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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
'POLICE said the victim reported that around 3 p.m. Thursday, two suspects sold him a detergent bar instead of an iPhone 5'.
It's said there's one born every minute but here in Davao there's tens of thousands of us in the same boat as we line up to vote for barangay officials who, at this early stage in the political game, are already on the cheat.
No? Didn't you see the other evening, on TV, electioneering convoys making use of red-plate barangay vehicles? Plainly against Comelec rules and you have to wonder -- if these worthies are cheating the nation now (By using resources paid for by the taxpayer to get elected) what are they going to get up to once they reach the hallowed halls of the Senate or the House of Representatives? Screw the country on a much larger scale? Seems to be the fashion.
Moving on and the city has officially announced that it's going to turn the north-western end of Roxas Avenue into an ukay-ukay squat and 'particularly' that the stalls and tents be on the canal side of the carriageways. The other week I half-jokingly wrote of 'outhouses with their arses hanging over the canal' but just you wait and see.
The city's rationale for setting up the Roxas Avenue night market -- others on Magsaysay, Illustre Extension and Duterte -- is that the city's nuisance sidewalk vendors and ukay-ukay sellers will shout hallelujah, up sticks and flock to the new 'official' locations and I say you've heard the one about a snowball in hell -- does anyone seriously think that sidewalk vendors and roadside ukay-ukay squats will abandon their rent-free pitches to cough up P150 PER NIGHT, per stall, at the official locations ? And does anyone think, come morning, that the night market vendors will meekly fold up their tents and trappings and quietly fade away leaving Roxas clear for traffic which, amazingly and seemingly unbeknown by our city councilors, is what city streets are for? More like, once the traders are set up, there they'll stay as in the past leaving the relevant 'authorities' (A misnomer if ever there was) wringing their ineffectual hands.
Monday, Mayor Rody Duterte had a bit of a moan against overloud, overloaded and overspeeding uso-uso drivers (uso-uso are over-engined passenger jeepneys). Wednesday, the city's various traffic agencies (All five of them!) 'started arresting errant drivers'. Why does it always take a mayor or vice-mayor to boot these so-called enforcement agencies into action? Not only regarding uso-uso jeepneys but also, for example, the taxis and multicabs which routinely drive up the sidewalk opposite Bajada SSS to gain a few car-lengths over the traffic stopped at the lights? Or the taxis and jeepneys parked and jostling for passengers three abreast at NCCC Matina making a nonsense of the through lanes?
Lastly, the city's latest encouragement to bicyclists is to include them in the new blanket parking ordinance -- we're going to have to pay for a parking ticket too. How this will work I don't know. Hunt down a parking attendant? Buy a ticket at the City Hall? Are ticket machine to be installed around the city? Sounds like yet another of our honourables barely thought out and unworkable ordinances.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 24, 2013.