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By ELINANDO B. CINCO

Elinando B. Cinco

Elinando B. Cinco

The series of investigative probes by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on police shenanigans has given newspaper readers and TV audiences a layman’s understanding of some police glossaries.

For example, a police scalawag is one who is either a hired killer, a bank robber, a carnapper, a swindler, a passer of fake money bills, a rapist, living openly an adulterous life. Or, he can be all rolled into one.

While a ninja cop deals in only one commodity – illegal drugs. But this kind of merchandise is a magnet to a tyro cop to become all of the above. And he is transformed into a rogue cop.

But here is a matter of public concern – it is difficult to identify a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

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Some police officers invited as resource persons stutter and stammer, and are meek as a lamb while giving their testimonies. A drastic change of benevolence from the rude behavior inside their police precinct office where they shout at and even curse complainants and suspects alike.

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When the power rectifier in the electrical assembly of LRT-2 burned down last week, paralyzing the system’s Cubao-Katipunan-Anonas route, DOTr Secretary Art Tugade was nowhere to be found to do the explaining. Much unlike when a newly refurbished coach is installed when the loquacious Cabinet man would even hint at something 10 times much better to come.

Now Metro Manilans are already hinting at a situation 20 times worse than the LRT-2 incident – a dreadful transportation crisis in the metropolis looming in the horizon. All the more that such an event will drive the secretary to “seclucion perpetua.”

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Old hands in airport terminal crowd management control could only heave a sigh of relief – “Never had we seen a presidential party on an official visit to a foreign land laden with movie stars and other celebrities such as this one!” Thus was described of the contingent accompanying the state visit of President Duterte to Russia when the delegation left NAIA October 1.

“Those who were not designated as official delegates paid for their round-trip tickets,” assured Secretary Sal Panelo. And maybe for their hotel accommodation too? Of course, his pleasantry did not sound like it was a Gospel truth.

For how could Panelo convince lawyer Larry Gadon, a confessed Genuine Ilocano, to part with his precious Euros in exchange for a Bolshoi ballet presentation and a bottle of real Vodka! Or, entice those retired movie actors in the presidential party – who are wanting of film assignments, as well as hard currencies- to watch a neo-fashion show extravaganza featuring more than 24 models of always smiling Slavik beauties!

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But in spite of all this rigmarole, it was such a valuable educational trip for Mocha Uson (she has a new job and a new title). By now she knows that St. Petersburg Church is in Moscow, and St. Peter’s Cathedral is in front of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

And that Kremlin, a fortified district, is the seat of power of the City of Moscow. It is not the name of a basketball team that participates in PBA tournaments.

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