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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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  1. now, the official security incident report is now out! find it at http://midfield.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/valley-g

    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!

    ps:

    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

  2. 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 pangandaman.

    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!

    • You do have a point and in the spirit of justice, we must give the DAR Secretary and his son their day in court.

      However, I stand by what I have written because it may be true that the dela Paz family may have acted arrogantly to other players of 'lesser status' than them, this doesn't give the Pangandamans the right to do what they have allegedly done to the dela Paz family.

      More so that they are government officials.

      For this issue to be finally resolved, I strongly believe that this case should be settled in court where all the parties involved could be heard and be given due process before being judged.

  3. hi! this is reynz. thank you for the link. i didn't realize that bloggers who blogged about the incident linked them all up! my bad! i should have! but many thanks. really appreciate that. hope this story will not just die down in two weeks but hope that family of thugs be kicked out of their jobs.