Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Friday said that the reason for all the country’s security problems lies with the public’s mistrust of the law.
“Our national challenges undoubtedly have regional and local nuances. Problems like the insurgency, criminality, food supply, business health and others have unique differences as we go from one city or municipality to another. However, I am so bold as to suggest that the roots of all our security burdens rest in one simple truth – that the ordinary man sees law as an inequitable instrument,” the Vice President asserted during the Philippine Councilors League – Luzon Island Congress in Puerto Princesa City.
The conference focused on local security concerns in Luzon.
Binay stated that lawmakers should work towards achieving permanent security for the people by making laws that promote equality for all.
“As you congregate in formal session or fraternal fellowship to exchange best practices and current knowledge, seek to frame the laws you push and pass under the vision of equality for all men. In ushering in relevant legislation, work with the other branches of government to insure that enforcement is consistent and justiciable issues are given due action,” Binay said.
“I can guarantee that if our people see that laws are created to protect the good and the rights of each citizen, and that the concerned institutions insure that these laws come alive, we can address the fundamental cause of discord, inequality and division in the country,” he added.
The Vice President also cited the efforts of government in addressing different security issues such as providing “climate-proof” houses to people in urban and high-risk areas; as well as the drive to protect Filipinos against human trafficking.
He lauded the recent prioritization of the creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the increase in the conviction rate of persons involved with human trafficking, especially the conviction of a Singaporean national for trafficking in Malaysia known to have victimized nearly a hundred Overseas Filipino Workers.
“In all of these victories, the law set the framework through which we could work towards fulfilling the dreams of our people. The law became tangible when those entrusted to enforce and arbitrate its spirit and letter, did so vigorously, dispassionately and efficiently. These are perhaps the greatest inspirations that our honorable councilors can gain from our service in the past two years,” he concluded.