Fetalvero: The need to speak our mind

-A A +A

By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


THE setback on the cybercrime law, which imposes penalties for online libel, cannot be underrated for its implications to a society that has learned to express and to comment on situations that may affect, one way or another, his or her interrelations with others.

Outside of celebrity status and politics how the rest of the people act or react is not a popularity contest. So make known what you think about how things are being handled especially if it pertains to public service. Post your constructive criticisms.

To the eyes of those whose toes you may step on in the process of seeking the truth, you may appear unpopular. It is okay because at the end of the day you did our country a big favor. Critics have to be wary now that online libel law makes you criminally liable.

This may be a set back for the vigilant. This is probably the reason why the wife of comedian, Tado, opted to shave off her head in protest against government employees of the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB). In a television interview she believed that had the implementing agency been stringent, accidents that claimed so many lives could have been avoided.

As television host Ted Failon always stresses in his documentary show Failon Ngayon, “may pakialam ka.” There are certain issues we do not want to get involved with. While we need to be delicate with each other, we need to be sensitive with each other also; touch our deepest senses to awaken Filipinos.

When we come face to face with reality, we are confronted with how to be vigilant without hurting our family. Newton’s third law of motion says for every action there is always an equal opposite reaction.

I believe it is better that we hurt those who did wrong rather than hurt innocent people as a result of the incompetence of those tasked to regulate. Regulatory boards are in place to ensure smoothness of operations. Restrained regulators have no place in the LTFRB. Please disenfranchise erring operators who keep hiring irresponsible drivers.

While I can only empathize with the relatives of victims of bus accidents I can still be vigilant in my own way, so beware kolurum operators.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.

Lifestyle

DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.

Forum rules: Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent and respectful. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!
2013 Bar results out

FOREX: US$ 1.00 = PhP 44.420

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Philippine Lotto Results

Gamesort iconCombinations
6Digit7-2-0-8-1-6
Swertres Lotto 11AM8-9-8
Swertres Lotto 4PM4-5-2
Swertres Lotto 9PM6-0-7
EZ2 Lotto 9PM04-02
public media
Plus and Special
Channel 14

Today's front page

Sun.Star Cebu front page for April 17, 2014

Other front pages

Sun.Star Jobs
  • Sun.Star Zup!
  • tell it to sunstar
  • Obituary
  • Festivals
  • Habemus Papam
  • SunStar Celebrity
  • Calamity Report
  • Sinulog
  • Pnoy
  • Filipino Abroad
  • Philippine Polls
  • goodearth
  • Sunstar Multimedia
  • Technology
  • Pacman blog
  • ePaper