People are worried about what our nation is turning into with the arrest of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the apparent— in their opinion— hurried, and almost— in Team GMA’s point of view— vindictive— attack by the government on her. It is an impression that somehow this is the wrong path to right all the wrongs committed, in like ever.
At the heart of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term as President, Amnesty International reported that at least 50,000 children have been arrested in the Philippines. These kids are charged with minor crimes: petty theft, taking drugs or solvents, and even vagrancy. CNN did a special report.
Step outside any Church, and you will find children begging or peddling flowers, or something else just to sustain themselves. Why can’t the church— or church groups— be able to round these people up and give them hope?
There is something sinister and evil in having kids— the future of the republic— being treated like cattle. The fact that families— poor families grow, without hope or chance of getting out of poverty is a crime the nation must address. Don’t you think?
In September 7, 2011, Raissa Robles wrote that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo killed Reproductive Health Bill in Congress in exchanged for Church backing. Sunstar quoted Msgr. Rey Monsanto, who gave his opinion in his support of the Supreme Court’s “decision to allow Arroyo to seek medical help abroad for humanitarian reason.”
By reason of her previous station as President of the Republic, the state is already giving Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a far, far better detention facility than the common accused is given. She is staying in a hospital, surrounded by doctors.
But she can’t have the doctors she wants! Or place to stay!
Maybe Gloria Arroyo and her family should have thought of doing good. Maybe they should have found ways to right those wrongs committed when they had a chance instead of now feeling the same heavy hand of the law.
People accused of a crime in the Philippines can’t choose to go home to families— even if they do. Kids— children who probably didn’t know better, and because they never did have a chance to know better are locked up— and they’re accused, not yet guilty of any crime.
How can that be right?
How can it also be right that people with money can have cushier digs in jail with nearly all the trappings of home?
How can that be right?
The report on juveniles in jail was in 2006. How much do you think has changed? Have our attitudes changed? And the church wonders why so many turn away when practicing what we preach hardly matters, right? How come hardly anyone remembers, or is worried about those people’s rights? They’re Filipinos too, correct?
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is being sent to a government hospital for detention. Her new digs will be far, far better than the common Filipino. She will have access to the best defense team her money can buy. A lot of things are still stacked in her favor. What’s being done to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is light handed compared to what’s being done to ordinary Filipinos. So forgive me, if I am less sympathetic about the rights of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
I will feel much, much better if indeed our laws were fair, and equitable. If our courts of law were as fair to everyone, and not just those with money. I’d feel much, much better if the Church or church groups could do something more about kids being born who have no chance at all of having a life— or being human. I’d worry more about the lives we’re destroying. Karma’s a bitch. The truth is too.