Editorial: Order and compassion

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Friday, July 11, 2014

BY THIS time, Dabawenyos should be very familiar with how its leader, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte can be compassionate to the poor and yet draws the line when the poor uses their state of being to earn undue advantage.

As the mayor would often say, “don’t use your poverty to circumvent the law.” This statement he’d often say to drug pushers and vendors as many would use poverty as reason to either push drugs or sell where they pose inconvenience to the public.

The mayor has earned respect for this. His bending over backwards to help the poor at the same time putting his foot down when demands become unreasonable.


Thus was how the hardheaded illegal settlers below the Generoso Bridge II were finally evicted, and soon… the vendors at the Binugao detachment of Task Force Davao.

As we have stated in an earlier editorial, we side with Lt. Col. Nestor Mondia who was relieved from his post as detachment commander after figuring in an argument with three vendors there.

As already stated, the argument, where Mondia was said to have cussed the three vendors, was over the unruly ways of the vendors and their continued refusal to abide by the protocol of allowing the security personnel to check buses first before they can go up and sell their goods.

That would have been a very easy procedure to follow, but the vendors wanted it their own way. Sorry, vendors, but public interest should be held supreme. We’re glad that the mayor sees it this way too.

They have been allowed to sell their goods there, all they needed to do was follow procedures. Since they did not want to, then they lost the privilege. This is what many of us take for granted most of the time, privilege. When granted leeway to do something, many think it is their right and do not recognize this as a privilege granted them that can be taken away anytime by proper authorities.

In this case, vendors have overstepped their privilege to earn some when they were already getting in the way of Task Force Davao’s role to secure the city by checking vehicles and persons entering the city from the south.

It pays to remind everybody, rich or poor, that the reason the city is successful in maintaining peace and order is because the people have chose to abide by the laws, never mind if many are grumbling, still everybody abides. We may not like everything that is being ordered here, but we see how these are weighed according to the best interest of the greater majority. We’ve seen how the very strict smoking ban has been challenged even in court, but now we see that there are less smokers among our youths unlike when we were of those age. That is already a solid proof that the best interest has been served. The order to tone down videoke machines by 10 p.m. may have caused neighborhood stalls and drinking spots to lose several hundreds in sales every night, but it has allowed the neighborhood to sleep in peace and wake up refreshed the following day.

Sad to say, it’s the vendors in Binugao who have to learn this lesson now and fast.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 12, 2014.


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