12.11.2008

the curious case of the broken lock

yesterday i received a call from my sis telling me that our house in the province was broken into / forced open by men who claim to be police operatives looking for a person on their wanted list. my mom, stricken with panic at the sight of these big hulking men, wasn't able to do anything but watch them force the lock; gaining entry to our house at around 4 in the afternoon and entering every room, looking for whatever it is they are looking for. just one hour after the incident, my sis and bro-in-law arrived after picking up the kids from school. knowing mom, she might still be trembling from the experience of it all as she recounted what happened to ate and kuya. good thing no harm came to her.

kuya has already replaced the broken lock when ate called me, tentative and calculating on how to break the news to me gently. as she was recounting the story, i can't help but have questions immediately running in my mind. were these people really with the police if so where is their search warrant? apparently they scared the wits out of my old mom that she wasnt able to demand to see their warrant--they just told her they have a warrant and proceeded forcing open the locked door. i don't really think a real policeman would do that. they could have just asked nicely; no need for such dramatic entrance if you ask me. the second thing to immediately pop into my head was to ask if anything valuable was taken by these men; to which ate replied that everything is still in order. so... could it be that they were telling the truth? that they were really police operatives? but the image of the broken lock in my head is still bothering me. they entered like crooks if you ask me. and who is this man they're looking for? one on their wanted list, they say.

over the years a small muslim settlement living on the outskirts of our subdivision slowly grew into quite an establishment, attracting fellow muslims who make a living either by selling pirated dvds, cellphones, or engaging in high-profit illegal drug trade. the settlement's image became so notorious that the mere mention of our subdivision to tricycle drivers is enough to get them scampering, looking for other passengers instead. i never really gave it much thought until this incident happened though, as i never really go out of the house whenever i go home to the province for the weekend. as ate was recounting some more details from the incident by sms, i remembered to ask her if they had it blottered already. she said yes, then i proceeded to ask what was the police's reaction--do they really have operatives working on the area the moment our house was broken into. no more text messages came in reply, just one saying ingat ako palagi.

another nerve-wracking thing, swimming in my noodle soup.


photo credit : http://www.howstuffworks.com/inside-lock.htm

10 comments:

cyndirellaz said...

grabe talaga ang mga pulis na iyon, kailangan ba talaga may ganoong entrance? ayoko na talaga ng mga ganoong pamamalakad sa sistema ng ating pulisya! wala nang naging pagbabago.. T_T

jamie da vinci! said...

i am always wary of cops. sadly it had to be this way. i have been traumatized to many times to ever be free of my cynicism.

i hope ur mom is alright.

Niel Camhalla said...

Nakakatakot talaga isipin yung nangyari. Sana hindi sadya na pasukin yung bahay nyo for another purpose. Sana nagkamali lang yung mga pulis. Kahit hindi na sila mag-sorry. Wag na lang sila bumalik.

wanderingcommuter said...

tsktsk... pwede kayong magdemanda ng trespassing nun. lalo na kung wala naman pinakitang search warrant.

Mr. Scheez said...

Whoah! Kakaiba sila, ha? Dinaan sa pananakot. I wonder kung ano ang tunay na rason sa pag-barge sa bahay nyo.

I hope your mom is okay.

PUSANG-gala said...

ohhh---that was really a bad incident---the first thing that also entered my mind was the motive of stealing thing for there are a lot of cases like that...good thing nothing was taken and nobody was hurt.....

ize water said...

I hope your mom recovers from that incident soon.

That's the problem with the so-called law enforcers these days. Just because they have the authority and the guns, they forget about other peoples' rights. There's no security in this country. The very people who should be protecting us are the ones harassing us. And we have to pay them through our taxes.

gentle said...

@ cyndirellaz, jamie, neil, wanderingcommuter, mr. scheez, pusang gala and ize - thanks for all the concern.. di ko na kayo iisaisahin ha.. i do appreciate all the kind words. thank you.

Anonymous said...

why not relocate the muslim settlements back to mindanao? di ba they wanted autonomy, eh di give them the autonomy they want, basta dun na lang sila sa mindanao. no offense pero sila ang kadalasang source ng illegalities dito sa metro. wala silang ginawang maganda kundi magdala ng gulo at sakit ng ulo, tapos sila pa ung mayayabang. i'm referring to those muslims na taliwas sa itinuturo ng quran ang pinaggagawa nila, hindi ko nilalahat. just a thought, sana ibalik na silang lahat sa mindanao... where they belong.

Beaugarte said...

Hope your mom is ok.
If I was in your position I'd be storming off to the nearest police station and i'll start complaining till their ears bled... :)