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Filipinos not worth dying for?

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked…” (Psalm 97:10, the Holy Bible).

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FILIPINOS NOT WORTH DYING FOR? “The country is not worth dying for, if the government cannot protect us,” were the words of bitterness and contempt that emotionally came out of a policeman of the Special Action Force during a meeting with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on February 01, 2014.

But, these words could also be directed not just against the government, but even against many of us, ordinary Filipinos. Undeniably, many good and righteous men and women in uniform, not just from the Philippine National Police but from other law enforcement agencies as well, could also blurt out in bitterness and contempt, “the Filipino is not worth dying for, if the Filipino people are themselves sinful and evil prone.”

I came to this thought when, between 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 08, 2015, I personally witnessed two instances of what I consider as “Filipinos’ inhumanity to fellow Filipinos”, making me wonder: how come many Filipinos of this generation have become so self-centered, uncaring for others, and recklessly unmindful of the safety and welfare of their countrymen?

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RECKLESS DRIVERS, DANGERS TO SAFETY: The first incident involved a passenger bus which suddenly swerved towards the right side of Regalado Avenue near a gasoline station at a road intersection leading to North Fairview, Quezon City. I thought the bus did that because it desperately wanted to avoid something on its left side. 

Yet, it turned out that the bus merely wanted to block a passenger jeepney trying to pass through its right side. The evident intent was for the bus wanted to beat the jeepney in arriving at the spot where passengers were waiting for a ride. In swerving to its right in a mad scramble for passengers, the bus hit the jeepney, creating a nasty traffic jam in the process.

The second incident involved another passenger bus, this time from Mafel Transit, which bore the body number 955. It was recklessly snaking in and out of the many lanes of Regalado Avenue, causing near mishaps with other vehicles, since it was running at a great speed. Evidently, it was driving in a daredevil fashion, because it was also in a hurry to pick up passengers waiting on the road. 

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SEND SOCIAL OFFENDERS TO MINDANAO: One of the cars which nearly got sideswiped by the Mafel Transit bus then overtook the bus and tried to block its way, too. The car driver then lowered the glass window of his car on his side, brought out his left hand, and flashed the dirty finger sign at the bus driver. The bus driver’s reaction? It tried to swerve to its left, wanting to hit the car.

Indeed, the question here is this: did these drivers undergo the required psychological examination before they were issued licenses by the Land Transportation Office? How come they were so discourteous and reckless, to the point of endangering not only themselves but their passengers, and even the people who were either crossing or were simply standing on the road?

Maybe our congressmen and senators can pass a law that would require erring drivers and other social offenders to render civic work in areas like Mamasapano, Maguindanao, or in territories controlled by rebels and other shady characters, to enable them to test whether they can still have the courage to display their discourteous and reckless conduct, and escape unscathed!

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at DZEC, 1062 kHz in Manila, 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.ph Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, and simulcast at 92.7 Smile FM, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur and Kiss 101.1 FM, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.; and at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m.).  -30-




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