PAMPANGA

Lacson: Don’t be too assuming

Providentia

TWO nights ago, I battled my sleepiness (I usually go to bed at 8 p.m.) just to watch the videos of Raffy Tulfo’s show which featured Alexander Gutal, the driver who got beaten in Taguig and the alleged victim, alias “Linda”.

I got hooked up with this issue after I was able to watch the CCTV footage from the electric jeepney where the alleged “pambabastos” and “panghihipo” happened.

Right there and then, I knew whose fault it was. As it can be clearly seen in the footage, the poor man was struggling to be seated as the vehicle moved, causing him to lose his balance a bit and lean forward to the lady. He was holding a small electric fan in one of his hands, and the other was holding on to the rail.

It was unquestionable that he did not commit any of the allegations hurled at him by the Dimple Morcillo, the lady who asked for help from several guys, who in turn, haplessly beat the old man.

It did not end there, as the father and brother of the alleged victim also served justice in their own hands by violently abusing the driver physically.

As seen in the Tulfo show, the driver’s son, who was the one who retrieved the CCTV footage, said that he was doing it to stand up for his dad just like how the latter stood up for them when they were still kids.

The son, who said he is not really confrontational in nature, also said he is braving up because he knows that his father is innocent and that his family needs justice.

There are several takeaways in this incident which I’d like to point out.

First, it’s a good thing that the e-jeep has a CCTV equipment installed. Nowadays, accidents, crimes, and other incidents happen and having recordings of what is going on in public utility vehicles does not only become an advantage for the drivers themselves, but more importantly, this is more advantageous for the passengers.

Second, being able to course through and seek help from Raffy Tulfo is seemingly the effective and fastest way to uphold justice. As learned from the account of the driver, who was summoned at the barangay hall, and later on brought to the police station, was made to sign an affidavit saying that he admits the crime.

What is worse is that, in the police station, the desk officer also told him to be humble and to forgive. In what world do we see an innocent person, already physically abused, to be the one to be considerate and be forgiving of the perpetrators?

Lastly, this goes out to Ms. Dimple Amorcillo.

As a woman like you, I know that we are entitled to our own feelings and reactions. You argue that you feel disrespected, but you could have at least held your temper and avoided this big trouble for you and your family. You complain that you are being bashed by netizens, but please know that you did this to yourself. You assumed too much, and you believed that you and your family can get away with it.

Sorry, but He sees everything. He protects those who are persecuted, and gives justice to the innocent ones.

If you don’t want to feel disrespected in a public utility vehicle, might as well consider walking, or better yet, afford yourself your own car.


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