Sangil: Goodbye Tatang Johnny

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I PROFOUNDLY raised this question four years ago. How do you square a circle? It was a query that was directed towards the Duterte administration. If we have to believe the employed trolls of the Duterte government, the former Davao City mayor is making a lot of headway as far as its campaign against the illegal drug trade, corruption, political dynasties, environmental issues, oligarchy, traffic, unemployment and poverty. In fairness to President Duterte, the above have been moving in circles in this country since I started reading the newspapers in my teen years.

Now, Duterte is faced with a bigger problem. The corona veerus, which he cannot even pronounced correctly, is weakening the economy on a faster rate. The unemployment is hitting the roof. The dollar remittances of the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) made a nose dive and Central Bank is worried.

Corruption committed under his watch will make anyone puke. The ayudas for the poor and the funds for the sick were partition by people whose pockets are deeper than those old deep wells. The thieves under the present dispensation are the Robin Hood in reverse. While in the old merry England Robin robbed the rich and shared his loot to the poor, here in our country these "Robbing Hoods" robbed the funds intended for the welfare of the poor.

President Duterte has two more years. Dreaming is strictly none revenue, so they say. He may have dreamt big for our country because the impression then was that Duterte was hell bent in "finishing the drug problem in six months." But like the raging coronavirus, it reached pandemic proportions over the years. He will end corruption. He will end insurgency. He will solve the traffic mess. More promises we can no longer remember, and maybe he himself too. In the remaining years in office he may not complete building the square to capture the circle.


If only there's no pandemic and no health protocols are in place, I am damn sure that Johnny Uy will have the longest funeral procession the province and Angeles City will ever witness. Despite the guidelines on physical distancing, still friends and kin alike paid their respect to the old man. Health protocols were observed anyway. His remains lie in state at the Holy Mary Memorial Park. He was 98 years old, and those years were all well spent. Thousands were touched by the kindness of Tatang Johnny. He was a simple, nice, kind and generous individual whose sense of community is as big similar to those huge warehouses of Johnny's Grocery. He can be credited to many things, and one of which was the introduction of Rotary Club organization in Angeles City. There were no charity causes he was not involved. Tatang Johnny will be long remembered. The people who are recipients of his goodness will be forever grateful. His body may have been interred but his memory will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of thousands. Farewell Tatang Johnny. The Angels of the Lord already rolled a carpet and welcome you in Heaven with accompanying blazing trumpets.


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