People’s wrath-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Friday, August 30, 2013
MORE than anything else, what the criminal Janet Napoles should fear most is the people’s wrath. The realization that one’s own money is stashed away and wantonly plundered by politician’s without even any hesitation makes every citizen’s blood curl just like how I feel and many among ordinary people interviewed on television.
It is everyone’s knowledge that we, Filipinos, every single one of us, including infants and those still to be born, are religiously paying our taxes whether we like it or not. Practically, we do not have much choice at all but to give to government the revenues from our hard-earned money, however small it is. We pay direct and indirect taxes for everything that we purchased because government systems have put in place such that it is systematically deducted from our earnings.
Ma’am Ning, my friend mentor feels the same way as I do, as she is skeptical of the kind of justice system that is in place in our country. She has every reason to doubt, because justice for her who figured in an accident some time ago, has also turned into “just tiis”, (which means be patient), a cynical quip on justice or of our legal system that can roll so excruciating slow for ordinary citizens but can be quickly attained for the favored, moneyed and the powerful.
As a part-time mentor, Ma’am Ning earns a pittance, but that is not what she is teaching for. She simply loved teaching such that even if she was way beyond her retirement, she still persists in mentoring because it has become a distinct part of her being. The thought of “retiring” has not really sunk into her psyche, and teaching has become a well-loved habit that is hard to lose.
Just like thousands of other teachers in our country, she has to endure the 20 percent tax that is automatically deducted from her pay, thereby reducing what little she earns from her “take-home-pay” that can barely take her home. It is understandable therefore that she could not hide her disgust over the developments of the “pork barrel scam”, which she said, would just eventually be “hog-washed”, just like many other crucial issues in the past.
One such grave issue in Mindanao was the “Ampatuan massacre” in Maguindanao, which was at its height for some time but sadly, slowly fizzling out it seems, as the perpetrators seem to be taking their time in manipulating our “inutile” justice system, while the victims’ families hunger for justice. So citizens in this hapless country that is being devoured by the vultures in government have become cynical and afraid that again, nothing would eventually come out of this.
But then, it looks like the Filipinos have finally learned to take government to task. Those protests at Luneta, Mendiola and many other parts of the country was a wake-up call for all government functionaries including the president to be mindful of every move and decisions they make because the true masters of this land has now come to its senses and becoming truly awake and vigilant.
We can no longer be compliant because what is at stake here is the integrity of the whole government system that seems to be falling apart. That protest rally tersely warns all and sundry that the Filipino masses are fed up with all the lies and deceit that can no longer be tolerated and camouflaged, and are now making this known.
The Filipino people have spoken and government should now listen or else there will be dire consequences!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 31, 2013.