With Great Power Comes Great IRresponsibility?

I was alerted to this incident through a social network just this afternoon.

18-year old Bambee dela Paz blogged about a terrible incident that happened between her family and a group of politicians at, of all places, a golf course!

My goodness, you’d think a golf course was a safe enough place (aside from the risk of getting hit by a stray golf ball, of course!) But to be mugged right there? Your 56-year old dad and 14-year old brother??????

We still have to get both sides of the story as we still have to hear from the politician/s involved. The news is pretty fresh and so far, has already been featured by ABS-CBN and GMA News. But I am reacting as a mother (I have a 14-year old son and daughters Bambee’s age). What would you do if you saw 2 of your loved ones being attacked in a golf course by politicos and their bodyguards?

Over the next few days, we will see how this story pans out. But for now, as an ordinary citizen, wife and mother, I am truly appalled!!! Being a blogger, Bambee’s plight was immediately taken up by the blogosphere and as I am writing this now, her story is already being reposted over and over again in various blogs and social networks. But it gets me thinking — what about those who have no connections? No blogs? No friends who can advance their causes? For sure if this can happen to a decent family like the dela Paz family, there are thousands more for whom justice remains elusive.

I am always for LIFE and when a family, obviously in a golf course to share a common bond (and probably there to continue celebrating the Christmas spirit) get this physical attack on loved ones, I have to say something. This is NOT RIGHT. And I am truly appalled at the brazenness of it all.

As citizens who have the right to be protected by the politicians we elected into office, we need answers — FAST! How can we expect our children and us to feel secure when we hear about incidents like this? I truly hope this issue can be resolved with justice given to the aggrieved parties.

Bambee closes her blog with this prayer: “Please pray for my dad, my brother and for my whole family. Please pray that we get JUSTICE. Oh God, please, give these people what they deserve.” Yes, Bambee, we will be praying for you and your entire family. Keep the faith!

To keep you all in the loop, I am including links below to related blogs and media articles. I will update this list as I come across more.

From the Blogging Community

DAR chief Pangandaman’s son, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. in Mauling Golfers in Antipolo by Noemi Dado

Of Political Arrogance – A Nightmare At a Golf Course (Repost of Bambee’s post at Filipino Voices)

Impunity and Golf By Caffeine Sparks

The World has Always Been Crazy, We Just Don’t Notice It: Mayor Beats Up 56 Year Old Man and 14 Year Old Boy by Ade Magnaye

Golf, Guns, & Goons : Philippine Golf Horror Story by Joel Chua

Politicians Beat Up Defenseless Dad, 56, and Son, 14, Over Golf by Shari

Mayor of Lanao Del Sur Mauls Father and Son by Village Idiot Savant

DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman and Son maul 56-year-old Golfer and 14-year old Kid by Neil Es2pido

Irony to a Tee by Marck

With Great Power Comes Great IRresponsibility? by Jane

DAR Chief and Mayor of Masiu City Maul Helpless Dad and 14 yr old Son by Jepoy

These Bastards Have To Pay by Gerry Alanguilan

Politicians are the WORST. Stay away from them by Jen

Entitlement by Ia Lucero

A Dampener on the Season by Jonas Diego

crazy politicians by lalaine

Asshole Politicians Beat Up Father and Son Over Golf by Mad Cow Blues

Mayor Beats Up 56 Year Old Man and 14 Year Old Boy by BA Racoma

Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. (son of DAR Chief) in Mauling Golfers in Antipolo by Dine Racoma

When A Family Golf Game Turns Ugly by Dementia

He Who Had Too Much Sense of Entitlement by Tess Termulo

Philippine Mayor Beats Up Helpless Old Man Over Golf by Flisha

Politicians Maul Father & Son Over Golf by Regnard Raquedan

Of Thuggery and Courtesy Resignations by Ding G. Gagelonia

You’re Not Getting Away With This. by Marcelle

Mayor, You’ve Been A Bad Boy! by Mark Bravo

Mayor Pangandaman Beats Up 56 year old man and his 14 year old son by Karla Redor

Potpourri II: The widening gyre

just a couple of days ago, sabi ko gusto ko maging pulitiko someday… by sourcreamjunkie

Blogs on Pangandaman

We haven’t really gone anywhere by Alex Maximo

Do Not Underestimate a Blogger: Bloggers Buzz Against the Injustice of a Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. by cmaotaku

The “DVD” Side Of Philippine Politics by Dexie

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

Ang Kapangahasan ng Isang Pulitiko by Fjordan

Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. mauls golfers while father/Cabinet secretary just looks on by Tonyo Cruz

