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Saturday, 13 August 2016 13:45

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

After almost a month confined at home per my doctor’d advice, I gave myself a break last night with a few bottles of beer at a corner store just a few meters from home and fronting a popular neighborhood bakery, besides the main road of Suterville subdivision. There with my own eyes I saw a bully “sicad-sicad” driver,  pestering a lady salesgirl of the bakery. The poor salesgirl, who is obviously not from Zamboanga Vity, a Visayan from our neighboring province, had to pick-up a small stone to stop the advances of the bully “sicad-sicad” driver. I pitied the helpless salesgirl and intervened and called the attention of the bully and told him in Tagalog, “masama yan ginagawa mo”. It is obvious, he did not understand Tagalog, and he answered me back in “Tausug” dialect. It was now almost 10 in the evening so I just went home, but, passing by the bakery, I know someone, also a “sicad-sicad” driver who is Tausug but speaks Tagalog, so I told him “sabihin mo dyan sa kaibigan mo, subukan niya gawin yan sa mga “Muslim” babae wag lang sa “Christian” babae, masama yan.” I hope he told that bully, because it is grossly arrogance and disrespect for Christian girls.

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Last night also at the same place, from where I was having a bottle of beer alone, my friend who owns the bar-b-q- corner store complained that almost everyday he provides a plastic waste can but gets lost and his wife sweeps the surroundings almost every hour of paper and empty paper and  plastic bags and cups of “buko” juice, because customers and passersby just throw their waste material anytime randomly. True enough, just after we were discussing the garbage problem in his vicinity, three  male students on their way home just threw their empty paper cup of “buko” juice right in the middle of the street in front of us. Litterbugs are not only the illiterate but even college and high school students.

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Table Talk honestly believes that our government and educational system has more task to do ahead in breaking an in-born trait and character of personal hygiene and sanitation and good manners and right conduct. Without breaking this trait and character of cleanliness in our surroundings, no amount of Anti-Littering Ordinances or National Sanitation Laws will be effective and successful in our country. The number of litterbugs in Zamboanga Ciy is perhaps more than those thousands of illegal drug users that recently gave themselves up for reform with our police authorities.

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Bring back Scouting in our elementary grades and high schools, because in scouting, a Boy Scout or Girl Scout is taught to do and follow heartily cleanliness, sanitation, respect and good manners  from the very start up to the age of puberty. Aside from the fact that scouting will mold the character and trait of our youths to be ideal law abiding citizens. All schools, Madrasahs and International schools must make Scouting part of their school curriculum.

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There must be a City Ordinance to control the mushrooming number of  “sicad-sicad” units in the city and in fact it has invaded almost all barangays, with out-of-town drivers who are total strangers of the city. The barangay governments must be authorized by the City Government to issue non-transferable Identification Cards to “sicad-sicad” drivers with age requirements and strictly monitor their route activities, because  some of them are plying the busy and dangerous national highways, endangering the lives of their passengers. When accidents happen, the poor passenger pays for their personal damages because all of “sicad-sicad” drivers and units in the city are unlicensed with no passenger liability insurances. Better still abolish this “poor man’s utility vehicle” and we will clean our city streets of bullies, hoodlums and characters and garbage.

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Scoop: Police visibility is the most important deterrence against all forms of criminality and shenanigans. We are wondering why there are no more roving policemen in the city’s barangays. Mayor Beng Climaco must revive the motorcycle riding policemen within the city barangays. They were effective deterrence against erring drivers and street thugs and bullies. I hope this time you will agree.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 August 2016 13:46