A Friend Victimized by the Highway Patrol Group
As I was settled on my sofa reading the Philippine Star’s editorial over a cup of coffee this morning, I was shocked to read about my friend Francis Abraham in Cito Beltran’s April 11, 2011 CTALK column entitled “A prior victim writes about HPG”.
Francis, a professional advertising photographer, has been a friend for the past 37 years ever since our days in the Ateneo de Manila Grade School Kalatog Pukpok rondalla club. We saw each other spasmodically over the decades but it wasn’t only until 2006 that we started bonding again in various bars and cafes in Greenhills, Metrowalk, and at Café Ysabel with Henry Palacios, Randy Cepeda, and Owen Carsi-Cruz. By that time, Francis was already speeding around in a BMW motorcycle. Proof of his success as a lifestyle photographer. Somehow, I never expected that Francis would be victimized by the same HPG that harassed Arnel Ignacio last week. So with the indulgence of Cito Beltran and Francis Abraham, I’m sharing Francis’ edited letter to amplify the public’s growing peace and order concern. I hope that President Aquino and the attendant officials would take note of the matter so that it may be addressed with alacrity: