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Sunday, 14 August 2016 15:13

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

A former exclusive military officers and enlisted men’s brotherhood,  commonly called “Guardian” from the original name in the military circle called “Diablo” some two or three decades ago. But, 20 or 15 years ago, the exclusive group of “Guardians”, first extended its members to civilian professionals in the government and private institutions.    There is no hazing to be accepted member but only painless brotherhood ritual. After the usual indoctrination of the mission and vision of the “Guardians Brotherhood”, the final ritual begins. A big glass full of mixed alcohol beverages, rhum, whiskey, gin tonic, beer, and whatever drinks the group prepared, is laid on the table in the middle of the ritual venue. There, one by one, the new membership recruits comes forward and slit any of his fingers with a sharp knife prepared by the group for the purpose, and pours a drop of his blood into the glass filled with mixed drinks for everyone to see. When all recruits have done the ritual performance of a “blood compact”, all new “Guardian” recruits, will take a sip from the “blood compact” glass, and when all the new members have taken a sip of their blood, the group sings the “Guardian song” followed by the tiny tattooing of the “Guardian Tattoo” . Official “Guardian” tiny tattoo is found between the right and the left thumb and finger with the inscription on the right thumb “RMG” or :MG” for civilian members and the triangle tattoo at the upper right hand with the inscriptions, year when tattooed, Magic Group on both sides of the triangle and at the base of the triangle is your “Guardian” call sign. In the middle of the triangle is a big letter M for Magic Group. RMG is for “Guardian supremo” or Ranking Magic Group and MG is for magic group member.

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It is not a secret or underground brotherhood, here with the permission of a high ranking “Guardian” member, Table Talk is writing a piece on their rituals. Today “Guardians” brotherhood is never an anti-communist brotherhood but is for good government, against oppression and injustices and the protection for the general welfare of its members. In Zamboanga City, several thousands are “Guardians brotherhood members” in almost all the city barangays and with hundreds of chapters. The membership of “Guardians” comes from all walks of life. Professionals, laborers, tricycle drivers, housewives aside from active and retired military people.

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Recently, it has been going viral in the social media that our very own fighting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has surprised many press photographers on the tiny tattoo found between the President’s right thumb and finger. The inscription of “RMG” in between the President’s right hand thumb and finger baffled many members of the press. Upon inquiry through investigative journalism, they found out it is a “Guardian brotherhood” tattoo and RMG is a Guardian Supremo, a high ranking member. Guardians brotherhood today is like any brotherhood or fraternity and not solely to fight communism. The wrong notion against the “Guardian brotherhood” is unfair.

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Many years back, a group of city and provincial prosecutors joined the “Guardians Brotherhood” and became allies with Guardian from the military. For their common welfare and protection against those who wish to harass government officials. The “Guardians brotherhood” during that time was a potent deterrence against criminality, because among their members are mayors of Local government Unit, some from the Police and military hierarchy and even other professionals. Probably, it was at this time that our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who still had not dreamed that he will one day become the President, joined the “Guardians Brotherhood”. There is nothing wrong if President Duterte is the first President with a tattoo. We even have a President for six years who is allegedly mentally sick.

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Scoop: In the provinces and barangays “Guardians Brotherhood” remains popular and its membership is still expanding, especially in the rural areas. Now that the President of the Philippines is a “Guardian”, we foresee that more will join the “Guardians Brotherhood” in the provinces. You may agree or disagree.

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