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Manny Pacquaio, A Golf Mauling, Bribe Daw, An Idiotic Commander and A Caper: A String of Lies

January 4, 2009

Some time ago I heard a joke making the rounds that “Pacman” Manny Pacquiao has picked up the game of golf. Of course people were incredulous and find it ridiculous that the boxing great will be playing golf. Of course, it was all a joke. Manny daw is mahilig mag-golf as in mang-golfe (gulpe). That was after he mauled some opponents in the ring.

That was my play with words in my earlier article regarding the golf course incident in Antipolo involving the Pangandamans [See “A Golf Course Mauling and a Star-Crossed Appointment”, 12/30/08]. They should understand they must play by the golf rules and not make golfe.

The de la Pazes started the incident? They said the de la Pazes had baseball bats had bladed weapons. Against the guns of the Pangandamans? That sounds ridiculous. As if Lanao del Sur politicians move around without a coterie of armed bodyguards. Hey, in Mindanao a handgun is not considered a true gun. Even Mayor “Dirty Harry” Duterte of Davao, well-aware of rido (the Muslim version of vendetta) can’t curb it. Itago lang daw.

And golfe again the de la Pazes in the clubhouse? So they won’t start it again? C’mon. The senior Pangandaman is complaining their name is being besmirched by the incident. Maybe that’s the price of not playing by the rules of golf but by golfe.

Another parallel item was the alleged P50 million bribe try made on PDEA agents. The 3 scions of prominent families had supply of drugs daw. So they are “dealers”. Ha ha! I thought drug dealers are nefarious beings who are cold-blooded and not some rich, spoiled kids.

Could be that the true story is the other way around. The agents could be asking money for “settlement” and the 3 balked because the amount is too big. And so it became a “bribery” try. P50M? Who would offer such kind of money? I can believe in the influence-peddling angle as can be gleaned by the call to PDEA by DOJ Undersecretary Blancaflor. Hey, these are not families without connections. These are not Chinese illegals who are large-scale drug dealers who fear rotting in our jails and who think P50M is a fair settlement so they can ply their trade again.

And this reminds me of that funny idiotic claim of the national police commander Verzosa. 90% crime solution rate daw. Ha ha! As if all crimes are reported. If that is so then they are just really sadistic when they engage in “salvaging”. Trip lang siguro kasi anyway naso-solve din naman ang mga kaso. O baka ito yung 10% na di ma-solve?

And this reminds me of the Moscow caper of the euro generals. The national police spokesman said all papers regarding the money was in order. After their comptroller admitted the papers were completed the day after the euro generals were detained by Russian authorities. Ha ha!

Such string of brazen-faced lying. Wonder why this administration’s credibility is at a record-low?

[photo credit:a.travis]

New Year in Davao, a Firecracker Ban and a Nearby Explosion

January 1, 2009

As in the previous years, New Year came to Davao without a bang. Since 2001, when the city created an ordinance banning firecrackers, New Year has always been celebrated with mute revelry as only the traditional torotot and banging of pots and pans can be heard around the city (of course, there are also those who use their car horns to create noise).

It is not only firecrackers that are banned in the city. Pyrotechnics are also illegal so the glow and aura of those attractive things can only be seen on TV sets in this city.

There is no use in bucking the city government. Mere possession of firecrackers and pyrotechnics is illegal in Davao. If in other cities those things are just confiscated, here in Davao it will land you in jail (and there are no prosecutors and judges to attend to your case during the long holidays). This season the city’s mayor, Rody “Dirty Harry” Duterte, even included minors for arrest in case they are found in possession of minor fireworks (so you won’t even see here small luces and watusi the children play with in other areas). Davao is really nitrate-emission free.

One result of this is a zero injury rate in fireworks-related incidents. Hospitals treat New Year’s eve here like an holiday. Some people here say that reporting yourself to the hospital can get you arrested. I wonder if a mangled finger a proper evidence in court.

Maybe it is time for the country to ban fireworks. It is probably just an unnecessary expense that we can’t really afford. For a moment of pleasure injuries (and even death) can ensure, the environment is polluted (noise and nitrates), and altercations ensue from wrongly-thrown fireworks (the bane of commuters during New Year’s eve). And if the avowed purpose of using firecrackers is to weed out malas (bad luck), certainly, decades of experience will tell us that this isn’t effective. Otherwise, we would have been a prosperous country already.

If Davao’s New Year’s bash is relatively quiet, it is not so in our nearby city, General Santos City. On New Year’s eve, hours before the year-change, a big explosion ripped the Oval Plaza injuring 26 people including 2 policemen. This is on top of an explosion the previous day in a police outpost that injured another policeman. Instead of holiday joy, General Santos City experienced quiet brought about by terror (for how can be one sure that the next bang is not the real thing?).

There is a place near the river Pasig that needs a wake-up blast and not General Santos City. Maybe some real malas removal would then happen.

[Photo credit: toto lozano, sunstar davao]