Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Red Cross Kidnapping Sulu

the kidnapping of three ICRC personnel in Sulu--near the provincial capitol at that--again brought to fore several harsh realities in that part of the country:

1. bandits are just next door of the good guys;
2. these bandits do not distinguish who is fair game;
3. the worst is that in the end, we may not be able to distiguish who are the bandits and who are on our side.

the ICRC is a worldwide organization recognized all over the globe. while i do not completely subscribe to their utopic thinking that their symbol is already respected by all groups in a warzone thus they shun any armed escorts from any side, the ICRC is a very active and effective organization in alleviating the conditions of the needy in areas where very few other relief and humanitarian organizations dare to go.

good luck to the victims. i hope that this situation is resolved with no blood loss. after their release, i hope the military and police do their respective jobs better next time.

Monday, January 12, 2009

the bottomline of the valley golf brawl

the bottomline came out:

1. pangandaman breached golf protocol by overtaking the de la pazes. de la paz responded by complaining to the marshall.

2. the marshall responded by resolving the issue right in hole number 4 (or 5?) (or so he thought)

3. de la pazes breached golf protocol by hitting balls in pangandamans direction. pangandamans responded by telling the mashall to let the de la paz group play through. de la paz responded by going to the pangandaman group and unleashing the “HINDI MO BA AKO KILALA” line together with the umbrella poke.

4. a fisticuff ensued between delfin del paz, the mayor, and the latter’s brother. Bino joined the fray and broke the mayor’s hands with a driver. bambee joined in too!

5. then all hell broke loose.

i think it is really easy to understand who is at fault.

what can i say?

now valley golf came out with the official decision: de la paz instigated the fight. for that he is expelled. sec. pagdanganan is liable for the actions of his sons so he is suspended fo two years. all dependents and guests are banned for life.

after i read this news, i returned to some of the articles that dealt with this topic a couple of weeks back and was surprised that a lot of people are still supporting the de la pazes. even delfin cried "injustice" and said that he is willing to submit himself to a lie detector test.

what for?

filipinos really have to reexamine its national psyche. in this case, many purportedly asked for justice. but when the investigation was completed and the decision was against the underdog, they cry whitewash! they should have taken the cue from the appeal of bambee to the nbi early in this brouhaha: "Sana po mapalabas nila ang katotohanan. Sana 'di sila [magpadala] sa kahit anong impluwensya (I hope they will be able to come out with the truth. I hope they will not be swayed by influence)," Bambee dela Paz asked the NBI during an interview with ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda. (cut and paste from abs-cbn website). anyone making this appeal to investigating authorities even before the investigation gets underway are usually the ones who are not confident of the outcome. take it from pulis na pogi, i have seen lots of them!

the decision was not rendered by a government agency. granting (and admitting) that this government is corrupt and has a very low credibility, the valley golf board of directors are totally different animals. they do not have any responsibilities except to their members! and i don't think anyone can afford their collective price.

i think the truth came out: it was delfin de la paz who lied. until now, he is lying!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The 14-year old Kid

I can't believe that up to this time, the de la paz family continues to play the 14-year old kid trump card. and more apalling is the fact that a lot of people are still biting the bait and thus considered the scuffle between the two families as between an old man, a kid, and a girl vs armed politicians with bodyguards.

there is no question as to the capability for violence of the pangandamans and an examination of the de la paz side will entail a very long article so let me focus on the "14 year old kid" first.

so who is bino de la paz? from news accounts, he is 14 years old alright, 140 pounds and 5'7" in height. he has the same height and weight when pacman fights hatton in may, he is 35 pounds heavier than pacman when the latter started fighting at 105 and he is 10 pounds heavier than pacman when the latter demolished most of the mexican legends at 126 and 130 lb division. get my drift? a 140 pound "kid" packs a punch. but that is pacman. so how about bino?

