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Who to blame for Skyway deaths, mall robberies?


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the angel said to her, `Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High’…”(Luke 1:30-33, the Holy Bible).

LTO, LTFRB REMISS IN THEIR DUTIES: I do not want to engage in finger-pointing now, but I certainly blame both the Land Transporation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and say they are greatly responsible for the death of 21 or more people after a passenger bus jumped off the Skyway toll plaza in Las Pinas City and pinned down a van at the South Luzon Expressway on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Why? Well, it is quite clear that the LTO and the LTFRB are completely remiss in their duties to see to it that only the psychologically and mentally-prepared are issued driver’s licenses and allowed to drive public utility vehicles such as the ill-fated Don Mariano Bus that fell off the Skyway.

As things stand in both the LTO and the LTFRB now, anyone who can pay are able to get licenses, and then drive away. This is reprehensible because both the LTO and the LTFRB ought to know, if only they are properly doing their work, that many holders of driver’s licenses are not fit to drive, psychologically and mentally, as shown by their totally reckless driving, rude behavior, and, many a time, gross ignorance of even the most basic rules of road courtesy.

BLOOD IN THE HANDS OF PRESIDENTS AND LAWMAKERS: Equally-deserving of our anger should be our lawmakers—congressmen and senators—who, because of their insatiable greed for pork barrel and personal aggrandizement and benefits, have not given even a second of their lives to conduct a much-needed re-study and improvement of our current land transportation and traffic laws, and even the law that covers road accidents.

Up to now, because of this lack of desire on the part of these lawmakers to update the antiquated laws on land transportation, traffic, and road accidents (which impose a measly penalty of only four-year imprisonment if a driver kills one or one hundred passengers or pedestrians while driving, which penalty will not even send the driver to prison), devilish and deadly driving among Filipinos persist.

Then, we must also blame all the Presidents that have ruled this country for all these deaths, because, like the LTO and the LTFRB and our lawmakers, they did not take time out, despite their powerful positions, to improve our laws on road driving and accidents. Each and every death on the road and each and every drop of blood from road accidents are therefore on the hands of all these officials.

CONTEMPT AGAINST AN INEPT GOV’T: There is something that is greatly disturbing about the break-in of thieves and robbers (which are said to belong to a criminal syndicate named after a household tool, the hammer) at the SM North EDSA during the early evening of Sunday, December 15, 2013.

This heist showed several scary scenarios: that criminal elements are now lording it over even in the heart of Metro Manila, the supposed seat of government power; that the management of the mall failed to secure its premises, despite the presence of well-equipped guards; that the police are no longer capable of enforcing law and order; that this government is no longer feared by lawless elements.

If something sensational like this can hit a very public place like SM North EDSA, can anyone of us be safe even within the confines of our homes? Yes, we know that crime and criminality are on the rampage in the streets of even the most highly populated places, but staging a robbery inside a heavily-patronized mall can only indicate that chaos and disorder, and contempt of an incapable and inefficient  government, are becoming our daily fare.

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