Baguio City – Gang-related violence is again back in this resort city after a short lull. A teenage boy was mercilessly stabbed to death by rival gang members days ago. The victim, a 15 year old member of a gang called Ragsta, was on his way home when attacked by aggressive and junkie-infected mind youngster. Apparently, the renewed violence was to show that gangs and fraternities are alive and kicking.
The members of gangs and fraternities in the city are mostly young boys and girls. They project an image of being tough, war-freak, junkie and no inhibitions at all. They roam the streets like they own the entire neighborhood. What happened to the 15 year old is only the beginning of yet a bigger problem for the city and the community.
The authorities couldn’t do anything because they consented to the existence of all gangs and fraternities by having dialogues with them. Both local officials and police authorities are consenting adults by way of coming to terms to the whims and capricious of cantankerous gang members.
Expect that the renewed violence will not be the last; it is only the beginning of more gang-related violence because modern culture says so.