So, I’m reading the news and I come across this tragic tale:
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Two Swiss nationals were killed after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in Opol town in Misamis Oriental Sunday afternoon, October 5.
The Opol Municipal Police Station said about 3 armed men approached and shot the victims, identified as Robert Loever and Baltazar Johann Erni, near the entrance of D. Yasay Beach Resort at around 1 pm.
The victims were shot in the head and other parts of their bodies, police said.
Their partners, who were with the victims during the incident, were unharmed and were able to tell the police that the shooters wore no masks and just walked away after the shooting.
The police said the victims were said to be staying in the upscale Xavier Estates in Cagayan de Oro City.
Initial investigation showed that no valuables were taken away from the victims. –
Now, a simple dissection of this story reduces it down to two simple sentences:
“You either come to the Philippines to die of old age or to die early in a meaningless murder. Either way, you’re going to die here sooner than later.”
Now, it’s MY understanding that any civilized society endeavors to elevate itself to a point where murder is left to the the criminally insane and those who do not fear either capture or great consequence. But what can you call a society where murders such as this happen? No masks, no getaway…just a casual stroll away with two lives ended senselessly? That isn’t a society. It’s a lawless free-for-all, where criminals do not fear capture or consequence. You could argue that this could be just one incident, in just this one place, and doesn’t speak for the Philippines as a whole. You could even make that argument sound very logical. And then I’d add in THIS local story:
Some robbers seem to be getting more brazen these days.This was the case in San Juan City on Tuesday, when three armed men robbed a beauty parlor and at least one of them even demanded a cup of coffee from the victims, GMA News’ JP Soriano reported on “24 Oras” Friday.With footage from a closed-circuit television system, the report said the armed men managed to take P400,000 from the establishment in just five minutes.Investigation showed the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday at a beauty salon on Jose Abad Santos Street in Barangay Little Baguio in San Juan City. One of the robbers pretended to be a customer. Two companions then followed him inside and declared a holdup. The men poked a handgun at the salon’s Korean owner and took the owner’s mobile phone. They then herded the staff behind the counter and had all of them kneel at gunpoint.One of the men took the bag, jewelry and wristwatch of another Korean. The robbers also took the money from the vault. Before fleeing, one of the men cut the phone cable so the staff could not immediately report the incident to the police. They also herded all the staff to the restroom before escaping. Police theorize the robbers may have familiarized themselves with the establishment, and took advantage of the tarpaulins covering the windows.