Why Support for A Violent Erring Driver is Troubling

It’s Blue vs. Blue. On the blue corner, it’s MMDA enforcer Jorvy Adriatico. On the other blue corner, it’s businessman and flauntatious Maserati owner Joseph Russel Ingco. It’s a stupid way to put it, right? Filipinos love rivalries, though. And it’s perhaps annoying to see both trying to gain sympathy through media. However, my opinion is not based on that.

Photo courtesy of Philippines Daily
Photo courtesy of Philippines Daily

Ingco is in the hotseat for having mauled Adriatico, which was caught on CCTV. All Adriatico was doing was taking a video of Ingco’s car (who wouldn’t want to if it’s a rare sports car after all). But something snapped in Ingco, so he doubled back, had an argument, hit the guy, pulled him in and drove fast with Adriatico hanging from the window. It’s as if Ingco wanted to kill him.

So the above is my understanding of the situation. Ingco did the mauling, and Adriatico did nothing in the way of bribing or mulcting, so whatever he did has yet to be proven. Thus, Ingco has greater things to answer for because he actually tried to cause serious bodily injury to Adriatico. And this was recorded. Thus, Ingco should be charged and punished accordingly based on this.

The problem is, people have appeared claiming they were “victimized” by Adriatico. However, the timing is suspect; how could they come out only now, after so much time has passed after the supposed victimization? If Adriatico certainly has bribed or cheated some people, an investigation certainly should be held. My worry though is the possible outcome is that Adriatico, the one who was hurt in the incident in questioned, gets punished while Ingco walks away free.

If this happens, it would not only mean the triumph of the dysfunction of impunity, but it would also encourage other people to justify their acting as if they own the road. And even if they actually committed a violation, they would just say “you’re nothing but a corrupt ass!” and go on their rampage. Thus, all this support for Ingco indicates that many Filipinos secretly (well, not so sercretly) harbor desires to disregard the rule of law.

Some people would say, you’re stupid to side with Adriatico! But no, I’m not siding with Adriatico. I’m merely saying Ingco clearly did wrong. If Adriatico has his own violations, investigate it. But never let the one who clearly mauled another person off the hook. That there is support for him reveals a troubling aspect in these Filipinos who give such support.

This aspect is probably that Filipinos tend to be violent. On Facebook, there are comment like, “I would do what Ingco would have done,” and “kill all those motherfucking MMDAs!” This supports the notion that Filipinos are a more violent people than others, and are “less civilized” as a whole. Thus, massacres like the Maguindanao one are commonplace.

There still seems to an attitude that favors the “bad boy” as a “hero.” I thought the movies glorifying criminals were relics of the 1970s; however, this obsolete attitude still remains. It thus reveals that these Filipinos are far from civilized. They want to pay back evil with another evil. And thus, our society will stay mostly corrupt and will never improve. And that even this issue divides Filipinos is yet another saddening aspect.

So many road rage issues plague Philippine society. Rolito Go is the poster boy of Filipino road rage. Then you have the man who killed a pregnant woman over parking space in Loyola Cemetery in Marikina. There’s Rajiv Dargani of Oakley Philippines who killed someone. While not fatal, we remember cigarette company employee Robert Carabuena who punched an MMDA officer. These people seem to be the darlings of a gullible society that seems to adore wrongdoers (like those in power right now!).

Some wise guys say it's just a car, but owning a Maserati means being so privileged enough to afford it.
Some wise guys say it’s just a car, but owning a Maserati means being so privileged enough to afford it.

Like I posted in an earlier article, the problem of Philippine society, as brilliantly observed by Spanish writer Jorge Majorro, is lack of respect for others and for public space. As Benign0’s brilliant words encapsulate: the trouble with Filipinos is that they don’t see any meaning in their lives that is bigger than themselves. They believe the public space is a playground for their hedonism, and that this hedonism comes at the cost of others, which they believe is all right. Unless Filipinos drop this attitude, merely going out of your home will be a life-endangering endeavor, since the source of the threat will be a fellow Filipino.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Hyden Toro808
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I don’t own a Maserati; although I am gainfully employed in the U.S.

People who are very rich and owns : Maserati and other fancy cars, tend to think themselves above the law. They have money to hire Lawyers. They have money to influence the Media. They have money to pay PR, to work for them, to gain public sympathy.

I have no sympathy with that: Ingco guy…he is just a Spoiled Rich Boy, and a Bad Ass…

Dennis Sy
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In some countries, including the Philippines… the word or description “bad ass” is a compliment… just my 2 cents Sir.

Hayden Toro008
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Whatever you think, bad ass…

GERRY
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@ HT 808, No way, that guy is NOT a BAD-ASS. He just a PUNK-ASS BITCH and when he is confronted by someone who could give him a proper tune-up? he cry like a li’ girl.

Peter Vandever
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As normal, Chino is assuming so many things. First of all, we are not talking a rare sport car here. We are talking a normal European car in Makati, a city that $60,000 cars are normal.

Any support for the guy is not really support for him. It is people sick and tired of the bullshit that MMDA pulls every single day while trying to hide behind a plastic badge you can buy at Divisoria for P25.

