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Masui Mayor beats up 56-yr-old man and 14-yr-old boy – another reason to oppose term extensions, no elections and Cha-Cha

Well, it’s all over the blogosphere and the mainstream media. Blogger Bambee dela Paz recounts the infuriating tragedy that has befallen on her family:

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.

Things get heated up. Voices were raised. But never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever imagine that someone would pull out a punch. Apparently not. 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.

Arrogance. Nothing but arrogance is what I could say about the dishonorable Mayor of Masui Nasser Pangandaman, his body guards and his father DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman’s shameful acts and non-actions, respectively.

It is but a classic display of how local officials think and act as if they are kings and do whatever pleases them. They like to flaunt power at every possible opportunity, which to the sad reality, at the expense of the common citizen.

As for the Secretary of Department of Agrarian Reform’s not lifting a finger to stop his son from beating up the old man and his young son, well that pretty much explains why the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in this country has failed. The officials in charge of carrying out agrarian reform is good at only one thing, doing NOTHING!

GMA’s cabinet members are certainly living up to the phrase “cabinet members are alter-egos of the President…” and since GMA is evil, the DAR Secretary is no different. Obviously, his son’s unpardonable acts towards the dela Paz’ is proof that the trait does run in his family.

It’s sad and infuriating that this had to happen during the holiday season. Come January when things go back to usual business, the Arroyo administration will once more move heaven and earth to get the Cha-Cha train moving, extending the terms of office of those currently in power and suspending elections in order to ensure a “smooth transition” once the changes they want are inserted into the Constitution.

Well, let this sad incident be a reminder that enough is enough of this rotten, corrupt and evil administration. We must not let these kind of politicians remain in power. If we truly want justice not only for the dela Paz family, but also for the thousands of Filipinos still suffering from neglect, oppression and injustice caused by the current administration and set of politicians, we must not only pray, but we must fight back.

Here are the other posts about this issue:

Coverage by Mainstream Media

I’ll end with a line from the movie V for Vendetta;

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

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