George Anikow murder: Violence is a broad and profound cultural condition in Philippine society

Again we encounter another instance of the violent nature of Filipinos — a people expats have for so long warned one shouldn’t cross as they (1) don’t fight fair and (2) hold deadly unshakable grudges. Last night saw the murder of George Anikow, a former US Marine officer and spouse of a US Embassy staff member allegedly in the hands of a gang of enraged Filipino men at the gate of posh Makati village Bel Air. What was initially a mild altercation between Anikow and the party of four young men reportedly turned into a brawl that left Anikow mortally wounded from stab wounds.

During the brawl, Anikow ran away from the suspects but they chased him. When the four caught up with Anikow, they continued to beat up the former US serviceman until he fell to the ground.

A wounded Anikow was left on street. One of the suspects told Saavadera: “Huwag ka magsusumbong, huwag mong kunin plate number namin, gago yan (Don’t tell, don’t get our plate number, he is a fool).”

One can understand getting beat up in a brawl. But to wield a knife in one is just so, well, Pinoy. For a nation that idolises boxers, one wonders why the idea of fighting fair mano-y-mano seems lost in the typical Filipino male.

Coincidentallty, the issue of violence against women happens to be the subject of an awareness campaign currently being waged online. It seems, however, violence perpetrated by Filipinos is really something whose victims transcend gender, class, and even nationality. The Anikow case highlights the random nature and greater breadth of impact of Filipino-perpetrated violence; Anikow being male and a US national, and the perpetrators described as being “businessmen” driving a presumably expensive Volvo sport utility vehicle.

Indeed, even top Filipino politicians are not immune from this violent nature that seems to characterise the Filipino condition. Recall back in September 2009 when former Ilocos Sur governor and former deputy national security adviser Chavit Singson allegedly beat up his partner Rachel Tiongson whom he suspected of being unfaithful. In my classic piece Impunity and the Filipino Male, I make a generalisation on the basis of that incident…

This is specially so, given the very character of Singson himself — a shining specimen representative of the flaccid machismo of the Pinoy male evident in the kind of cinema we enjoy and the sort of people we look up to for leadership.

So while the usual “experts” will have their tongues wagging about that quintessentially-Filipino story of the influential man walking away from a crime with no more than a token slap on the wrist (easy targets for the chronically self-righteous pundit), let us make like more intelligent beings for even one moment and reflect. For that matter, and considering how, for most of us, this moment of reflection is likely to occur inside our cars while stuck in Manila’s traffic, look around and observe the behaviour of the average Filipino driver. How many acts made with impunity do we see transpiring before our eyes within, say, an hour? Or even within a minute?

This is after all a nation where assassins riding tandem on motorcycles can be hired for a hit for no more than Php10,000 (a little more than USD200). It is quite amazing that the Philippines is not on Uncle Sam’s permanent travel ban list. The simplest misunderstanding, misconstrued look, or unintended slight can provoke a massive feudal vendetta that could last generations. It seems to all stem from the world-renowned pipsqueak ego of the Filipino

A simple misunderstanding can turn a non-issue into a nasty national spectacle. If you don’t believe me, just google the name “Ampatuan” or look up that fight at the Valley Golf Club in Manila that turned really violent when two prominent families just couldn’t stand each other’s presence. Even the funeral of the late President Corazon Aquino was all about bruised egoes for it was said that the family wanted to heed her wishes not to have a state funeral just to spite President Gloria Arroyo.

The Filipino’s taste for petty violence has spawned lively viral video circuses many times. Recall the Thrilla in NAIA involving Ramon Tulfo, Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, Robert Carabuna vs the MMDA, and other such nuggets of Pinoy class. Perhaps there is something to be said about the way Filipino men are raised — or not raised as the case may be for the entire generation of Filipinos absentee-parented by the modern-day “heroes” of this sad nation, the Overseas Foreign Workers (OFW).

All the dots seem to connect — us being supposedly the most emotional society in the world, coupled with our bad case of collective narcissistic personality disorder all under the umbrella of the nation’s profound culture of impunity.

A person suffering from narcissistic personality disorder has been described as someone with “an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves”. The cause of this disorder is said to be unknown but the disorder can be traced back to bad genes; abusive household or perhaps demonic possession…ok, that last one is a bit of a stretch. But you can just imagine the kind of environment that will breed or develop a personality disorder such as that.

Well, considering that the Filipino condition (1) afflicts both islands and expat Pinoys across generations, (2) can be traced back to households where “children are used for adults’ pleasure [and often] made to dance the Ocho-Ocho, Spaghetti Dance or other funny dances just to make the adults laugh,” and (3) is propagated by a state religion that encourages its flock to believe in their entitlement to a special place in the overall scheme of things, I’d say the above is spot on.

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ChinoF
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Yet another proof of the emotional immaturity of Filipino society. Just because an American seemed to act high and mighty, you bring out a knife to stab? This only proves that Filipinos are lawless and lacking self-control. I’m tempted to say Filipinos are so demonic when they act like this.

ChinoF
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Rolito Go killing someone over a traffic dispute… that lady in Loyola Memorial Park being killed over parking on Nov. 1… then this. When will Filipinos learn? This will yet be another Pride Deflator. It should be.

