27 November 2008
The Capitol complex is not a private estate that should be converted into a provincial jail at whim.
This is the reaction of the premier human rights umbrella KARAPATAN on the statement of self-styled jail overlord Byron Garcia, brother and consultant of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, to install surveillance cameras at the IBP Building inside the complex.
Garcia was quoted in a local daily (CDN, 11/27/08, p.4) to have made the proposal to spy on the activities at the IBP building in the aftermath of a verbal tussle between the IBP and the Garcia’s over parking fee in the complex.
“Such Marcosian kind of knee-jerk reaction at settling disputes betrays the gung-ho attitude at authority not suited for a supposedly democratic society,” declared jean Suarez, advocacy officer of KARAPATAN.
“Instead of readily jumping for the guns, these so-called authorities should first conduct public consultations on the sanity of their policies,” Suarez said.
KARAPATAN likened the installation of more surveillance cameras at the Capitol compound as a provincial jail in the making.
“With all the ugly grills and blockades, the capitol is looking much like a police camp, or worse another Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center” Suarez added.
Jean Suarez, (032) 255-5549