PANGANDAMNYOU: will GMA force Sec. Nasser Pangandaman to RESIGN? by Spanky

A Mindanaoan’s point of view on The Valley Golf Antipolo Controversy by Yolynne

Bully Foolitician Nasser Pangandaman Jr. by Pedestrian Observer

The Golf Incident: The Trouble with Mirrors by Juned

Golfing with the Pangandaman…can hurt…(Repost of Bambee’s post) by lyn

Mayor and Bodyguards beat up 56 year-old man and 14 year old boy over GOLF by the_bumper_car

Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr., Mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur: Golf Attack by Reynz

Not a Videogame This Time Folks by Rocky

DAR chief, son accused of mauling golfers in Antipolo by Jay-R

Local politicians maul a 56-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy by Lyn

Impunity by Manolo Quezon

Reports on DAR chief’s son, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman’s Assault on Father & Son at Valley Golf & Country Club Antipolo by Bong

Of Golf, the Internet and Elites by Butch

Pangandaman and son display bad behavior by Arpee

DAR chief’s son, 5 bodyguards face charges for alleged mauling of 2 golfers by Pres. Mau of Dateline Cotabato

Nasser Pangandaman Jr.: The Warlord of Masiu by Carlos Conde of PinoyPress.net

Blog entry take your time to read this. these politicos need a REFORM. by xkeldax

Two politicians beat up a defenseless 56-year-old father and his 14-year-old son. At a golf course. (repost of Bambee’s post) by Azrael

Coming Up for Air…and Bored by Jester-in-Exile

A Mauling Mayor from Lanao del Sur by PolitEkon

From Bambi dela Paz’s Blog – First hand account of the Slugfest at the Golf Course (Repost) by Toots Ople

A Good Round Spoiled by Dr. M. Bautista

This is why our country will be forever poor. by themiserablehumorist

A Mayor on a Mad Rampage as Father Looks On by Ricelander

Abusive Politicians in the Philippines by Mithril Knight

On arrogance: This world *is* crazy, Bambee. We just have to fight the craziness the best we can and hope that we kick its ass. by arc

Arroyo’s peace adviser merely watched his son’s mauling spree by Ellen Tordesillas

Pangandamans Charge with Mauling Golver and his Teenage Son by Barako Brew

Politicians, kings of the world??? by Jim Caro

Public servant power by Mon Casiple

Character and Abuse of Power by Cong. Ruffy Biazon

Scandalizing the Suffering: The Pangandaman-Dela Paz Melee by Ding G. Gagelonia

Another case of abusive government officials by The Struggling Blogger

Pangandaman golf brawl by Menard

How NOT To Play ‘Spin Doctor’ on Blogs [The Pangandaman Golf-Mauling Incident] by Jozzua

Power and Humanity by Nick

Valley Golf Guards Report: Pangandaman Security Men Drew Guns on Dela Pazes by midfield

Traditional Media Articles

DAR chief, son face raps for allegedly mauling golfers from abs-cbn news

DAR chief’s son tagged in golf attack from Inquirer.net

DAR chief, son tagged in attack from Inquirer.net

Kalihim ni Arroyo inakusahang nanggulpi sa golf course sa Antipolo from Gmanews.tv

MAG-AMA BINUGBOG NG ANAK NG DAR CHIEF from Abante Tonite

DAR chief, mayor son tagged  in beating from Philippine Star

DAR chief, son face complaints for allegedly mauling golfers from ABS CBN

Gov’t peace negotiator, son face mauling raps from ABS CBN (with video)

Sec Pangandaman di kasama sa ‘gulpihan’ sa golf course — report from GMANews.TV

DAR chief’s son, 5 bodyguards face charges of alleged mauling of 2 golfers from GMANews.TV

Pangandaman, naghain ng kontra-reklamo kaugnay ng bugbugan isyu from Bombo Radyo Philippines

DAR chief’s son accused of mauling 2 golfers (video) from GMANews.TV

Anak ng DAR chief: ‘Kami ang sinugod at sinaktan!’ from Abante-Tonite

Pangandamans accused of mauling golfers from Journal Online

Daughter Recounts How Arroyo Secretary’s Son Mauled Her Dad, Brother from PinoyPress.net

DAR chief readies suit vs son’s accuser from Inquirer.net

Pangandamans accused of mauling; DAR Sec says “my son was attacked first” from MindaNews

