I’m taking another break from regular blogging to share about something that recently happened in the Philippines. This incident happened the day after Christmas at the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City and involves Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr. of Masui City, Lanao Del Sur, his bodyguards and his father Nasser Pangandaman Sr., who happens to be the Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary in the Philippines.
I first read about this when a friend posted about it on Plurk. I then followed the link and read the story from the blog of Bambee Dela Paz, daughter and sister of the persons who got mauled by Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr and his bodyguards. The following are excerpts from her blog post.
At around 1:30 PM today, at Valley Golf and Country Club, Antipolo City, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr., Mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur, his father, Secretary Nasser Pangandaman of the Department of Agrarian Reform, and company, beat my defenseless 56-year-old dad and my 14-year-old brother to a pulp because of some stupid misunderstanding on the golf course.
My brother and I were playing golf at the South Course of Valley. We were on the 3rd hole, and we see two golf carts going past us, overtaking our flight, and setting up to tee off on the next hole. My dad goes up to them and asks them why they would do that, why they would overtake us without even asking for our permission…So we complained to the marshall. We play the 5th hole and walk towards the next hole, where there is a teehouse, and both the flights in front of us were there, talking with the marshall. The mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur talks with my dad. Things get heated up. Voices were raised…He attacks my father. His flightmates, maybe 2 or 3 of them, rush to his aid and beat up my father. My 56-year-old father. My younger brother and I could not just watch. We rushed to break the fight. My younger brother pleads to the mayor to please stop it. To not hurt my dad. To just stop. His words still ring through my head…”Sorry na po, sorry na po…tama na…tama na po…” With his hands in front of his chest in a praying position. PLEADING. The mayor socks him in the face. My brother defended himself. My dad is still on the ground getting clobbered. My brother is the same way. I try to stop the fight, but all I can do is stop one person. There were 4 or 5 of them attacking now.
Someone breaks up the fight. I thought it was all over. The mayor shouts to his caddy: “Hindi nila kami kilala! Sabihin mo nga sa kanila kung sino ako!” And believe me, I had no idea who this person was. But now I know. He’s the person who, with 4 other men, beat up my 56-year-old father and my 14-year-old brother.
We leave. We walk to the clubhouse to file a complaint. My brother asks for a doctor. My dad could barely walk. Their group comes to the clubhouse, sees my brother. Once again my brother pleads, says sorry, and is crying. He was CRYING, for crissakes. But no. The relentless mayor still punches him in the face, and then sees my dad and goes after my dad again. Him and his friend pull my dad to the ground, pulls at his feet, and steps on him like he’s dirt. I run to him and try to hold him back, holding him back by his shirt, while this other guy and this girl tries to stop me. She tells me to just stop it. I scream in her face “they’re beating my father up and you want me to stop?!” I pull at his shirt–I don’t let go. All I can see was my dad being trampled on. I didn’t even see my brother getting beat up.
To read Bambee’s full blog post, visit this link: The World Has Gone Crazy.
Like what Ade said, the world has always been crazy. This is not the first time I’ve heard about government officials or “public servants” who abuse their authority and trample on the rights of the citizens especially in the Philippines. Fortunately, no one was killed in this incident. In some cases, the victims get killed or just simply disappear. However, this incident is still a horrific and traumatic experience for the Dela Paz family. What makes this scary is that the Mayor and his bodyguards who were involved in this incident, weren’t in their constituency. imagine what they could’ve done if this would’ve happened in Masui City? I’m pretty sure it would’ve been uglier.
According to news reports, the Pangandaman’s are denying they started the fight and are planning to file counter charges of physical injuries and grave threats against the elder Dela Paz. The DAR Secretary is also consulting his lawyer about the possibility of filing a libel case against Dela Paz.
I hope witnesses would come forward and tell the truth. I hope that there will be no cover-up, no “palakasan”. no “kumpadre system” involved. I hope that the Dela Paz family gets justice and if the mayor and his cohorts are found guilty I hope they get punished for their deeds. Not only to teach them a lesson but also to remind other governemnt officials, that they are “public servants”, elected to serve the people and not to use and abuse their authority for their own interests.
Here’s a couple of videos of news reports regarding incident:
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[ image by Joel Chua ]