What makes criminality in the Philippines unique from other parts of the world?
“Advance akong mag-isip.”
“Pa’no mo nasabe?”
“Malakas po ang guardian angel ko sa likod!”
“Uulit-ulitin ko pa ba?”
“Wala na, finish na!”
Sounds familiar, isn’t it? The Internet becomes a large part of human interaction, and memes becomes a huge chunk of it. With the creative minds that Filipinos have, this kind of content went rampant to the point of memes being born each day. While the socials don’t miss a step with regards to hilarity, almost three years ago, it also had an odd obsession of creating memes out of criminals with primetime newscasts as their goldmine. Definitely, these materials have its stories behind them that made them occupy the most viewing time of people in television. Some might find it hilarious, but most will surely get their lessons out of their spiels.
1. "Pa'no mo nasabe?"
Robert Nocos, a butcher, stabbed a waitress to death during a drunken rampage in a videoke bar in Tondo, Manila. The victim, named Aniceta Sialogo, 41, was declared dead on arrival in the hospital. The suspect also attacked the bar’s lady cashier, Cecilia Tamayo, 41, who tried to pacify the commotion. The latter sustained two stab wounds. Nocos was arrested shortly after the incident.
Investigation showed that Nocos and Sialogo had a drinking session when the suspect made an indecent proposal. The victim refused and left the table. The suspect then went out of the bar but returned with a knife. He entered the bar again and stabbed Sialogo in different parts of her body. Tamayo tried to control Nocos but the suspect also stabbed her twice. Nocos hurriedly left the place and did not pay his bill. Few minutes later, the suspect was arrested on Zaragoza Street in Tondo, Manila.
Nocos uttered the words “Pa’no mo nasabe?” after the reporters asked him if he is under the influence of illegal drugs, which the witnesses claimed. He will face murder and frustrated murder charges.
2. "Wala na, finish na!"
The 25-year-old Bethoven Delmar, Jr. was arrested after he barged into a house and attempted to rape a woman. Bragging that raping women is just his “hobby”, Delmar said he took a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill his target if she refused. When asked why he did such horrible act, he proudly admitted that he craves for sex and carry out the crime while under the influence of illegal drugs and intoxicating alcohol.
Despite what happened, Delmar was still thankful that President Rodrigo Duterte is not yet the one sitting at that time. He said, “Swerte pa ‘ko kasi hindi pa si Duterte ‘yang nakaupo. Eh kung si Duterte, wala na! Finish na!” Ironically, the suspect was abducted in Cubao, a commercial district in Quezon City where Duterte’s rival, 2016 presidential candidate Mar Roxas, lives.
3. "Advance akong mag-isip!"
Albert Mangapit, a 25-year-old call center agent, was caught in an undercover operation against illegal drugs in a parking area of a commercial establishment in Antipolo City. While his pay is enough for him to get by, the suspect expounded his pure intention in the illegal narcotics business with co-workers and students to collect funds as he was a “forward-thinker.”
The self-confessed drug dealer said, “There’s a lot of things you can do about the money from the Kush, 1.5 per kilo. I can change the Philippines. I can run for politics. Advance ako mag-isip. Look at Antipolo, how much is the land, land area of Antipolo? Unused. Good for farming marijuana.”
The police recovered the marked money used in the transaction as well as the marijuana tops which is more expensive than dried cannabis leaves and more sellable due to its smooth effect, according to Antipolo Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit.
4. "Uulit-ulitin ko pa ba?"
Nestor Delizade, Jr., a barangay watchman, stabbed to death a bank executive along with her mother and their household helper in their house in Sta. Cruz, Manila. The bodies of Evelyn Tan, 40, assistant vice president of Banco de Oro’s loan department in Makati; her mother, Teresa, 75; and their maid, Kristina Bartolay, 22, were found in the living room of their house after a driver who was to bring Evelyn to the airport for a Beijing trip tried to contact her but did not receive any reply.
Delizalde, charged with robbery in 2010, admitted his participation in the crime and his addiction to illegal drugs. He boldly said, “Hindi pa ba sapat ‘yung narinig n’yo? Uulit-ulitin ko pa ba? Ako ang pumatay!” An initial police investigation showed that he took 19,000 pesos cash and valuables from the victims.
Days after his arrest, the suspect took a bullet in the forehead while in the custody of the Manila police. There are two versions of his death: (1) he was shot by one of his escorts after he tried to grab another officer’s firearm in a police car on the way to the City Prosecutor’s Office, and (2) in the tight scuffle inside the car, Delizalde somehow ended up shooting himself.
5. “Malakas po ang guardian angel ko sa likod!” “Ginaya ko lang si Battousai, binaliktad ‘yung talim.”
What was supposedly a gruesome incident ended up with a strange reconciliation between friends. In a closed-circuit television footage, one man was caught him his friend in the back with a bolo. Children around the area were shocked with what happened. A woman within the place hurriedly brought his child inside their house while the man holding the bolo was threatening his friend to stab. The suspect was about to leave but threatened his target again upon seeing him reaching a broom.
The following day, the suspect attempted to strike his friend for the third time while carrying his child but his wife pacified the situation. The barangay officials then reconciled the two and they became buddies again. The victim said in an interview, “Malakas po ang guardian angel ko sa likod!” but the suspect replied “Ginaya ko lang si Battousai, binaliktad ‘yung talim.” The root of their confrontation is of course, money!
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