Dennis Sy
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Maybe it’s the filpino’s frustration with the government… how in justices are not corrected. Taking the law unto one’s own hands seem to be the only way to satisfy the craving for justice and order. I’m just waiting for the final straw that will break the camel’s back… images of the L. A. riots don’t seem far fetched.

Ricardo_Diaz
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That’s true. Considering that justice takes forever here to do unless you’re either filthy rich or have a bigger government watching your back. (China, Malaysia) It fosters this kind of popular notion of justice.

Also, remember that the Ampatuan case still remains unsolved. So that will stick out like a sore thumb when someone looks for Justice in this country.

And as for the idea of riots… It could happen, but unlikely considering how easily manipulated by the Government and media.

Winkydu
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My understanding of what happened, Adriatico is a known scum bag who stopped Ingco for no valid reason, attempted to bully the guy and bit off more than he can chew. All I can say is, HA HA!

Smokescreen
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Ingco was not stopped by the MMDA guy. From Ingco’s interview both with Gigi Grande & Jessica Soho…he said from his rear view mirror he noticed Adriatico taking a video of him. So after taking a u-turn, he himself stopped in front of the MMDA guy, pulled down his window and asked why he was taking a video. If you feel you didn’t do anything wrong, why stop? The MMDA guy wasn’t asking you to pull over.

GERRY
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@ Winkydu, is that so? if it is ,then I am glad the scumbag got what he deserved.it is always fun to see the exalted (or so they think)get humbled.”Have some crow pie,Sonny.EH?”,LMAO, but if it is the other way around and the rich guy is the scumbag, fuck him too!

Jim DiGriz
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Yes, Adriatico is a major scum bag. He has been described as such by many people who know him.

Let me ask one important question. Would Ingco get even more sympathy if he would be driving an old Volkswagen? I think pre-judging the guy based on what car he drives is pulling things out of your ass.

d_forsaken
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As I’ve said before, send them to the county hangman. Hang both of them!

GERRY
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YES, OK…both scumbags(?) get the noose, fuck ’em !

francisco santos jr
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factually, adriatico did provoke ingco by video the car and ingco, so when ignco slapped the video/hand of adriatico, the cellphone fell, so adriatico wanted his cellphone back and so he hold on ingco or whatever to get back his cellphone, ingco punched adriatico to get away back adriatico hold because he wanted his cellphone back and beside he was angered bcoz ingco punched him, adriatico wanted revenged but unfortunate for adriatico, the car was more powerful than his muscle, so ingco got away, its about adriatico wanting his ceellphone back and his wounded pride/ego. let see went ingco present… Read more »
Smokescreen
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The real question is why did Ingco have to stop in the first place. He wasn’t being asked to pull over by the MMDA? Why didn’t he just continue driving ang simply ignored the MMDA? Looks like somebody was looking for a fight.

Hyden Toro003
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If you are a low paid traffic enforcer. Would you pick up a fight with a person driving an expensive car , like Maserati?

Nobody would dare to provoke a fight, in our culture; because that person maybe a “son” (legitimate or illegitimate) of a politically powerful person…

Defenders of Ingco do not make sense, in their claim…

Hayden Toro77
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And by the way; why maul the traffic enforcer?
This is an act showing who the “powerful” guy is…the traffic enforcer represents the Law. Gingko by mauling the traffic enforcer; showed his disregard of the Law…plain and simple…

Winkydu
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If Ingco really was defending himself, the traffic enforcer bully got what he deseved.

Gerry
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Great article. The problem that the rich guy will get off is rooted in the fact the MMDA’s/LTO Officials are ill-regarded by most Filipino’s as they are only around when they are giving someone a ticket, soliciting a bribe etc……’so kill him’.

HA, ITS TOO BAD FILIPINO’s DO NOT USE THE VIOLENT STREAK THEY SEEM TO HARBOR ON THE REAL CRIMINALS…THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE COUNTRY !

Hyden Toro898
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The Chinese criminal Mafia: Triad is already in the Philippines. Most of those “rich” criminals are of Chinese descent. They are involved in: drugs, extortion, murder, etc…they have no regard to Philippine Law…they think, they are above the Philippine law…

Dick S o'rosary
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In other news, possibly legitimate Chinese businessmen are being extorted by your local police.

Iawia
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Which government agency are these facts derived from?

Winkydu
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I’ve watched both interviews on TV and I’m convinced. It was Adriatico who provoked and assualted Ingco. Screw him

Hyden Toro00hy
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There is a Philippine Court system. Not a Media Court system…

Hyden Toro00hy
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The Chinese Mafia called:Triad, works like the “Cosa Nostra” in Sicily, Italy; or the American Mafia. They have legitimate businesses. In New York, U.S.A. They handle garbage collection, construction, restaurants, etc…however, this is to hide their: extortion, drug dealing/manufacturing, prostitution, etc…

Remember the days of Al Capone in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Al Capone bought the: Police, Judges, Mayors, and other Public Officials. Al Capone had also the best lawyer, he hired in Chicago. He was convicted of tax evasion; because they cannot find any charges against him; inspite of his numerous crimes.

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