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AS BuCor figures go, 1,914 convicts were wrongly released for good conduct and “good time.” But as of Monday, 2,221 had surrendered and gone back to their home suite home, behind bars (or none).

What kind of logic rules our pub­lic servants’ brains? Going by their own figures, 307 lodgers who were not on the GCTA list chose to return to their barracks or whatever you call their hotel, resort, country club. On second thought, is it a matter of math or logistics? Whatever, change BuCor to stand for Bureau of Cor­rupted Math.

PMA, Philippine Murderous Acad­emy? The superintendent has quit over the hazing death of a fourth-class cadet and serious injuries in­flicted on two others. In one stroke, we’ve lost a young man to a bunch of sadistic murderers and a general who understands, at the very least, the concept of command responsi­bility. The death of cadet Dormitorio comes two years after law student Atio Castillo was killed during initia­tion rites by his frat masters. The “educated” killers turned the pre­mier military academy and a pres­tigious law school into their hunting grounds.

Sogo Hotel on A. Mabini, Malate, Manila suffered a premature but full­blown collapse even without a mild earthquake to shake it to its foun­dations. It might pique the interest of city engineers to do an ocular of what remains – flattened land – of the ex-hotel’s neighbors that were demolished, one after the other, in the last couple years. At least three buildings within two blocks of each other were destroyed to give way to hungry developers cashing in on the primeness of the land. There’s no visible, physical connection among those vanished buildings and Sono­go, I know, but earthquake con­sciousness says check all structures to be sure. As an environmentalist puts it, the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a storm a continent away.

Where to buy oil from continents far away from the Middle East? The usual suspected experts want us to dig for our own, but do we have the time and money? We have neither, which is not the same as saying we should not spend time and money to act, do it, study, work, start a plan, here, now. Look at the way we cre­ate our water supply problems. No rain, complain. Rainy season, no reason to worry. The time to prepare for war is during peace time.