Something Fishy-A A +A
By DP Limlingan
Monday, October 7, 2013
IN MEXICO, Pampanga, ordinary fish vendors have expressed fear over robberies against their ilk that are becoming rampant. These ordinary fish traders have been the "favorites" of criminals who take their cash and whatever they can at gunpoint.
Maybe life is getting harder that criminals now target ordinary people who have to work hard to earn a living, only for their yield to be taken away by lawless elements. These fish traders buy fish in bulk with their capital, and sell them in wet markets for a little profit from their mark-ups.
These traders are not big businessmen that when held-up wouldn’t have to scratch their heads in disgust. They are ordinary people with ordinary activities living ordinary lives. They are however, made victims of men who have no ordinary wrongdoings. They use their guns to harass people for personal gain.
The modus of the hold-up/robbery group is to flag down tricycles of fish-traders at uninhabited areas and at gunpoint get the earnings of these hapless small-scale businessmen. The latest incident happened in Barangay San Juan, on a stretch of road where there are no residences.
Some victims only borrowed their capital from loan sharks, with the intention of earning a little from their fish-trading activities. When their income is taken away by hold-up men, these traders are left with no other recourse except to borrow money, again.
Some unsold fish are even taken away by some robbers who apparently have no mercy for their victims. They are not choosy with their subjects and with anything they can get from the latter. Even ordinary ambulant vendors from fishball to buko vendors I was told, are likewise victimized be these heartless elements.
Meanwhile, a number of ordinary fish traders have asked local officials and authorities to monitor areas and communities where the robberies often took place. They are likewise seeking for intensified police visibility in critical areas especially in roads and highways where there are no houses.
They have likewise called on barangay officials in some areas to conduct patrols to somehow discourage robbers from doing their illegal activities.
They stressed the importance of having the presence of barangay authorities on roadsides that will help shoo-away criminals.
It seems that criminals today know no boundaries that they victimize even small-time businessmen. There’s got to be a reason why they choose their said targets. I wonder if the life has gotten so hard that they resort to “small-time” crimes.
Last month, members of the Edejer family in the City of San Fernando were massacred in a bold afternoon attack. The family was involved in fish trading but it was a different case than the robberies done involving “small-time” fish traders who depend on their meager earnings from their small-scale fish-trading business for their living.
The municipal government should immediately address this problem as it might lead to the impression that if ordinary fish-trader robbers remain scot-free, then the more big time criminals would have their way in doing crimes in this 1st class municipality.
Paging the police for these “something fishy” crimes.
I extend my warmest birthday felicitations to Minalin Mayor Edgardo Flores who celebrated his natal day yesterday. He is a man every Minaleño should be thankful for and be proud of.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 08, 2013.