a quick scan of the home page of valley golf showed that he made an ace at hole #6 of the executive course on november 23, 2008 or just one month before the golf brawl. that is a 155 par 3 so there is no question about the hitting power of the "kid."

google search also turned up his performance in the 2007 Callaway Golf Junior World Golf Championships held on Jul 17 - Jul 20, 2007 at Lake San Marcos Country Club & Resort - North in california, usa. he made a 68 in round 2 and finished the tournament tied at #13 in a field of around a hundred players. so there is no question on his ability to play golf and his decision making in the field.

what am i pointing to?

my point is, how mature is a 14 year old kid?

in hawaii, idaho, and south carolina, usa, they can legally consent to sex and are already considered consenting adults. in the philippines, 14 is already 5 years beyond the statutory age for rape (2 under the new law setting the age at 12).

when i was 14, i am already in 2nd year high school and very much aware of the happenings around me. i am already discussing with my parents, classmates, and whoever cares the political issues of the time (edsa uno). i regularly ride my bmx bike to the next town and back covering the distance of around 50 km of winding roads non-stop.

in short, a 14 year old is not exactly a kid. but of course, they are also not exactly adults. under the stupid pangilinan law, minors are defined to be those under 18 years old and as a general rule, they do not incur criminal liability. this is the reason why when we arrest jeepney hold uppers and petty snatchers, when they turn out to be minors, we can't do much about them. and these "minors" perfectly know this, thus in 2007, 35% of arrested petty hold-uppers and snatchers are minors.

but those are the street kids and me. what about bino? well, it is obvious that he may have been brought up in a sheltered world thus is not that mature. this is the reason why his father should have exercised more caution in exposing him to violence. but the way things are turning out now, with more information surfacing, it appears that delfin de la paz started a war right in front of his kid.

definitely, there is child abuse committed in the valley golf brawl--and the suspect's name is not pangandaman.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


lately, we had been entertained by the very public laundry washing of pdea and doj over the alabang boys. the issue, as i understood it, is very simple: when pdea arrested the alabang boys, the families of the suspects allegedly tried to bribe pdea into releasing them without filing the case. when their bribe were turned down, they allegedly offered the bribe to the doj and viola, they almost got away with it.

so how this all happened and what is my take on this? to appreciate the chain of events better, it is helpful to revisit the sequence:

September 20 (Saturday) – Richard Brodett and Jorge Joseph were arrested by PDEA agents in a buy bust operations conducted in the early morning at about 1AM. four hours later, Joseph Tecson was also arrested in a follow up operation based on the information provided by the two.

September 21 (Sunday) – State Prosecutor John Resado conducted inquest proceedings in PDEA headquarters in Quezon City where the suspects were detained. He recommended no bail for ALL charges against ALL suspects. Immediately, the suspects executed a waiver of Article 125 and Resado set preliminary investigation on September 29.

December 2 (two months later) – The Department of Justice national prosecution service files a resolution dismissing the case due to "lack of probable cause."

December 3 to present – All hell breaks loose.

so how do i analyze the situation? bottomline: pdea is telling the truth and the doj (prosectors and all) were lying. how did I arrive to this conclusion?

in the first two days of the arrest, pdea did everything by the book: within the reglamentary period, they presented the suspects for inquest. in this first round, they won by knockout--resado upheld the arrest and no bail was recommended. but this is just round 1 in the fight between the arresting officers (pdea) and the suspects.

in this portion, major marcelino must be telling the truth when he said that several people called him up and offered the bribe. this is the normal course of things in any police operation. common sense will uphold the assumption that the suspects will bribe their captors in the hope of getting off the hook easy and immediately.

this approach may sometimes work for "piso-piso" operations but not for the big ones like the alabang boys. more so if the case is already reported by the media, this approach has no chance whatsoever. there are just too many risks that no policeman or law enforcer in his right mind will do this. he has to present the suspects for inquest.

during the inquest, the families had not yet offered the bribe to resado et. al. this is the reason why resado recommended the case for filing. subsequently, following the natural course of things, lawyers of suspects caught in this situation (no bail on inquest) requests for PI. In the PI, the ballgame takes a completely different texture. this is round 2 between pdea and the suspects. and a new player comes into the ring.

