Disiplina pud

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By Giano M. Libot

I have issues

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AREN’T we just prideful pessimists? And a bunch of hypocrites if you want to toss that in, as the “Hapsay Dalan” program slowly churns out painful but necessary attitude corrections; it is greeted not with welcome cooperation but with ruthless barbarism.

Not to say this generalizes everyone, but it is clear to see that these changes have not come at the price of harm to the enforcers. There have been many reports of senseless berating from some motorists about the enforcement of discipline, somewhere some egghead felt like they were suddenly above the rule of law and started parading their huge ego’s on the streets.

Tasteless, despicable, and abundantly cowardice these motorists have the gall no right to use scare tactics on enforcers, maybe not all enforcers are good, and some deserve the kind of berating than others, but for the many few and brave, they just do what they know is right in the eyes of order. And the buffoons of Cagayan de Oro come crawling out like they were bigger than the city itself. To whom do they owe their sense of narcissism?


That’s the thing about changes; sometimes the closer we are to achieving complete attitude reverses, the more and more the hard-nosed bigots start revealing themselves, and truth be told these people are often the first in line to parade the “need” for some order and discipline. But when the arrow points to their own disregard they suddenly act so high and mighty, like the bunch of self-righteous monarchs this city never had.

The intimidation, and physical assaults against RTA enforcers are disturbing, not only because it reveals the extent of lawlessness some of CdeOs residents still have, but also the lack of community and society most of the imbeciles really possess. When we commit to painful changes, we don’t just do it for ourselves, we do it so that other people get a taste of order too, and there is no exclusion to the rule, no priority above anyone else.

It does take some degree of humility to accept that we are wrong, and that we could be wrong again. A wrong parking, disregard of the signs, or a simple slip-up, the point is we need to pay the price. We can’t flag those badges, that status symbol, or worst we can’t assault enforcers. If you were indeed wronged, you must be civilized enough to use due process to protect you, you cannot and should never go Rambo on anybody, and you are no prince in this city.

This city has no king, this city needs no king, and certainly the city owes itself to no one but to everyone. The changes will continue to be painful, it will be slow, and more problems will arise. But we need to be steadfast, and we need to continue to honour the few men and women who go out there and do what is right.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 10, 2014.


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