SEVEN RIFLE GRENADES in an abandoned sack were seized by SWAT Team in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
If all ignited, the explosives could have blown up the nearby Laoa Bridge into pieces. Worse if motorists happen to be passing by in case of a blast.
Gorier if street boys gathering junks found them. Most likely, they would tinker for curiosity.
Thank God, the flashlight-like rifle grenades didn’t go into the street kids’ hand.
Speaking of explosives, ten suspected local makers of homemade bombs for illegal fishing were nabbed in a surprise police operation in the seaside village of La Paz in Laoag City.
Some people are truly incorrigible. They knew that their nefarious activity is unlawful, yet they still do it. When will they learn to reform themselves to be law-abiding citizens? When the hawk color turns from black to white?
If the marine kingdom could only speak like a human, probably it would be pleading now for mercy to stop abusive fishing activities such as indiscriminate use of explosives, obnoxious chemicals, and other destructive means.
THE TULFOS’ DAD. The controversial famous Tulfo brothers of the national media are now in hot water after broadcaster Erwin Tulfo lambasted DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retired Army general.
Did you know that the Tulfo brothers: Ramon, Raffy, Ben, and Erwin have Ilocano blood running in their veins?
The Wikipedia says the Tulfo bros’ father, the late Colonel Ramon S. Tulfo Sr. of the Philippine Constabulary was a native of Ilocos Norte and their mother, Caridad Teshiba, a plain housewife, was a Japanese-Filipina of Davao Oriental.
Occasionally, Raffy Tulfo was heard to mention in his TV5 program that their patriarch was an Ilocano.
The Tulfo bros probably inherited their father’s Ilocano-type brave behavior. As a military officer, it’s perceived that their dad was trained as a combatant soldier, who in his lifetime, had dropped the word Fear in his vocabulary.
No doubt, the Tulfo bros became fearless and hard-hitting broadcasters and columnists. As a result, they earned equal enemies and friends. The number of their foes and pals keeps increasing, so to speak.
The courageous trait of the Ilocanos proved true in the heroic exploits of revolutionary leaders during the Spanish colonial era like Diego Silang and wife Gabriela Silang of Ilocos Sur, brothers General Antonio Luna and great painter Juan Luna of Badoc, Ilocos Norte; and renegade priest Bishop Gregorio Aglipay and General Artemio Ricarte of Batac, Ilocos Norte, among others.
Independent observers asked: Did the Tulfo bros go wayward and abusive in their job under the guise of press freedom?
Their dad left a legacy of dashing courage running in their veins. Surely, they are proud of it.
Be that as it may, here’s a simple tip to fellow members of the Fourth Estate: Never cross beyond the fine line of propriety and prudence in the practice of the journalistic profession. #