My name is Bob Martin. I have lived on the island of Mindanao for 10 years. I suppose I have been banished.
No, I’m not really banished, but it seems that some people would think that banishment would be the only reason to live in Mindanao. This morning, as I checked my e-mail, I had a “Google News Alert.” If you don’t know what that is, it is a service that Google provides. In this instance, I signed up with Google that anytime there is a news article with the word “Mindanao” in the article, they send me an e-mail with a link to the article. So, in this morning’s Google News Alert, the alerted me to an article at the Manila Bulletin.
In the article this morning, the title was “Cops warned: Tamper with GPS on patrol cars, go to Mindanao.” The article went on to say that the National Capital Region Police Office has installed GPS units in the Police cars in the Metro Manila area. With these GPS units, they can monitor the movements of the Police cars, and keep track of where the officers are going. Some policemen do not like this, they would prefer that nobody really knew where they were spending their time.
Because many officers did not like the fact that these GPS units could track their daily movements, apparently, some of them have considered tampering with the GPS units so that they did not function, or somehow did not accurately report the whereabouts of the unit.
Here is an excerpt from the article in the Manila Bulletin:
Speaking before members of the Eastern Police District (EPD) during the turn-over of leadership of the command on Friday, Police Director General Roberto Rosales, NCRPO chief, appealed to members of the police force to protect the gadget from any damage for it to have a long life.
Rosales went on to say:
The police official said during his stint as chief of the Manila Police District (MPD) two years ago, he sent one of his subordinates to Mindanao after he was guilty of destroying the GPS of one of their mobile cars.
So, tampering with the GPS, or causing other damage to the Police car is punished by banishing the police officer to Mindanao? Ha ha. That is crazy.
Sometimes it amazes me how stupid people are when it comes knowing about Mindanao. In truth, Mindanao is a beautiful place. The vast majority of Mindanao is peaceful and quiet. Yes, there are places that are violent too, but those are only small places that are isolated, and not the main parts of the island. But, Directory General Rosales threatens his officers with being sent to Mindanao if they tamper with their cars or GPS units in the cars. That’s just crazy, and frankly, it is insulting to Mindanao and to Mindanaoans.
Anyway, enough said on this… it just struck me when I read the article that Rosales is very insulting to Mindanaoans.