Here’s a spoiler for Manila’s 2017 foundation day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:58



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4, the Holy Bible).


HERE’S A SPOILER FOR MANILA’S 2017 FOUNDATION DAY: Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, here’s something for you: Ludovico “Vic” Somintac, the Malacanang reporter of Radyo Agila’s DZEC (1062 kHz on the AM band), may have a spoiler for this year’s June 24 anniversary foundation of the City of Manila.

In the Wednesday, June 21, 2017 episode of our radio program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” (which airs daily at 6 am to 7 am at DZEC), he ranted against what he said was the rampant and unchecked criminality in the Intramuros area, the original “Walled City’, which is a place literally right under the noses of City Hall and of the Manila Police Department.

Somintac narrated to our listeners how three young and disheveled-looking boys one late afternoon nonchalantly snatched from him a bottle of orange juice he purchased from a big department store at the back of the City Hall, saying they wanted what he was drinking, for themselves. The suddenness and brazenness of what the boys did left him speechless, unable to do anything right away, which gave the boys an opportunity to scamper unmolested.


CHILD CRIMINALS ROAM INTRAMUROS FREEELY: The juvenile culprits that assaulted Somintac appear to be residents of makeshift shanties that now fearlessly dot many open spaces in Intramuros, including the sidewalk fronting the National Museum across the Intramuros Golf link, up to Bonifacio Drive near Manila Hotel.

The boys also obviously belong to a group of children—males and females—who roam relentlessly in the Walled City, regularly sniffing small plastic bags which evidently contain rugby, with evident impunity (incomprehensibly, no one minds them or even accosts them at all).

They are a menace not only to the likes of Somintac who has to go the area regularly to fetch a daughter of his who is studying in one of the schools there, but more so to the hundreds and hundreds of people, Filipinos and foreigners alike, who have urgent matters to attend to in Intramuros.

They harass students and other people with demands for money or food to eat, and even vandalize the structures standing there, public and private. They also quarrel with each other very often, scandalizing not just passers-by but even those who are working or studying inside offices or classrooms.


OPEN PROSTITUTION CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN INTRAMUROS: But this is not all there is to Intramuros, Somintac said. He claimed that prostitution also appears to be enjoying brisk business there, as it were. During early mornings after accompanying his daughter to her school, he would see, much against his will he says, women of all ages and sizes (and all colors, Somintac incomprehensibly hastened to add) line up the streets of Intramuros, calling on possible customers (which does not include him, he claimed yet again).

What amazes Somintac is that, these women, like the mischievous children, do not even attempt to hide what they are doing. The go on their ways, as it were, in full view of everyone, including City Hall and police officials. Well, I surmise there is just one reason why no one from City Hall or the police is doing something here—maybe, they are profiting from the system. Right? Or wrong? Mayor Estrada?


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