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Distasteful experience with ‘police chief’

12:04 AM June 18, 2016

ON A recent vacation in the Philippines—my first ever in this country, I must add—my girlfriend and I stayed a few nights at her sister’s house in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, where we visited her many relations in the area.

But I had a rather distasteful experience. A group of men had been drinking for several hours when for no good reason known to me, I was confronted by one of them. He claimed to be a chief of police. (This was confirmed later by several witnesses.) He kept reminding me of his standing in the community, even giving me his name.

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After several more drinks, he confronted me again while brandishing his firearm in front of several witnesses, and in a very threatening manner he asked if I would like to be shot or barbecued for three hours. I was aghast at this, and he kept reiterating and telling me of his standing in the community.

I have always been a law-abiding citizen and I am now in my 60s. I feel I should share this experience through the Inquirer lest other tourists go through similar abuse.

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The man also sounded very racist; he said he would like to shoot Americans and Chinese. If a chief of police (assuming he really is one) has this mindset, God help us all.

—PETER W., Box No. 813AP, Torremolinos, Malaga, España 2962001

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