In inquest proceedings, only the arresting officers are asked by the inquest prosecutors and questions towards the suspects are usually perfunctory. the only thing being determined by the inquest prosecutor is the validity or legality of the arrest based on Rule 113 the RRC. the PI on the other hand is a sort of quasi-judicial proceeding wherein the investigating prosecutor actually hears both sides before rendering a resolution. so in inquest, the fiscal is sort of a big brother to the police while in pi, the fiscal is in the middle.

so where did things most probably went wrong?

for pdea: they did everything right except entrap the bribers. for all we know, pdea double crossed the suspects (accepted the bribes--but not major marcelino i think--and still filed the case anyway.) this might have given rise to the outburst of one of the relatives of the suspects as narrated during the congressional inquiry.

for resado, he was very coarse in his diskarte. he should have not rendered an inquest resolution right there if he had the intention of receiving the expected bribe. he should have talked to his supervisor first. but habit may have overtaken him this time. it is common to see cases recommended for filing by the inquest prosecutors on the night of the inquest proceedings when the arresting offices are present, overturned the next morning by the chief inquest when the resolution is forwarded to him. during the interim, you and i knows what happens.

for the doj, they had tolerated their people for so long that verano thought that even in this high profile case, he can get away with the blatantly illegal things that he used to do all the time.

for the family of the suspects, they should have known better than bribe pdea. with a bagito marines as team leader of the arresting team, they should have known that he is still incorruptible. had they bribed resado at the very start, they could have won right in the very first round. resado could have written: "there are things that need to be clarified in a preliminary investigation. release of the suspects is hereby ordered unless detained for other lawful grounds." the only recourse of the pdea then is a motion for reconsideration.

this happens all the time!

the baseball bat

when somebody posted the alleged original version of bambees post with its colorful language and incriminating details, i posted this reaction:

oh my oh my, how that saying “your can only hide the truth for so long” rings so true now.
before, all accusations of wrongdoing on the part of the de la pazes are dismissed as insinuations. but now, with the original version of bambees blog wildly flying in the blogshpere, what will her supporters say about her now?
her words: “My mom had a miniature baseball bat with her, and my older brother had a real one, and they lunge to attack.”
uh uh, indeed sorry bambee, you just totally lost your credibility!

standard written retort

subsequently, after all the tirades and bards are exchanged, i have this standard retort to the makulits.

some people just cannot accept the fact that they were taken for ride by the de la pazes. maybe this post by a certain aberosal (another original member) in pinoy golfers can shed more light:
“Footbolero, rge and I were present when the head of the fact finding committee was describing the testimonies of all parties - including that of dela paz. We were not provided with the official written findings - we were simply told some facts that were pertinent to the incident.

my memory isn’t as good as rge but the “discussion” points were as follows:
1) Based on witnesses’ accounts, Dela paz clearly started the fight. In his own words - “hinampas ko yung payong.” Others used words by Pagdamanan, caddies, were “poked” “tusok” etc. Dela paz used the word “hinampas” - and its on tape.
2) On the 6th tee, during the “fight” Bino swung his driver at the mayor. There was medical evidence provided to the committee of a fracture to his hand. If a 5′6, 140lbs person swung a driver at me, I am pretty sure I will not be asking his age before I strike back (assuming I survive of course) - and strike back I will with intent to make sure he doesn’t swing that driver again.
3) Dela Paz didn’t give Valley employees and security staff a chance to stop the incident from escalating. Per witness accounts, the dela paz family kept provoking and making threats na “gaganti sila”.
Jovi, if you want to get the whole story - come to valley golf club and make your own investigation and interview the witnesses. RGE is making kuwento and is not a member of the fact finding committee. Majority of the members/employees at Valley know what happened and very few if any are on the dela paz camp.
You are basing your facts too much on a blog and not on actual witness accounts.

