Here’s the perfect example why the Martial Law circa 1972 is a different animal from the Martial Law in Mindanao circa 2017.
In Marcos’ Martial Law, civilians are scared to speak against the military for fear of ending up in jail.
In present-day Martial Law in Mindanao, anyone is free to speak against military or police abuses.
Facebook user and millennial Amiel Chong took to Facebook denouncing a police officer for allegedly committing an abuse while the entire Mindanao under Martial Law rule.
Chong also wanted the help of social media in making his story viral perhaps to teach the police woman that the civilians are more powerful now in the age of social media.
Let us read Chong’s post below.
Ito po ay personal kong na experience while entering in Iligan City along National Steel Corporation (NSC) to be exact, 2:45pm (June 5, 2017) dalawang oras na po akong traffic sa nasabing area at nang malapit na po kami sa may check point (babaan ng mga civilians) umabante po ako sabay ang dalawang kotse sa unahan ko sabay din kaming pinara ng isang PNP officer, yung dalawang kotse sa unahan ko lahat pinalarga pagkatapos makita ang kani-kanilang ID’s at noong ako ang tinanong binigay ko din ang ID ko at noong nakita ang ID ko sinabihan ako ng “GILID KA MUNA DOON SIR”
At noong papalapit na ang Police Enforcer.
(Kinuha license ko, pangalawa kinuha yung papel ng kotse tas sinabihan expired daw, which is hindi naman kasi 1 year pa ma expire pangatlo kasi hindi lumusot ang mga bina- violation nila saakin counter flow daw? Bakit ako lang?? Saan na yung dalawang kotsing nasa unahan ko? Bat pinalarga?? Napagtripan lang ata ako.)
Police: Sir saan po kayo galing?
Ako: Sa Linamon po Sir.
Police: Halika usap muna kayo doon sir.
Ako ay bumaba at lumapit sa may Police Desk.
Police: Sino yong may violation?
Ako: ako po sir? Bakit po sir? Ano po violation ko?
Police: (tiningnan lang ako at nagsusulat lang)
Ako: Sir, ano ho ba violation ko?
Police: tumahimik ka!
Ako: Excuse me bakit niyo po ako pinapatahimik? Right ko pong magtanong kung anong violation ko. Even we are under Martial Law still the Writ of Habeas Corpus is not yet suspended. (Nanginginig habang sinabe)
Police(babae): TUMAHIMIK KA! (GALIT ANG PAGKASABE)
Ako: ano pangalan niyo pwd makuha, kukunin ko para kayo ay maireport.
Police: wag munang gawin yan, kawawa ka lang, wala kang mapapala jan. Pinapalaki mo lang.
Ako: Ah ganon ha? Tingnan lang natin. Grabe kayo ha.
TINGNAN PO NATIN MGA KABABAYAN KUNG PAPAANO UMASTA AT MAG ABUSO MGA POLICE OFFICERS DITO SA ILIGAN SPECIALLY DOON SA MAY NSC CHECK POINT KAYO NA PO ANG HUMUSGA. SAAN PO ANG SINASABE NI GEN. BATO SAFE TAYO SA MARTIAL LAW NA ITO. SANA PO WAG UMABUSO DAHIL NAKAKASIRA PO NG IMAHE NG PNP LALONG LALO NA PO KAY PRESIDENT DUTERTE! NAKAKA DISMAYA LANG PO ANG MGA KAPULISAN NATIN NGAYON.
PS: Hindi ko po nakuha pangalan nila dahil ayaw nila ibigay, tanong ako ng tanong tapos sinisilip ko din po yung (name plate nila sa kanilang uniform sabay tinatakpan po nila at sinabihan ako na “HUHULIIN DAW AKO” TINURO PA PO AKO NI ATE!) kaya kununan ko nalang po ng picture.
PLEASE HELP SHARE THIS! PASIKATIN NATIN SI ATE POLICE!
Amiel ended the post by tagging major news media outlets in the country like ABS-CBN NewssGMA NewssPTVVCNN PhilippinessTV55 in the hope getting a wider audience reach. Read the original post here.
But as the saying goes, a story has two sides.
The post quickly gained traction and in less than 24 hours, the post has gathered more than 7,000 shares, more than 3,000 reactions and more than 600 comments on Facebook and growing.
When the Iligan PNP was alerted by the viral post of Amiel Chong, it wasted no time in defending one of its own and responded to the malicious post.
Let us read the post of Icpsc Icpo below.
Ang Galing ng SCRIPT MO KUYA, Chong Amiel or AMIELHUSSIEN C. SULTAN !!! basin ikaw gusto musikat sa imu pagpangdaot..kana imung gi.picturan nga nawong dili mana kabalo maninghag ug tao..palihug lang ayaw pandaot oi..maulaw pd ka sir.wala mi DAUTAN gibuhat saimu ug sa uban tao para lang ikadaot sa among reputation..Arogante kaayo ka sir sa tinuod lang..LAW STUDENT dw ka? unya nasuko ka gi.issuehan kag counter flow..kay sa tinuod nag counter flow jud ka..FYI, katong ga una nimu na vehicle, mga volunteer to dli pwde i.delay, unya ikaw nga nisundot nila, mao ng gi.hold ka…kung naa kay bayag ug tinud.anay na imung pagka.law student, muatubang ka ug tarong..naa pay mga nag comment sau post, gapataka lag putak!!! ATUBANGA MI SIR KAY LUOY KAAYO IMUHANG GI.PICTURAN NADAOT LANG SA IMUNG STORYA NGA BINUHAT!!!
HUSTISYA PARA SA PULISYA!!!
dili mnka mgpa.comment sau post AMIELHUSSIEN C. SULTAN kay bakak mn ug kulang imuha storya.
Rough translation below.
You have great script in there Chong Amiel or Amielhussein C. Sultan! Perhaps you want to be famous for slandering people. The one in the photo is not type of person who barks at people. Please stop slandering people. Be ashamed Sir. We did not do anything to tarnish your reputation. To tell you frankly, you’re arrogant Sir. Heard you’re a law student? You got angry after getting issued with traffic violation for counter-flowing. FYI, those vehicles ahead of you were volunteers, not to be delayed, yet you followed them, that’s why we put you on hold. If you were really brave and indeed a law student, you would talk to us properly. Sadly, people make comments in your post without getting their facts straight. Talk to us Sir because it’s a pity that the reputation of the person in the photo has been in tatters because of your fabricated story.
Note: We did not post the photos of the people involved for the simple reason that we do not want to add to their woes online. Anyway, you may follow the link provided to see their faces.
Source: ICPSC ICPO