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Be Careful During Checkpoints

It’s election season already and checkpoint at night is already an ordinary scene. Last night, I passed a checkpoint at Bolbok, Batangas City. Nothing extraordinary happened. They just looked at the front case (what do you call that small case in the front of the passenger’s seat where I keep my registration copies and some pirated CDs?), and upon seeing nothing but CDs, they let me go.

When I got home, I told my father about the checkpoint and he asked me if the policemen asked me to open the rear compartment. Well, they didn’t. Then he told me that if they ask me to open the rear compartment, I should park the car, get out of the car and open the rear compartment by myself. He said that I should not open the rear compartment while I’m inside the car (there’s a way to open the rear compartment without getting out of the car, in case you don’t know), even though that’s the easier and more comfortable thing to do. Why? To avoid frame-up. He said that some people get into trouble because some people are devil enough to frame them up. Like in that case, if you simply open the rear compartment, someone could easily put something illegal (like firearms or illegal drugs) in it and on the next check point, you’ll be in deep shit. How can you explain to them that you don’t know about that thing if they found it at your rear compartment, right? Worst thing, you’ll end up in jail. Of course, if you get out of the car and open the compartment by yourself, no one could put something illegal into it. But be careful, lock the doors too!

We are living in a dangerous world, don’t be a victim. Ok?

That’s all!

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Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. you can easily hide a weapon in that hidden compartment. checkpoints are actually good esp. during election period. you know… politicians go mad!

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