Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. mauls golfers while father/Cabinet secretary just looks on

Nasser Pangandaman Sr. and Nasser Pangandaman Jr. must apologize to the persons they and their minions beat up last Dec. 26 at a golf course in Antipolo City.

The elder Pangandaman is an alter-ego of President Arroyo as the secretary of agrarian reform, while his son and namesake is mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur. Common decency demands that they respect others. Laws meanwhile demand that, as public officials, they should not use their position and personnel to exploit, harass and oppress the people they are sworn to serve.

Here’s a picture of Secretary Pangandaman, courtesy of USM:

The ethical way out of this predicament for the elder Pangandaman is for him to resign. He is a disgrace to the entire government. No wonder farmers are so angry at his department: He not only does not care about genuine land reform; he also does not care for other people, period. He could’ve shown and taught his son a good example by stopping the beating on the golf course — but he just watched as his son and their cabal mauled the hapless father and son who only wanted to follow the rules.

If he does not resign, well, it is up to President Arroyo what to do with Pangandaman. She chose him to be her alter-ego as DAR secretary and she could get rid of him. If she let’s him stay in office, what kind of signal does this new incident tell about the company the President keeps? She’s friends with fraudsters (Garci) and killers (Palparan) — she will also be known as a protector of thugs who go by the name of Pangandaman.

I can already smell some reactions that we’re just getting too emotional about the incident. But I don’t care. The opposite is to just lie down and let ourselves be beaten black and blue by irresponsible leaders, those whose oaths of office state that they swear to serve us.

What to do with the younger Pangandaman? I don’t know. For starters, let his father resign or be fired — I’m sure that will put some fear in his heart and will cut his ego down to some manageable size. For now, I am happy that he’s now being tagged all over the blogosphere as someone who’s so brave in beating other people just because he’s a town mayor and the son of a President’s alter-ego at the same time.

I hope Mr. Delfin Dela Paz and Bino would fully recover soon, and that they sue the Pangandamans. To the Dela Paz family, let’s say: we are behind you, 100 percent.


  1. Jonathan Castaneda

    After the Dela Pazes had aired out in news blitzkrieg their side of the story, the Pangandamans have come out with a knee-jerk rejoinder on the issue — claiming it was the senior Dela Paz or the daughter who started the melee by hitting one of the Pangandamans with a golf umbrella… Anyone with a common sense wouldn’t dare do such provocation against a person, much less a group of male (factors), surrounded by an omnipresent, intimidating cordon of pea-sized-brain and fully-armed bodyguards — whose purpose is to rabidly, blindly serve their handlers who feed them, and to do so regardless of consequences and at all costs since they anyway shall be covered with the extended mantle of impunity. That’s how it operates here in this Banana Republic. The people involved in the fracas are neither idiots nor weaklings, regardless of how they overnight image themselves as the victims. Stop playing possum, all of you – media practitioners and bloggers included. They are no strangers to pelf, power and influence either not to immediately distinguish their own kind. The filthy rich jealously, immediately dislike in their conceited viewpoint of exclusive, monopolized self-importance their own kind. Self-love breeds contempt against all others. I also have second thoughts entertaining the side-track comments of the Pangandamans that the Dela Pazes “acted as though they owned the territory (Valley Golf).” The bone of contention was but a “few minutes of ownership” of “privilege playing rights” of Hole Number Three at the time of the dispute — where the Dela Pazes contend that it was theirs in physical possession of at the time; while the Pangandamans insisted it was theirs in the first place as they were merely lagging behind a group that was already playing holes far in advance. Both parties argued for preference and priority — with or without advertence to Golf Manual 101. That was the deal breaker that broke the spirit of the Holidays. “Love of self, amor propio, ako muna bago kayo.” Can’t and don’t blame anyone — people who do so get crucified for doing right. Flashbacks of the Rolito Go parking slot shooting and that of the similar Loyola Cemetery parking fight episode. What I am certain of is that somebody burst a short fuse, and one act of intemperance and inconsideration paved the way for more violence and arrogance. The circus is now in town. The parties involved were supposed to play the gentleman’s game of golf — but, like overgrown brats as they all are really, did some other silly, childish thing that has found them now in the limelight of exchanging brickbats in full view of the nation. Regardless against the backdrop of what is supposed to be the Happy Holidays. I leave you to elevate your love of self in full view of the amused public. We can use some pointers for life. Be that as it may, lessons shall be learned the hard and painful way for all parties concerned. Good luck on this episode where only the devil gets to win! – JVC

