Moms and kids

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


OVER the weekend, a 14-year-old girl was caught keeping watch over a hoard of shabu.

Placed under police custody, the girl is said to have blamed her mother for what happened. “Sayop man gud ni nimo. Moduol ko, imo kong iwakli. Love ra man akong gusto.” (This is your fault. I come to you, you brush me aside. Your love is all I want.”}

In a sense, the girl expressed what could be a basic socio-economic problem. Poverty has somehow pervaded the land and transformed the landscape into a desert of hunger and greed. It is, indeed, a sad commentary of our times.

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The police said the young girl was utilized as “drug mule” and seized from her an estimated P5.9 million worth of shabu in her place in Labangon Saturday night.

Her arrest has alarmed the law enforcers, as they believe that it is becoming a trend among the drug dealers “to let minors do their dirty work.” The young girl whom they call Marian (her real name is withheld) was caught during a buy-bust operation.

During a conversation between mother and daughter at the Punta Princesa police station where Marian is being held in custody, she was heard to have told her mother: “Kung wala pa lang unta ko nimo pasagdi, di ko maingon ani.”(If you had not neglected me, I would not have become like this.)

She was talking to her mother and a sister who were visiting her. What she said were quite matured insights for a teenage heart.

Under questioning by her captors, she revealed that she knew she was dealing a drug, but she did not know the value of the drug she was carrying. She was only told to hand it over to the buyer, and she would get P1,000 in return.

The youngest among four kids, she said she has been living in a house rented by a friend. She went home only once in a while when she needed to change clothes.

Marian said she is enrolled in grade 5, but she only occasionally went to school and had repeated some grades. On the other hand her mother, whom the law enforcers called Janice, claims that she has not fallen short of providing for the needs of her children.

When she broke up with her husband, Marian was only two months old. And so, she worked on various jobs just be able to feed her kids.

The case of Marian and her Mom Janice, I think is a typical condition of many a family relationship of our contemporary social life. The advances in modern day science and technology have caused the emergence of such technical fads as cell phones, televisions and various means of communications that affected family life in one way or another--causing either closeness and bonding, or alienation of family relationship.

I am not saying that this is the cause of our rising criminality or the troubling social problems that have challenged the stability of the family. But there is the hope that our moms and kids would eventually find a way to achieve the peak of the human condition we are all striving to achieve somehow.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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