This is a funny world
This is really a funny world!
In a friendly exercise of a verbal tussle on the RH bill where I admit I threw some curved balls and where some said I made British friend Dave Duckett look ridiculous, friends began calling me to side with me and put Duckett on the receiving end.
And here’s what was funny. I found myself with hands full defending Duckett.
I have always liked that militant Frenchman, Francois Marie Arouet, 1694 – 1778 who used a pen name Voltaire, very well known for saying, “I may not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Am defending Duckett’s right to say his thought.
Voltaire, by the way, on a letter to M. Devilaville on May 16, 1767, wrote: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one, ‘O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”
Many were afraid to cross Voltaire’s path, not because he was a word warrior but because by his wit and satire, he made his enemies look ridiculous.
These debates on the RH bill are a big help in making people understand the issue. I was suggesting to Fr. Felix Pasquin, open the issue to a public debate.
Don’t be afraid of the contrary opinion if you are standing on strong ground. The public debate will strengthen it.
This is the most effective way to crystallize the issue.
Let me go to another issue.
The other day a news item said provincial police director Senior Superintendent Allan Guisihan was quoted to have said he favored the legalization of jai-alai.
What? Guisihan giving up the fight against illegal gambling? Let that statement be said by a politician, not by a law enforcer. If Guisihan finds fighting illegal gambling too big for him, let us have a new provincial commander.
He does not sound like a soldier. Because he believes that if “we can’t lick ‘em, we join ‘em,” we might as well, give up the fight against criminality. And join the criminals?
The best that he did was to keep quiet.
If the operators of illegal gambling are not giving up, it is because they see the half-heartedness among the police in the fight.
Guisihan has telegraphed his punches. We all know one of the biggest benefactors of illegal gambling are the police.
Because of this thinking of the police provincial director this goes down the line. How do you expect rank and file policemen to be vigilant against jai-alai when they see the top official is about to raise the white flag?
We have better traffic now downtown. It is because the police put their heart to its solution and are doing it with firmness.
If, at the height of the traffic chaos, we follow Guisihan’s idea of joining ‘em if we can’t lick ‘em, we could have left the streets to the abuse of drivers.
But we have the laws, we have the ordinances. What is needed is just implementing these ordinances and put to jail those who refuse to follow. If we cannot enforce the law, we abolish the police.
We have continually held that numbers games, call it jueting, jai-alai, STL, masiao, or daily double, operated by private individuals impoverish a community.
And they cannot be eliminated because the big money there raked in by the operator, a big part of it is used to bribe police, prosecutors, judges, including media.
The victims are the poor who, in the hope of striking it rich, continue to bet, not knowing that their chance of winning is nil.
It is the corruption in these numbers games that makes it difficult to abolish. Up to today, jueteng in Central Luzon continues to flourish despite having one President ousted because of it.
English proverb says that the the best throw of the dice is to throw them away.
Lord Chesterfield, in his letter to his godson, said, “Whoever plays deep must necessarily lose his money or his character.”
But the best advice is that of John Hay, “The luck consists not in holding the best cards at the table. Luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.”
FEEDBACK: Like fresh dewdrops of a new day may God’s loving hand be upon us today to freshen our soul as we start a new day.
*We greet the people of City Heights with their activities starting today and to culminate on Sunday, fully covered by three television stations, ABS-CBN, Channel 11 and Channel 14 Sunshine.
What is more impressive is the residents’ participation in the fencing of their Children’s Park. The contribution exceeded P150,000.
Salute to Willie Mirano, the man behind all these.*
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