Stray endangered souls from many broken homes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 13:51

SQUARE POINT

BY JACK ENRIQUEZ

 

Gardo had a good job in a private company. As a project supervisor he received big salary with some amenities. So he could afford to go out drinking with friends almost every night. On Sundays he would be shouting for bets inside the nearby cockpit. And yet he could find time to spend with his mistress somewhere.

After more than 15 years living together, they were proud to have four sons and two daughters. Susan could not really comprehend why her husband still felt the desires for another woman. She was in total outrage upon learning of the ellicit relation between her husband and the mistress. She could never forgive him for his infidelity. The troubles and hostilities were unpatchable and irreconcilable until the time came when they had to part ways. The separation was amicably executed and signed in the presence of barangay officials and some relatives. To each of them went two sons and a daughter. The residential house and other properties were decided in favor of the wife Susan. Gardo agreed to give alimony regularly to his former wife. Both parties were allowed to visit and spent time with the children, but they were warned not to create trouble against one another to avoid any legal action in court.

To make the story short, Susan left through the backdoor for Malaysia where she worked in a plantation as a cook. Later she faced a serious problem regarding her immigration documents.

Meanwhile Gardo got sick of tuberculosis that adversely affected his capacity for the job that deteriorated the relation with his second wife.

As a result, three young boys all minors left home in the absence of parental love and care. They roamed the city streets aimlessly until they joined the rest of the endangered souls begging for food from generous commuters.

Although the story started with Gardo and Susan, what happened to them doesn’t matter, but rather what happened to their children. Three young boys were abandoned in the streets — one from Susan’s custody and two from Gardo’s. How many broken homes do we have here in Zamboanga City? How many children were thrown in the streets? And how many endangered souls are there all over the country as of this writing?

Why endangered? Because these innocent children are exposed to all forms of danger, vices and undertakings. Dangerous drugs is one and robbery is another. These children, instead of being molded at home and schools, are exposed in the streets where they’re compelled to learn what took place or transpired before their eyes. At first, they sniff solvent, then smoke marijuana, use shabu and other drugs.

Ten or 20 years from now, we would have robbers, bandits, drug lords, pushers, addicts, rapists, etc. running our government, if left unchecked what’s happening today.

To irresponsible parents: you’re not only multiplying our population, but producing a population majority of which lawless, imbecile or worthless Filipinos.

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