Down with double standards-A A +A
By Ben Emata
From Across the Seas
Sunday, September 1, 2013
THE country has existed with so much shame and dishonor not due to the behavior of its people but by the ugly actuations of some of its leaders.
For sometimes now, the Filipinos have to close their eyes and keep quiet as the country has been gaining notoriety as a corrupt country. Many of its leaders and big time influential citizens hit the epicenter of media headlines and almost always disappear while parades of criminal cases are being readied. Their crimes committed disappear too and it is the republic that is losing honor and millions of cash. Such scenario is repeated again and again with just the names of people involved and dates of incidents vary.
What is even more scandalous is when these influential offenders surrender or arrested, they are accorded with the best of privileges while in custody. They enjoy air conditioned rooms with guards, nice facilities, food and everything fit for kings. If the offenders are the poor boys in the streets, they are handcuffed twenty four hours a day, sleep on the pavements without blankets and food beyond imagination.
This is the thing that really infuriates people because there is an existence of double standard treatment for the poor and the famous. This has been taking place for many, many years but no one ever took notice about it.
The problem in this country is there is always a wide gap between the rich and the famous and the poor. This is worse than discrimination in some countries where colored people are set aside in some cases in favor of the white men. What is nice in these places is such difference in life is disappearing if it has not disappeared yet. In our case, the matter even goes stronger as time goes by. It seems the government is helpless. There is nothing we can do because it is our leaders who are authors of these ugly situations. And prominent people as well as the wealthy are not disturbed as long as these don’t concern or bother them.
My suggestion for the country is give more attention to the poor. Give them opportunities and guide them in their endeavors especially on their desires to earn a living. Give them free training, lands, medicines, food and the things necessary in their homes. The women should not be left behind and should also be given the things they need. Teach them how to earn, how to produce things from the home. They can be trained on vocational productions to make them useful and productive as well. They should be guided accordingly to be assured of result.
Many of our citizens are lazy and would rather go gambling than finding for profitable business. Many just sit down in public places from morning till evening and unless we help them on things to do, they will never move a finger for anything. We have to make a list of things to do for them. We shall push them forward and give them all training for progress and development. Those who want to indulge in fishing, teach them how to fish. Then train them on farming, carpentry, public works, marketing, teaching and many more.
These people just need guidance and assistance especially on food and shelter. Once these men and women are trained properly, they will spread out and work for a living. They will find success.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 02, 2013.