Thomas Jefferson
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Criminality is rising in many parts of the archipelago. Terrorism cannot be far behind. There are recent intelligence reports warning of JI and ASG attacks in western and central Mindanao. This will include targets in the National Capital Region. BS Aquino appears to be in the dark as to what is happening to this country. His continuing inaction is frightening. The great leader did not even bother to lodge complaints over IED bombings in Mindanao during the phony peace negotiations. If he does not wake up to reality, chaos and anarchy will rule in the Philippines.

Robert Haighton
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Basically I wouldnt be surprised if this will happen more often. Eat this: Philippine people are raised to become Pavlov dogs, robots and puppets on a string. This picture is enforced by the Philippine educational system. One day the bomb must and will explode. Especially when a pinoy sees an `alien` behaving “au naturel”. A pinoy can either deal with that or not. Most likely he cant, he gets jealous, he cant control himself. The result is he will fuse the bomb that was about to explode anyway.

Its as easy as A, B, C and 1, 2, 3.

alconce
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Where can you find a leader who relishes the sight of an old woman’s suffering, accuses her of everything,then condemns her by publicity, restricting her movement and backed by his propagandists thru the major broadcast networks and major broadsheets. Onli in da pilipinz.

Trosp
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I’ve seen the morning news today. I could only surmise these four blood thirsty hooligans are very influential.

I watched the news and there’s no instance that their faces have been shown. Even during their mug shots session?

Reporters are banned to to take their photos during their mug shots?

Felipe
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“More fun in the Philippines!”

Foreigners beware!

Hyden Toro
Guest

Violence is everywhere in our country. People beat people. Husbands beat their wives. Just look at the Hacienda Luisita massacre; and the Maguindanao maasacre. Life is cheap in our country…

Matthew Parkes
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Once again I am struck by how there is nothing of any merit or value in Philippine culture.

It’s a regressive, damned, lawless culture that promotes stupidity and violence.

Bernie
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Full of negative comments from Filpino themselves, everybody agrees just to Nuke pinoys eventhought this is the same country they live. Just because one foreigner was killed everybody is trying to be sipsip and act as foreigner himself and bash all filipinos. Crime happens everytime not only in PI, even in USA as per FBI reports, every 30 minutes 1 person died of crime related incident, yet they don’t say that all americans are crazy killing people. Same reason why pinoys look stupid cause of people like you guys.

Bernie
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The fact that the culprits get caught, means law still prevails and those that committed the crime will pay. Let’s not always say, they have money and they will not go to Jail, ‘hello’ this think might happen but not as always moreso it happened to an American and for sure they will watch over this until these four go to jail. I was just wondering why do filipino keeps on throwing muds on themselves, telling filipinos are lawless people, violent stupid whatever, do you consider yourself like that ? well I don’t I am just an ordinary person, working… Read more »
Jetlag807
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Let me start by stating that I am an American living in the Philippines… If you have been following this story from the beginning, you would have noticed that in the initial news interviews the Makati PNP Officer in charge of the investigation was blaming the victim (the American) for the crime. His reasoning was the victims’ decision to assist the security guard with a car load of Filipinos who were denied entry to the village. At the time, most Filipino Bloggers were in agreement saying things like; “well the foreigner should have minded his own business” or “the Filipinos… Read more »
Bill Steffen
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Obiously, Bernie does not watch the news. This is not isolated. It’s business as usual here.

Bernie
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Stupid fools don’t know how to understand my post , did I say anything about US legal system in comparison with PI. PI is corrupt there’s now question on that, if you want those four murderers get hang that is good. What i am saying is don not generalize all pinoys same as these four stupid guys.

Bernie
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So much emotions on Americans here, I understand your feelings but shit happens every time especially when you are drunk and think you are superman. He is not really that innocent to begin with, he initiated the fight, he is acting as guard where he is not supposed to, If he was not outside his house at that time and drunk he should still be alive. Monsters appear during these times of the night. But anyways, he doens’t deserve to get killed just because of that, as i said these monsters should rot in jail.

Bernie
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Killing, murders happens everythere not just in PI. But to what the americans said, PI differs in bringing the culprit to Justice and I agree to that. It would be better then to suggest on how to educate people and correct things and stop corruption in legal system rather than just throwing all rants rather than giving what is the solution. Thanks to all bye!

NotMasochisticFilipino
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NotMasochisticFilipino

So what if homicides & murders happens all over the world?

Amir Al Bahr
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It’s simple really, Bernie, Whether you like it or not, when members of any ethnic group go and do some violence on anyone else, especially one from another ethnic group, the natural reaction would be to typecast everyone from the offending ethnic group as capable of that very same violence. It’s only natural that other people feel that it could happen to them as well. Is it necessarily right? No, but it can’t be helped. If you think about it, it doesn’t matter whether the guy who was killed was American or another Filipino; I would be wary of my… Read more »
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

1 death is enough to scare hundreds. The fact that he’s the husband of an ambassador makes it worst.

Sure, it’s an isolated case. After all, it’s just 4 idiots with a cool car and a knife.

However, as long as these idiots are Filipinos, they’d be associated with the country and the people.

Sadly, just like in LCDs, the customers have the right to refuse our product because they’ve found a few broken pixels.