First of all, allow me to greet each and everyone a Happy New Year!!! Special greetings of course to the followers of this humble column and the avid readers of People’s Tonight.
To those who make special effort to contribute jokes, suggestions and beauty tip questions, thank you so much and please keep them coming.
For those who are pleased with what they read in this column and express so through text or e-mail, my profound gratitude. To those who are in disagreement, thanks just the same for taking time out to read my column.
Congratulations are in order for our authorities from the Department of Health, the Philippine National Police and concerned non-government organizations that actively participated in campaigning for a firecracker-free celebration of New Year.
Needless to say, the push given by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself for the total prohibition of certain injury --causing firecrackers played the biggest part to ensure compliance on the part of all concerned -- from the supplier to the seller down to the end-user.
News reports vary in terms of percentage or actual number of those who were injured because of firecrackers this year compared to the previous years. Doesn’t matter, actually, because the bottom line is that there was a very, very huge decline and this is the good news.
Even more pleasing is the fact that this time around, while there still are quite a number of casualties, there were no fatalities reported.
The Department of Health (DoH) said it had recorded 191 firecracker-related injuries nationwide as the country ushered in 2018. This, it said, is 77 percent lower than the five-year average.
In a news briefing held on Monday, New Year’s Day, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the cases of fireworks-related injuries recorded covered the period of from December 21, 2017, to January 1, 2018, or a total decrease of 68 percent.
During the said press conference, Sec. Duque seemed at a loss for words when asked if those who were injured by firecrackers will be charged for violating Executive Order 28 which was signed by President Duterte and confines the use of firecrackers to “community fireworks display.”
In so many words, Duque said the casualties will no longer be charged since they were already injured or have lost fingers or limbs. He cited the human nature of Filipinos to let the charges slide owing to the circumstances that the victims have already put themselves into.
Well, in the case of children, this may apply. But in the case of adults, it shouldn’t. It is clear that they violated the said order and must be punished for it. Otherwise, what’s the premium for those who religiously followed the order and observed the prohibition set by government? Next time around, will they still take such prohibition seriosusly?
The adult casualties of firecracker accidents of course have our sympathies for what happened to them, but there is no denying that they knew the existence of the prohibition via the EO and the rationale behind it -- which is to protect the citizenry and do away with incidents that end in injuries and loss of limbs -- and yet, they chose to lit firecrackers that were among those being prohibited.
They mocked the law, the enforcers of the law, those campaigning for a firecracker-free New Year celebration and even put others at risk, so why spare them?
In law, there is a Latin legal principle or maxim that says: ‘Dura lex, sed lex.’ It means the law may be harsh but it is still the law.
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Jokjok (from Freddie Camposano of Better Living Subdivision, Las Piñas City) -- Nanay: Hoy Pedro! Nakipag-away ka na naman daw sa eskwela mo? Bakit ba lagi ka na lang nakikipag-away? Ha? /Anak: Eh ‘Nay, kasi po lagi akong tinutukso ng kalaro ko na anak daw ako sa labas!/Nanay: Sabihin mo sa kalaro mo hindi kamo totoo ’yan! Gago siya!/Anak: Oo nga po eh. Alam ko naman po talaga na hindi ako anak sa labas eh. ’Di ba ‘Nay?/Nanay: Oo anak. Hindi totoong anak ka sa labas. Ang sabihin mo sa kanila, ampon ka!