Charges readied vs DAR chief’s son from Inquirer.net

Golf club suspends DAR chief over brawl from Inquirer.net

DOJ told to probe DAR chief, son over golf course ‘scuffle’ from GMANews.TV

Cops frustrated over golf club’s silence from Inquirer.net

DAR chief apologizes for son’s involvement in Antipolo brawl from GMANews.TV

Golf mauling sparks blog outrage from Inquirer.net (Infotech section)

DOJ ordered to probe Antipolo incident involving DAR chief, son from GMANews.TV

Mayor Pangandaman accused of mauling from The Mindanao Daily Mirror

Cabinet official, two sons rapped for mauling golfer from Manila Standard Today

Pangandamans to shed light on golf mauling from Manila Bulletin Online

Valley Golf sets emergency meeting from Inquirer.net

DAR chief says sorry for brawl from The Philippine Star

DOJ to probe brawl involving Pangandaman’s family from Sun Star Manila

Pangandaman urged to stop defending sons from Inquirer.net

Dela Pazes reject Pangandaman  apology from Inquirer.net

De la Pazes pooh-pooh DAR chief’s apology from GMANews.TV

De la Pazes reject DAR chief’s apology from Inquirer.net

Pangandamans ‘sober image’ soiled from Inquirer.net

Dela Paz’s daughter asks NBI: Don’t be swayed by influence from ABS-CBN News.com

Editorials and Opinion Columns

Barbarians on the Green from Inquirer.net

“Hindi mo ba ko kilala?” by Ernesto F. Herrera, Policy Peek, The Manila Times

Why GMA must fire DAR Sec. Nasser Pangandaman Sr. by William M. Esposo, The Philippine Star

Videos

Group of DAR chief Pangandaman faces criminal raps from GMANews.TV

DAR chief’s son accused of mauling 2 golfers from GMANews.TV

Pangandaman and son accused of mauling from ABS-CBN News

Pangandamans face raps on mauling complaint from ABS-CBN News

Foreign Press

DAR chief’s mayor-son accused of mauling father, son in golf course from Manila (English version) from Manila Shimbun

Philippine cabinet member in hot water for golf course brawl from The Earth Times.org and picked up by 19thHole.com (Social Network for Golfers)

Mayor Under Investigation After Allegedly Beating Up Two Golfers from FOXNews.com

Philippines politician under investigation after allegedly beating up two golfers from Agence France-Presse

Other Websites

Ingat din sa golf…see what happened to Paz pa and son from United Filipino Seafarers

Even GolfTrainingVideos.com reposted the news

Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, SHAME ON YOU.. from iligan.ph

11 Comments (+add yours?)

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  4. Prudence
    Dec 29, 2008 @ 21:44:20

    Yay for so many blog entries! Keep it up, bloggers!

  5. Jim
    Dec 29, 2008 @ 22:56:43

    This incident is truly appalling regardless who started it. It all boils down to egos but the stature of those involved makes every Filipino’s blood boil as, I reckon, we all had enough of politicians acting as if they own everybody.

  6. themiserablehumorist
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 21:14:08

    But it gets me thinking — what about those who have no connections? No blogs? No friends who can advance their causes? For sure if this can happen to a decent family like the dela Paz family, there are thousands more for whom justice remains elusive. —- Who knows? Maybe there have already been other victims of Pangandaman who can’t even complain because they’re just unfortunate. I guess their only hope is that the De la Paz family would win the case. With this, they would be justified.

  7. pulis na pogi
    Dec 31, 2008 @ 06:23:29

    in this incident, the dela Pazes were first given attention by the media and add that to the fact the natural tendency of many filipinos (including me) to hold prejudice against moros, my first reaction is anger at the pangandaman.

    and i am still angry at them up to this moment. secretary and mayor pangandaman should have known better and should have acted with prudence no matter and however they were provoked. they are no ordinary citizens but persons vested with responsibility by the people.

    however, i now tend to give credence to the story of the pangandamans after my friend who happens to be a member of valley golf related his brush with the dela Pazes. and so the story goes this way:

    shortly before christmas, he was practicing his putting in one of the three putting greens in vally golf. in the other putting green is bambee de la Paz also practicing putting. mind you, this family of dela pazes are terrific golf players! all of a sudden, bambee, together with her mother fanning herself like crazy, joined my friend in his putting green, stroking the house balls here and there, oblivious to the presence of my friend. golf etiquette 101: this is not beig courteous. the same issue they used against the pangandamans. fortunately my friend is no pangandaman and so the scandal happend days later and not involved my friend. after around 30 minutes of pure arrogance and “i am a champion and who are you” attitude from bambee, she and her mother left my friend in the practice green with the 12 house balls strewn all around. etiquette 101 again: this is, again, not being couteous. the ball holders clearly bore the sign “replace after use.”

    after i heard this story of my friend, he and i thought, well, the arrogant dela Pazes met their match in the equally arrogant pangandamans.

    now, we are angry at all of them for bringing their lies to the public and wasting our time!

