“SACRA Corona Unita, Cosa Nostra, Bratva” are words seldom spoken or heard. But it connects solely to one being – the mafia. Steering towards one purpose of gaining goods, services, position or power through influence or other unlawful means; it requires dedication in a well-organized manner. Here’s the continuation of the flower vase superintendent in the mountainous city and the looming Mafia.
While Rico were discussing with Art, Sora, and Rema; the budding flowers of Pinky, Juli, Nes and Lala arrived unexpectedly.
If only Rico has powerful scanners, he can penetrate the contents of their minds: Sora – kickbacks from various Deped infrastructure projects whether small or large and funded by the SEF (Special Education Fund) and other sources; Art with all the cunning principals salivating the MOOE’s (Maintenance and other Operating Expenses) led by principal Brenda - kickbacks from small goods but with faster gains (A.K.A. Chi’ strategy) like books, papers, clothing, floor wax, brooms, scrubs, chairs, tables and other goods in the classrooms, multi-million project comfort rooms, rent of buildings, identification cards and without mercy it includes canteen concessionaires;
Juli – the chief of the “Curikom Instigation Division” insuring the faithful implementation of the 12- k program which, literary implies the minimum kickback of twelve percent SOP (Siping Or Pilak, the first word may not be about money) adjusted from the previous ten percent due to high inflation rate, but the most scintillating about her job is to safeguard the promotion of all learners regardless if they are non – readers, non-writers or non-counters;
Pinky – wet behind the ears, she’s still pondering how in Deped sanctioned books were written, that idea of Banaue rice terraces to be found in Zambales and carved by the Igorot Aetas and in which way will all these Deped learning materials bring the learners to the promise land;
Nes – trying hard to flex her arm day and night until now, she needs to outstandingly bring out the guts of the power puff girl’s and finish all the required jobs from procurement, accounting to supervision of employees in the division of the Mountainous city; and the last of the Mohicans, Lala – the dominant flower insuring all employees to be fit and qualified in blending with the colors desired by the mafia.
Alas, with all these emphatic powerful minds, Rico will have none; just as his voracious pets of lion, dove and eagle, he prays - that this natural born mafia will likewise die a natural death. And with all the stories about Mafia’s life and death, there’s always this blood that sustains it – equal share in any invested brouhaha. Meaning, any participant must receive what is due. Else, someone out there might blow the whistle. Hence, he taught of the secret shatterproof codes to be sworn in faithfully, by anyone who enters Deped by accident or intentional, that which must be uttered in an initiation rites.
To be continued...