news feeds

During one my compulsive checks on my live bookmarks a few minutes ago, my attention was caught by this new feed from the GMA 7 site:

Soldiers, cops arrest 4 young kids of ‘JI bomber’ in Sulu raid

Arrest? I clicked on the link and true enough, they did say arrest:

“Four children of alleged Indonesian bomber Dulmatin – all no more than nine years old – were arrested early Friday morning during a raid in Simunol Island in Tawi-tawi, Sulu.

Elements of the Navy, Marines and National Police arrested the children in Bacung village at 5:30 a.m. The kids were aged 9, 7, 5 and 2.”

Can they even do that to nine-year olds who just happen to be children of alleged terrorists? I was already mentally sifting through other possible phases that can used – “taken into custody,” perhaps? They didn’t actually read those kinds their Miranda right and line them up for mug shots, right?

Thankfully, the Inquirer news update has a more neutral way of putting it:

4 children of alleged JI bomber found in Tawi-Tawi raid

 

The other day the Inquirer news feed reported the hi-jacking of a Security Bank armored van a few hours after it happened right outside our building. Unfortunately, the report only consisted of two sentences and was citing from a radio report besides. The report was updated again a few hours later with a few more details, saying that the armored van, which was parked in front of the bank, was taken by men who arrived in an Isuzu Trooper and a Toyota Vios who somehow were able to board the van and drive it away, leaving the Vios behind (yeah, that was sort of a confused and long sentence, I know, but you get the idea). What the reports or the subsequent newspaper articles didn’t mention, though, was that after the robbery the street was covered in oil slick. I know, I almost slipped on it myself while crossing Rufino on my back from lunch, clueless as to what just happened. According to our building’s security guard, the robbers were the robbers’ way of delaying the authorities’ pursuit? Eh? Like those cartoons were the pursuer would slip on something and then comically wobble on the floor before collapsing in a heap? Maybe it came from the Vios? Was it used to ram the van or something? The Vios looked fine to me. At least it didn’t look like it just went through a head-on with an armored van. We never really figured it out, and there were already many uziseros milling about that we just gawked at the Vios for a minute and then went back to the office. So the details on the Trooper and such I got from the news feed.

News feeds are one of the ways in which I distract and keep myself updated these days. Unfortunately, it seems like everyday I see some report of election-related violence in the feeds. It’s true what they say, really. Reading/watching the news can just depress the hell out of you.

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