  8. bothered
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 00:56:47

    arrogant or not, they still don’t deserve to get beat up by 6 men. an elderly man and a minor being ganged up by 6 men, some of whom are armed? there are other ways to call attention on their arrogance. this is indeed an irresponsible act by people who should be for the people. and this is not a waste of time. if the pangandamans were indeed just “defending themselves” they should’ve stopped when their opponent was down. this is just so wrong in so many levels.

  9. c
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 09:31:11

    As I have said before, I cannot fathom what kind of violation or behavior could warrant shooting/hurting someone regardless of who started it.

    The family was interviewed this morning but I ended up reacting more to the questions posed by the host than to the story. S-questions were asked such as, tingin mo ba magbibigay ng tamang statement yung mga taga Valley Golf? (leading; besides, the question indicated the host’s biases already…what’s the rule in journalism again?) Gusto mo bang mag apila sa NBI? (Why make an appeal? It’s their job to find and establish the truth and not to favor anyone.) Will you find forgiveness in your heart? (unnecessary, immaterial at this stage….very much like the usual question posed to someone’s bereaved family and friends “anong nararamdaman mo?”).

  10. pulis na pogi
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 15:13:36

    now, the official security incident report is now out! find it at http://midfield.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/valley-golf-guards-report-pangandaman-security-men-drew-guns-on-dela-pazes/

    and guess what: take a look at lines 5, 6, and 7 and let me quote (with all the typo errors):

    “but based to the statement of VGCCI marshall/ starter (mr elmer saguisa) at that time he talk already both parties but sudenly he was not expected that argument was not settled.”

    aray! now, where did this detail first appear in the blogsphere?

    answer: from the post of brianna asal above, posted on the 29th of december or 3 days after the incident and i cut and paste:

    paragraph 3, lines 7 and 8: With the said explanation, del Paz replied “Okey, kortesiya lang.”

    paragraph 6, lines 5 to 7: “Nasser Jr. reiterated to the marshall what he explained to the elder dela Paz, which his knowledge the former already accepted his explanation.”

    paragraph 8, lines 3 and 4: ” “Akala ko po, Sir, nagkaintindihan na ho tayo kanina”.

    another answer: from the post of p that only appeared yesterday, or 1 week after the incident: and i cut and paste again:

    paragraph 6, line 14 and 15: Thinking that things had been cleared up, Mr. dela Paz said, “Okay, kortesiya lang” (”Okay, just seeking courtesy“) .

    paragraph 8, line 8 to 12: During their break, the marshal approached Nasser Jr, stating that the dela Paz’s were complaining that there were five of them in their group and why they overtook the dela Paz flight. Nasser Jr. reiterated to the marshal what he had already explained to the elder del Paz, to which his knowledge the former had already accepted his explanation.

    aray again. now why are these very telling details not in bambee’s blog? it is now clear as daylight that before the fisticuffs started, even the mashalls thought that the overtaking issue was already settled! ask mashall mr elmer saguisa!

    aray! aray! aray!

    ps:

    and thanks to manuel quezon iii for marking my posts as spam and deleting them even before it is moderated. now, your pseudo-personality (leytenian) is commenting on my posts even if i cannot find it in the enties above! hahaha

  11. Jane
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 12:06:09

    I think both sides have had a lot to say on this matter. The comments above air sentiments that are personal to the commenters and I respect all your views.

    My post here was a mother’s reaction after seeing a bloodied 14-year old who is the age of one of my kids. Any mother worth her salt will always come to the rescue of her son or daughter who is hurt by anything or anyone.

    But as this is my personal blog and as I meant it to be a blog about life, its joys and pains, I wish to keep it a personal one and leave the rest to the fact-finding bodies to ferret out what really happened on that day.

    For this reason, this post will now be closed off to further comments. I wish to wait for the official word after a thorough investigation is made. And I hope that the findings and eventual resolution will be accurate, just and fair to all parties concerned.

    Happy New Year and may this coming year look kindly on all of us.

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