"Long Chase Apprehension"
Summary: https://www.facebook.com/alberto.diones/posts/735768449842678 November 2 2014 between 10 - 11 AM I left home with my Motorcycle to help my father with his flat tire (Tricycle). About 5 minutes later, less than 5 KM, I saw the Manuyo Dos Motorcycle Unit Checkpoint(Las Pinas City) from a far and decided I should avoid it, maybe because of my personal experience with such and specially that checkpoint. And I realized I did the right thing because I forgot my license and OR/CR which are both I keep constantly on the same bag. Which I forgot. I also U-turn a lot of times on checkpoint (e.g. Their checkpoint on Shell near CAA) when I practice my handling of motorcycle. Less than 2 kms later, less than 2 minutes later, A policeman on his Motorcycle, I assume is Honda XR200, is shouting and threathening to shoot me; "Baba!! Puputukan kita!!". I didn't know he was following me. If I do and I was escaping, he won't be able to chase me this easily since my motorcycle (CBR 150R) would be competing fairly good against his motorcycle, and I am practicing constantly even though I only had 3 months experience. I pulled over and stopped, explaining I was going back for my license and OR/CR. He put his hands on the panel of my motorcycle and I told him, not to get my key, but he turns out to not have got it. (This is because I have experienced so much of key-getting by cops). He asked me where do I live and he asked me "Sino ba kilala mo diyan"(Who do you know on that place?). He commanded me to go back to the station which is also their checkpoint. I asked if I could text(SMS) first, "pwede ba ako muna magtext bago tayo pumunta doon?". And to my bad luck I realized I didn't had my cellphone with me. So I asked him, if we could go there (pointing on where I live) and inform my relatives first and to inform my father that I won't be able to help him, but he declined. Then I took the lead and we went to their station, with him following me. I took on my normal handling which probably what provokes this guy ("Lean in steering" on sharp curves and on high speed which what they do on race, but I don't do the knee on the floor part) . I did this on my normal speed, which could be fast for other, about 60-80 kph. On the station and checkpoint they recognized me(specially the one they called Team Leader, and they call with the name "De Guzman" [he has no nameplate that time]) from the previous apprehension and detention. Like I was an ex-convict deserving what they are doing that time. That was a 3 hour detention because of a 3 inch knife on my carabiner, the one I loop my keys on, which works like a swiss knife, they got it as "exchange of my freedom". I wasn't bribing that time because it was wrong, I was expecting them to remember that and let me go because they won't get anything from me, which they have alias no notrients "walang sustansya". A codename phrase I assume probably means they couldn't get any bribe from. That Carbiner multi-tool was just one of my collection, I collect tools, knives, flashlights, swords and I also have tomahawk (see my other blog posts). It was peacefully hooked on my belt when they get it and used it against me. On the checkpoint I put my break lock, the one that chased me has on his nameplate "Celis" got my motorcycle key and "De Guzman" forcing me to remove the break lock. Out of stress, trauma and worry, I sat down on the side of the street; Not that I worry that The Lord forsakes me, I was thinking that they are doing to me or making me do what they aren't suppose to do, specially the chase. "De Guzman" pulled my arms violently to make me stand pushed me towards my motorcycle and threatening me that I would get hurt. Not that it hurts, but I was thinking if this is the right thing that a policeman should do, I was worried that they will just play around my motorcycle that's why they want it unlocked Because I was asking for a cellphone to text my relatives, "De Guzman" told me that they would let me borrow a cellphone once I have it unlocked, I keep on pointing on his cellphone on his chest pocket while I was asking such; Thinking to myself, they could forcibly get the keys from me so it's really nonsense to argue or fight over it. So I had it unlocked, and pushed the motorcycle on where they want. After this, tapping on his shoulder, I asked him if I could borrow a cellphone now, like what he said, and he answered, Don't touch me; "Wag mo ko hawakan". I then tried to put disk lock on the front but they got angry again. I argued that they would use a tow truck anyway, they won't need the front wheel, the other one told you will have to pay for that if you want that. I said, I'm willing to pay, and they close mindedly denied that that could be done. "Kami ang masusunod" as they say. I was then given a ticket to sign, by "De Guzman". But the ticket says "Long chase apprehension" and "No license", by deputized Policeman "Placido", their chief which I know already because of the previous detention. Asking why "Celis" wasn't on the ticket, that it is not right, and that I even have my contest for same thing, I tried writing "by Celis" but he got angry again. A few minutes later, sitting on the motorcycle, a guy in black, which I assume a cop too, calmly talk to me and tried to tell things like I should have avoided the checkpoint using the other way, because I already had this experience (referring about the 3 hour detention). He also then told me about our chase which actually surprised me because I didn't recognized him with the gears he wear removed. "Ah ikaw ba yun? Celis?". Telling that my license is under contest right now so no doubt I will contest this too, he said go on, it's my right; "sige lang, karapatan mo yan". He then (mistakenly?) said their ticketing official, which he said I already know, their Chief, wasn't there but was there a while ago. Which means the ticket was issued without him. I asked, to confirm it from his own words, "Ah wala siya diyan ngayon?", which he affirms. I then told him that we all know that the reason of the long detention is because I didn't bribed. Trying to deny/or act innocent, I told him, I know why they tell me to go out every time someone's going to transact; "Alam ko naman kung bakit nyo ko pinapalabas nun [ng station], tuwing may maguusap", and besides they are already explicitly saying I should do it (bribe) maybe because of frustration after hours of being there and "not getting" what they want; "Since ayaw mo maglagay, ano ba ang pwede mong gawing pabor samin? Pabor for pabor". And I told him, if I bribed that day, they would let me go in a few minutes and wouldn't even recognized me; "Kung nagbigay ako nun, paalisin nyo na ako ng wala pang ilang minuto at di nyo na ako maalala tulad ngayon.". He was silent after I said this. He then tried to tell me that I owe them a lot for not imprisoning me that day, and then I said "alam ko namang mura lang ang deadly weapon, 200[pesos], saka 3 inches lang yun". He then argued it should be 12 thousand pesos, in a loud voice, obviously breaking his calm this time. Then I went home with my helmet, knee pad, gloves and armor. Then got to my bike and got my box and sidemirror. Before that they said by tomorrow, they will impound it because there's no office today (Sunday). After I went home I wrote this down on paper and on my computer, realizing "Celis" was talking odd by suggesting I should have avoided that road and used the other one, I assume it is possible that he could be realizing they are not doing the right thing (with the wrong ticket) or at least anything that benefits and since I wasn't bribing, it really is nothing for him now. It could have been a break for his career if I was indeed a criminal, which clearly I wasn't. Instead what I got is a ticket from a different name, apprehension by at least 2 officials, threats and an unnecessary (scary) chase by him. I will surely contest for this, be it means I could not drive my motorcycle for days or weeks or get threats or it to be done. The Lord shall guide me. Update: due to low fine and well handling of my motorcycle, I decided not to contest it anymore. As the saying goes, "Choose your battles wisely"