Waiting Sheds should be Where Bus and Jeepney Stops Are

WAITING SHEDS SHOULD BE WHERE BUS

AND JEEPNEY STOPS ARE

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

The Metro Manila Development Authority, in the case of Metro Manila, and the local government units should check the location of the waiting sheds distributed along highways and secondary thoroughfares. Historically, the waiting sheds as projects do not have a good reputation as their construction have been subject to a corrupt issue, in particular, the “commission”. Many sheds were allegedly sporadically distributed without due planning. As a result, today, there are many sheds that are awkwardly located because they are situated far from the designated bus and jeepney stops. Who would want then, to wait for a bus or jeepney at a designated stop under the rain or scorching heat of the sun?

 

During the past administrations, the waiting sheds as with the basketball courts, Multi-purpose and Reading Centers were the favorite sources of commission amassed by corrupt officials. There was a scramble for budget supposedly intended for the mentioned projects. For this reason, there are lengths of streets dotted with unnecessary waiting sheds which later on were just used by street dwellers. In this regard, many basketball courts and multi-purpose centers were also alleged to have been overpriced and built with inferior materials.

 

The authorities are eternally facing a problem as regards the discipline of commuters and drivers of public conveyances. The commuters cannot be stopped from waiting for their ride where waiting sheds are located, but which are far from designated stops. The traffic enforcers are pitifully doing their best to drive commuters to these designated stops…a futile effort, when all the while, the solution is remove the old waiting sheds and build new ones where the bus and jeepney stops are located!

The Drug-Crazed Personalities and their Alleged “Killing” by Arresting Officers

THE DRUG-CRAZED PERSONALITIES AND THEIR

ALLEGED “KILLING” BY ARRESTING OFFICERS

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

IF THE INVESTIGATION THAT DE LIMA WANTS IS “IN AID OF LEGISLATION”, WHAT SHE SHOULD DO IS VISIT THE DETENTION PRECINCTS AND CENTERS AND TALK TO THOSE WHO SURRENDERED AND GOT APPREHENDED. THERE SHE WILL SURELY BE OVERWHELMED WITH STORIES OF FILIPINOS WHO WANT TO GET RICH INSTANTLY AND WHO THOUGHT THAT THE ILLEGAL DRUG IS THE ANSWER TO PROBLEMS THAT BESET THEIR FAMILIES, ETC.

 

THE OBJECT OF HER INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE ON HOW TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH PROGRAMS THAT WOULD HOPEFULLY PUT AN END TO THIS CANCER OF SOCIETY. OVER THE RADIO, NEWS CAN BE HEARD ABOUT POLICE OFFICERS SURRENDERING AND ADMITTING THEIR BEING PUSHERS….ABOUT THOUSANDS WHO SURRENDER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THEIR LIFE. SO WHAT ELSE DOES SHE WANT TO KNOW? WHY DISTURB THE MOMENTUM OF OPERATIONS BY WASTING THE TIME OF THE POLICE IN THE HALLS OF THE SENATE WHERE THEY SHALL BE ASKED WITH REDUNDANT QUESTIONS? WHY NOT JUST ASK FOR THEIR WRITTEN REPORTS AND HAVE THESE CHECKED AGAINST HER OWN COVERT INVESTIGATION?

 

HER DISTRUST OF THE NAPOLCOM AND THE DOJ WHICH WAS ONCE HER TURF IS AN INDICATION OF HER DESIRE NOT TO COOPERATE, ALTHOUGH, IN INTERVIEWS SHE TRIES HARD TO COVER THIS UP.  SHE SHOULD BE ALARMED ON THE EXTENT OF THE DISASTROUS EFFECT OF DRUGS BASED ON THE THOUSANDS WHO SURRENDERED…INSTEAD OF GETTING WARY ABOUT THOSE KILLED AND WHOSE INVOLVEMENT IN ILLEGAL DRUG IS CONFIRMED BY THEIR FAMILIES AND ACQUAINTANCES.

 

SHE CAN ELICIT FAVORABLE REACTION FROM HER DETRACTORS BY ALLOWING THE NEW PRESIDENT DO HIS THING WITHIN THE PROMISED PERIOD TO RID THE COUNTRY OF THE DRUG MENACE. AFTER THAT, SHE CAN HAVE A GRAND TIME IN CRITICIZING THE ADMINISTRATION. THE NEW PRESIDENTE HAS BARELY WARMED HIS DERRIER IN HIS OFFICE, SO WHY IS SHE SO EAGER TO LASH AT HIM?

 

On the other hand, Solicitor Generator, Jose Calida should be commended for coming out in the open to defend the police in their effort to arrest drug pushers and drug lords, at the same time, eliminating their fear of being questioned. He is right in mentioning to the press that Senator de Lima had her chance of helping the government in ridding the Philippines of drug lords and drug pushers, when she was yet the Secretary of Justice, but she let it pass, as instead, the operation of the drug lords inside the Bilibid Prison became more vigorous. She keeps on saying that she already has in her mind the kind of law as a result of the investigation that she wants, so why can’t she just file it, instead of conducting an investigation which shall definitely be a waste of time and money? Also, several senators are saying that many laws on anti-drug are already in place, and all they need are proper implementation which the present administration is trying to do.

 

The Solicitor General is also right in saying that a drug-crazed person is not acting normally if he is under the influence of drugs due to evident transformation that takes place in his person. In that stage, he is not in control of his mind that he can even afford to rape his own mother or sister. He even imagines that he is pursued by killers making him barge inside homes and hold in hostage their occupants. Are these drug-crazed citizens what de Lima and the rest of human rights advocates want to defend?

 

On the other hand, while in the process of arresting a suspect the police put his life on the line of fire, so that he has no choice but defend himself if the subject of his action will react violently. Between the two lives, which then, is the most worthy of saving?