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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Talk about getting busted!

Yesterday's papers caused me to shudder. Well, it's not just bad news that we get plenty of these days. No! We don't get surprised by them anymore. What was shuddering about it was that it happened a tricycle ride (about 5 minutes or less) away from where i live.

I am talking about the drug bust in a 600 m compound of about 40 shanties that happened here in Pasig last Friday. It turned out that inside the compound were "shabu restaurants" with menus and all. Among those nabbed were 250 adults and 59 minors which, are you ready for this, included a baby and a pregnant girl of 12. What is more shocking was that it was just under the nose of the authorities as it was a few yards away from the city hall. Heads are sure going to roll after this. The report says that the precinct commander Senior Insp. Salvador de la Cruz and seven of his men had immediately been relieved. Personnel of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasig City police (we have them?!?) have also been sacked. "IT'S ABOUT TIME!" I say.

Most of the minors were used as couriers and as sex workers for the customers who go there, the report said. What makes me tremble in fear is that we all know what shabu does to the brain. It fries the brain and make the addicted go loco afer some time of abuse. Now, if shabu can be had this easily, then, I could say we don't live in a very safe surrounding. Not because I fear that my children can be swayed to go there for I know that they know better. Never mind that the subdivision has a security guard who carries a gun. These addicts had obliterated the "siga-siga" of the 60s into smithereen for a few bucks. These guys are a new breed of gangsters that could kill aimlessly because reason has abandoned them. I am just glad that the place had been found out. I hope the authorities should not turn complacent over this victory for it has been our experience that these things do come back after some time.

Again, the issue here is poverty. What parent, in his/her right mind, would allow his offspring to go wondering the streets, engage in ilicit trade if only to help them eke out a living? Aren't these kids supposed to be in school? Aren't there enough public schools in Pasig? i guess not. Ah, the things that we do on an empty stomach can be harsh but that's life. We all live to survive. Again, we ohly have to blame our political leaders for this. If most of them are not corrupt and greedy for wealth and be serious with what they ought to do, none of this would happen.

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16 Comments:

Anonymous john said...

legalize it!

12:45 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

John Dream on! I don't think so.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(ahihihi, eto nanaman ako, paminsan-minsan lang sumusulpot :D)

napanood ko rin po sa tv 'tong issue na 'to nung isang araw... pati po ako, nasasanay na sa ganitong pangyayari. all i could say that night was "not again. -_-"

anyway..

"Among those nabbed... including a pregnant girl of 12."
- O_O. I don't know what appalls me the most about this part.

"Again, the issue here is poverty."
- it's a really big factor. especially them, when they have almost nothing else to turn to... minors? baka napabayaan... :(

what scares me is that there are probably dozens more of these kind of places. i don't think there'll ever be an end to this issue(pardon the pessimism). Knowing filipinos, there is always a way...


~eri(ka) hehe :P
("What was shuddering about it was that it happened a tricycle ride (about 5 minutes or less) away from where i live."
- woh boy.)

9:44 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

eri Nakakatakot di ba?

11:06 AM  
Blogger Poppycock said...

and we can only wonder how many more shabu compounds there are in the nooks and crannies of metro manila, that operate undetected, maybe even protected by corrupt and addicted cops. sad to think about the damage this is causing many lives and their families as we speak.

7:22 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

mayamaya Sana wala na no? I'm sure it's not a far-fetched idea since this bust proved that it can happen.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Nakakagalit talaga especially because neighbors pa sila ng mga police. It's so hard to believe that they were not aware of it at all.

As for "the issue" being poverty, there is loud talk (hindi na lang whispers) going around our city that culprits in the recent "bonnet gang" incidents (when young ladies were snatched, molested and returned unharmed) were scions of wealthy families out on a get-away-with-a-crime dare. And they're notorious for drugs, too. Although this is unconfirmed, we all know that they have more money to splurge on shabu, ecstacy, valium, marijuana and what-have-you.

The other week there was a small item in the papers about rich kids in Metro Manila who got busted for selling Ecstacy.