reply to Ding Gagelonia

less than a day after i made the post, article author ding gagelonia posted this:

It’s unfortunate that you think this is just about the 2 feuding families even as you unelegantly heckle or seemingly gloat when the other commenters to not ‘engage’.
If you’ve been issued a ‘mission order’to defend the Pangandamans your haughty posturing is only driving home the point of your clients’ perceived arrogance.
Now that’s a pity.

to which i replied: 


It’s unfortunate that you think that i think that this is just about the 2 feuding families even as you unelegantly defend the lynching mob to not ‘engage’ in light of emerging new information.
If you’ve been issued a ‘mission order’to defend the de la Pazes, your fast trigger pull is only driving home the point of your clients’ perceived arrogance.

Ding, when you interpret the report, you have the gall to twist it to suit your needs–never mind the fact that you posted the scanned copy at At Midfield for everyone to see, complete with comments of other posters.

Just read the title of your At Midfield post: “Valley Golf Guards Report: Pangandaman Security Men Drew Guns on Dela Pazes.” I scraped the bottom of my brains and recalled the many times i participated in several DSSPC, RSSC, and NSSPC but i just cannot find the relevance of your headline to the rest of the article! i read the lead paragraph i did not find it. i read the whole report, still i did not find it. my, my, my…

And in this Filipino Voices article, imagine yourself saying:
“More revealing, the report points out that the Pangandaman security drew their high-powered rifles menacingly at the Dela Pazes.”
where in the report did you find this? give me a break!

“The Pangandamans in their own ‘counter-account’ have consistently denied that they had any security personnel with them on the VGCC fairway.
What is now clear to me is they lied in this respect.”
another fast trigger pull. in light of rge’s account, the pangandamans now appeared to be telling the truth when they said that they did not have bodyguards in the fairway and that your client de la paz were lying through the skin of their teeth!

the comment of ordinaryobserver in your At Mindfield blog posted at 12:52 said it all, yet to still dared to post this article and make all this twist less than two hours later? ordinaryobserver said:
“I’m sorry, but the report doesn’t really help the de la Paz’s. In the first place, it doesn’t really counteract the Pangandaman’s story that they didn’t have bodyguards on the fairway. All it says is that the security personnel saw the bodyguards on the lower veranda of the clubhouse. It doesn’t preclude that the bodyguards were actually on the fairway with their principals, but it doesn’t confirm it either.
Also, the report only tells us that the bodyguards were carrying high-powered armaments. It says nothing about them using the same to intimidate the de la Paz’s.

Journalist for 30 years? 

Now that’s a pity.

the ultimate aray for the de la pazes

on january 4, 2008, the ultimate aray of the de la pazes arrived through a post in and i reposted it in different blogs:

here is the ultimate aray for the de la pazes:
this is the post of a certain rge in forum. he is a member since april 2007 with 595 posts to date (he is a pioneer member i supposed, as the forum started only in end of march 2007) he placed his address as valley golf, orchard, eagle ridge so i suppoed he is personally known to many others in the philippine golfing community and is a “somebody” given his access to information sources. his preliminary statement said it all.

