There’s nothing wrong with being poor, however being poor without preserving to succeed is another thing. The common struggle of Ormoc City’s commuters and drivers alike differs based on how each individual views each struggles respectively.
A lot of us are excited to experience again the fun of drinking overpriced beers on a weekend or spending our money on a lemon juice drink that’s contained only by a slightly bigger plastic glass than what we have at our home. For those who have gastronomical cravings, they either get the joy of buying too much oily foods or getting lost in foreign desserts with names that they don’t even know how to pronounce properly. It’s always like this in Quadro. But there’s another looming force of temptation so cunningly ‘copied’ from the idea of a man who created ‘Quadro’ –and that’s what we are going to talk about.
Religion plays a crucial role in the Philippines. Heck, it’s even quite amusing how most Filipinos are named after biblical figures. Then here comes drugs and Death Penalty; for a city like Ormoc which seems to be tightly-knitted to the vestibules of the dogmatic Christian religion, the idea of “killing” is obviously highly considered as one of “God’s” seven deadliest sin. However, as religious a Filipino might be, it is still unavoidable for them to deviate from the basic laws of social norms.
Take the case of a “druggie”. When they are so into the act of committing a crime, we have to remember that the brains of these individuals are totally hijacked by a cocktail of highly expensive illegal drugs that makes it virtually impossible for them to formulate higher levels of thinking at that specific period of time. So it is safe to say that these people are exercising a barbaric primal instinct that overdrives the common desire to conform to society’s normal ethical standards. This, then leads us to conclude that barbarism is at work here.
On another case, let’s say one of your immediate family member is a victim of a druggie. Automatically, because human as you are, your first reaction to such a brutal action is grief and to nurture your reptilian instinct for a planned retribution.
Revenge. It feels good right? Especially if you’re overdriven by your emotional desire to exterminate that “druggie’s” life by making him feel the pain of his own actions towards you and your family. In this case, revenge is –by its very nature– entirely selective and just a function of personal perspective. However, according to the laws that governs the land –the only limiting force that separates you from that “druggie” – you are not permitted to commit an act, i.e. murder, whether intended for emotional pleasure or not.
So here comes the inception of Death Penalty –the ultimate hope of those who wanted revenge for their lost loved ones. But is Death Penalty entirely plausible for those who wants to be emotionally satiated by revenge? Apparently, the city’s District Representative –Lucy Torres-Gomez– thinks so. Since Lucy’s decision is so mainstream today, here is my cent to help Ormocanons see light in her decision for approving the re-imposition of capital punishment.
It’s not going to come as a shocker to me if the coven of the city’s Jesuits blasts their horn with the intention of ostracizing the Gomez family from entering the city’s Catholic Church; of course, given the fact that the Gomezes are devout Chatolic family. After all, the church has the absolute power to do so, right? But is it really worth it for the city’s Catholic Church to call out Lucy Torres with her decision for voting YES to Death Penalty? I don’t think so. Just because she decided to agree with the re-imposition of capital punishment doesn’t automatically associate her to that of being an “Antichrist” or being an “un-Christian”. Think about it, just because someone doesn’t give a beggar an alm doesn’t automatically mean he’s “not generous”. Sometimes, it’s more like a case of “self-preservation” where that someone has to tend to his own needs first rather than tending to others’. In this case, he’s trying to weigh his options after formulating reasons as to why he shouldn’t help the beggar first.
The above analogy, as I’d like to believe, has the same analogy Lucy Torres used after weighing the conditions of the situation in front of her –that is the rampant distribution of illegal drugs; after all, Death Penalty is heavily anchored on drug related cases. Again, just like the above analogy, what Lucy Torres is doing is merely preserving the common good of her people. It doesn’t come new to me when a woman like her will rather protect her people, even if that means using the extreme of measures to do it, and will rather act fierce in a situation that could escalate into a large scale disaster. Of course, Lucy knows better than to waste the vote of Ormocanons and of course, she’s also aware of the fact that the bastion of one of the country’s biggest drug cartels is only less than an hour drive from Ormoc. So to say that Lucy Torres is somewhat delusional in her decision to approve the re-imposition of capital punishment, then you have an issue of not seeing things the way we are seeing it.
