TIMESMAN| The Alejandre experience

SECOND district councilor Al Ryan Alejandre might have not recovered yet from his bad experience over the weekend inside a mall when an American national suspected him to be a bad guy. Ang guapo ni Al napagkamalan pang magnananakaw!

According to the Sta. Ana police blotter, Alejandre was browsing his Facebook  account while waiting for his turn at the counter of the department store of SM Lanang Premier when the foreigner suddenly made a ruckus and accused the city official of taking photos of his credit card.

The foreigner, a certain Gary Joseph Maraviglia, 62, suspected that Alejandre was using his credit card details for illegal activities.

Alejandre said he was cursed, shoved, and even threatened to a fist fight by  Maraviglia in front of other shoppers.

The 62-year-old American is lucky that Alejandre didn’t accept the challenge. With Alejandre’s physical attribute and years younger than the foreigner, he can easily down him with a lucky punch! O baka naman mukhang wrestler ang kano at medyo kalma lang si konsehal.

No kidding, being chairman of the city council committee on tourism and beautification, which deals all the time with tourists visiting the city, this might be the reason why the councilor ignored the challenge. Make love not war might still lingered in Alejandre’s mind then.

Now the American finally confirmed to himself that it is really more fun in the Philippines. Hehe.!

Alejandre said he will not file case against the American, but the latter is not off the hook yet as the police are turning him over to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after the authorities found that there could be illegal issues with the foreigner’s stay in the country.

This time, the American may already know that our police are not sleeping on their job and I believe that to make even with his arrogant attitude towards the people, particularly to a public official, hahanapan pa rin siya ng butas. And by now he might be asking himself why he gets into this kind of trouble when his only intention is to see this beautiful country. Abusado ka kasi, eh!

In my opinion, there is also  a moral lesson to learn from Alejandre’s experience that the authorities should also look into.

Maybe we can now discipline ourselves not to keep using the cellphone while in public, especially in front of a cashier when somebody ahead of you is paying using credit card. Talagang masama ang magiging tingin nito sa iyo kahit wala kang masamang intensiyon.

And to those tickling with their cellphones while crossing a busy street, please naman, hindi ba kayo natatakot mamatay kapag nasagasaan? Mandadamay pa kayo ng ibang tao.


Sen. Riza Hontiveros reacted to a hospitals’ move to question the legality of the recently signed strengthened anti-deposit law to benefit patients, especially the poor ones, who will be asked for a deposit before they will be admitted to the hospital.

“Why do they question the law before the Supreme Court if they follow the law?” Hontiveros asked.

This is also the same question I would like to ask. Kung wala silang sala, bakit sila nagrereklamo?


Fernando Artiz, 40, with no permanent address in the city, and alleged driver of top Kumander Bobby of Front Committee 54 of the New People’s Army, was arrested after a gun was found in his possession at a Task Force Davao checkpoint in Barangay Lacson in Calinan district last Saturday.

According to Davao City Police Office director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, his real target in the checkpoint was the NPA commander but his men got only the driver.

Hopefully next time, the police will catch the big one. Baka maisip ng mga tao na hanggang alalay lang ang kaya ninyo!


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