Filipinos will make collaborators sorry

GOTCHA - Jarius Bondoc - The Philippine Star

It’s so easy for Chinese criminals to lure Filipino officials. Investigators narrate how:

First, the enemies target the “ideal” bureaucrat – unpatriotic, corrupt. They treat him to a lavish lunch. He knows it’s illegal. He must meet with transactors only in his agency. The law forbids taking gifts in cash or kind. If he must accept one for Christmas or birthday, the value shouldn’t exceed P5,000.

But he can’t help salivating over wagyu and abalone. Patay-gutom.

Second, they take him out drinking. A bar girl is made to sit beside him with special instructions. Drunk, he forgets his wife and kids. Taking the hotel key, he even poses for a photo.

He has broken two laws: bribery and prostitution. Weak, marupok.

Last, the gambling lords, fake students, spies hand him a thick wad of cash. He illicitly issues them immigrant and retiree visas, birth and exchange-student certificates, driving and gun licenses, business and environment permits, police and Customs clearances, building and fire inspections, land titles and thousands of registered SIMs.

He advises them on who else to pay off. Allows illegal entrants, cyberscam gear, Chinese military wear. Provides uniformed bodyguards and mail-order brides with whom aliens can co-own lands. He even fixes judges and lawmakers for them. Maitim na ang buto.

Legitimately naturalized Chinese-Filipinos resent the traitor. They worked hard for citizenship. The illegals have it easy.

Tentacles have fattened. Chinese gambling operators once tried to buy off Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission raiders. PAOCC deputies rejected the bribe and took the arrestees to headquarters. Chinese cohorts who followed them to offer bigger sums were jailed too. They thought everyone’s for sale.

Heartstrings are tugged. After the March 14 raid in the Bamban gambling hub, PAOCC prepared to deport the Chinese minions. “Filipina partners with wailing infants pleaded for them,” Usec. Gilbert Cruz recalls. “We had to house and feed them along with the deportees.”

Have rogues infiltrated PAOCC? On June 14, while Cruz was securing a court search warrant, Chinese bosses and staff began to flee the Porac gambling enclave. “I ordered my men to hold the line while seeking a warrant from another court,” he says.

Wikipedia photo

They captured the Chinese chief torturer. Videos in his mobile showed not only the panic flight from Porac, but also the gradual killing of abductees. Even Cruz was videoed, likely for casing and attack. PAOCC spokesman Dr. Winston Casio denounces the unidentified leaks.

Collaborators are heinous. They can’t tell their families where the food on the table and children’s school baon come from.

In wartime they’d be captured and executed.

In his book “Kulaboretor!: The Issue of Collaboration During World War II,” historian Augusto de Viana, PhD, enumerates four types:

• Economic – sellers of scrap metal for the enemy to make ammo, and bribees of cash, food or clothes;

• Military – volunteers in the brutal Occupation Kempeitai police, and anti-guerilla militia Makapili (Makabayang Pilipino);

• Political – members of the sole party Kalibapi (Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas);

• Cultural – pro-Japanese propagandist-writers, broadcasters, orators.

Mariano Marcos, pre-War Ilocos Norte governor and assemblyman, allegedly was all of the above. He was the father and grandfather of two presidents, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and Bongbong Marcos.

The Marcos clan says the Japanese killed him. Records negate them.

The Luzon Guerilla Armed Force captured him on March 8, 1945. Guerilla leader Robert Lapham, US Army lieutenant, said Marcos readily confessed to collaboration (“Lapham’s Raiders: Guerrillas in the Philippines 1942-1945,” Bernard Norling, University Press of Kentucky, 1996).

Among Marcos’ admissions were pro-Occupation speeches in Ilocos and Abra exactly two years earlier, UP history Prof. Ricardo Trota Jose cited from Japanese war diaries.

Sentenced to death, “Marcos was literally ripped apart,” Lapham recounted. He was drawn and quartered. Hands and feet were tied to two carabaos that were lashed to run in opposite directions. His limbs were hung on tree branches as warning against treachery.

Vengeance was exacted even long after, de Viana writes. Paroled from years in Bilibid, convicted collaborators were abducted by ex-guerillas. They were hogtied and boated to the middle of Laguna de Bay. Necks broken by paddle, they were tossed into the night waters.

*      *      *

Catch Sapol radio show, Saturdays, 8 to 10 a.m., dwIZ (882-AM).

Follow me on Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/Jarius-Bondoc

vuukle comment


  • Latest
  • Trending
Are you sure you want to log out?

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

Get Updated:

Signup for the News Round now

or sign in with