The city’s Catholic Church should not play the good man here just because they’re seeing this as an act of Human Rights violations. The church should not keep a blind eye to the cruel reality that the victims of these feared druggies, though it might sound cruel to say this but, were not saved by the word of God. It’s time for the church to take a small step back in order to get a good grasp of how the situation was during their “intervention” from the state’s decisions. Now, it’s time for the church to let the state do it’s job by protecting the people from further damaging each other just because the church has been meddling from the state. It’s time to make a wise choice.
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Brave Ormocanon might be the city’s only website openly criticizing the condescending hypocrisy which is circulating in the city’s political veins. It is the website’s bold legacy to highlight the narrative of how politics have been and has been conducted in an unpopular society full of politically illiterate fools and a specie hell-bent into the seemingly popular belief that Ormoc City, had the chance to prosper under the holy hands of its previous political masters. That narrative might probably work before where Ormocanons were still kneeling and butt-kissing their hacienderos, thus, leaving them swallowing anything that their slave mentality shoved down their throats. Sadly, that’s not entirely the case in a generation where street revolution is just lurking behind the dark confines of technology.
Last year’s election that hammered Richard Gomez into the position he so seemingly enjoys right now is the same “revolutionary” spirit the evolved Ormocanons have acquired from decades of slavery and idiosyncrasy. Or perhaps, they’re still the same specie, just lured into a cart full of other screaming hypocrites who could not wean themselves off of vote buying, er loyalty. Whatever the case may be, it still resulted to Richard Gomez sitting right now.
Unsurprisingly, Gomez did proved something: being worthy of the votes he bought out of political fashion –and Brave Ormocanon is not foolish enough to dismiss it. Not entirely blaming all these politicians for being so adamant and desperate in their measures to woo the people into voting them because as appalling as it sounds, vote buying is the only effective technique that our politicians have been using for generations.
Now that Gomez has established quite a few remarkable success in Ormoc City’s geopolitical features, it simply begs to be seen that behind all the power-show façade of our politicians that has tarnished the true virtue of politics; there are still people like Richard Gomez who are willing to change something for the better. To Richard Gomez, we will keep looking out for you. Kudos!
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Let it be known to everybody, that Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa seems to have an issue of their own doing. Perhaps a typical Ormocanon might ask when the circus of showbiz political fashion that is the Republic of the Philippines, will jail the names and the real criminals of this administration’s War Against Illegal Drugs. Honestly, nobody knows.
In the same planar of thinking, I have written in my previous article that the Codillas are on the brink of existential crisis. Actually, that’s one of the most satirical content I’ve ever written as a 22-year old guy. To the minions of the Gomezes, this might come across as ridiculously confusing; to the loyalists of Codillas, this might present as a relief. But if Ormocanons should step back far enough from the weeds that they are plucking and try to look at the scene the media beholds, then what Kerwin Espinosa had provided as a veritable and a plausible fountain of information during his Congressional Probe with Sen. Pacquiao, will appear to be politically motivated.
So it has begun. On Kerwin Espinosa’s Congressional probe, it was no other than a bisaya senator –Manny Pacquiao– who did the probing to get facts with which political names have been involved in the drug trader’s list. Assuming what the Philippine congress had synthesized out of its Congressional probe from Espinosa were “facts“, then I have to say that the Codillas are reaching the dawn of its political age –and there’s no creeping out out of the dungeon they built with their own hands.
Under the premise that Ormoc city’s mayor is a business degree holder, only little of the population really cares about the true context behind the words “business degree” so long as the big word “mayor” precedes that of a name. In short, Ormoc city’s thinking population doesn’t really care if Richard Gomez has an MBA on his name and is a business graduate.