Every morning except Mondays, Papsie brings me to the office, the reason supposedly is for me not to be late. It’s not been successful. I still arrive late ‘at times’.
And yes, the other day. It was the usual morning that suddenly became unusual. The car stalled in the middle of a main road across an intersection. Yep! Panic moment. I was at a loss for words I cannot move. Then suddenly, I came to my senses while Papsie was mumbling vehemence. I asked the help of the two traffic enforcers. They cannot make the car move. I was not sure if it was because they were advanced in age, or the road ahead was ascending, or the brake had gone off. Then, lo, a well built policeman, with that ‘PULIS’ embroidered on his shirt, came approaching.
I was staring and feeling hopeful because another one will be lending a hand. The policeman opened the door on my side and exclaimed, “Bumaba ho kayo! Ang bigat n’yo kaya di matulak! Kita nyo nang matatanda na ang nagtutulak! (Get off! You are heavy that’s why they cannot push! You know yourself they’re old!)” What the *@#!! 😦
After insulting me, he left! That son of a gun left us without lending a hand. I stood at the corner watching the two old traffic aides and a burly man trying to push. Nada. The car didn’t budge. I decided to ask the ‘barker’ to help and he agreed. The car still didn’t budge. Then I saw my husband waving his hand telling me to approach the car. I opened the door and he was yelling at and telling me to help push the car!
I didn’t have my choice, and donned in uniform, I helped push the car. Guess what, the car moved! Yey! I am super! I am super woman!
Confused, I boarded the car and told my husband not to bring me to the office anymore in fear that the car will stall again. He pacified me (with his angry tone) that the car is already moving and I do not have to worry. He explained what happened which I did not understand a bit.
I was itching to write something yesterday about this video on Christopher Lao. Read it on Facebook, and I initially did feel irritated at him throwing the blame on others and excluding himself from the blame.
But as I was contemplating on this matter this morning, I felt somehow guilty about looking at the poor fellow as a simpleton. We can really be so easy on judging others and think we are better than them. I bet nobody’s spared of this abominable character. The only difference is some others upon contemplation gets the conviction, while others (or most?) continue on hurling bad words and thinking they think better than a summa cum laude from UP.
The outburst of Christopher Lao was borne of the stress and frustration and shame being in that situation. Being caught in such a shameful situation was a slap on his face and the recourse was to throw blame. I bet that it was a struggle for him trying to explain and in his annoyance, he had had said things not befitting of a learned person. Juan has many weaknesses, too. And so are you.
He was right though saying there could have been fences or blockage and signage that the road is not passable for anybody and also for vehicles. Telling that people could have warned him seems not appropriate. The guy was too full of himself during the time of frustration.
The media coverage of GMA 7 failed to prevent the whole interview scene to appear as fair reporting. It focused on Lao’s tantrums. It can be said that this caused the hullabaloo. It is a sad thing that lots of online bullying were received because of that news. The statement by the news outfit was a tad late but a right move. The official statement of Lao was apologetic but I do think that those ‘intelligent’ (not bobo) will stop or accept that they were judgmental.