My point, Tito Rolly, is talamak na talaga. It's so widespread so I really don't think poverty is the issue. Poverty of morals, yes.

Nakakalungkot and nakakagalit!

2:30 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Bugsy You've provided a different picture which is grimmer and more deplorable. At least, yung mahihirap was forced by circumstance, so even if it is not justifiable, pwedeng maintindihan to a certain extent. But these rich kids just trying to get a kick out of their boredom is something else.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Mec said...

Uhm... but the parents could earn a living for their kids, and yet, i've heard of so many stories where the parents oblige their kids to support them instead... by whatever means possible...

So I don't think it's poverty really that drives these people to do these things... but a perverted value framework...

A lot of people keep saying that circumstances drive you to become who you are not... but I say, they just unmask who you really are...

4:16 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

mec That's another angle worth looking into. How many parents are out there who would let their children stand up in line in auditions hoping that their child would be the next child sensation? Walang pinagkaiba yun. Malaki lang ang return of investment kung papalarin but just the same, ang trabaho dapat ng magulang ay ipinapasa na sa anak.

12:49 PM  
Blogger zeero said...

mabuti naman, sa wakas minsan may silbi rin pala ang government (haay ganito talaga ang reaksyon ko dahil parang minsan feeling ko wala ng pinatutunguhan ang pilipinas. yes, minsan masyado na nagiging pessimistic, even though, minsan naniniwala ako na may pag-asa pa ang pilipinas). Sana sa susunod, lahat ng ganyan mawala na. Sa tingin ko, isa lang ang paraan malutas ang ganyang problema..... ang National ID.

4:07 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

malaking pera kasi ang drugs and a lot of government officials look the other way dahil nabibili sila.

kahit sa amin sa antipolo ay malaking problem ito. kahit saan na ata ngayon.

sana may kaunting malasakit ang diyos at magbagsak ng malaking delubyo. pero siyempre, yung mga masasamang tao lang ang kukunin.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous evi said...

i think it's a mix of the rich who can afford the drugs, the helpless who have no choice at all, the armed men who protects the illegal function for money and the politician who does nothing and keeps a fat and growing bank account.

getting busted is just a show. i bet they'll be back.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Mas mabilis kumita Tito Rolly kung shabu at MJ ang binebenta mo. Kung mag-aaral ka sa school, it will take you a lot of years before you get the POTENTIAL to get employed. Puede pang hindi.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous bayi said...

It would be difficult to believe that the Police weren't in the know about what was happening. The whole set-up seemed well-organized and certainly lucrative. The relevant authorities must have been paid to look the other way. Addict who are high on shabu may commit crimes. The syndicate members may also influence the neighborhood kids to join their operations.

Years ago I live in a middle class neighborhood with good neighbors. There was nothing amiss until a group of plain clothes policemen raided my immediate neighbor's house. They climed over the gates and had huge metal cutters to cut the locks. The houses nearby were surrounded by police and we were told to stay in. I found out later that my neighbor housed a significant part of an illegal betting chain! But there was nothing in the facade to indicade this.

In your case, I totally agree that the whole police team should be sacked! Even if they were not on the take, they were not doing their jobs!

6:48 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

zeero Mabuti nga kahit paminsan-minsan me silbi no?

Batjay hindi pwedeng magbigay ng delubyo basta ang Diyos kasi me madadaling inosente e. Sana maghirap na lang silang lahat in spite of the kurakot they get.

evi i think so, too. Sana matagalan pa muna. Pero hangga't meron drugs, hindi mawawala yan. Talagang sadyang matitigas ang ulo ng mga tamad na yan e. Gusto instant yaman sa konting trabaho.

Doc Emer Kainis pag ganyan ang prinsipyo nila no?

Bayi I would have been frightened by the site of a group of police charging down on my neighbor. They might engage in a fire fight and I wouldn't know where to hide. I am already inside my home.

I guess that's why the officers and their men were sacked.

2:58 PM  

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