It’s such a hassle using the washroom at home lately. There’s water dripping down from the ceiling and since the washroom’s kinda small, drops of water fall directly either on top of my head or the wideness of my back whenever I give pressure closing the door. This has been going on for a few days now and neither my Aunt or I have bothered telling the landlady about it.
Meanwhile, someone close to me shifted somewhere else recently. He got the place in a very good deal – a cheap and spacious room with an amazing view from the balcony, a clean kitchen, and only 3 more people are sharing the flat with him. His only concerns were his washroom and how the landlords have been irresponsible with some of his issues.
The thing is… every concern he has, he directly communicates it with his landlord regardless of how they are handling things. Be it an issue from the bed they have given him or the lack of wall-mounted cloth-hanger in his terribly small washroom. He told me that he’s paying for all those stuff so it’s okay to ask and it’s more than okay to demand. They should be giving him what he has paid for. “I deserve it,” he said.
See the difference? I think the main issue with us, Filipinos, is we are all too forgiving and too understanding. That even if people are already taking advantage of us, we just.. try to understand. Even if deep down, we know it isn’t right anymore.
Just like the other night when my Aunt and I bought ice cream. She wanted vanilla, so I told the attendant to give her a vanilla ice cream. Simple. My Aunt even repeated the order for clarity. Vanilla. She still received a pistachio-flavored ice cream that tasted like a cotton candy bubblegum after.
When I told the attendant about it, she only replied, “But you said pistachio.” … Ok. Fine. There’s nothing more we can do. My Aunt was too nice and said it was okay, she’ll just have pistachio even though I know she didn’t like what she got. She only said, “maybe she’s tired” on our way home and nothing else. Imagine.
Another example you’ll find is on Shopee or Lazada (which is basically like the Amazon in the Philippines). If you spend some time reading reviews on different products, you’ll find reviews like:
– Missing one piece but it’s okay, I can manage
– Model is different from what I ordered but I can still use it so it’s okay, I can manage
– Poor quality but it’s okay for the price, I can manage
Some people settle for less because they already have something in front of them and they would feel ungrateful if they are unappreciative of it. We can’t just settle with “pwede na” or “I can manage” because we can’t keep on adjusting for people especially if it’s too much!
Pilipinas, you’ve been too understanding and way too forgiving. Sobra na. Harap harapan na tayong ginagago pero tila hindi pa rin nagigising lahat. Until now, I still don’t get why there are still people supporting the current government no matter how trash it has treated them. I can list a lot of things how it has abused us but I’ll only give the COVID 19 issue, as an example.
Let me tell you more about the Philippines’ president, everybody. The president who said that it’s his job to kill people.¹
1. He imposed a “community quarantine” in Metro Manila to prevent the spread of the virus, which for me, is a sugarcoated term for “lockdown.” People are confused. What about the people living outside Manila but working inside? The government’s answer? They can still come and go as long as they show an ID that they are working there! Great! What’s the point of the lockdown if people can still carry the virus outside Manila then?
2. He suspended classes in Metro Manila and gave 2-3 days for people to decide if they’re gonna go back to their provinces or not before they impose the said “community quarantine.” Which is again, pointless, because if people decided to leave and supposedly have the virus, they are giving more chances for the virus to spread ALL OVER the country. The government even advised that people should just rent a place in Manila instead so they will not have to come and go from there. So out of touch, thinking everyone has the money for it ‘no?
3. He cut 10 BILLION PESOS from the budget of Health Department² which could have been used for research or funding of the things which are ACTUALLY NEEDED. Instead of thanking the front-line healthcare professionals and scientists who have developed faster and cheaper COVID19 test kits on his press conference last night, he chose to give some airtime for Bong Go who’s “working hard” and China whom he loved ever dearly! How insulting is it for our countrymen who have risked their lives for us?
I’ll say it again. 10 billion pesos. 720 million dirhams. 196 million dollars. 31 billion pakistani rupees. 14 billion indian rupees. Cut from the health budget. Let that sink it.
4. Instead of giving the funds to what’s actually needed, he deployed soldiers all around the city to “protect” people. Mas madami pang ebas sa kaka-cellphone ng mga bagets. What will soldiers do? Freaking throw a bomb to coronavirus? How the hell can they protect or serve you from this pandemic? That’s why it’s called pandemic! It’s a disease epidemic! It’s for healthcare! Why are you including the militar at this time?!
The president even has the audacity to say that we are not under martial law but be aware that you can be arrested by military and/or police if you do not obey their rules. Scary how another kind of power has been given to them, yet again.
5. He only issued the travel ban from China way too late and I think it’s only because people are really getting furious and started questioning his loyalty for his own country or China. If he only did this earlier, I’m sure it wouldn’t have gone this far. I think he hasn’t heard of the saying, prevention is better than cure yet.
Don’t ask me why I’m so mad and disappointed with the government. If you’re not, maybe I should be the one asking you why.
When the Taal Eruption happened, his only remark was that he’ll eat the ashes and piss on that ‘stupid’ volcano³. And now with COVID19 pandemic happening, instead of using his influence and guiding the people on what and what not to do since almost everyone was watching last night, inubuhan lang n’ya ‘yung mic at minura ang putanginang veerus na ito.
Guess we’re on our own, kids. We can pass through this. Do not hoard alcohol or sanitizers and give a chance for everyone to be safe. Suspensions and work from home are happening so make use of it wisely. Wash your hands more often than you should, don’t touch MEN (mouth, eyes and nose :p), strengthen your immune system, and think about others! You may get the virus and get through it but you may pass it to others and they may not.
Don’t be selfish. Tayo tayo nalang dito.
¹ – Duterte: It’s my job to scare, intimidate, kill people
² – Funds for health cut by P10 billion
³ – Duterte to visit areas affected by Taal eruption
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