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PEOPLE CREATE GARBAGE. THE MORE PEOPLE, THE MORE GARBAGE. THAT’S THE IRREVERSIBLE EQUATION. WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? POPULATION COUNTERFLOW! HOW DO WE DO IT? LET OUR ELECTIVE OFFICIALS LOOK FOR THE SOLUTION. WE ELECTED THEM AND PAY THEM TO DO THAT. BUT DON’T SOLELY BLAME THEM, ALSO PRINCIPALLY US!

Every time someone is shot, stabbed, kidnapped, or criminally assaulted, so quickly we point our fingers commonly blaming the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and all the other law enforcement agencies for not doing their job of securing, safeguarding and protecting us. Every time, a fire breaks out and razes houses to the ground, instantaneously we cast the responsibility to our firemen for not responding promptly to prevent such holocaust. Every time we see naked children on the streets begging or a snipping rugby, we instantly lay the liability on the Department of Social Services and Development for not doing enough to provide these poor kids roofs over their heads… and every time we are caught in a monstrous traffic jam, we curse the traffic officers for this kind of vehicular chaos…and so on and on ad infinitum.

Over all, we blame collectively the elective public officials for almost all the problems, concerns, and crises that confront this City day in and day out. We never pause for a moment to realize that it was us who elected all of them to their respective positions and therefore, their failures, shortcomings as well as accomplishments are all attributable to us. Elective public officials are the replicas of the ballots we cast, many suspect were sold secretly to the highest bidder. We hope that there are still few exceptions tightly locked in our moral closet to save this country from total political collapse.

Whoever we elected, is what we expect. If we elected a tax thief, expect him to jack up the prices of the commodities he purchases for his office; if we voted for a swindler, then expect him to rig any bidding process to get the most lucrative under-the- table deal; if you elect an imperialist or a colonialist, then expect that no other government units will be created or elevated within his term of office for bigness and absolute power are his insatiable fantasies.

Is there still a way out of this unholy predicament?  It’s only us who can bail ourselves out of this political rut. In the meantime, let’s start cleaning our own backyard and suspend our act of blaming the Chief Executive for the foul-smelling uncollected garbage on our city’s streets. After all we are principally to blame for the garbage littered all over the place. The more people the more garbage- that’s the irreversible equation. 

By Clem M. Bascar




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