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    Posted April 7, 2014 by
    Sherbien
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    Mt. Sicapoo, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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    Conquering

     

    I spent two weeks in detention jail...


    All my fault...


    Because of an ambition that turned into a nightmare...


    As filmmaker and working on media, I want something new on my career, I want to make headlines by undercovering a modus operandi of the cops in Pasay City.- The modus is that this police are pretending to be a member of a gay and bi-sexual dating site named PlanetRomeo, their username is "partee_goer," a Filipino-Australian, who has one more month to stay in the country and he like to spent the rest of his stay by parteeing .


    Partee_goer will entice you for a partee and play (pnp) in his hotel room in Pasay City and will ask you if you can bring drugs on your meet up (shabu, ecstasy or any prohibited drugs.) Once you agree for the meet up, he will ask you to bring the drugs and you will meet him somewhere in Pasay. When you’re at the meeting place, partee_goer is not there but at least five Intel cops of Pasay City will adbuct you, terror you inside the vehicle and will ask you to give them freaking amount of money to release you.


    It was two days before my father died because of diabetes complication when I decided to cover this story. I was devastated by my father’s death and I want a diversion, so I decided to do this story. I set an appointment with that guy, I travel almost one hour bringing with me insulin syringe and stirile water as props but I didn’t bring any drugs. My thinking - if they can’t get any drugs from me they will release me….


    I was wrong…


    First, the guy told me to meet him at the lobby of Atrium Hotel, then changed his mind to Goldilocks restaurant then when I’m inside that restaurant, he told me to go out again and meet him in front of Jollibee in Gil Puyat Street.


    My heart was pumping, my face is totally devastated… I plan to abort my ambition but, a police in green shirt approached me quickly, then grabbed my Xperia Z and then he was followed by another police… They carry me like an animal inside their blue car which is in front of Jolibee.


    Inside the van, they confiscated my things and illegally search it but they found no illegal substance… They try to interogate me and I manage to play with their interogation not until one of the police had slapped my face with my Galaxy Tablet… My tablet’s touch screen glass was wrecked…


    We went to their headquarters in Pasay City and I was handcuff like an animal for more than three long hours inside their office… They commanded me not to text or call anyone, but I was able sneak and lucky to sms my friends Vince (who is in Batangas) and Andrew. After an hour, Andrew came and he called our mountaineer friends and ask them for help - if they know some police in Camp Crame.


    Those times are gruelling but I was lucky to have my friend who are there for me not until, I heard a voice saying “nabastos kami, tuluyan ninyo na siya…”


    Those words started my nightmare. They started making an affidavit stating that I was urinating publicly at Gil Puyat Street that’s why they arrested me and they found out that I carry a 500 pesos worth of shabu. They planted a 500 peso shabu and put me into jail…


    I was detained and while inside the detention cell, I learned that another two guys were set-up by these cops….


    Two weeks in jail is hell, all my fault - because of an ambition… I should let these vultures do their illegal operations and I stayed safe…


    But things happened because we wanted and we must find reasons from there.


    Inside thedetention jail, I was reunited with my brothers, I met again my classmates in elementary and highschool after 15 years and one of them offered me a free counsel while facing the case the crooks had against me….


    My friends and producer from Singapore had shared for my bail…


    The most important thing is that, I was able to save my life from a life threatening disease…


    After weeks of being released, I climb mountains again, to release my anger… to find the meaning of my life… to look at the brighter side… to conquer the darkness of my thoughts…


    I’m facing criminal case…

     

    The crooks had deleted all the contacts, text message and photos of my Xperia Z and they haven't returned my broken Galaxy tablet...


    My arresting officers had allegedly relieved from duty…


    But I want to live a meaningful stay while my medication can still stretch my existence…

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