Last week, news, photos and video footages of Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista supposedly manhandling a crime suspect unceremoniously came out in both mainstream and social media.
That was not the first time in recent memory. Sometime in August last year, he ‘slapped’ a suspected Chinese drug dealer who was nabbed in an anti-drug operation. Mocking the seriousness of his situation, the suspect playfully stuck his head out of the car where he sat handcuffed, posing beside Bautista while the latter was being interviewed. When asked by the mayor about the source of the P15 million worth of drugs seized from him, the suspect motioned, albeit arrogantly, that he could not understand a word the mayor was saying and pointed to his ear. That was when Bistek slapped him. Can you blame the mayor?
Anyway, after the arrest of 29-year-old Mark Soque, whose robbery-rape mode of operation is simply revolting, Bautista rushed to the Quezon City police and paid a suspect a little ‘surprise visit,’ complete with welcome greetings -- a solid punch in the head and a kick in the body.
This incident, as expected, stirred a variety of reactions from the public. Thankfully, only a few chided Bautista and this lonely bunch, as expected, included the ‘good’ chair of the Commission on Human Rights.
Consider all these and decide for yourself if it is worth defending Soque’s so-called ‘rights’. Tagged as responsible for the recent series of armed robbery-holdup incidents that victimized eight establishments in Quezon City, he did not only terrorize his hapless victims before taking heir hard-earned money and valuables. He also stripped the women victims naked, molested and raped them right inside the establishments he robbed. In the latest of such incidents, on February 9, the suspect shot dead female Korean national Mi Kyung Park, who merely entered the coffeeshop without knowing it was being robbed. Soque was also positively identified by the rape victims who tearfully took their share of ‘vengeance’ upon seeing him.
According to QCPD director Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao, Soque was about to pull another heist when he was arrested near the Ever Gotesco Mall in Commonwealth, Quezon City. He then had in his possession a hand grenade, a cal. .45 pistol and several small plastic sachets containing shabu.
Going along contentions that Soque’s guilt is yet to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, ditto with the allegation that Bautista harmed him. Now judging from the reaction of most netizens, Bautista can indeed be faulted. Not for the treatment he allegedly accorded the suspect but for allowing things to reach the point where the suspect was given the privilege of being presented to the media -- alive. I, too, hated him for that and wished that Soque had better been taken either to Mayor Lim or Mayor Duterte.
My dismay though died down when yesterday, news came out that Soque was shot dead by a policewoman whose firearm he had tried to grab. However, his cohort remains scot-free. Until then, let us hold our breath before finally taking a deep, long sigh of relief.
Luk Foo Cantonese Kitchen’s staff laudable -- Located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue in Sto. Niño, Parañaque City, the said restaurant is one place where one will enjoy eating good food owing to the kind of staff running the place. Led by its supervisors RubeMagcawas and Lani Tangco, manager Leony Ternio, order-takers Jovi Dadula and Kris Tugublimas and captain waiter Arnold Magsalin, the staff of the said restaurant are all smiles and highly accommodating when servicing their customers, even granting with utmost patience those with odd requests. The owners are lucky to have such an efficient bunch of staff in his employ.
ORIENTAL PALACE OPENS IN QC -- Chief of staff Jesus Mari “Jay” Marzan, representing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, recently inaugurated the Oriental Palace Restaurant and Banquet Hall located at the corner of Tomas Morato Avenue and Scout de Guia Street in Quezon City. With him were restaurant general manager Chris Chester Chua, Henry and Betty Chua, manager Joey Ty and special guests Benito Ong, president of Good Friend Motor Parts and Anson Tan, president of the World Yong Chun AmityAssociation and chairman of the Elison Steel Bars Marketing. The restaurant offers a variety of Chinese and Japanese dishes and free wi-fi and according to Marzan, was the biggest of its kind so far in Quezon Ciy.
Beauty tip -- Before sun exposure, apply sunscreen on skin, rub on for 30 minutes and again every 90 minutes. Even water-resistant sunscreens can be rubbed away when toweling off after a swim, so be sure to reapply. (Source: Dr Rosary May Canay-Diaz of Californian Bloom Aesthetic Institute and Medical Spa /4108424/4669596)
Jokjok from Bryan Demetrio of Pangasinan) -- Siksikan sa jeep-Dalaga: Mama, urong ka naman nang konte. Naii-pit nang husto ang ‘pearly shell ko’/ Mama: Puro ka reklamo eh ako nga, basag na ’tong ‘tiny bubbles’ ko noh?!