I went to Asingan, Pangasinan last Thursday, Jan. 20. It was a 174-kilometer ride from home. I wanted to make sure I had all the facts first before offering my help. I was aware that I was dealing with somebody with a pending criminal case for theft. Nevertheless, I decided to help.
Here’s the twist: Narding Flores, the 80-year-old former caretaker of the property, did steal three (3) sacks of mangoes worth P12,000, not ten (10) kilograms as earlier claimed. He sold the mangoes in the local “talipapa” and had already spent the proceeds.
Much earlier, for unknown reasons, he was dismissed as caretaker by the property owner.
The saga of Leonardo “Lolo Narding” Flores and Robert Hong in the Pangasinan “mango theft” case is part of a bigger picture where big powerful crooks remain immune from our criminal justice system – a sad and unfair situation that a Lacson presidency will end.
Partido Reporma Chairman and standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said that while he has done his part to help the two victims in the viral case, much remains to be done to ensure justice for all.
“This is the best that we can do to serve justice to all those who deserve it. It behooves us to look at the bigger picture. While ordinary thieves get the whip surely and fast, the big, powerful crooks stay big and powerful. It’s simply unfair and sad,” he said on his Twitter account Saturday morning.
A victim of poverty, and a victim of bullying due to “disinformation.” This is the latest sad twist in the case of Leonardo “Lolo Narding” Flores, who went viral after he was arrested for stealing three sacks of mangoes from a property in Asingan town in Pangasinan.
Partido Reporma Chairman and standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson bared Thursday that there is a second victim in the case – Robert Hong, the caretaker of the lot from where the mangoes were taken.
Hong – who lodged a complaint against Flores for stealing three sacks of mangoes in April last year – is now in hiding after the story of Flores became viral, as he is now being bullied by bloggers and netizens, noted Lacson, who initiated his own investigation in Asingan town on Thursday.