Table Talk: Don’t spare the rod and spoil he child PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:57

BY Mike S Apostol

It is a great relief for everybody in the city — motorist or not —  that a serious drive against illegal parking and littering is now underway. So many accidents and inconvenience have happened in the city because of illegal parking and littering in public places and city roads are not only an eyesore but a potential source of sickness since dirt is always a breeding place for virus and bacteria. The city’s old  public market is the biggest and largest source of garbage and almost all those at the wet market everyday like those market vendors, laborers and even children scavengers are all litterbugs. This might be the reason, why tons of thrash, are collected by city’s garbage men, every day. The Anti-Littering Ordinance of the city is as old as the city itself but it has never been implemented seriously. Perhaps, the mayor will not make this a joking matter because comments from visitors after a visit to our city when they go back home are bad. Comments like our city streets are topsy-turvy and dirty. Some tricycle drivers are cheaters and overcharging in their fares and drive with dirty clothes and unshaven faces and many more that make me angry as a Zamboanga city resident.
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Indeed, the city government must realize that our number 1 problem is not the shooting and killing but order in the whole city. Assassinations will just stop when they run out of enemies or the hardened recidivists are all terminated. Nobody gets killed if he did not commit an unforgivable crime against any person. Nobody will be shot if he did not cheat or pay his age old personal loan from a loan shark whose only livelihood is usury. No unclaimed dead body leveled as salvaging victim if there are no hardened drug pushers and stubborn robbers, thieves and extortionists. Nobody will be ambushed in our city streets if lawless elements and spies will not make the city as their rest and relax (R and R) area. Most of all there will be no shooting in our nightspots if out-of-town policemen and armed bodyguards of officials will not be allowed to carry their firearms in such places and if some of our city police will only do their job and not follow their emotion of sympathizing a town mate. Also, out-of-town officials who bring truckloads of bodyguards while in the city, should cooperate by ordering their bodyguards to follow the rules of the city of which they are only a visitor. Domestic violence and killing in our city streets are not a breach to peace, because it is a one-on-one basis and not an all-out war. Rather, it is a breakdown of order, whose solution is political will and firmness of the city government and should be implemented by a no-nonsense police organization.  
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One sector that should be blamed for this seemingly disorderliness behavior in the city are some citizens themselves. Honestly, this malady and disorder are brought into the city by migrants who found the city a haven and sanctuary where they could do anything they like with little punishment or none at all. As the news of some migrants who made it big in the city reached where they came from. More and more of their town mates made an exodus to the city, seeking their fortune, bringing with them their strange traits and characters and retaining them while in the city and refusing to integrate the Zamboangueno traits being their host and pushing aside the peaceful and genuine Zamboanguenos — be they Muslim or Christian. Some of these migrants have sent their children to schools in the city and graduated and many of them became policemen who were also assigned in the city and given the task to, instill order in a city they called their second home, but many of them don’t even speak the local Zamboangueno dialect. Instilling order in a city they call second home, must not be strangers by heart but should think, feel and act like one Zamboangueno.
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The idea of order must be taught in school in all levels because even college students violate order in the city like jaywalking, littering and protection of public properties. Boys and girls alike in the city love to throw their fruit peelings and other thrashes right on the streets. Worst, even the affluent riding in fancy cars oftentimes are seen opening their car windows to throw their thrash into the city streets. Without order in our streets, there can never be Social Peace in the city.
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Scoop: If only he city residents will be right, the whole city will be right.