Alabang Bulletin got wind of a scary and disturbing story (well, it depends on how you view this really) that happened to one of our readers during the weekend inside BF Homes Paranaque (Las Pinas part).
Here is his email in full:
My fiance and I were going to a friend’s house in BF Paranaque last Friday night (around 9 p.m.) but we decided to wait for our other friends (who were also on their way already from Las Pinas) so we could go together and parked in front of a house (or a Christian worship venue) along Tropical Ave./Elizalde Ave. (in front of Montessori School).
We were there for about three to five minutes when a Las Pinas police SUV pulled up on our side. A policeman went down and with flashlights blazing ordered me to put my window down.
Without even telling me what we were doing wrong, he asked for my ID.
I obediently gave him my driver’s license and asked him what we did wrong.
“Bawal kasi pumarada dyan eh,” he said.
Now, that elicited confused looks between me and my fiance as there were no “No Parking” signs there and we were parked in a well-lighted area (I made sure of this so that we wouldn’t be in danger of getting robbed or carnapped. Didn’t know the police would be the one causing harm).
He then went back to the mobile patrol car and talked to the driver.
The driver then got down from the car and went to my side. He immediately waved his flashlight around the car and landed on the area of my private part (pardon me for saying this).
That’s when my fiance and I knew what this was all about.
They were suspecting that we were doing something nasty.
The police officer then asked for my fiance’s ID which she voluntarily gave.
He took a look at both our ID’s and told us, “Bawal po kasi pumarada dito eh.”
We argued that there was no sign saying so and that if we could just get our ID’s back.
I also assured the police officer that we weren’t doing anything and told him our story that we were just waiting for some friends.
“Kailangan po kayong ticket-an,” he then said.
This is the time we protested and continued explaining our side that we didn’t know that we couldn’t park there because there were no signs saying so.
Maybe he felt that we were good people and not hooligans who would make out or do other stuff anywhere and that they did not have any cases against us (I mean, ticket for what?!) so he gave us back our licenses and told us not to do that again.
Even though we were just warned, we felt harassed.
Okay, maybe a parked car is suspicious but we were under a lamp post. Who would do something suspicious under a lamp post?!
Were they “kotong” cops and were looking for an easy payday from us?
We don’t know. We just felt harassed.
We even reported this to LP PNP Chief Col. Romulo Sapitula via the mobile number they keep posting around but we did not get a reply.
We just wanted to know if there is an ongoing campaign for this.
So for everyone who regularly goes to BF Paranaque, maybe you should think twice in parking just anywhere (I don’t know where you should park when you’re just waiting for someone or when you’re even just texting or making a call).
AND don’t allow them to bully you into giving you a ticket or worse, giving them money as bribe.
Just be careful.
There, he said it all. It’s better to be careful than sorry. Perhaps they’re lucky that policemen were the ones who approached them and not other criminal elements.
At any rate, let us all be careful when driving (and when parking).