My two story house sits back about 60 feet from the main Hwy on backfilled property that is walled in and sits about 18 feet up above the many shanties strewn all around in the back.
Last week about 2:30 PM I started this load noise and a sound like some one was dying. This was above the music from the Internet sites that I have on all day.
After awhile I knew it was one of those Videoke machines that they rent out for occasions so that any drunk fool can start screaming into a microphone with the volume turned up all the way.
Great now I have to listen to this racket tonight I thought. I immediately closed all the sliding windows and solid wood doors top and bottom in the house in an attempt to dampen the noise a little bit.
This went on until after 03:30 AM. I have satellite TV in my bedroom as I have a hard time to sleep once I am awaken so I attempted to keep the volume up to over ride the noise from a few houses down in the back. Once the noise stopped the chickens started along with the dogs as the drunk people stumbled through the Barangay along with at least one person falling into the stream and what sounded like a big problem getting him out by the other drunks. By this time it was 6:00 AM, time to get things moving in the household.
This again went on the next day from before lunch time and continued until 4:00 AM. Now I was very pissed, two days without sleep. I then composed a letter to the Barangay Captain along with a copy of the Air Pollution Laws and some articles from around the Phil. about people in other areas getting sued due those damn machines making sounds all hours of the night.
By law they are supposed to be shut down by 10:00 PM unless there are other ordnances that require them to be shut down earlier. Also within the adjoining property or 150 feet out (whichever is closer) they are supposed to be no louder than normal conversation (56 db)
I found one Barangay official and told him I want them to do something about that machine and to have the Barangay Captain come see me. Next morning, again no sleep and could not find the Barangay Captain. I went to a hotel when I came home next morning I found the Captain and we went to the residence that had the machine. They agreed get rid of the machine after I told them I would get a TRO and file a lawsuit against them and the least it would cost them was for my attorney fees. I was surprised how easy they gave it up.
Well late that afternoon again the machine started up again, this time I was really pissed. Again I went With the Barangay Captain to the house. BUT they had moved the machine two houses down, with relatives and the same drunk people plus other around it. It seems that this house was across the boundary into another Barangay so this Captain told me he was sorry he had no authority now and that I had to find the other Barangay Captain.
I wrote another letter and found that Captain next morning but he would not do anything as he stated they were his relatives, I then proceeded to my attorney’s office close by to go and get a TRO from the Judge. After him preparing paperwork for non action against the Barangay Captain and also another paper to explain the reason I did not have a”Letter of Action” from the Barangay we preceded to court. NOW there was a power outage so they had closed the court and the Municipality so no Judge. Next day this was a Saturday so again no luck. This machine was silent all morning I was thinking maybe they got rid of the machine, BUT then late afternoon it started all over again until about 2:00 AM.
All day Sunday I was waiting for this thing to start again but nothing even on Monday. I found out that all of this week long Partying was because one guy died and the family and friends and anybody that wanted free drink came and sat around getting drunk and passing out then staring over again repeatedly. They had buried the guy on Sat. then partied all night.
The one positive thing that did actually come out of this was the Barangay learned about noise laws and I manged to get two stores that had these machines, one across the Highway and one in the front of my property, to close their door by 10:00PM and also to cut the volume down immensely.
Usually I start throwing large firecrackers on my property when the other dogs don’t shut up or other such noises close by. In this case the Videoke Machine was too far away and I would have to walk in between to many shanties and drunks to go there.
It is interesting when these people make so much noise but really get pissed off and throw rocks another destructive acts when someone else make noise in response. They even complain to the Barangays about my firecrackers but it is OK for their dogs to bark hours on end for nothing along with those chickens crowing all night.. It is simple, no noise no firecrackers. Firecrackers seem to wake them up but other noises that keep sane people awake does not bother them. But keep the firecrackers on your property. Also some places such as Olongapo City, do not allow any firecrackers so best check before you use them. But they do get quick attention. I also have CVCC cameras (with big sign) watching my front gate to catch anybody that want to throw rocks etc. Along with my two dogs, One Doberman and one German Shepard.
BTW these machine and other load noises can cause inner ear damage that also causes Hypercosis. (google it) This is a problem that actually causes loss of hearing but the inner ear to amplified certain tones and sounds.Many of us war Veterans have that due to bombs, aircraft and other shell and gun fire.