Fetalvero: The need to speak our mind

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE setback on the cybercrime law, which imposes penalties for online libel, cannot be underrated for its implications to a society that has learned to express and to comment on situations that may affect, one way or another, his or her interrelations with others.

Outside of celebrity status and politics how the rest of the people act or react is not a popularity contest. So make known what you think about how things are being handled especially if it pertains to public service. Post your constructive criticisms.

To the eyes of those whose toes you may step on in the process of seeking the truth, you may appear unpopular. It is okay because at the end of the day you did our country a big favor. Critics have to be wary now that online libel law makes you criminally liable.


This may be a set back for the vigilant. This is probably the reason why the wife of comedian, Tado, opted to shave off her head in protest against government employees of the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB). In a television interview she believed that had the implementing agency been stringent, accidents that claimed so many lives could have been avoided.

As television host Ted Failon always stresses in his documentary show Failon Ngayon, “may pakialam ka.” There are certain issues we do not want to get involved with. While we need to be delicate with each other, we need to be sensitive with each other also; touch our deepest senses to awaken Filipinos.

When we come face to face with reality, we are confronted with how to be vigilant without hurting our family. Newton’s third law of motion says for every action there is always an equal opposite reaction.

I believe it is better that we hurt those who did wrong rather than hurt innocent people as a result of the incompetence of those tasked to regulate. Regulatory boards are in place to ensure smoothness of operations. Restrained regulators have no place in the LTFRB. Please disenfranchise erring operators who keep hiring irresponsible drivers.

While I can only empathize with the relatives of victims of bus accidents I can still be vigilant in my own way, so beware kolurum operators.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.


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