I just spent some time with the head of the fact-finding committee. He has submitted all pertinent facts to the board and leaves it to them to make the necessary decision based on all the facts. I will outline the facts to you as it was outlined to me. Rest assured that the facts were obtained from all parties involved and all witnesses at each incident site. The statements were obtained both by the valley fact-finding group and by the NBI as well. Testimonies were recorded, verified, and re-verified. Fortunately for the parties involved, there were always witnesses to give supporting statements on the events as they occurred.
I will compose the outline shortly as it will be lengthy but just to whet your appetite or get you thinking, you will be quite surprised with the findings. Let’s put it this way, the people we thought of as villains weren’t quite what they were depicted to be. and the supposed protagonists may have yet been quite as factual in their testimony as it turns out to be. Even our 14-year old isn’t as innocent and “prayerful” when all the details come out. just give me a few minutes….
In the interest of making sure that no facts might be left undisclosed, I will take it upon myself to start from the very beginning. Firstly let us start by saying that on or at about 12:40 p.m., the party of the Pangandaman’s registered at the starter’s area. They registered for 2 flights comprised of 4 individuals per flight. Unfortunately, they still had 2 members of their group that had not yet arrived, so they initially tee’d off as 2 successive threesomes. The starter and marshall were informed that the 2 individuals that had not yet arrived would just catch up with them in the fairway. On or at about 1:05 p.m. the Dela Paz group registered initially as a twosome but since this isn’t normally allowed, they registered as a 3-some even if the elder Mr. Dela Paz was not really going to play.
When the Dela Paz 3-some was playing on hole number 3, they were passed by 2 golf carts containing Mayor Pangandaman and his companion (in one cart) and the caddies being brought by one of the starter personnell. The Pangandaman’s did not ask permission to drive through because they did not want to disturb the Dela Paz’s who were in the middle of the fairway. Upon reaching the green of the 3rd hole, Mr. Dela Paz asked the caddie why the people in the cart just went through. Mayor Pangandaman who was already positioned at the 4th hole, personally informed Mr. Dela Paz that they were part of 2 foursomes. At this point, Mr. Dela Paz said “ah okay, courtesy lang naman”. This was verified by the caddies. Mr. Pangandaman said that he did not disturb them anymore because the player was about to hit. At this point, Mayor Pangandaman thought everything was okay so he proceeded to the 4th hole (Par 3) where his other flightmates were. In the records it says that Mr. Pangandaman was not yet even done pitching into the green when a ball landed near his 8-year old child so they immediately made sure the child was secured in the cart. ( For those unaware of the common practice at Valley Golf, on every par 3, the group behind you is signaled to hit into the green once everyone from your group is already on the green) Until you have been cleared to hit by the group ahead, you should not hit into the green. It is common sense and basic precautionary procedure.
In this particular case, we have no corroborative testimony. One set of caddies say they were given clearance, while the other say that no clearance was given as of yet when the ball/s had landed.
The Pangandaman’s claim that the same situation happened in the 5th hole (Par5). Even the caddied confirmed this. At this time, Bambee Dela Paz had called the Marshall to tell him that the flight behind them was complaining about why their pace was slow and that the cause of the delay was the 5-some in front of them. Shortly thereafter, a marshall on his motorcycle appeared and approached the Pangandaman’s and asked if they were playing as a fivesome to which the Mayor said no. “We are 2 foursomes”. Nonetheless, the Pangandaman’s had already agreed among themselves that they would rather the Dela Paz’s play through. The Mayor was even quoted saying to his Father. ” magagaling yung mga bata at malakas pumalo, baka mabagalan sa atin” They informed the marshall that they would just let the Dela Paz group play through and the marshall informed the Mr. Dela Paz of this. ( Just as an aside, the investigative group actually asked the group behind Dela paz if indeed they had complained about the slow down and the group said that the y said no such thing to the Dela paz flight. They were not even in contact at anytime before they arrived at the tee house to see the fight and eventually help stop it) When the Delapaz group reached the green of hole 5, the caddies of the 2 kids gave them their drivers so that they would