Any sympathies for a jeepney driver shot in the head by a pedestrian he almost hit?

C’mon, admit it. It’s hard to feel sorry for that jeepney driver lying dead on the pavement with a hole in his head. I had just come across the Inquirer.net story and found myself feeling a bit guilty about how I felt — or didn’t feel. Jeepney driver shot in the head by irate pedestrian in Makati, screamed the headline. There was a graphic photo that came with it. But it was this snippet of information that reassured me that the politically-incorrect way I felt about this story could be rationalised…

Another witness, Christian Torres, said the jeepney almost hit the man as it turned left from Chino Roces into Arnaiz.

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I logged back onto Facebook and into the Get Real Philippines Community post where the article link was shared. Sure enough, there were comments that further validated what I was thinking. I’ll defer to one comment that sums up the cocktail of mixed feelings:

First, why was a pedestrian carrying a gun with him?

Second, I too am not gonna lie, jeepney drivers are, as a general rule, assholes on the road. I’d like to give the pedestrian a bouquet of flowers. That’s one f-cker down, millions more to go.

Third, seriously though, we really are devolving as savages. I think it’s fair to point out too that had the pedestrian not got a gun, all he would have gotten was an arrogant response and the generic “Pasensya na kayo, naghahanap buhay lang” bullshit. So, hooray Philippines. Here’s to hoping that this will serve as precedent to all drivers.

When you are a law-abiding motorist that has to share the road with jeepneys, it is likely that you’d also be faced with the same stark lack of the outrage that would normally be exhibited had the stiff on the pavement been that of any other sort of person.

Even the normally-hated traffic enforcement officers of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) attract a heart-warming deluge of support and empathy when they fall victim to abuse and threats of violence from irate civilians.

Jeepney drivers?

Well, it’s complicated. I’d probably respect the honesty of somebody like Ronn who wrote the above comment on Facebook rather than someone who’d wax absolute moral indignation over the murder of a jeepney driver who attracted the ire of one of the victims of the banal lack of consideration he and his community of Kings of the Road routinely apply to their fellow road users.

Everyone can relate to the blanket injustice in the way jeepney drivers discourteously navigate Manila’s streets with impunity. They are no better than the thieving politicians Filipino activists love to hate. Both routinely get away with their indiscretions.

But unlike our politicians, jeepney drivers are seen to possess solid claim to that cherished badge of victimhood many Filipinos wear with pride and use this as license to behave the way they do. But as the quality of the lives of Metro Manilans is increasingly crushed under the weight of the wretchedness of its infernal traffic jams it becomes increasingly difficult to see jeepney drivers as the victims they style themselves.

So did that jeepney driver deserve to die?

Not according to the law. I’ll say that much and nothing more.

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andrew
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these people were created by the flawed traffic system, poor infrastructure and law enforcement on traffic rules. what we get is anarchy.

Kendrick
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That man did what most of us just wish we could do. Frankly, I did not feel any sympathy for the jeepney driver.

James
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I totally agree with you. Super like..

22Toro007772Hayden
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Our country is now slowly turning into a Wild Wild West. People carrying guns; and shoot other people, on slightest aggravation.

Soon, we will have Gunslingers, and bad guys (Bandidos)…
The Sheriffs are busy collecting “Tongs”. They have no time to enforce the Law.

T
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it essentially already is. its every man for himself, no solid government in place to implement, uphold and regulate laws. all we have are a handful of local lawmen (at least the truly dedicated ones) outnumbered by the sheer number of bandits and outlaws. come to think of it, add a little more sand and metal, edsa would look like fury road.

theworldisanoyster
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Not really WWW. If it WAS WWW, I’d have bought a .38 by now with no license needed.

Mar
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WHAT THAT MAN DID WAS THE DRUG WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE THIEVES IN GOVERNMENT. ” SANA DUMAMI PA LAHI NYA!

mao tse tung chiang kai chek
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mao tse tung chiang kai chek

i concur. legal means to pin the powerful corrupt people in the government has proven ineffective. don’t you think the birth of a death squad to eliminate the thieves in government is long time coming? why don’t the CPP/NPA act toward this course of action?

