Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (6 May 2022)
Thai media will be awash with a huge investigation into the maltreatment and even abuse of children within a so-called ring of people in Surat thani INCLUDING the deputy director of the department of children and youth. With him charged with interfering in the investigation, headed up by Lt General Hakparn that saw raids on 18 locations and the arrest of 16 people last year. In the time between then and now, a further 18 warrants for arrest have been issued for people who either colluded in or procuded minors for prostitution. According to Hakparn, the main investigation was in and around the Surat Thani Shelter for Children and Families and has seen the chairman of a local credit union and another in a regional admin council BUT, we are now told, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as members of the military, medics and even teachers are also under investigation. IF this investigation is allowed with the manpower and support it will need, the outcome for many is jail time, more important by far, is the future of the children who, in many cases, were in the home or homes as a result of their escaping or being rescued from abuse. Thai public broadcasting service reports that the home is operated by the department itself and is NOT a charitable organization, as many are. The secretary general of the child and family foundation has demanded that independent experts be allowed to monitor the enquiries to ensure that the public has no misconception that it in any way allows people to escape justice.
A full review of security at all Thai airports is on the cards following this week’s episode that saw one man get through a guarded gateway and run riot around the airport in Bangkok before being arrested.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, a former temple abbot has repaid 600K baht he took to pay blackmailers before being ousted from his position. Those who know him claim that he had used the cash to pay off a woman he had been involved with, which of course is against temple rules, and then it’s claimed, to pay off a reporter who threatened to publicise the affair. Despite whatever payments he made, a tape recording of a phone call between a, then, unnamed monk and a woman, discussing their multiple dalliances together over a period of three months. Later he admitted to being the person on the tape.
In Pathumthani a local man is said to have been enraged to think that drugs had been planted in his mothers home, leading to her arrest and subsequent jailing. So enraged that this week he went to the home of the couple he is convinced did the deed, shooting them and their young son dead. Following a quick response by local police, he finally handed himself and his two guns over to authorities and is now being questioned. The mother was sentenced for 25 years on drug possession charges. It’s worth noting that in the event a drug dealer hides his stash in someone’s home, if discovered, and the actual owner is not arrested, the home owner is often arrested and charged instead.
Nobody asked him what else he got for xmas, but they may as well have done, as a 25 year old fitted and used a siren system on his car that emulated those of emergency services. When stopped, on Soi Buakhao he claimed first that he worked for an emergency response services in Bkk, and had turned the sirens on to get them quickly to a pharmacy after his pal had a stomach ache but of course had no ID showing his status as a medic. Another of his pals seems to have claimed his dad owned a rescue service in Chiang mai, which of course was irrelevant and with the reminder that even legitimate emergency responders have to have permission to use lights and sirens on any occasion. He was duly fined 1000 baht.
As the local elections get closer, so a debate planned with the intention of questioning all 4 candidates, has been reduced to a maximum of three. Claiming that not enough notice was given, the Rao Rak Pattaya candidate already has a public meeting on his agenda, at the same date and time, but elsewhere. The election outcome is expected to be a close call and all seem to be pulling out the stops.
For more of the latest local & national video news updates, subscribe to our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqv5O_uGcm-BdVXfgrZyWg
For more news: https://alwayspattaya.com/news/
Listen to the radio online from our homepage!: http://www.alwayspattaya.com