After writing a story about how many liquor-serving establishment owners in Manila are now up in arms against a group of incumbent and former city councilors who have been making the rounds to extort money from them, I received calls from well-placed sources who provided me with information relative to the issue at hand that would make, even the dead, cringe.
At the very least, I was aghast at the cheap and vulgar manner with which the said group of alleged extortionists go about their thing. The callers are actually friends of long standing who are operating legitimate businesses in the city. Some of them I met even before I began covering Manila, way back when Mayor Mel Lopez was still the mayor.
According to them, the said group members -- four incumbent and two ex-councilors -- are so thick-faced that they do not only demand a monthly ‘payola’ of anywhere from P30,000 to P60,000 but also bring their friends to their establishments to wine and dine to death, without paying a single centavo.
The said monetary demand, of course, is in exchange for freedom from any form of harassment and efforts to shut them down, regardless of the fact that the said establishments are operating legitimately.
So far, those that have been pestered by the members of the said group are liquor-serving establishments in the Ermita, Malate and Binondo areas. These are mostly nightspots such as bars, nightclubs, KTVs and similar establishments which can best be classified as ‘funhouses.’
But wait, there’s more! These wackos also demand that young women or guest relations officers (GROs) be ‘assigned’ to them for the purpose of attending to their needs while they are having their drinking session. And they are even super choosy, huh!
Apparently unmindful of the consequences of their stupid actions, the said councilors literally clown around with the women and ‘selfies’ were even taken here and there. Once the merrymaking is over, the said councilors do not bother to at least tip the women and neither do they leave tips for the servers.
When they leave the establishment, they also do not even bother to say ‘thank you’ to anyone. It’s really as if being allowed to eat, drink and get women for free is their God-given right.
True to form, the said ‘honorable clowncilors’ would even yell at parking boys who would appear to be expecting to get a little compensation after guarding their vehicles.
‘Konsehal ako!’ was the standard dialogue, with matching authoritative tone and angry face, of course. The concerned councilors would then board their vehicles and speed away without even a ‘thank you’ or any gesture to at least thank the parking boys.
These councilors have no way of denying the accusations against them because they allowed ‘selfies’ and can be positively identified even by just the parking boys who so hate them because they are so stingy.
There is a saying that ‘little knowledge is dangerous’ because if one knows little, consequences of reckless actions usually get disregarded. In the case of the said councilors, they are not only greedy. They are also downright stupid. What a shame! Tsk, tsk, tsk!!!
PAGING, DPWH -- Residents of Pasig are appealing to the Department of Public Works and Highways.
According to them, certain streets which were supposedly newly-repaired have become worse, particularly Malinao and the route going to the church, including Caniogan in front of Rizal High School.
Amid heavy rains, they said floodwaters in the said streets became much higher than before the repairs were done, inconveniencing motorists, pedestrians and residents all the more.
Beauty tip -- To address dry face this cold season, avoid any face products with alcohol and switch to a milder face wash and a thicker moisturizer. (Source: Dr. Rosary May Canay-Diaz of Californian Bloom Aesthetic Institute and Medical Spa /4108424/ 4669596/ 09178038240/ 025053987)
Jokjok (from Juliet Bagsic of Novaliches, Quezon City) -- Boy Bibo: Itay, masama ang pakiramdam ko kanina pa. Me sakit ’ata ’ko/ Tatay: Ha? Tignan ko nga. (Hinawakan ang noo ng bata) Aba, mataas ang lagnat mo ah! Kailangan mapatignan kita agad sa doktor/Boy Bibo: Hay naku, ’Tay. Nakakatamad. Kung ti-tingnan lang naman niya ako, aba’y ipadala n’yo na lang ang litrato ko ’noh!