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Opinion

Youth and drugs

SENTINEL - Ramon T. Tulfo - The Philippine Star

Presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos II has tested negative for drug use.

Bongbong or BBM, who’s been leading in surveys for “presidentiables,” had himself tested after President Duterte dropped hints that he was using cocaine.

Although the President didn’t identify BBM directly, it was clear he was referring to Bongbong: “Prominent father, a member of a well-known and rich clan known for its patriarch.”

Cocaine is an illegal substance which, when snorted, extremely enlivens the user.

If BBM were using cocaine at this time, then his drug test would have turned positive.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said they didn’t have any reports that the late dictator’s namesake was using cocaine.

If at all, BBM could have tried or used cocaine when he was young. But what the heck, young people tend to try anything exciting!

Then US presidential candidate George W. Bush, in effect, admitted to using an illegal substance when he said that he had been “drug-free for 25 years.”

Another presidential candidate, Bill Clinton admitted to “experimenting with marijuana” when he was in college.

Barack Obama, the 44th president of the US, admitted to taking marijuana and cocaine in his youth. In fact, he thanked his drug dealer in his high school yearbook.

American voters didn’t condemn candidates Bush, Clinton and Obama who won over their rivals in separate presidential derbies.

The normally unforgiving US voters understand the recklessness and misadventures of youth.

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I wonder why these police officers – Lt. Renato Florentino of the Quezon City Police District and Maj. Emil Garcia of the Eastern Police District – have not been dismissed from the service for their abusive behavior.

Is it because of the faulty system of dealing with abusive members of the Philippine National Police, or do these officers have protectors?

I featured Florentino in a column in another paper when some female detainees complained he sexually harassed them.

Florentino was head of the QCPD’s warrant section, which has separate jails for men and women detainees who have yet to post bail.

According to some detainees I interviewed for Isumbong mo kay Tulfo program, Florentino would call to his office pretty detainees and talk to them about sex, complete with lurid details.

One of the detainees, a member of a very conservative religious sect to which Florentino also belongs, was so shocked after coming from the police lieutenant’s office that she was crying uncontrollably.

My sources in the QCPD said that a panel of interrogators led by a female major recommended Florentino’s dismissal from the service.

“He had no business calling detainees to his office for whatever reason,” the major, who has since been promoted to lieutenant colonel, told this columnist.

Major Garcia, on the other hand, was charged with mauling a 65-year-old woman.

The grandmother, Corazon Bernal, had complained about the noise the police officer and the woman he was cohabiting with, who happens to be a minor, was creating.

The noise – probably moans or other sexual racket – must have been so loud because it reached Bernal’s apartment unit. Bernal lived on the third floor while Garcia occupied a unit on the first floor of the same condominium building.

Irked that the grandmother complained, Garcia arrested her.

While inside the police car on the way to the station, Garcia struck the elderly woman in the face with his elbow.

At the station, Garcia tried to book Bernal for child abuse for allegedly shouting invectives at a minor who was his girlfriend!

Cops at the station, seeing Bernal’s condition, instead filed charges of physical injuries against the police officer.

Garcia was detained for five days until he posted bail.

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Speaking of sexual harassment, I’m reminded of a Coast Guard commandant, who has since retired, who sexually harassed women who came to his office to do business.

Since these women represented suppliers of materials for the Coast Guard, all of them were good-looking.

But there was one drop-dead gorgeous representative who came to his office whose charm the commandant probably found irresistible.

The Coast Guard chief was so enamored of the very pretty woman, he locked the door to his office, unzipped his fly and then pulled out his sex organ.

The woman, who was shocked, tried to get out of the office. It became a twisted catch-me-if-you-can game between her and the Coast Guard chief.

As the commandant was chasing the shocked girl around the room, he was playing with himself.

Here’s a hint on the identity of the commandant: He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) that teaches future military officers to become gentlemen. There were no female cadets in his time.

Another hint: He has indigenous blood in his veins. The first two letters of his name is the present tense for “went.”

How did I learn about the commandant’s deviant behavior? The woman complained to Isumbong mo kay Tulfo, which helped her file an administrative case against the Coast Guard chief.

Unfortunately, the administrative case against the commandant was swept under the rug. He was made to retire.

And the girl? She lost interest in pursuing the administrative case.

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Joke! Joke! Joke!

A mother and her five-year-old daughter were walking in the park when the girl saw two dogs copulating.

“Mom, what are those dogs doing?” asked the girl.

The woman tried to dismiss the question of the inquisitive child saying, “Oh nevermind them, they’re just quarreling.”

A hobo, who was sitting on a bench, overheard the conversation and started to laugh.

The mother turned to the homeless man. “You’re a good for nothing s*&^%$#,” she said.

The hobo answered, “Why, do you want to quarrel with me?”

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