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Barrita: Filipinos’ common sense

Friday, September 29, 2017

IT has been said common sense is not common anymore. But had it ever become common before? It might as well be called the uncommon sense.

But my favorite wit, Mark Twain, aptly demonstrates what common sense is.

In a visit to Hawaii in the 1860s, he said he observed a bevy of nude young native women bathing in the sea. So, he said, he went and sat on their clothes to keep them from being stolen.


How about us Filipinos, do we have common sense?

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said Filipinos still have common sense after a survey showed a majority of the country’s adults believes those killed in the anti-drug war did not fight back.

Without that Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, we wouldn’t know Filipinos still have common sense.


The SWS survey, conducted from June 23 to 26, showed 54 % of respondents did not believe those killed in the war against illegal drugs resisted the police.

Disbelief in the police claim was strongest in Metro Manila at 63 percent and among Class E, the poorest.

The survey also showed that 49 percent nationwide and 58 percent in Metro Manila did not believe the victims were drug pushers.


David said the survey “merely shows that most Filipinos know how to follow their basic common sense.”

“It does not make sense that a drug suspect who knows he’ll surely die if he engages heavily armed policemen in a special operation in a firefight would still fight,” the Caloocan prelate said.

In short, any drug suspect who resists the police has no common sense.”

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2017.

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