  2. Michael David

    Pangandaman is an embarrassment not only to the DAR (Gloria, too, I should say, but she loves surrounding herself with shameful characters – DOJ as the perfect example, hello!), but to the Muslim community. He is proof to everything bad people see among Filipino Muslims, e.g. abuse of power, nepotism, pea-sized brained people whose claim to wealth and fame is through connections, et cetera. He shouldn’t EVER be associated with Mindanao! Or the Muslim community. Shame! Shame!

  3. Menard

    Tonyo, I heard from the inquirer report that the DAR chief already apologized (but no resignations yet 🙂 ) and their camp offered and alternative story. I’ve posted some stuffs in my blog and linked your recommended course of action.

  4. hooverman

    Squatter politicians acting like animals..haha….maybe the president should be a bit smarter in choosing her cabinet members….its a serious job and great responsibility.

  5. chrisv

    THis is a classic example of how our government officials have evolved, they have become ape-like idiots who are getting rich and getting dumb and stupid…motherf*ckers cant even focus on the current economic and political situation of the country, and much more to the crisis our poor farmers are facing right now…why cant anyone just burn these piece of dumb-asses’ crap ??people of the philippines have to wake up, or else all filipinos will evolve into zombies!

  6. Hans Reyes Jr.

    The Pangandamans just became golf fanatics after Nasser Pangandaman Sr. became Agrarian Reform Secretary.

    Is DAR and Golf Courses related to one another ? Absolutely Yes, GOLF COURSES needs the approval of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary whenever they apply for Land Conversion from Agricultural use to Commercial or Mixed Use. A golf course needs to be converted from agricultural to commercial or mixed use, or else they will violate the Agrarian Reform Law.

    Only DAR Secretary approves Land Conversion and my source from DAR grapevine, conversion application at DAR is truly bloody.

    Bloody in what sense? these DAR officials demand bribe of ?$? per square meter before a conversion application is approved or they demand exclusive shares and club memebership rights from these golf courses.

    Just an example, if one is applying for Land Conversion of a 50-hectare land Golf Course, then an applicant will probably shell out around Php 1,000,000 million pesos, a bribe money @ 2 pesos per square meter, this is the lowest and could go higher as mush as 5 pesos per square meter.

    What a lucrative business of DAR executives, and their bag man, their own Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers (PARO) in the City and Priovincial levels.

    No doubt that DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman is frequenting Exclusive Golf Courses.

    I am not saying that he is corrupt and demanding bribe from Golf Course Companies seeking Land Conversions. He may have been a Golf fanatic upon stepping at the doors of DAR, and most likely have purchased Club Membership at a generous price from generous Land Conversion Applicants.

    Golf is a game of the rich and famous, no doubt for Dela Paz family as they have known business (fishpond) to support their golfing hobbies.

    What about the Pangandamans ? unless they prove to the Filipino people that they have legitimate businesses, then I would believe that they have the right to play Golf.

    Ombudsman Mereditas Gutierez, please take a look at the Statement of Assests, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of Nasser Sr. and Jr., they should prove that their means of livelihood could support their golfing hobby.

    I could not imagine a high ranking government official involved in a Brawling Incident and the fight is 6 (Pangandamans) versus 2 (Dela Paz), what a shame… this a government ruled by men and not by Law ?

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