Tuesday, March 04, 2008



Today, our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal frowns in puckered brow. Why? His never-ending vision, that the youth is the hope of our fatherland, turns into a nightmare. The warring youth gangs in the city of Baguio are horrible.

Senseless killing, mauling, fistfights, shooting and bombing marked the series of incidents involving the youth.

Compiled is the latest horrifying news where suppose to be the hope of our fatherland’ directly involved:
1) Kenneth Jaramillo, 19, of La Trinidad, Benguet was shot dead by apparently members of a youth gang on the night on February 3 this year.
2) On the same night, Arthur Aloot, 21, student, was shot in the face, neck and back by apparently members of youth gang.
3) On February 2, a 15 year-old boy was mauled to unconscious apparently members of unidentified youth gang.
4) On midnight of February 1, a 15-year-old high school student from QM Subdivision also mauled at Nevada Square.
5) February 8, a 17-year-old boy locked up in jail for killing of 18-year-old rival gang member
6) In 2006 and 2007, incidents of killings and mauling, grenade blasting involving youth gangs landed on the news, and not to mention those unreported.

Have you ever heard the names of these gangs? Pinoy True Crips, Blood Down Posse, North Side Terrorist, Notorious Underground Crips, Sacramento Tag Crips, Rappers Delta Foundation, Real Pinoy Crips, West Side Terrorists, Sudden Death Gangsters, Mafia Crips, God Mob Carnalis, East Side Thugs, Ragstah, Peer Group Trouble, Trece Hudas, Selda Trece, Tropang Muslim,True Brown Style and Souls. The name is enough to pucker your brows. Some speaks to itself, others have antiestablishment concept. I have in mind, if not behind the bar, to rest earlier six feet below the ground is surely these youth’s future.

The corrupted minds and souls had gone too far. The city is facing a new urban landscape, the rise of youth gangs. There should be a solution for this phenomenon.

The city’s experimental curfew for minors is futile. The PNP’s Task Force Rizal seems inutile. Taxicab drivers at night are aloof at Nevada Square where dozens of youth gangs frequent. Nevada Square is where rap, rock, hip-hop music house, where anybody dance and do the jamming all night.

Determining and addressing the factors involving youth gang problems should be priority concern. Quoting Thornberry’s research in 1998, the “youth who grow up in more disorganized neighborhoods; who come from impoverished, distressed families; who do poorly in school and have low attachment to school and teachers; who associate with delinquent peers; and engage in various forms of problem behaviors are at increased risk for becoming gang members."

Dr. Jose Rizal’s concern for the youth should not be fall short. Students keep your attachment high to your school and mentors, stay away from gangsters; parents, hug your children before somebody does; and to authorities concern, the intervention, suppression and prevention effort greatly await.

This is not a laughing matter. This is not a dying concern, it is a seriously anxiety!

Olson, Ernie Jr., N., Youth gang violence increases, www.sunstar.com.ph, Feb. 6, 2008.

Olson, Ernie Jr., N., SLU grenade blast due to gang war escalation, www.sunstar.com.ph
Oct. 3, 2007.

ENOJ, Gang member nabbed for killing rival, www.sunstar.com.ph/archive

Olson, Ernie Jr., N., Youth gang violence increases, Sunstar, Feb. 6 2008

Bandonil, Melvin, Iti Baguio, Buong ti Ulo dagiti Youth Gang, www.tawidnewsmag.com, February 17, 2008

Bandonil, Melvin, Iti Baguio, Buong ti Ulo dagiti Youth Gang, Tawid News Magasin, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, February 11, 2008

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