Charity, Hope and Love-A A +A
Friday, December 27, 2013
BEWARE if somebody calls or texts you that you won in a lotto draw or informs you that your relative met an accident. The caller or texter may just be making fun of or fooling you.
Today is Innocents' Day or Niños Innocentes. It is supposed to be a religious activity commemorating the death of thousands of children in the hands of King Herod the Great.
But because Filipinos are hilarious, they use the day to make fun of innocent people.
Aw, kung magpa-inosente o magpatug-tug ka sa pansitan, mailad gyud ka.
The massacre of the innocents is the Biblical narrative about Herod, the Rome-appointed King of the Jews. According to the Gospel of Matthew, King Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem so as to avoid the loss of his throne to one whose birth was announced to him by the Magis.
In Matthew's account, the Magis came from the east going to Judea in search of the newborn “King of the Jews,” having seen his star in the east.
King Herod directed them instead to Bethlehem and asked them to let him know who this “king” is when they find him.
They did find Jesus and honored him but an angel told them not to alert Herod, and they returned home by another way. When the Magis had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
“Get up,” the angel said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for King Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
When Herod realized that he was outwitted by the Magis, he was furious and ordered the killing of all the boys aged two years old or under in Bethlehem and its vicinity.
That is why today is called innocents day because children are innocent.
Are Charity, Hope and Love gone in this yuletide season? Yes, they are gone and they are now jobless.
Charity, Hope and Love are the girls affected by the closure of Las Vegas KTV Bar at APM mall at the North Reclamation Area. It was ordered closed by city hall for allowing nude female dancers to perform on stage before their customers.
No less than Mayor Mike Rama signed the one-year closure order upon the recommendation of the City Anti-indecency Board (Caib) headed by Dr. Lucelle Mercado.
This, following the series of letters sent by Caib to the management of the bar warning them of their alleged violations of the anti-indecency law after one of their agents saw the actual performances on several occasions. However, the owners ignored the letters.
The bar lawyer, Innocencio de la Serna, alleged that city hall's action was arbitrary because they were not given due process.
With the closure, the bar stands to lose P50,000 a day while employees, including waiters and guests relation officers, are now jobless. Apil lagi intawon sila si Charity, Hope ug Love. Apil pod tawon sila si Aida, si Lorna ug si Fe. Looy tawon sila. Pasko ra ba.
City hall's action was administrative. What about the letters sent by Caib telling the management of the alleged violations, was that a form of due process? City Hall didn’t need to go to court for the closure order because it was within the power of the local chief executive. Charging the operators in court for a criminal offense is one thing and ordering its closure is another.
But now, Mike is in dilemma on whether to allow the reopening of the said KTV bar or not because it is paying taxes to city hall. The mayor was quoted as saying, “Don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.”
Well, Mike can still reconsider his decision for as long as the operators comply with and follow the anti-indecency law to the fullest. No more nude-dancing exhibition.
Malooy lagi ta nila ni Charity, Hope ug ni Love. Wala na silay income ron.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2013.