ORTIGOZA: Death Squad in my City

June 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment


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While attending the other day my libel case hearing at the Regional Trial Court in Dagupan City, I could not stop shaking my head because of mixed of consternation and amusement seeing yellow clad inmates of the Bureau of Jail, Management & Penology handcuffed and herded to their special pews inside the court. Almost all of them were charged with possession or selling of the illegal drugs. Selling of the illegal drug in the Philippines, despite its number of gram, is a non-bailable crime.
Some of them used to be my students in a university and one was my village mate.
Since we were not allowed to talk lest we would be chided by the judge, I used a sign language, to ask what their crimes were, by mimicking somebody who stabbed (my hand swung a knife to someone), robbed somebody (my hand opening a door knob with a key), pounded for several times on the chair my right index finger where a man raped a woman, or sell illegal drug’s shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride (I opened my right palm and threw something).
All of them reciprocated by opening their palm and threw something mimicking a shabu. It means, son of a gun, these putative culprits implied that they were charged with selling the illegal drugs
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It seemed the dreaded Dagupan Death Squad (DDS), that killed countless habitual delinquents in the past, struck again at 1 pm of June 24, shooting Maximo Aspric, an ex convict and notorious robber, when he was disembarking from a tricycle at Barangay Malued in the city.
“A white legal sized bond paper with writings “Huwag ako tularan, tulak (shabu pusher), Snatcher ako – DDS, was found near his body,” a police text message said.
It was more than a year ago or two that a “recidivist” akyat bahay (burglar) in the same village was waylaid in the wee hour and was seen with a similar bond paper warning the public not to emulate his nefarious activities.
According to my source that has an alleged contact with the DDS, the group on their selective extra judicial killings missed only Rewel S. Bugayong alias “Kamote”, a habitual delinquent in Barangay Tapuac, Dagupan City.
A legal size bond paper with a warning was found too in the place where he was shot by two assassins wearing baseball caps while he was playing cards .
“Doon lang daw sila pumalpak kay Kamote,” he told me.
Here’s my report on that incident a day after he was shot: “Bugayong, a notorious robber whose mugging and house looting activities gave headaches to village officials and police for years, was confined at the intensive care unit of the Region I Medical Center, with a bullet ensconced at his jaw after alleged members of a death squad attempted to kill him on the night of May 20.
The same resident said he suspected that the hit man was part of a group that was behind the series of extra judicial killings of illegal drug pushers and robbers whose hog tied bodies pumped with bullets or with stab wounds were dumped like garbage along the national highways here.

The source said one of the two assassins surreptitiously went behind Bugayong and shot him three times but only one bullet hit him on the nape and penetrated his jaw”
Bugayong was also one the suspects in the failed assassination attempt of Tapuac village chieftain Jake Ignacio Reyes Jr who was hit on his body by a volley of .38 bullets.
After that attempt Kamote went to Angeles City to spare his life from the DDS that was hell bent to “neutralize” him.
But in his new found city he could not get rid of his itch to mug. He tried to rob a car. “When he was inside the car he could not rev the engine that was when the police collared him and threw him at the calaboose there, another source told me.
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WOULD CHINA DO A FALKLAND AFTER HER ECONOMY GOES INTO A TAILSPIN? According to renowned stock exchange expert’s BlackRock the fall of the Chinese stock market is inevitable despite Chinese President Xi Jinping government rallying the market through central bank’s rate cuts, tweaking margin-trading rules, slowing the pace of initial public offerings, and taking up share prices.

But this would be short lived.
“The tide is going to go out, and there’s going to be a lot of people without their swimming trunks on,” strategist Ewen Cameron Watt of BlackRock told Bloomberg Television, borrowing from Warren Buffett’s observation about investors caught swimming naked when markets get shaky.
Some of the factors, economists see, on the plunge of the Chinese economy are anchored on its US $28 trillion of public and private debt and its unprecedented $363 billion of margin debt that’s supporting those shares.
Demand of steel among Chinese manufacturers and building makers are collapsing because many investors shifted their shops to labor cheap Vietnam and Cambodia.
The decline from the ballyhooed double digit growth in the past decades to a single digit and declining, 7%, of China’s Gross Domestic Product undermined the fate of the Chinese workers.
With a slowing economy feared to be gobbled by an explosion of a stock bubble, are the Chinese bracing for the worst?
In case economic hardship caught with the Sinos, would the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) starts a shooting war in the South China Sea (SCS) versus the United States, Japan, Australia, and some members of the South East Asean Nations to divert the attention of its people who would rise up and probably replaced the apparatchiks at the CCP?
Nánshā or the Spratly Islands spark a patriotic cord to the Chinese whenever foreign powers claim ownership to them.
This scenario had happened with the military Junta in Argentina in April 2, 1981 when it was losing a popular support from the masses who protested in the streets the government because of the country’s devastating economic stagnation and patent human rights violations of the military brass.

The Junta under Lieutenant General Leopoldo Galtieri ordered the invasion of the nearby long claimed islands Falkland, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich to divert the attention of the people.
The Falkland Islands or Malvinas sparked a nationalistic fervour among the Argentineans whenever it became a topic as it was last vestige of European colonialism in their country.
Before the invasion, the Junta calculated the British government, that faced economic and political challenges during that time, would not dare to sail for weeks for an 8,000 miles journey (China to Scarborough Shoal is less than 621 miles) and liberate a God forsaken Island that has no economic value to the Crown.

But then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, called their bluff by sending a task force of 127 ships composed 43 Royal Navy vessels with 42 aircraft (28 Sea Harriers and 14 Harrier GR.3s jump jets), 22 Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, submarines, and 62 merchant ships and defeated and humiliated the Argentinean air force and navy in more than the two months of warfare.
( That war in Falklands is a valuable material for military experts in the World to learn in case war erupted between the U.S, Australian, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam versus the Chinese at the disputed South China Sea – MCO)
The Argentineans rose up against the Junta and replaced it with a democratic elected government. Lieutenant General Galtieri was thrown into jail for three years for military incompetence.
Would the Chinese emulate the Argentineans in case Li Jinping launched a military adventure in the Spratly, 1000 kilometres from Mainland China with her second hand Ukraine made aircraft carrier versus the 11 aircraft carriers of the U.S and those armaments from her allies?
Would it results to Chinese, just like the Argentineans, to rise up against the CCP and replace it with a democratic government, in case the poorly equipped Chinese Navy would be beaten black and blue and humiliated at the SCS?

Not to mention President Li being thrown to jail or executed by the succeeding government.
(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

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