The non-existence of the filipino serial killer

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Friday, April 11, 2014

SERIAL killers seem to be a very American phenomenon but in fact, there’s only one American in the list of top ten serial killers – and he’s number ten! Truth be told, serial killers come from all over the world; from rich countries like the United States or from poor countries like Swaziland in Africa, there are serial killers in every inhabitable continent. The Philippines, however, seems to be a haven of sanity, with almost no psycho-killers to speak of (two debatable exceptions are Mark Dizon, who killed nine; and Dennis Garcia who only had one proven victim).

What is a serial killer anyway? A serial killer is a person who murders two or more people, in two or more separate events over a period of time, for primarily psychological reasons. More often than not, a serial killer has severe parental issues, like if one or both of the parents died and the future killer was raised by a neglectful guardian or spiteful aunt or uncle. Filipino parents, more often than not, are often very nurturing.

And in the event a parent or both parents die, doting grandparents are usually willing to step in to experience that feeling of being a young parent again.


Psychology definitely plays a factor as well. Your common garden-variety crazy streetwalker is probably a schizophrenic or something like that.

Despite the lack of proper mental health facilities in this country, there have never been any reports of a crazy person going on a killing spree. This is due to the fact that, according to criminologists Jack Levin and James Fox, “a mentally ill person cannot mentally carry out the act of murder, let alone plan it out.” It seems that Filipino crazies have few reasons to lash out at the world around them or hate things.

Some serial killers act out of attention – it’s easy to get attention in this country, where there are karaoke bars around every corner, and any stranger with a beer would be willing to share his bottle with you. Filipinos are generally very open and friendly.

And then there are the crazy motives – some serial killers confess to being on a mission from God or the Devil, and some are on personal missions to rid the world of a certain type of people (gays, blacks, whites, prostitutes, etc.) to cure a societal ill. Others just blame the world for all their problems and begin hacking and slashing at will. But in the uber-religious Philippines, where churches are jam-packed on Sundays, people usually find comfort in a Christian fellowship or their local priest.

Filipinos also tend to smile more than other races, even in the midst of disasters like floods, earthquakes and insurgencies. It is in the very nature of the Filipino himself to respect his fellowman, and I believe that is something that we can be proud of as a race.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 11, 2014.


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