Louise
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I get that the pedestrian was almost hit by that irresponsible driver. But is that reason enough to kill the driver?? He could’ve just shot the tires or something. But to kill? So sino makukulong ngayon? We all get hassled as both pedestrian and drivers ourselves by these public utility drivers, but guess what? We don’t take out guns and kill them (even if we want to) because that is just plain wrong.

James
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SUPER UNLIKE. Pag nasagasaan kana ng mga tarantadong drivers na yan, tignan ko lang kung masabi mo pa mga yan. I feel sorry sa bumaril, sana wag siya makulong.

Kathy
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I agree with you. You cannot just put justice in your own hands. Come on, i know we all get temperamental sometimes but having to kill someone is just wrong! Okay sure yes he almost got hit by the jeepney on a pedestrian line. “Almost”! He didn’t get hit. We don’t want to wish him to be hit but the main point is why would you and who gave you the right to kill someone? And why does this person have a gun? And why are the comments here so disgusting and inhumane. I just can’t believe it. Let the… Read more »
Nyaruko
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“Buhay ka pa naman di ba?”

Nicasio
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“He could’ve just shot the tires or something”; that would have been anger management and this grievous criminal offense would have been a lesser crime of discharging a weapon and endangering innocent persons. Think if there were children who saw this crime. Even traffic enforcers up to the supervisory level are threatened for issuing traffic violations to motorists. I spoke with one such person in his office when I went in to share some of my thoughts about traffic control. One of his fellow employees slashed his tires in the local government parking lot because he put out a memo… Read more »
marius
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Wait, what? Are we seriously suggesting murder is the only viable solution to the Filipino’s complete lack of personal discipline?

Filipinos shouldn’t be allowed to play with guns any more than they should be allowed to play with motor vehicles.

James
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NO. IRON HAND is the SOLUTION thru shear force of guns and arms. Tignan mo kung mapasunod mo mga pilipino pag wala kang baril.

Rosario
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Louise Thanks for this brilliant comment of yours! I can ‘t imagine the author of this article can post such a disgusting text. What world are we living in? seriously, Almost got hit and that’s enough to take his life away!!!!!!!!! Whao! ya all make me sick. imagine we all respond the way this sick drugged pedestrian just did, will you till stay in this country?????? Apology to a senseless murder on a victim that took time to acknowledge his mistake, remember one thing, the general public may be right on the prejudice of common jeepney drivers which is a… Read more »
James
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Sana masagasaan ka ng jeeps, tignan ko lang kung masabi mo pa mga yan. Bakaikaw pa manguna sa pag murder ng nakasagasa sayo. Madaling magsalita kasi hindi mo pa naranasan..

Man
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Tama depends kung which side ka pag ikaw ang driver sasabihin mo sobra naman. Pag ikaw ang biktima sasabihin mo kulang pa yan or bagay lang sayo. Pag ikaw ang masagasaan at na putol ang iyong paa or sa anak mo nangyari yun. Tsaka na tayo mag usap kung ano gagawin mo.Pero habang wala pang nangyayari Diyos nalang muna bahala sa driver.

nagtatanong_lang
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and who was it who said traffic in Manila is not fatal?

Dick S. O'Rosary
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Thumbs Up.

Don't punish me with brutality!
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Don't punish me with brutality!

Just plain insanity! It seems the natural regard for human life is lost!

