The Philippines’ “woke” activists have been calling for those responsible for an accident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat at Reed Bank to be held accountable and brought to justice. Unfortunately, they fall short of proposing exactly how that could be done. The accident happened outside of the scope of any surveillance assets (if any) wielded by the Philippine government and the Philippines’ Big Corporate Media community, despite their vast resources, have so far “reported” nothing more than hearsay factoids on the matter.
For answers, perhaps it is worth looking to recent progress so far made by a Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) pursuing those accountable for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Flight MH17 in 2014 killing all 298 people on board. The plane was flying over Ukraine territory held by pro-Russian separatists when it was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile. News had recently come out that the JIT are now ready to lay charges and prosecute three Russians and one Ukrainian national tagged as the prime suspects directly responsible for the massacre.
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International arrest warrants were to be issued on Wednesday and a criminal trial at The Hague was due to begin in March 2020.
Three of the suspects, however, are in Russia and one in eastern Ukraine, out of Kiev’s reach, so they cannot be extradited. Instead, investigators have asked them to present themselves for trial, and warned that the trial will take place with or without them.
The four suspects’ “plan, co-operation and acts have led to the shooting down of flight MH17”, [Dutch chief prosecutor and JIT coordinator Fred Westerbeke said at a press conference in Nieuwegein in the Netherlands].
That the investigation delivered clear, tangible, and actionable results attests to the focus and resolve of all involved in the JIT to see to it that justice is served. This despite facing a world power even more formidable and unfriendly than what Filipinos face today. Westerbeke was very specific in his account of Russia’s participation in the initiative he led for five years…
He accused Russia of refusing to co-operate with the investigation and “that is a slap in the face of all relatives of the victims and the bereaved. I call out to them to start co-operating.”
If the best minds of the Philippines’ cadre of “thought leaders” are too lazy to think beyond their quaint sloganeering, perhaps this example of how the JIT
Indeed, the JIT are by no means finished as they intend to fry even bigger fish up the Ruissian chain of command.
[Chief constable of the Dutch police, Wilbert Paulissen] said the JIT “want to know who was involved in the decision-making process in the Russian federation” to send military equipment and support to Ukraine.
“We want to get a good overview of the chain of command that contributed to the fact that a buk missile was furnished,” Westerbeke said.
Investigators said this was not the end of their investigation, and appealed for more information about the movement of Russian military units at the time and in the area of the crash.
It takes courage, resolve, and, more imporantly, brains to mount an initiative as brilliant as what the JIT has pulled off so far. This is a challenge to Filipinos. Do they possess all three of these characteristics to mount a similar project? Or are they content pandering to their world-renowned Victim Mentality to assure themselves their place and their dose of nebulous biblical “justice” in their Almighty God’s “kingdom in heaven” in the “afterlife”? Only time and results will tell.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.