Editorial: The old woman who lived in a shoe-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
THE title is a nursery rhyme which, according to online source, Wikepedia, has two versions.
"The most common version of the rhyme is:
'There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
'She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
'She gave them some broth without any bread;
'Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.'"
Still according to Wikipedia, Marjorie Ainsworth Decked wrote a "Christian" version in the book, "The Christian Mother Goose Book" published in 1978.
"'There was an old woman
'Who lived in a shoe,
'She had so many children,
'And loved them all, too.
'She said, Thank you Lord Jesus,
'For sending them bread.
Then kissed them all gladly
'And sent them to bed.'"
One thing is clear though. We don’t know exactly how many children the old women had.
In Barangay Campo Filipino, particularly at No. 7 Roman Ayson Road, a certain Gloria Limpin Ramirez complained in court about the 201 'persons' living in this address.
Ramirez petitioned for these 201 names to be stricken from the voters list. The 201 names in question are registered in six different polling precincts of the barangay.
But Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 3 Presiding Judge Leody Opolinto, in a decision issued September 9, trashed the petition due to ‘technicalities’ saying a petition should only refer to one precinct. She cited Section 32 of Republic Act 8189 or the Common Rules Governing Judicial Proceedings in Inclusion, Exclusion and Correction of Names of Voters which clearly states a petition should refer to only one precinct.
It begs the question, had Ms. Ramirez filed 6 separate petitions, referring to the 6 different polling precincts where these names are in question, will the case prosper?
Whether or not it is cited in the law, 201 names registered living in one address is something that demands attention.
Two hundred one persons living in a common address? These 201 entities could account for a barangay already.
Two hundred one cockroaches, ants, fleas or rats maybe. But 201 breathing souls?
Even the old woman in the Christian version of the poem would be likely to pull her hair off.
And just like an old and worn out shoe, there is something stinky here.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2013.