In Manila, there are many unspoken laws of the road; one such example here tends to be that the bigger your car is, the more the driver assumes they have the right of way. Another unspoken rule is that just because your car has red and blue blinker lights, that you have the right of way. Moreover, it seems that those who have guns always think they have the right of way. Now what if you have all of those three things going for you…. does that mean you definitely have the right of way? I’d like to think NO.
One thing many motorists in Manila surely encounter is the big armored vehicles who think they own the road. They stop anywhere and anytime, seemingly having their own rules and laws. I do understand that they are working and have a high amount of money with them that may need special care, but this should not give them the authority to threaten others or brandish their guns at other motorists.
Here’s a story posted online by a local radio DJ about a recent run-in with some seemingly arrogant guards.
TODAY A SECURITY TEAM THREATENED TO BEAT ME UP AND THREATENED ME WITH A GUN.
I am sick and tired of enforcers or security guards who think they have the right to threaten the public.
The man covering his face explicitly threatened to beat me up and the guy to the right pulled out his gun and threatened me with it when I started taking photos of them.
I was driving behind them along dela rosa st. In Makati when they were blocking the left turn to c. Palanca. No hazard signal. No left turn. Nothing. Just blocking the way. When I and the car behind me honked at them, they purposefully continued to block our way. When they decided to move, they were swerving violently ahead of me as if to hit me if i were to overtake them. They finally got themselves stuck in makati traffic and i took the opportunity to take their pictures.
After threatening me, a colleague of their even urged them on saying that i was only taking pictures anyways. They wouldnt get into trouble bec i was only taking pictures.
HOW DARE YOU. HOW DARE YOU. HOW DARE YOU. DISGUSTING. FIRST OF ALL, YOU WERE IN THE WRONG AND THEN THREATEN TO BEAT ME UP AND THREATEN ME WITH YOUR GUN. IM SHAKING RIGHT NOW AND I WANT TO REPORT THIS. HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS. THESE JERKS.
The radio DJ also shares that the guards started to scream profanities at her: “Putang ina, gusto mong kunin ko yan (referring to my phone)! KUKUNIN KO YAN!”
What are your thoughts on this?