waste no time playing through. The Mayor, who at that time was sitting along with their companions, stood up to personally tell Mr. Dela Paz to play through. Caddies, and the tee house server claim that the Mayor told Dela Paz na “Mauna na ho kayo” and walked to approach Dela Paz, The response of Dela Paz was “Huwag mo akong pagtaasan ng boses” Dela Paz began to question the Mayor why they were playing as a fivesome. The Mayor said that this was not the case but Dela Paz was insisting and even said (again corroborated by the caddies) “Linoloko mo ba ako?” “Member ka ba dito, Kilala mo ba ako?” (as you can see, this question did not come from Pangandaman. In fact, in the recorded testimony, this is exactly what Pangandaman claimed delapaz had said to him and yet in Delapaz’ recorded statement, he never said that the mayor asked him ” kilala mo ba ako” Completely different from when the media was already involved.
When Delapaz was posing the above question, the mayor was heard to say. “Sandali lang, hindi naman tayo nagaaway dito. Akala ko ba naayos na natin yung issue kanina sa hole 3? At about this point Delapaz closed his umbrella and then poked the mayor on his stomach using the pointed end ( some caddies say Dela Paz swung the umbrella and some say that he poked the Mayor) The investigative board asked Dela Paz what he did, he said that he poked the Mayor in self defense. When asked who was attacking him, Dela Paz said that he was being surrounded by 4 men. The caddies and other witnesses on hand said that when the umbrella incident happened, it was only Dela Paz and the mayor that were talking. The other parties were in the tee house about 15-20 yards away. The Mayor says he was poked and so he backed off and just as he was about to be poked again, his brother, Hussein ran and attacked Delapaz and hit Delapaz knocking him to the ground.( At this point the commotion took place. One of the things observed is 14-year old Bino hit the Mayor with his driver. Apparently, the mayor parried with his forearm and hand so this is where he sustaned the injury. In the process also, Hussein was being pulled off the older dela paz by his 2 children but again Bino was seen to hit Hussein in the face and head while Bambee had scratched the other side of Husseins face. At this time also, witnesses say, that 3 or 4 other members of the flight excluding the Secretary, the 8-year old boy, and the girlfriend of Hussein were involved in attacking or subduing the older dela paz but this lasted very shortly and when the combatants had been separated the existing people in the tee house as well as the new flight that was playing behind the dela paz’s.
At this point the Secretary told the delapaz group to leave so as to avoid any more trouble. As the elder delapaz was leaving he was heard calling someone on his cellphone saying ” may away kami, pumunta kayo dito”No one knew who delapaz was speaking to as he walked away towards the main clubhouse. A few minutes later, the secretary and his group decided to end the day instead of continuing to play. When they got to the clubhouse, Hussein wanted to wash up because he was bleeding in the neck area. As he got near the reception area, he saw delapaz and was heard to have said “O, nandito pa pala kayo” to which Dela Paz said “Hindi pa tapos ito gaganti pa kami”. At this point, Bino got in between his Dad and Hussein while saying ” Tatandaan ka namin” (None of the witnesses in the clubhouse, and there were many, ever saw Bino kneel and say that he was only 14 years old at maawa na sila) On the contrary, Bino was acting like anything but a helpless child. He sounded tough, angry, and antagonistic enough that the fight broke out again. At this point, the bodyguards of the Mayor ran into the clubhouse via the poolside entrance. When questioned about this, the mayor said that one was his driver and the other was his “Yayo”. As far as the board was concerned, the “Yayo” was also a bodyguard. Said Yayo came into the clubhouse with a clutchbag containing a gun and brought out the gun without pointing it at anyone. The Mayor immediately instructed him that there was no need for guns and the gun was put back. During the investigation, the Mayor said that the handgun was his and that his “yayo” was likely going to give it to him but he declined. Upon instructing his “yayo”, the man just stayed in one corner. At this time the wife of Dela Paz and his other son arrived. The son was wielding a baseball bat and the wife had a knife which she pulled out of a scabbard. These two were subdued by security but they were verbally threatening the Pangandaman’s during this time. There was also a reported incident where the driver of the mayor ran out and came back with a suitcase containing a supposed armalite as claimed by valley security. The driver never pulled it out or pointed it at anyone but it was readily accesible

