Pulis, Nang-Agaw Ng Cellphone Ng Isang Journalist

Dear KaPAB,

Sobrang daming nagreklamo na mga deboto sa Traslacion kahapon. Sobrang dami ng pulis na dineploy sa Quiapo.

Sa sobrang dami ng pulis, hindi na makalapit ang mga deboto sa imahe. Marami din ang nasaktan.

May mga sinakal, at ang iba naapakan ng combat boots, kasi nakapaa lang ang mga deboto bilang bahagi ng Ng kanilang devotion sa Poong Nazareno.

At ang Isa pang masaklap na pangyayari, mismo general ay nang agaw ng cellphone ng isang journalist. Ito ang post ni Jun Veneracion Ng GMA 7.

There are good cops but there some who think they can get away with murder. Here’s my personal account of an unpleasant encounter with a high-ranking police officer while covering Translacion 2020.

While taking footage on my phone of a commotion between cops and a hapless Black Nazarene devotee on Ayala Bridge in Manila, a police general suddenly darted out of nowhere and snatched my mobile unit. He quickly moved away from the scene.

I was accosted by another police officer, preventing me from going after the police official who took away my phone; didn’t get his name and could no longer remember his face. But one thing stood out: I saw a star on his shoulders.

Minutes later, a group of photo journalists called my attention and pointed to a PNP official. “Sya yun,” they said.

The culprit turned out to be one of the district commanders of the NCRPO—B/Gen. Nolasco Bathan.

Asked him: “bakit mo kinuha ang phone ko, sir.”

He was fuming mad, even threatening to confiscate my hand-held radio. Told him: “lalayo muna ako kasi masyado kang mainit, sir.”

Minutes later, I came up to him to ask for my phone. “Pasensya ka na, Jun, hindi kita nakilala,” he said. Then, he handed back the cellphone.

I checked the photo gallery and found that the video of the tense encounter between the cops and the devotee had been deleted.

“Bakit nabura ang video ko, sir,” I asked Gen. Bathan. “Wala akong binura dyan, saksi ko pa ang Itim na Nazareno,” he replied.

I turned my back and left.

Good thing there’s a “recently deleted photo album” that enables the iphone users to recover erased photos and videos.

Apparently, someone forgot to switch off the record button.

At the tail end of the recording, a voice can be heard: a man giving an instruction to someone. “Burahin mo, burahin mo kuha ni Jun Veneracion. Pu#!#! ina nagku-kwan eh.”

Buti na Lang kung sinuman ang nagbura ng video, hindi sanay sa iPhone. Di niya alam na may isang folder pa. Nabisto tuloy na sinadya na burahin ang video.

Yung gusto lang mag Translacion ang mga tao, naging kunsumisyon ang nangyari.

Haist,

PAB

 

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