Acosta Trying To Prove

Atty. Percida Acosta
Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Percida Acosta fetched ABS-CBN news anchor Ted Failon from the Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) headquarters last 15 April 2009, where he and his househelpers stayed for eight hours to provide police statements about the incident involving the broadcast journalist's wife, Trinidad Arteche Etong.

Etong eventually succumbed to cranial injury, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and subsequent multi-organ failure about 8:50 p.m. on that same day at the New Era General Hospital in Quezon City. She had been fighting for her life since she was rushed to the hospital the day before after she allegedly shot herself in an attempted suicide try.

Ted Failon was now ordered placed under the Bureau of Immigration's watch list so that he could be deterred from leaving the country amid the on-going investigation to rule out any foul play.

However, what is questionable is the involvement of Atty. Acosta in this case. She said in an interview that people close to Failon called her up early in the morning and asked her to proceed to the police station to notarize the news anchor's statement. Based on this alone, she dropped whatever she was doing at that time as a public servant and sped off to where Failon is. This decision to fetch the news anchor clearly shows a total detachment from the people she is supposed to represent and a cavalier attitude when it comes media exposure and limelight. She even appeared on a morning talk show and fielded questions from listeners, defending Failon.

"I just did my job. I am not representing Ted Failon or his driver," Acosta told The Manila Times. She further explained that that she had not violated the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) standard procedures, and that Failon’s case falls under Section 6 of the procedures, "Other Similar Urgent Cases of the Amended Standard Office Procedures in Extending Legal Assistance."

So as usual, never mind the fiddles - it is still in the name of public service after her actions raised a howl from different sectors and caught the attention of her superiors. Maybe it is high time that the DOJ and even MalacaƱang to put the sycophantic public investigators and lawyers under a tight leash.

This is not the first time that Atty. Acosta was involved in a controversial fiasco, who seems to instigate and invite disaster on every occasion as she exposes herself to the media. She is presiding over an office defending police officers who are acting more and more like a vigilante group, shooting at all suspected criminals and killing almost everyone in the scene as they go along and convicted criminals who were sentenced for life after they killed Ninoy Aquino and Rolando Galman. She seems not aware that there are more troubling events in the streets as law and order are gradually breaking down, political correctness becoming rife, feral teens ruling the streets after dark, honest enforcement agencies being castigated for doing their jobs, and corrupt politicians roaming free to steal some more taxpayer’s money.

Maybe, she is just stepping up her campaign for a more lucrative job after the 2010 national election unless somebody in MalacaƱang decides to consign her to the backbenches, followed swiftly by a long period of unemployment.