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Personnel of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD)went to the stretch of the RT Lim Boulevard, on Easter Day—April 16, to apprehend, or take into custody, children rangingfrom 6-13 years, who are dependent to the illegal use of rugbysubstance. You will surely be surprised because the said kids belong to Sama and Bajao peoples.

It is part of the job of the CSWD to take care any vulnerable children. Such sacred duty is what the experts call as the “parens patriae” role of the State, to all of its weaker citizens. Thus, upon seeing those tender beings, the CSWD had to fetch them, and to the extent of compel them to submit. Sniffing rugby substance has now enticed even unlikely children, like the Samas and Badjaos.

Sama and Badjao people are ones of the most peaceful ethnic groups, not just in La Bella but also, in the region. They are either living at the sea or in stilt houses along any place’s seacoasts. Albeit, things have indeed changed a lot, that even their children are now being allured to use illegal drugs. Hence, instead of we see these kids begging in our streets, they now at the same time buy the alms they get, from the public, to buy rugby substance which they can inexpensively sniff.

They are very agile, so that when they saw the vehicles of the CSWD and the policemen long, they easily escaped from the former. But because they were at the edge of the RT Lim Boulevard, their only choice were the waters before them. At first, they reluctantly swam, as much as 100 meters, away from the shore. After all, such is their daily lives.

Barangay eMedia was there during the rescue endeavor of the CSWD. The helping policemen would have to hire motorized boats around, as to really and literally fetch these kids. But we were witnesses to how they easily evaded the authorities. They just laughed to the latter’s efforts. Notwithstanding, the CSWD stood as well on their ground, and they never left the place until they could get those kids.

In almost an hour serious tenacity of the authorities, the Sama and Badjao kids gave-up. Maybe the RT Lim Boulevard’s waters, last Sunday, were a bit cold, thus they also yielded. They were boys and girls, in tender ages. The fear of the CSWD is that if they cannot be addressed accordingly, one day they may even succumb to commit street crimes.

It is an open knowledge to all of the locals that some of the pickpockets in downtown are also rugby boys. None can tell that these unusual and new kids—sniffing rugby, may also copy the downtown rugby boys. The use of illegal drugs can definitely affect the brain of its users. One of its manifestations is the open allure to commit street crimes.

What is worse also, such petty crimes may evolve to even become heinous ones, as the criminals themselves may be used to do it and may desire to explore to commit uglier ones. Thus, these kids ought to be rescued, by all peaceful means. Anyways, even if the use of illegal drugs is already an offense, but their age exempts them from the necessary liabilities.

Indeed, such is now the real picture and the unlikely change of some of these peaceful kids. They too have gradually adopted the lifestyle of the mainland people. Why probably? Barangay eMedia’s suspicion is again is their indirect exposure to the media. Undeniably, the power of television is so strong to be resisted by any people group. Its influence transcends any ethnicity all over the world.

Maybe, programs which they see on TV have gradually allured them to explore more things than their usual lives in the ocean or even from being in the streets to beg. Indeed, the public agrees with the endeavor of the CSWD. Such unlikely phenomenon of change is a negative one. It should be addressed wisely.

“A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts. An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” (Prov. 17:2-6, ESV)

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