Malilong: Oh, that they would drown in their refuse

TRAFFIC was heavier than usual on P. Del Rosario Ext. on my way to the office yesterday afternoon. Reason: a truck from the Department of Public Works and Highways was pouring asphalt on the road.

For one who has not felt the presence of government in his barangay for some time, it was a heartwarming sight. True, the area that was asphalted was still a good half kilometer away from where we live and there are many intersecting roads in between but hey, the truck’s front was headed towards our direction.

Hope springs eternal, you know, and when you’re desperate, you cling to the blurriest of signs that better things are going your way. Surely, our ill fortune must have had already bottomed out; two years of neglect must be more than enough penance for the sins, the nature of which we still do not know but which some higher god must have been certain we have committed.

I know I should be praying for higher intentions but grant us this one, Lord: pour your grace into their hearts (in your Infinite Wisdom you know who they are) and let not their DPWH asphalt-bearing truck change course. And while we’re at it, make them bring their garbage trucks more frequently to our neighborhood and those who dump their garbage on the street, drown in their refuse.

Okay, you might not grant the last one. You might not even like it but please, Lord, you are our only refuge, we cannot rely on our barangay captain and the police are too occupied with their ABCD (Always Busy Catching Criminals and Drug Dealers) to bother with violations of the anti-littering ordinance. So if you do not want the idiots to suffer that way (dying from suffocation) can you at least teach them a lesson, that they will not soon forget, not to inflict their trash on their neighbors? Like non-stop diarrhea for two days, perhaps?

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The government has shut down Rappler because, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission, it violated constitutional provisions banning foreign ownership of mass media companies. Isn’t it ironic that the supposed violation, which is said to have been going on for many years, should be penalized under a regime that does not seem averse to the idea of selling out to the Chinese?

But the law is the law, they say. It has to be followed especially since it is not any ordinary law that was breached but the constitution itself. How strange that many of the people who now piously invoke the inviolability of the constitution have only in the recent past displayed disdain for basic constitutional precepts such as the separation of powers among the three branches of government and the right to due process, among others.

If Rappler’s corporate structure did in fact transgress the Constitution, wouldn’t that same Constitution have been served better if Rappler had been given a chance to comply instead of being shut down?

Just asking.
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