Teenage gangs in Oro rising-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
SOME teenagers in Cagayan de Oro City are getting involved in gangs that could possibly endanger not only their future but also their lives.
One of these gangs is GPY (good people young), also known as “Gagmay Pero Yayay” (small but terrible).
Most of the members of the group are teenagers. In fact, the oldest member is just 16 years old.
Yando Manoloto (not his real name) said that before the group counts one as a member, one has to prove his or her worth through initiations.
“Hirap or sarap (pain or pleasure)?” is the question the group members ask to those teenagers who want to join the gang.
Hirap (pain) would mean repetitious slapping of the face until the leaders are satisfied. Sarap (pleasure), on the other hand, is more dangerous to a female who wants to become a member of the group.
“Kissan ka sa members nga mga lalaki (The male members of the group would kiss you),” said Manoloto.
Manoloto told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the group would watch porn movies in Internet shops.
He said they would collect money from members and flock together to watch pornographic videos while smoking.
“We are also in conflict with other groups,” said Manoloto after expressing his disgust to other groups or gangs.
Manoloto said most of the members stopped schooling so they’ve got nothing to do but stroll around and recruit new members.
One of the Internet shop owners, Celso Madronero, who fend these kids off repeatedly, said the parents of these teenagers are expecting they are in school.
He added that most of the members of GPY cut classes, or worst, they do not go to school during weekdays.
“Dili maayo tan-awon kay bata pa gapanigarilyo na (It is not pleasing to look at these teenagers who have started smoking young),” said Madronero.
He said most of the time, members of the GPY would get him mad because they are so noisy while they listen to loud music.
“It can disturb the public,” said Madronero.
Claire Balota, who has observed the activities of the group, said the members are engaged in pervert activities.
“Mga bastos man ‘na sila,” said Balota, who is just 13 years old.
She said members of the GPY would only want to appear cool that is why they smoke.
Manoloto said he joined the group because he did not have friends before.
“Mag-enjoy ko sa grupo kay wala man ko friends sa una (I enjoyed the group’s company because I have no friends before),” said Manoloto.
He added that before the group (GPY) invited him to join, he envied the group’s constant get-together.
He said members of the group treat him nicely, that is why he continued to be in the group.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 07, 2013.