My favorite book ever is Taxation Law Reviewer by Master Balbas. The notorious professor who eats his students whole. He's the hardest and most taxing professor in Shaolin Temple like school and passing his subject is an accomplishment on its own.
But I will not see my favorite book again. My book, my watch, my voice recorder, notebooks and umbrella were all inside my new bag (gift from Sweet Pea) when it was stolen two (2) days ago in McDonalds Lepanto. Since my mailman bag seemed like a laptop bag, the thief probably thought I had some expensive computer with me. My book and notebooks are all priceless and definitely more valuable than a laptop.
Guys, always be extra careful when eating in McDonalds Lepanto corner Recto. It is not a safe place. Their guards, managers, and crew are always inattentive, lost, and ignorant. Most of all, their close circuit camera and tv are inutile. Walang kwenta, dehins gumagana, japeks, fake, dummy lang.
So guys, now we know.
Unfortunately, this incident will be charged (oh how expensive) to my experience. We must always presume that the jologs looking people in Manila are ALL robbers, thieves, and potential criminals. I know, "every man is presumed innocent until proven guilty," but lets just assume otherwise. We become "safer" that way.
Lastly, let us review the elements of the crime of Theft.
Under the first paragraph of Article 308 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, we must prove the following essential elements beyond reasonable doubt to prosecute the crime of Theft.
1. It is a taking of a personal property;
2. The property belongs to another person;
3. The taking was done with intent to gain;
4. The taking was done without the owners consent;
5. The taking is accomplished without violence or intimidation against person or force upon things.
For the thief who stole my black Girbaud bag, potahena, I hope your balls get smashed! Crime doesn't pay. You may get away now, but you will eventually get caught. And when that time comes, I will laugh loud, and will throw a street party. Remember, "what goes around comes around."
It's useless to feel bad for the loss of my favorite book now. Good thing I can still replace what was taken from me, although expensive and hassle. It's just that sentimental value, it's priceless.