I was watching this morning’s Ponto Por Ponto, a segment from a nationally aired television morning news and I was taken aback with what I saw: videos of children stopping mobile taxi cabs in the middle of the streets in Manila and then stealing from the passengers. In one very recent video, the children grabbed the passenger’s bags (or valuables), and then they ran towards the train tracks, then to the other side of the expressway, leaving behind a shocked taxi driver and passenger.
The segment’s title was “Bata, bata, bakit ka nagging masama?”
I could not believe what I saw (as the acts were caught in the MMDA’s CCTV).
Then I asked myself …
What went wrong?
The segment’s anchor gave this call at the end of the show: “Masdan mo ang mga bata …” (watch the children)
As adults, what have we done?
What have we failed to do?
If we did something, maybe it wasn’t enough.
If we haven’t done anything, what then?
Can we do more?
What else can we do?
Of the things we did in the past, what should we not do anymore or not do again?
Let us all think! Let us all act! Now!