A Story on Probation in the Philippines: Part 2
But as the saying goes, “There’s a limit to everything.” One day, Peter came into the ancestral home, obviously high on drugs, and dragged his mother shouting obscenities as if bereft of recognition of anyone in his sight. Peter was forcing his mother to give him money, and when the old woman was unable to give him any, Peter grabbed her hair and was about to kick her as she fell on the floor. At this moment, Ramon could no longer continue to close his eyes and tolerate Peter’s demonic presence. Ramon had to rescue his sister from evil, regardless of what would happen to him. An old, fragile man of 70 versus a 35-year old well- built, drug addict in combat seemed senseless! Ramon was not young anymore, too old to fight with his hands, and he was facing someone with no sense of physical hurt because of drugs. But he knew he had to do something to save his sister from physical harm. He grabbed himself a narrow piece of wood 2 feett long and shouted at Peter to stop what he was doing to his mother or else … The drug addict grinned and laughed out loud then cursed at his uncle. Before Ramon could even swing his wood, Peter hit Ramon’s face with his clenched fist that bled Ramon’s right eyebrow. The old man grimaced in pain and tried to hit back with his wood, but Peter was quick as he managed to wrestle with Ramon and pinned the old man down to the floor. Peter tried to strangle his uncle while his knees were on Ramon’s stomach, and as he did so, Ramon thought he was dying. Peter’s mother had to save his brother so she used the wood to hit Peter’s head repeatedly, freeing Ramon and enabling the old man to crawl out of the room while Peter was struggling to keep his balance.
Ramon and his sister ran to a neighbor’s house for safety and called the police. When the policemen arrived, Peter was holding two kitchen knives and shouting in front of the family’s ancestral home, “Ramon, get out, I’ll kill you!”
Peter was jailed the second time. Unfortunately, there were no charges filed against him. Ramon and his sister thought the police will handle the situation for them. They learned later that Peter’s case was tagged as another “drug-related” case, with Peter as a simple “user” and therefore, victim of circumstances brought by drugs in his system.
Next issue: Peter’s release and thereafter.