Some people are belittling PNoy’s declaration against wang wangs. They say that there are more serious issues which need to be addressed. True. There are more serious issues our President needs to tackle but I believe he is getting there. However, the brutish display of power and arrogance by using sirens, blinkers, and escorts is nothing to belittle.
Every “wang” of those wang wangs tells us that they think they are better and far more important than the rest of us. It was an unspoken command that we should simply shoo away. It meant the traffic that we bear with each day does not apply to them. Their “wang” signified that their presence in wherever destination they want to reach is more important even if that destination might be a casino where they will gamble our money away.
How can these people empathize with us when they won’t even try to lower themselves to our level?
By banning unnecessary use of “wang wangs”, officials and so-called VIPs will finally know what we endure everyday.
Hours after the Inauguration, I was watching DZMM’s Teleradyo and people were texting the station about violators of the wang wang ban. The day after, Teleradyo was still being swamped with text messages reporting violators. As I see it, people are becoming empowered.
All of a sudden, we have become vigilant. We are changing. We are becoming active participants in nation building. Even text messages about recycling, noise pollution, jeepney drivers who don’t switch on their headlights, etc. were being reported to Teleradyo.
If we can sustain this quest for “daang matuwid” and slowly modify our behaviors to become disciplined, maybe later we will have real pride for our Nation. Those who used to have no shame in displaying power will feel guilt and work with us because the citizens and the President are trying very hard to right the wrongs of our country.
So do not belittle the ban on wang wangs. It is a big step for a better Philippines.
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