Talk about getting busted!
Yesterday's papers caused me to shudder. Well, it's not just bad news that we get plenty of these days. No! We don't get surprised by them anymore. What was shuddering about it was that it happened a tricycle ride (about 5 minutes or less) away from where i live.
I am talking about the drug bust in a 600 m compound of about 40 shanties that happened here in Pasig last Friday. It turned out that inside the compound were "shabu restaurants" with menus and all. Among those nabbed were 250 adults and 59 minors which, are you ready for this, included a baby and a pregnant girl of 12. What is more shocking was that it was just under the nose of the authorities as it was a few yards away from the city hall. Heads are sure going to roll after this. The report says that the precinct commander Senior Insp. Salvador de la Cruz and seven of his men had immediately been relieved. Personnel of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasig City police (we have them?!?) have also been sacked. "IT'S ABOUT TIME!" I say.
Most of the minors were used as couriers and as sex workers for the customers who go there, the report said. What makes me tremble in fear is that we all know what shabu does to the brain. It fries the brain and make the addicted go loco afer some time of abuse. Now, if shabu can be had this easily, then, I could say we don't live in a very safe surrounding. Not because I fear that my children can be swayed to go there for I know that they know better. Never mind that the subdivision has a security guard who carries a gun. These addicts had obliterated the "siga-siga" of the 60s into smithereen for a few bucks. These guys are a new breed of gangsters that could kill aimlessly because reason has abandoned them. I am just glad that the place had been found out. I hope the authorities should not turn complacent over this victory for it has been our experience that these things do come back after some time.
Again, the issue here is poverty. What parent, in his/her right mind, would allow his offspring to go wondering the streets, engage in ilicit trade if only to help them eke out a living? Aren't these kids supposed to be in school? Aren't there enough public schools in Pasig? i guess not. Ah, the things that we do on an empty stomach can be harsh but that's life. We all live to survive. Again, we ohly have to blame our political leaders for this. If most of them are not corrupt and greedy for wealth and be serious with what they ought to do, none of this would happen.