Deface walls now, deprecate later

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Wiki defines vandalism as the action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.

The term includes property damage, such as graffiti and defacement directed towards any property without permission of the owner.

But Panday Sining, as what they call themselves, sees it otherwise. They’d been warned by Manila City Hall authorities after defacing clean, newly-refurbished walls of historic Lagusnilad in Manila middle of last month.

Shortly after that, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gave out a stern warning against the vandals saying vandalism is punishable by law and Manila would keep an eye on them.

But instead of heeding his call, they struck anew Sunday leading to the arrest of four suspects namely: Jeanne Vaugh Nico Quijano (24), who was arrested at Plaza del Carmen Street, corner of San Sebastian Street, Manila; Joven Francis Laura (24), Mikhail Collado (18), and an unnamed minor.

The four alleged members of Panday Sining have been arrested for vandalism on several posts of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Sunday (01 December 2019).

They’d been warned and now, this.

The group staged a lighting rally in front of the Manila Police District Monday (02 December 2019) accusing authorities of “unjust policing” even as they demanded immediate release of their co-members.

And that sounds familiar isn’t it?

The suspects were allegedly residents of Tres Marias Street, in Sampaloc, Manila according to police. (BENJAMIN CUARESMA/IAMIGO/CNS)

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