Philippines: Uproar over mauling by mayor/son of Cabinet secretary

Filipinos are unleashing online vitriol at Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr., son and namesake of President Arroyo's agrarian reform secretary, who reportedly mauled two persons last Dec. 26 at a golf course in Antipolo City.

(Photo of Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr., courtesy of USM.)

Vicissitude witnessed the incident and could not hide the shock and disgust that she saw her own father and younger brother beaten black and blue by purported “public servants”.

A Filipino Mom Blogger asks bloggers to read up and take concrete action.

The D Spot wrote:

A lot of politicians have been lording it all over in cases of graft and corruption which is already unforgivable, now here they are lording it over, as if they own the world, as if they can go over the law, as if they can just maul and poke their guns on people—the old and the young, and the very old and the very young.

Misteryosa described the incident as “appaling” and “just about the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard this year”, and laughed at news that the Mayor actually received an award for “effective leadership”.

Random Detoxification is angry at the Pangandamans and the officials of the golf club where the incident happened:

What's worse than a group of armed politicians beating up an unarmed old man? The management and staff of a golf club who were there THE WHOLE TIME and did NOTHING! Nothing but watch and then afterwards tell the beaten up family to LEAVE!!! The old man was bleeding and half-unconscious but no doctor was called, no assistance offered. Only an order to leave the premises. As if the old man and his children were the perpetrators of the crime and not the victims. contemplates:

What fuels my outrage — apart from the violence of the incident itself — is the fact that it happened in the first place. Monsters would not be able to do this if they weren’t so confident in the protection of their power; if they were not so absolutely certain they would get away with it, eventually. There are people who say that punishment is not a good deterrent for crime: I say it is, as long as people know that the punishment will be meted out regardless of the status of the offender. This… is not the case here, where the rich get away with everything from rape to murder and former presidents somehow find a way to re-establish their positions in power despite charges of plunder. Ours is a system that fosters injustice.

And I refuse — I refuse — to simply accept this. I refuse to say, “this is the way things work, we just have to survive and hope we don’t get crushed by the unfair system.” We don’t have to tolerate injustice. Acceptance, resignation, apathy — these things will just propagate it. But we need people to actively fight against it. We have voices, we have eyes with which to see, ears with which to hear, hands with which to write messages the world can see. Time to make use of them.

Mistervader writes:

I can't believe the gall of these people. I don't care if you're powerful, or influential, and I don't care how much clout you have. When you commit something this atrocious, you deserve more than just a slap in the wrist for it.

It's high time we stopped allowing people like these from getting away with their shenanigans, acting as if they are above the law. I have nothing but vile words to spare for them, and I have no sympathy for them whatsoever.

Let's see what happens next, and whether the elder Pangandaman gets to keep his post as cabinet secretary and what would happen to the case to be filed by police on Monday.


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  • tezh

    if they can do it to these people( the mere fact they play golf that means, can afford)how much more to the less fortunate is very sad that we can just watch and tolerate people doing things like this.material things are just superficial. we cannot take them when we die. we leave everything behind what remains is what we are for people to remember.when something happens to us the only way we can understand how it feels like is to reverse the situation.we can lie to people even to ourselves but not to GOD.when we die there is only one question that GOD will ask and that is how we live our life here on earth it is not how much money we accumlated in living our lives. we always lost sight of the real picture.

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  • we need to make this known so that the other politicians will not follow the pangandaman example. remember, if it happened in a posh country club, like hell it can happen to anyone.

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  • urDaysRnumbered

    Just a while ago, I read that the Pangandamans are filing counter-charges. Gumanti lang daw sila. Well, sino’ng lolokohin nyo? Pusta ko i-ba-bribe o tatakutin lang yung mga testigo sa country club. Mga bloggers, dito na lang tayo gumanti. May araw din yan mga yan. I hope this Secretary gets sacked! If not, I just hope the heavens hear the cries of the abused citizens. I do admire the French in what they did to the royalties during the French Revolution. In more recent times, I envy how the Argentinians spat at their politicos and so-called public servants when they abused their authority and made the economy collapse.

  • This bully is a f….ng coward just like any bully. I’ll
    bet you my 2 cents worth that he’s nothing but a wet
    noodle without his armed bodyguards. Maybe the bastard
    gets turned on by these guys?

    If not, why does a piece of trash need armed bodyguards
    around him?

  • butch piza

    being away from the country for the last 25 years i had the impression that this kind of antics was a thing in the past say the marcos era the elites are supposedly a bit more discreet in flexing their reason could be that coming from a backward city and perhaps being a token muslim cabinet secretary….reminds me of an old parable the fly on the back of the carabao(you sure cant buy class)
    GMA sure brought back the marcos atmosphere back to the country

  • alfonso palito

    can you believe that? a 56 year old dad and his son will pick a fight against 5 guys … and these guys turned out to be big wigs in the political field … funny huh?
    after all what’s equality in a “democratic country” if you do not have power and money. lest it be that golf is supposed to be a gentleman’s game.

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