UP Alumnus on “5-minute girl”: 'The problem is not just the driver, but also the police' - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, August 16, 2018



UP Alumnus on “5-minute girl”: 'The problem is not just the driver, but also the police'



University of the Philippines Diliman alumnus Raffy Gutierrez took a different perspective as he commented on the incident of a woman arguing and insulting MMDA officers as she was asked to move her illegally parked car.
Raffy Gutierrez and 5 minute girl / Photo from Facebook and Google

Gutierrez, instead of insulting the woman, as did most netizens, decided to talk about the reason perhaps why the woman reacted the way that she did. According to him, what the woman did “shows a very deep pathological problem ingrained in the Filipino mindset”.

He said that the woman reacted the way that she did because she, just like most Filipinos, do not have respect for uniformed officers, or enforcers of the law. This is because of years of experience being robbed in broad daylight by policemen themselves. The culture of policemen asking for handouts in order for people to get away with not following the law is something that has existed in the Philippines for years.
5 minute girl and husband / Photo from Google

"We Filipinos, generally speaking, do not have any respect for people in uniform. Why is that, you may ask? Because the truth is that many law enforcers have been known to be corrupt since time immemorial," he said.

Gutierrez says this is the reason why most people have no respect for policemen. He adds that if that same woman was caught in the country like the United States of America for example, then most probably she would not have insulted or disrespected them.

However, the same respect cannot be given to Filipino law enforcers because of the bad reputation they have in the county.

Ending his post, Gutierrez calls on the policemen to start fixing their ways and fixing their image in order to regain the respect of the Filipino people.

Read his full post here:

"What happened in this video -- the lady driver disrespecting the MMDA people -- shows a very deep pathological problem ingrained in the Filipino mindset. We Filipinos, generally speaking, do not have any respect for people in uniform. Why is that, you may ask? Because the truth is that many law enforcers have been known to be corrupt since time immemorial.

Our law enforcement agencies have not been able to reclaim the respect that the pubic should show them. For the longest time diba, may kakahiyang saying sa ating mga Pinoy, that if a crime happens to you, the last people you want to call are the police kasi alam nating mangongotong lang yan or just makes things worse as a whole.
5 minute girl / Photo from Google

I am not siding with the disrespectful woman driver. No, not at all. But hurling insults and cursing is not going to make any long term impact. If we are to be brutally honest, would this lady driver have done the same thing kung nasa America siya, let's say, and she was apprehended by a US Highway Trooper? It would be a very different story. She would proceed exactly as the US Traffic Enforcer would tell her.

So bakit dito sa sariling bayan niya hindi niya magawa ang tama? Kasi walang respeto sa mga taong in Uniform. Dahil nakikita lang ng karamihan na ang habol ng mga enforcers ay pagkakitaaan ang mga taong bayan. Dito klaro pag sa sinag ng araw na mali si Ate pero pinaninindigan niya ang kanyang kamalian. Ganyan kababa ang tingin niya sa mga traffic enforcers natin.

So anong kailangan gawin? And this is something we need to consider the bigger picture. The police and other law enforcement agencies need to rebuild their image. But this has to be from top down and down up. Sasabihin ng mga low ranking police: Papaano kaming di mangongotong eh yung General naming numero uno magnanakaw?

Matuto tayong tumingin sa ugat ng problema at hindi yung naririnig lang natin.

That's the only way we can move forward together as a nation, and as a people."


Source: Raffy Gutierrez | Facebook