Monday, 13 March 2017 13:58
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God…” (1 Timothy 2:9-10, the Holy Bible).
CAM’S REACTION TO CRITICISMS IS PURE HOGWASH:The reaction of erstwhile whistleblower Sandra Cam to criticisms against her having berated an airport employee who did not allow her to use the VIP lounge at the facility if she did not pay the fee for such use—that those criticisms were part of a grand plan of the Liberal Party (LP) to destroy those close to President Duterte—is pure hogwash.
The point is that, if Cam did not display arrogance and pretense to power in the first place, there would be no criticisms against her. Those criticisms came in torrents because she appeared to have acted rudely, and pretended she was already a high Duterte government official when she clearly had no place yet in that government.
I have no love lost for the Liberal Party, which Cam is accusing to be behind the criticisms against her, but I can rightfully say that even if that party truly wanted to destroy those close to Duterte, as Cam is saying, it would not have any means of doing so if those close to Duterte are acting within the bounds of decency, and are not projecting themselves as kings and queens who are spoiled with power which they don’t even have.
RP TROUBLED BY ITS CITIZENS WHO “FEEL ENTITLED”:Indeed, the Philippines is troubled with citizens, native or otherwise, who feel they are entitled to perks and privileges because of their money, power, and influence. Because many citizens have money, power, and influence, they think everybody owes them respect and deference, and for all others to give way to them.
We can see this in many situations. In our roads, for example, vehicles which can be bought only by the rich are driven recklessly and without regard to traffic rules and regulations, weaving left and right, and cutting other vehicles just to enable them to be ahead of everyone. This kind of driving creates monstrous traffic jams, but the owners of expensive vehicles don’t care one bit.
In government offices and in places where people have to queue or line up before they can be attended to, the rich and the powerful disregard the line and demand that they are served right away, never mind the other people who have patiently waited for their turn. And when they are faced with legal and judicial problems, they get their way around all the time through dubious machinations.
THE RICH AND POWERFUL PINOYS THINK THEY ARE NOT BOUND BY GOOD MANNERS:We can go on with this, but the truth is much evident for everyone to see: rich and powerful Filipinos, native or otherwise, believe they are not at all bound by rules of decency and good manners. They are of the perception that only the poor and the lowly must obey these rules on decency and good manners, especially when face to face with the rich and the mighty.
This is perhaps the reason why many of the poor and the lowly are now starting to wise up and have been doing similar mockeries of the law. “If the rich and the powerful can disregard the law, then the poor and the lowly could do the same thing,” seems to be the prevailing thought of everyone these days, as exemplified by the forcible seizure of so-called “urban poor” citizens of housing units in Pandi, Bulacan intended for the military.
This display of arrogance and rudeness, and this feeling of being “entitled” in disregarding even the most basic rules on decency and good manners that seem to have engulfed Filipinos at this point in time could only lead to more chaos and more anarchy in our midst and, therefore, would produce more greatly difficult lives for all of us. I could only hope that parents nowadays would strive to teach their children better manners, lest we all go to the dogs in the days to come.
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