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Fetalvero: Who do we send to Mars?

A ONE-WAY ticket to Mars? Science fiction or not, some people (or perhaps in a few years, Earthlings) proposed to launch a program that would involve volunteers from different parts of the world to be in the fourth planet from the Sun. Volunteers for this project will be given one-way tickets. Were there volunteers, though? This has to be verified if anyone in his right mind had already signed up for this unique project. Professionals are very much welcome to volunteer as well.

While on planet Mars, volunteers will do nothing but note every development, observation, and conduct research studies. Every input will, of course, be relayed to planet Earth.

Our planet is facing all kinds of global problems, that scientists are now considering an alternative place for mankind. Relocating is difficult, much more to a different planet. I admire the courage of those who volunteered for the project, who considered this “point of no return.”

Well, who do you like to be absent in your life? A one-way ticket to Mars is an assurance that that person is never coming back. I conducted a survey among my friends. Here are some of their answers:

- Members of terrorist groups

- Corrupt government officials

- Pedophiles, drug dealers and drug lords

- Deadbeat Dad (those who just wanted to father a child but refuses to support him)

- Dictators of the world

- Tax evaders

- Scammers, greedy entrepreneurs and loan sharks

- In-laws

Fight or flight are two choices when one is faced with a predicament. A flight to Mars is not an option for me. A third option is to have a wait-and-see approach, since everything in this world is but fleeting.

Our Bureau of Corrections has been under fire for a month now. It has emerged as a Bureau of Corruption. Money changes hands faster than a money changer outlet. During the Senate hearing, we learned that inmates who have millions of pesos can enjoy the luxury of five-star accommodation. Prostitution, illegal drugs and other contraband are available if the price is right. Shocking revelation? Rich and infamous drug lords are the ones running the operations of BuCor.

Then there is the tapping into technology, a recommendation to reform BuCor. However, President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Bong Go suggest that a “killer” should be installed. Duterte appointed Gerald Bantag, a former warden of Parañaque City Jail who faces 10 counts of homicide for the grenade bombing where 10 prisoners were killed.

How about sending Bantag to Mars, so we can enjoy some fireworks in the skies?


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