pulis na pogi on January 4th, 2009 8:37 am
and here is what the site admin of pinoy says about the post of rge:
“Great account of the incident, Ray. My compliments. I heard the same details third-hand from my sources. I agree with the others; Mr. de la Paz was foolish to pick a fight with his children present.
The revelation of these facts cast a severe shadow on the Bambee’s blog, don’t they?”
aray, aray, aray!!!

despite this posting, the de la pazes comtinue to draw support from bloggers thus i thought, wow, WTF?!

the official security report

shortly after i posted my turn around post, ding gagelonia came out with an article entitled the-panganaman-dela-paz-family-feud posted at Filipino (

he ended with a conclusion that i definitely cannot agree on. so here is my post:

now, the official security incident report is now out! find it at
and guess what: take a look at lines 5, 6, and 7 and let me quote (with all the typo errors):
“but based to the statement of VGCCI marshall/ starter (mr elmer saguisa) at that time he talk already both parties but sudenly he was not expected that argument was not settled.”
aray! now, where did this detail first appear in the blogsphere?
answer: from the post of brianna asal above, posted on the 29th of december or 3 days after the incident and i cut and paste:
paragraph 3, lines 7 and 8: With the said explanation, del Paz replied “Okey, kortesiya lang.”
paragraph 6, lines 5 to 7: “Nasser Jr. reiterated to the marshall what he explained to the elder dela Paz, which his knowledge the former already accepted his explanation.”
paragraph 8, lines 3 and 4: ” “Akala ko po, Sir, nagkaintindihan na ho tayo kanina”.
another answer: from the post of p that only appeared yesterday, or 1 week after the incident: and i cut and paste again:
paragraph 6, line 14 and 15: Thinking that things had been cleared up, Mr. dela Paz said, “Okay, kortesiya lang” (”Okay, just seeking courtesy“) .
paragraph 8, line 8 to 12: During their break, the marshal approached Nasser Jr, stating that the dela Paz’s were complaining that there were five of them in their group and why they overtook the dela Paz flight. Nasser Jr. reiterated to the marshal what he had already explained to the elder del Paz, to which his knowledge the former had already accepted his explanation.
aray again. now why are these very telling details not in bambee’s blog? it is now clear as daylight that before the fisticuffs started, even the mashalls thought that the overtaking issue was already settled! ask mashall mr elmer saguisa!
aray! aray! aray!
and thanks to manuel quezon iii for marking my posts as spam and deleting them even before it is moderated. now, your pseudo-personality (leytenian) is commenting on my posts even if i cannot find it in the enties above! hahaha

(as for the mlq3-leytenian part, i made it because in mlq3's blog, my comments are marked as spam and deleted. however during that time, a certain leytenian kept on replying to my deleted posts so i thought that mlq3 and leytenian are one. i later found out that they are not. may bad. hehehe)

looking further, i realized that this security report was already in the hands of abs-cbn on the day alex santos made the report. reviewing the tv patrol footage in youtube, the report was momentarily flashed. depite the clarity of the report as explained above, abs-cbn chose to really milk the issue of its sensationalism potential, even to the extent of misleading its viewers!

then the turn around

Three days after my first post, I was able to talk to a friend who happened to be a regular valley golf player. We were bantering about the incident during a break in our driving range practice and he related to me his experience with Bambee de la Paz just a few days back. This cemented my opinion of the case because during that time, I already had doubts on the story of Bambee after reading her blog. The cop in me kicked in and I felt that something was amiss, very much like the calm that you see before an ambush. because it was the holidays without much action in the streets and i have nothing better to do except practice and internet, i posted this comment in many blogs and got many reactions, many of which attacked my person (online personality, hahahaha). of course, there are those who agreed with me but they were few and far between! here goes the post:

