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Du30's gift for Marawi evacs; is grab killer really sorry?

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Opinion
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Right after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the victory of our troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the terrorists in Marawi, the government immediately extended another much-needed help for the evacuees who were displaced by the said chaos.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) launched a program that provided the poor evacuees free text and calls.  The beneficiaries are those being housed in temporary shelters and evacuation centers in Iligan City and Cagayan De Oro City.

Learned that the free calls and texts program began on November 9 and will last for five days.

Marawi evacuees, particularly those from the evacuation centers in Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte, Balo-I, Lanao del Norte, Saguiran, Lanao del sur, Initao, Misamis Oriental and Opol, Misamis Oriental, were but too happy to avail of the free services provided by the NTC and profusely thanked President Duterte for it.

Through the said program, the evacuees were able to contact their loved ones both abroad and in Metro Manila or other provinces to update them on their present condition after the Marawi siege.

The said free text and calls are national direct dialing and international direct dialing.  Kasama sa programang ito ang Mindanao clusters ng DICT, Globe, Smart at amateur at civic radio groups.

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Narc Tulod Delemios, the alleged killer of Grab driver Gerardo Maquidato, Jr. who reportedly surrendered to the police on Tuesday, November 7, did not even appear remorseful when he was presented to the media by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Ronald dela Rosa.
    
Delemios, according to the police, was identified by his live-in partner who had admitted to police that it was her cellphone which was used to book the Grab trip last October 26 that led to the death of the poor driver.                 
    
It turned out that Delemios is also a suspect in yet another killing, that of 19-year-old Gino Balbuena, way back in October of 2014. Upon learning of Delemios’ surrender, the family of Balbuena  trooped to the Pasay police station where the suspect was brought, but failed to see him since his statement was being taken.
    
While being confronted by Maquidato’s wailing mother and widow, the 25-year-old Delemios was notably devoid of remorse.  In fact, he even had the temerity to justify himself.
    
Firstly, he said he did not know that Maquidato was a ‘Good Samaritan.’ So? Does it mean that Maquidato was to be blamed for not having told the suspect that he was a ‘Good Samaritan’ and therefore could have been spared from the holdup?
    
Secondly was the annoying arrogance shown by Delemios when he told everyone present that his intention was only to get the victim’s money, but that ‘nag-insist siya (Maquidato)’ and put up resistance that he had to kill the victim.
    
In the case of Gino Balbuena, reports have it that in October 2014 -- is it plain coincidence that both killings took place in the same month although three years apart -- Delemios and the victim were playing basketball when Balbuena  accidentally hit the suspect hard with an elbow.  Delemios got upset and left, only to come back already armed with a gun and shot the victim thrice, killing him instantly.
    
Delemios faced charges and in fact, an arrest warrant was issued against him and his alleged accomplice.
    
It would seem, however, that Delemios did not learn from the Balbuena incident and judging from his demeanor when presented to the media, this time in connection with the death of Maquidato, he is not gonna change at least in the near future.
    
I will not be surprised if one of these days, he will just grab a police escort’s gun and get killed in the process.

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Jokjok (from Timoteo Pangilinan of Abra, Ilocos Sur) -- Teacher: Juan! Bakit puro pagmamahal ang sagot mo dito sa mga tanong sa test paper mo? Juan: Kasi po, sabi sa ’kin ng mga magulang ko, Kailanman, hindi naging mali ang magmahal.

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