I just found out about the mauling incident last night. That Agrarian Reform Secretary Pangandaman and his son Nasser Jr were involved in the mauling of a 56-year-old golfer and his 14-year-old son at the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo. Blogger Bambee Dela Paz is the daughter of the elder Dela Paz who got mauled allegedly by Mayor Nasser Jr’s bodyguards. According to the news, the Pangandaman’s got upset because the Dela Paz’s complained to Valley Golf and Country Club admin people about the Pangandaman’s violation of golfing etiquette. Wow! Since when did complaining against ill behavior become a crime? So that’s what politicians do? When someone complains against them, they approach you with bodyguards and beat you to a pulp? Even if it’s THEIR FAULT? Antipolo is far from the Mayor Nasser Jr’s turf of Lanao. IF HE CAN THROW HIS WEIGHT AROUND IN ANTIPOLO, who knows what atrocities he is capable of in his hometown.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Dela Paz’s were wrong and that maybe they did challenge Nasser Jr to a fist fight, as the Pangandaman’s claim. Wow, that’s stupid! A 14-year-old and a 56-year-old challenging a politician to a fist fight in the presence of their bodyguards? For a 10-year golf veteran and member of Valley Golf, that doesn’t make sense at all.
The best thing the Pangandamans could have done was walk away, if indeed the Dela Pazs were challenging them. Beating them to a pulp was not the answer as the Dela Pazs were civilians, unarmed and terribly outnumbered. You just don’t hurt people if they do not try to hurt you, physically. The hurt to the ego could have been overlooked, as the Pangandamans were in a position of power they could not afford to flaunt. But it seems that they did.
So because the Pangandamans are under GMA’s good graces, they can always get away with anything. With the way things are going, I don’t see much public outrage over the matter, perhaps except for the bloggers who totally sympathize with Bambee. I would really love to see the “wheels of justice” turn in favor of the non-politicians. IF WE ALL MAKE NOISE, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT AND THESE POLITICOS WILL LEARN THEIR LESSON. REMEMBER, IT CAN ALSO HAPPEN TO YOU.