"in this incident, the dela Pazes were first given attention by the media and add that to the fact the natural tendency of many filipinos (including me) to hold prejudice against moros, my first reaction is anger at the pangandamans.
and i am still angry at them up to this moment. secretary and mayor pangandaman should have known better and should have acted with prudence no matter and however they were provoked. they are no ordinary citizens but persons vested with responsibility by the people.
however, i now tend to give credence to the story of the pangandamans after my friend who happens to be a member of valley golf related his brush with the dela Pazes. and so the story goes this way:
shortly before christmas, he was practicing his putting in one of the three putting greens in vally golf. in the other putting green is bambee de la Paz also practicing putting. mind you, this family of dela pazes are terrific golf players! all of a sudden, bambee, together with her mother fanning herself like crazy, joined my friend in his putting green, stroking the house balls here and there, oblivious to the presence of my friend. golf etiquette 101: this is not beig courteous. the same issue they used against the pangandamans. fortunately my friend is no pangandaman and so the scandal happend days later and not involved my friend. after around 30 minutes of pure arrogance and “i am a champion and who are you” attitude from bambee, she and her mother left my friend in the practice green with the 12 house balls strewn all around. etiquette 101 again: this is, again, not being couteous. the ball holders clearly bore the sign “replace after use.”
after i heard this story of my friend, he and i thought, well, the arrogant dela Pazes met their match in the equally arrogant pangandamans.
now, we are angry at all of them for bringing their lies to the public and wasting our time!"

pulis na pogi in other blogs

when the pagdanganan-de la paz golf war erupted, this blog was still inactive as i haven't found out yet the way to recover my lost password. because of that, i am just another poster leaving comments in somebody else's blog or article. well, let me consolidate my comments from various blogs so that i have a record of how good i am in debates. hahaha!

Friday, January 09, 2009

the return of the comeback and the golf war

Wow, it had been 14 months since i posted anything here. Well, I had a lot of reasons but the primary cause is that i forgot my password in google. Oh my, obvious ba na covert name ko lang ito? hahaha.

Well, here i am again my dear blog. I had been all over other blogs in the pangandaman-de la paz golf war. Including you tube, I had seen the power of the blogger who is first to cry "INJUSTICE!" When bambee's blog first appeared, she apparently emailed her friends who in turn, emailed their friends. Alas! The first version was not meant to be so she edited it, toned down her language, and remove entries that could work against her and her family.

The immediate aftermath of the edited blog was so fiery and reactions were too hot for the pangandamans that a week later, the Secretary came out of national television and appealed to the bloggers to go easy on them because, in his words "my family is hurting."

But the appeal worked like gasoline spilled in the inferno. The calls for resignation countinued and dar issues are included in the ammunition. All these, despite the fact that as early as four days later, cracks in Bambee's blog began to surface. The original version of her blog showed up, discussion of respected members of showed a lot of inconsistences in her family's statements, and i myself got a first-hand report of a friend who was at the receiving end of bambee's crassness in a practice green just a few days before the infamous "golf war." Efforts by posters who believe that the pagdanganans are not totally and singularly guilty or even those who simply believe that both sides are equally liable are met with all kinds of brickbats, namecalling, and even threats from bambee's supporters. Up to this time, the support for Bambee continues (or so i think).

What does this mean? I exactly do not know but I am thinking of several possible reasons:

1. Could it be because Bambee was the first to get to the blogsphere with her sad story?
2. Could it be because of the seemingly great disparity in the status of the protagonists? (Bambee pictured her family as poor--which is a very very big lie of course because at the minimum, they are in the upper middle class if not the landed rich people. At the same time, she pictured the Pangandamans as rich, abusive, and war freak Muslim family).
3. Could it be that bloggers identified with Bambee because she can be considered as one of their own?
4. Could it be because the general Filipino population has a built in bias against the Muslims--although only few dare to admit it?
5. Could it be because Filipinos really love to stick with the underdog no matter what?
6. Could it be because of the distrust of the people on the politicians?

Well, i exactly do not know but up to this time, despite the overwhelming evidence that show that the incident was not entirely the Pangandaman's fault, the tirades had not stopped, nor any of the supposedly respected columnists cared to rectify their first opinions.

Hay, Pilipinas kong Mahal!