Someone has to die before govn’t acts

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


WHEN an incident happens in a shopping mall, security forces become strict. When fire hits a dormitory, the fire department inspects boarding houses. When a crime happens, you see the police on the go.

When a bus fails to bring its passengers to its destination and someone or more than one dies, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Department of Transportation and Communication shake their asses on some inspection and so on. And when government funds are squandered, the Senate sets a hearing and listens and hears what are said. After that, nothing happens.

This is the attitude of government and its various agencies. No agency would attempt to initiate some acts that are preventive in the process. It learns only from mistakes and do not learn how to avoid mistakes. Police stops a crime when a crime has been committed. All these are said to happen because leaders in this nation do not carry the qualified mind to prevent unpleasant incidents.

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It is for this reason maybe that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is tempted to announce that if any smuggler attempts to smuggle goods into his city, he would gladly kill them. This attitude is preventive in nature. Many nincompoops in government stopped an illegal act after the act has happened. How stupid this could be.

When then Marikina Mayor Bayani “BF” Fernando got too tired of running after those sidewalk vendors in his clean city, the city dad called his legislators and asked them to make an ordinance. As I recall he told me this story when we had lunch years back in Marikina. The ex-mayor said, “Gumawa kayo ng batas na bawal bumili sa sidewalk vendors.”

And this put to end his concern. But for you to know, he established an area in the market place for them to sell their wares and it was inside the market building, and not on the road. I laughed when he told me his witty way to resolve this problem.

Instead of apprehending those without helmets or not wearing seat belts, there is more logic if the LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office, and traffic personnel check vehicles to ensure they have stop lights, park lights, signal lights, good tires. For public utility vehicles, there should be a compulsory “rest day” for the vehicles. This is for inspection and maintenance purposes. Based on the plate numbers, one rest day must be compulsory. Did LTFRB not think of what we are thinking? Wake up guys!

This column greets Talisay Vice Mayor Neil Lizares, Jessie Jimenez of Meca J Car Rental; former Vice Mayor Wilmar Boy Drilon and wifey Mila; Jida Hautea of Palmas del Mar; Raymond J. Dabao of Outdoormaster; Ronie Lopez and Jun Hidalgo of NIA; and Ver Pacete of Silay Tourism Office.

Belated birthday greetings to Junjun Lizares. And thanks to Agnes Villacorta for the Choco Agnes mouth watering chocolate cake.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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