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80-year old arrested for harvesting mangoes while Imelda Marcos is free despite graft conviction

Citizens argue that the bias shown by the justice system for the indigent and the wealthy is evidently unfair. 

Concerned citizens couldn’t help but highlight the difference in legal treatment between the poor and the rich in the country after an 80-year older man was detained for stealing mangos while public figures such as Imelda Marcos got to keep their freedom despite being convicted.

Narding Floro of Pangasinan was arrested after he harvested 10 kilos of mangoes from a tree that he planted himself.

Floro even offered to pay for the mangoes, but the complainant refused his detention.

“Ang gusto ko sana makipagsundo. Maliit lang naman kasi na bagay. Noong ibibigay ko ‘yung bayad ayaw nilang tanggapin. Ang sabi nila bayaran ko nang anim na libo,” Floro said.

Asingan police chief Police Major Napoleon Eleccion confirmed that the Floros indeed planted the tree.

So far, ang nangyari kasi diyan, ‘yong manggang nag-viral, hindi naman talaga siya nagnakaw, namitas lang. Namitas nga po dahil no’ng bata pa siya, hanggang sa pagkatanda niya, tanim niya ‘yan. Siyempre gusto niya ring matikman ‘yong bunga niya, ibibigay rin sa mga kamag-anak niya,” the local police chief said in an interview.

A warrant was issued simply because Floro failed to give a counter-affidavit when they filed the complaint against him.

Si Tatay hindi naman niya alam ‘yong proseso, na magbigay ng counter o ano, lumabas po ‘yong warrant of arrest niya,” Eleccion said.

Authorities want the complainant to settle it with the older man as what he did wasn’t even that serious.

So far, since minor lang naman ‘yan, puwede nating kausapin ‘yong complainant diyan for settlement,” Eleccion said.

Netizens believe that Floro shouldn’t have been jailed in the first place for doing such a minor thing. They argue that the bias shown by the justice system for the indigent and the wealthy is unfair. A good example is when former first lady Imelda Marcos was convicted of 7 counts of graft in 2018 but was never put behind bars.

Former Philippine National Police chief and retired police Gen. Oscar Albayalde said that Imelda wasn’t arrested because of her old age of 89-years old and that he worried about her health.

Presidential aspirant Sen. Ping Lacson also had something to say about the situation.

Celebrities and groups are moving heaven and earth to give Floro the justice he deserves.

Written by Paulie Walnuts

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