The tragic killing of a special prosecutor of the Ombudsman by an alleged drug addict once again trained the spotlight on the drug menace which the Duterte administration is trying hard to combat.
Right after his arrest, the suspect tested positive for substance abuse and, according to policemen, showed tell-tale signs of being high on drugs, particularly shabu.
As described by PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, the crime, which saw the pregnant lady lawyer stabbed three times, could have happened to anyone because it was a “crime of chance.”
By “crime of chance,” the police meant that a criminal will just commit his dastardly deed given the chance or the opportunity to get away easily, like victimizing women, old people and children and during the dead of the night.
Beat policemen have a term for what criminals who prey on the hapless and the helpless do: “Picking apples.” As much as possible, criminals do not prey on those who could fight back or when there’s enough police visibility that the chance of them being chased is big.
With the narrative on what transpired along Visayas Avenue – of the lady lawyer being assaulted upon returning to her car from buying milk tea – already complete, I can agree 100 percent with General Albayalde’s assessment.
That assessment is that the lady lawyer was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. And for all of us, being at the wrong place can be any place, and being at the wrong time can be any time.
What place and time would that be – the place and time we have the misfortune of sharing with drug-addled criminals or just plain addicts on violent tripping. What befell the star-crossed lawyer could happen to you – yes you.
So, do we hear the bleeding-hearts who condemn Duterte’s war on drugs crying for the slain lady lawyer? Nah. There’s no political gain from that.