Some people are incapable of looking at the bigger picture. A simple act of enforcing the law can benefit the majority in Philippine society. As usual, “pro-poor” bleeding hearts like Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco are up in arms over new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s drive to rid his city’s streets of illegal occupants…
To the middle and upper class they may be eyesores, but many of our urban poor resort to informal jobs like street vending because they have little choice.
To “clean them up” without providing alternatives is to deprive them of their right to the city.
See, the vendors shouldn’t have been allowed to sell their wares illegally to begin with. Their business is at the expense of many. It is WRONG.
It is not the government’s job to find work for individuals. The govt can generate jobs by inviting investors to set up businesses and stimulate the manufacturing industry in the country to give people job opportunities, but it is up to each person to take the initiative to seek and act on opportunities.
Those bleeding hearts who spew out emo sentiments like Lasco are the reason the Philippines cannot progress. They cry for jeepney drivers, squatters and illegal vendors who cause pollution, steal from hard workers and wreak havoc in public. They keep the country backward. No hope at all.
As long as the squatters remain where they are and are allowed to flourish, the Philippines will not reach its full potential as a business hub that finds favor in the eyes of foreign investors. No amount of volunteer cleanup initiatives will fix this underlying problem.
Squatters indiscriminately dump waste onto Manila’s waterways. In other words, the activities of the people squatting are foul. They have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others and have total disregard for the environment and welfare of other people.
Unfortunately, asking the squatters to move out and clear the areas they are currently occupying – near riverbanks, under the bridges, along the railroad tracks and behind economic and exclusive residential zones, is easier said than done. Aside from professional squatters who try to cheat the system, there are squatters who keep returning to squat near the cities because they say there is no livelihood in the relocation sites.
In short, it is evident that the problem of squatters in the Philippines cannot be solved by invoking ‘humanitarian’ appeal. The problem with the way things are done in the Philippines is that small misdemeanors get routinely tolerated. And then more and more of them get tolerated until the pile of little misdemeanors gets bigger and bigger.
Squatting is a huge social and economic problem in the Philippines, more so because squatters are protected by laws that make it difficult to remove them from properties they infest. The solution is clear. The rules must be enforced from the start and consistently applied to all. Squatters should not be exceptions.
Yellows are now saying it’s so easy to clean up Boracay and Manila Bay. Then why didn’t former President Noynoy Aquino do it? Perhaps Noynoy didn’t think it was that easy. He didn’t do much during his term except use public funds to bribe members of Congress and to fund his party’s election campaign.
I’m all for the reclamation of Manila Bay if it means permanently getting rid of the squatters currently occupying it illegally. Previous governments should have kicked them out decades ago. Instead, they allowed the problem to get worse. Now the leftists are “fighting” for their “rights”.
The problem with some yellows is they cannot think long term. Not all policies result in instant or overnight change. Some policies take years to take effect. Building or improving infrastructure can take a few years or decades to complete. At least there is initiative.
Yellows are suddenly so impatient to see change, but they were ok when Noynoy was doing nothing to fix the country. He couldn’t even do the simplest of things like cleaning up the environment. Now that there are infrastructure upgrade projects on-going in the country, yellows simply dismiss it.
Let’s say cleaning up Boracay and Manila Bay are the only obvious accomplishments of the Duterte govt, but they are major ones that can affect the way Filipinos think. Cleaning up the environment can help Filipinos be more conscious of the way they treat their surroundings.
Indeed, China is doing something to the Philippines that Filipinos really ought to be very familiar with. The Chinese are merely squatting. And given Filipinos’ unmatched tolerance for squatters to the point of even elevating them to sainthood, they really shouldn’t be complaining at all.
Squatting, as most Filipinos know, happens when people start illegally erecting structures on someone else’s private undeveloped land. Once there, they are difficult to eradicate as they cling to the land they illicitly occupy like barnacles.
China is just another squatter Filipinos ought to be accustomed to. For decades, the Philippines have neglected to develop any of the natural treasures that lay beneath the territories it lays claim to. So now that someone with the means to do just that had planted its assets on these territories, Filipinos are now screeching bloody “victimhood”. But, really, that’s just how squatting works, right?
The trouble with Filipinos is they’re not consistent. They apply the rules selectively. How can Filipinos credibly presume to protest Chinese squatting on what they assert are their territories when they routinely coddle the crooked squatting ways of their own compatriots? Dumb, really.