Vincent
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“So did that jeepney driver deserve to die? Not according to the law. I’ll say that much and nothing more.” Also, not if we’re still calling ourselves Christians. Louise asked a good question: Why was he carrying a gun? And the next good question is, why was he not immediately arrested? I’d understand this if the crime happened at night but in broad daylight, wow! “Any sympathies for [the] jeepney driver…?” – Let me first read the findings of the final report/investigation. But of course, I would have been one of those who immediately called for medical help if I… Read more »
marius
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Well put, Vincent. This incident appears to me to be the intersection of two of the Philippines’ problems: the propensity of a certain sort of Pinoy to react with extreme violence to any slight upon his person, real or imagined; and the fact that the country has no functioning legal system. I am absolutely appalled that so many people here think that a summary execution is Justice; and not because of what the driver did, but because of what JEEPNEY DRIVERS IN GENERAL do. In other words, one man was shot because of general frustration at the group he is… Read more »
God
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Calling ourselves Christians? WTF? You as a country are far far far removed from Christianity. Filipinos are best described as Hyper Materialist, Anamists, entertained by Medieval Rituals.

ChinoF
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I’ll have sympathy, for the plain fact that asshole jeepney drivers are assholes because they don’t receive much education about the rules of the road, and are so hampered by the boundary system that they have to race like mad to get passengers. And simply…. why does the pedestrian have a gun? Could it actually be a revenge hit?

Not A Typical Filipino
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Not A Typical Filipino

When our laws and its enforcers are too inept and ineffective in protecting its citizens, they have no choice but to arm themselves for security and survival.

ChinoF
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But it will never justify using the arms like this.

ChinoF
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Make no mistake, the greater asshole is the one who killed.

Not A Typical Filipino
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Not A Typical Filipino

True. Killing, no matter what reason is used, is still killing.

Caloy
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AND THIS GUY STILL HAS THE NERVE TO SAY WHAT HE JUST SAID. A HEARTLESS, INSENSITIVE AND CALLOUS ASSHOLE INDEED! WHAT KIND OF SENSE DO YOU HAVE MR. CARLOS FERNANDEZ?

ChinoF
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Shilling again, I see.

Add
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Very clever article, benign0. It evokes mixed feelings. I symphatize with the pedestrian. He found himself in an unlucky situation. In a jungle such as Manila, one has to have a gun for self-defense. I also almost shot a bus driver with whom I had an altercation in the Greenhills area several years back. I was only lucky because I had a companion who tried hard to stop me. It was only after I calmed down, I realize I would have shot the poor driver just because of rage, not self-defense. After that, I no longer took my gun outside… Read more »
nagtatanong_lang
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hey Add, i used to have a concealed carry permit and for three years i had my baby eagle in a fanny bag every time i went out of the house..never had a chance to take it out of the bag during those 3 years… though i was tempted a few times and those times were always due to traffic incidents…they ask why would someone carry a gun?…because it is not safe out there in the streets of manila…cops are nowhere to be found if you need them..you got riding in tandems who kill with impunity…15 year olds who commit… Read more »
andrew
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our drivers both public and private including those who own a car are not well educated in traffic rules. you can just pay someone in LTO to get your license. it’s like paying the university to obtain your certificate without passing the test. solution: 1. enforcement of traffic rules/ordinances – just like in davao city they have cctvs all over the place (sh!t!). big brother is always watching potential traffic violators, smokers, jaywalkers, etc. 2. traffic rules and urban ordinances should be taught in schools, driving should be taught in schools (for students 18 years/above who owns a car) if… Read more »
Biffa Bacon
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Confucius say:
Man who walk around with big gun in pocket have small penis in pants….

Orlando Gomez
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It was probably a CCW sized handgun which is actually small. It was a probably a small sized penis BUT A BIG SET OF BALLS.

nagtatanong_lang
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@Biffa Bacon…easy for you to say..bet your house was never broken in to…never been a victim of dugo-dugo gang or your life threatened by a drug lord with ex-cops as bodyguards..or drive around always looking to make sure no riding in tandem was beside your car…however big your pecker is, i bet you’d wet your pants if you had gone through what i did..

