There should be a quest out there to make the world of opinions a more responsible place. But the real question is: in a world of more than seven billion people, is that ever going to become reality?
1. Pabebe All Over: A Pre Election Edition
‘May Bagong Umagang Darating’… really now?
As if Philippine politics hasn’t been hopeless enough, pre-campaign commercials are beginning to populate television (including a not-needed return to ‘Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura’ part 2), and we’re supposed to be okay with this. Most people would encourage rage or disgust, or the need to post our grievances on social media. There was a point in my blogging life that I did that as well– until I grew up.
Presenting: the four point election action plan (by: ME!)
- Educate. Research on the people positioning themselves on the election playing field. Learn to dig deep, and to go beyond news features that tend to focus on the superficial. Somewhere out there is an article from five years ago that might just change your impressions about someone for the worse.
- Encourage. Discourse is one thing to encourage, another is action. Talk to people about the elections, and about the issues that matter to them. Frame conversations in the context of what these people have done to make the issues that matter heard. Dig beyond one time quotations and look into the past.
- Express. It always helps to be heard, but ‘expression’ is something we sometimes take for granted. Provide facts to support your arguments– live the debater lifestyle.
- Enact. Defined as ‘acting out a role’ (specifically onstage). When framed in the context of the elections, this involves going beyond the internet in order to take concrete action. Register to vote, and go out to actually vote on election day. Informed opinions are the only opinions that matter.
2. BEEP BEEP BEEP: An Update
One of my previous slices pieces offered a brief rant about the delay in the test implementation of BEEP cards in LRT 2 stations. Much to my relief, they actually managed to pull the test period off!
For the first few weeks, I have to admit I was thoroughly impressed with the process. The DOTC machines looked shiny and new, there were kind and accommodating attendants who made the effort to teach people the new system… my only gripe would have to do with how the turnstiles for BEEP cards were placed not in the main entrances (where the escalators were), but in the back [commuting is hard enough, but having to deal with stairs? BLOODY HELL].
Yet, it comes as no surprise to me that the issues would emerge. From undetectable cards to the sudden system failure of machines that clearly worked, the DOTC still has a long way to go before this system can be fully implemented.
Let’s hope that they’re able to pull things off, for the benefit of all of us.
3. INC: Why?
I have not done sufficient research about the background of this story (and, I apologize because it is technically irrelevant as of today’s news day), so I will not offer an extensive argument with regard to the ‘church and state’ aspect of this issue.
Instead, I will say what I do know, and what I have seen– a clear assertion of power. One that benefited no one, and was merely meant to be a statement that was only said because of power. It’s sad to think that people like that have amassed so much influence that they’ve even managed to keep the most infamously opinionated politicians quiet (I’m looking at you, Binay).
Postscript: A Katipunan Commuter Story
One of the main reasons I decided to put up something tonight (despite my busy schedule) was to express my thoughts on something that I believe needs to be talked about.
As if it wasn’t hard enough to nab a trike during the weekday mornings along 7-11 (formerly Ministop), things are about to get so much harder with the announcement of the closure of Esteban Abada (correct me if I’m wrong, please) because of the need for infrastructure repairs.
I’m writing this now to look for people that can help me establish context.
- Why did they decide to not allow trikes along Katipunan Avenue anymore?
- What is the context behind the need for these repairs?
- Any idea how long this will take, and how it will affect trike accessibility along that area?
Let me end by painting these pictures:
Imagine you have a 7:30 am class. You get up early, prep early, and ride a train by 6:45. By the time you get to Abada you’ve got some time left over (it’s about 7:05 am, and you’re okay). But then, you stand in line, and then you wait, and you wait, and before long… it’s 7:30. And guess what? You’re late.
Imagine you’re a trike driver. You want to make the most of your days so you make sure to get as much passengers as you can (safely) in one trike. But then traffic strikes, gas prices go up, and it becomes so much harder to navigate along Katipunan. It doesn’t help that you have to picky about passengers as well. What’s a guy to do?