The "DVD" Side Of Philippine Politics

DVD? Yup, DIRTY, VIOLENT, and DANGEROUS. Imagine spending a nice, and quality time at the golf course with your 14 yr old son and 18 yr old daughter, then arrogant guys with a sense of entitlement arrives and disrupts everything. And because one of them is a politician, they think they can do anything without consequences.


That’s exactly what happened to a Filipina blogger name Bambee and her family. I checked my plurk this morning and was bombarded with tidbits about Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr of Lanao del Sur beating up a 56 yr old Man and his 14 your old son while a daughter watched in horror. This violent bastard happens to be the spawn of Secretary Nasser Pangandaman of the Department of Agrarian Reform. I was appalled after reading Bambee’s account on the whole thing.


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.


Wanna know what’s even more appalling? Oh there’s more? Yes. You have to read the whole thing at Bambee’s blog. The Clubhouse’s lack of help and just plain arrogance from these politicians makes my skin crawl. It’s not just arrogance, it’s inhumane. Sure there’s 2 sides of this story but any Filipino with common sense who is familiar with the Philippine politics knows the power tripping that comes with these hoodlums going around as public servants. They think they can buy everyone out, pull their guns at people, screw whoever is stupid enough to associate themselves with Politicians (married or otherwise), and even commit worse deeds against decent people. I may not be completely abreast of what’s going on in the Philippines but I know enough to base my disgust towards politicians like Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr. I hope he pays for his crimes. I have a feeling this wasn’t the first incident  his violent streaks were inflicted on someone. People like him has had a lot of practice. But of course being rich, and being powerful has saved his ass. Not this time though. Stupid people always slip up. And he did. He got cocky. He didn’t anticipate the power of blogging. He probably didn’t even know what the word blog is until now.


Having said that, I know (and hope) that not all politicians are like him and his family.


There are links and opinions all over the internet about this incident. Check out the following blogs : Ade, Noemi, Filipino Voices, Tess Turmulo and BA Racoma.


DISCLAIMER : I came up with the "DVD" title myself. If for some reason someone had used it before I don’t know about it and it’s not my intention to copy it either.


About Dexie J Wharton

Mother of 2. She drinks a lot of coffee on weekdays and she drinks wine on the weekend. She also eats a lot of chocolate, pork, and sushi.