Lola Basyang
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@Biffa Bacon – touché
@benign0 – aren’t you a bit worried how people can just shoot people just coz they got pissed off? What if someone who just read your article didn’t like what you had to say, looks for you, then shoots you? Then one of those who disagree with your opinion writes an article saying “It’s hard to feel sorry for the guy bec he’s a douche”? Siguro, magiging proud family mo sa’yo for dying bec of your moldy perspective.

Jawz
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I too, am frustrated with flaws, but how can anyone write on Get Real without getting real themselves? Seriously, deadly irrational reactions are not the answer. That’s a corrupt backwards mentality itself. It’s similar to a politician reading something slanderous, and hiring gunman to down the journalist.

Erek
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Your comparison is flawed. Let’s get real.

A. Jeepney driver with no regard for law and road courtesy attempts to kill a pedestrian with his jeepney, the pedestrian who by law had the right of way.

B. Politician reading slanderous writings from a journalist does not pose an immediate threat to his life. Hiring a gunman to take care of the journalist is just another way of breaking the law similar to what the jeepney driver was doing.

Good riddance, one less as*hole on the road.

Orlando Gomez
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Ito ang problema ng article na ito — there is the possibility that the jeepney driver shot dead was actually not the typical jeepney driver and might have probably saved Mr. Dirty Harry pedestrian’s life by skillfully maneuvering his malfunctioning jeepney which was poorly maintained by the operator. Of course, we will never know because shooting assholes first before asking questions is irreversible. I cannot feel sympathy because I do not know the details and the persons but I do have sympathy that the proper process was not followed to render a judgement.

Dick S. O'Rosary
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Why was his jeepney malfunctioning if ever? Would a public utility operator in a normal country put his vehicle on the road if he knew it was malfunctioning? Our Civil Code imposes upon public utility operators the duty of EXTRAORDINARY DILIGENCE in the vigilance over the goods and for the safety of the passengers transported by them. The law goes so far that if a passenger gets hurt or dies while being transported, the operator, is PRESUMED TO BE AT FAULT. Because of this, a public utility operator with a malfunctioning vehicle has no business on the road. SURVEY: Do… Read more »
CCC
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Nasa tamang tawiran ba tumatawid ung pedestrian? Marami kasing anggulo n kailangan pag-aralan bago natin malaman kung sino may kasalanan. May sasakyan kami at nasasaksihan ko minsan ang kawalang disiplina din ng mga tumatawid, minsan bigla n lng susulpot sa d naman tamang tawiran, may mga batang biglang manggugulat sa kalsada na tatawid at sisigaw pa sa driver, parang hindi tatablan ng sakit at hindi mababali ang buto pag nasagasaan. At commuter din naman ako na madalas mabwisit sa jeepney driver dahil sa kabastusan nila at kaskasero sa daan. Pero hindi lahat ay ganun. Wala tayong simpatya sa driver kasi… Read more »
Alex
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But,none of us commenting or just reading here, really knew what went on. Maybe the pedestrian was just almost hit, but what happened after that? What was the next scenario that triggered the incident? Baka naman kasi yung driver na muntik ng makabangga eh siya pa angmeh gana magalit. Andami na kayang mga pedestrian na tumatawid na nga sa pedestrian lane eh sinasagasaan pa rin. We don’t just stop at the idea na, “muntik lang mabangga” to coax sympathy for the dead jeepney driver. Mag-isip nnga kayo, wag yung basta-bastang kakampi sa “underdog” at ng matuto tayong lahat. I understand… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
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The pedestrian was described as : “The shooter, described by witnesses as a bald man in his 50s, 5’7” in height and of heavy build, fled after the incident. Clad in a yellow shirt, he walked with a limp, they added.”

Hmmm, sounds like the our Chief Executive.

Alex
Guest

Just toggle between Death Penalty and Reclusion Perpetua for anyone who commits crime in order to get a more disciplined society.

gafused
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“The shooter, described by witnesses as a bald man in his 50s, 5’7” in height and of heavy build, fled after the incident. Clad in a yellow shirt, he walked with a limp, they added.”

Clad in a yellow shirt. Does that remind anyone of something?

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