Hero to zero

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

about hu­man rights as in­di­ca­tor of real de­vel­op­ment and democr acy.

Duterte may ar­gue that the ties with China is his­toric and is in keep­ing with a strong Asian neigh­bor. And China does have bil­lions to spend, with all its sur­plus prof­its from run­ning sweat­shops and fac­to­ries.

But one won­ders how this will hold amidst this ten­sion in the global sphere, where China is ex­er­cis­ing mil­i­tary power over Asia, and the US is tense with Rus­sia, an­other Philip­pine part­ner, over their proxy war in Syria.

It seems amidst all this talks of loans, and ru­mors of wars, “Build, Build, Build”and TRAIN, where does the av­er­age Pi­noy stand to gain in all t hi s?

And to go back to our theme, who needs heroes when money is the name of the game?

And let’s think about those phrases that said the work­ing class is the hero. But re­cently, ser­vice work­ers in Jol­libee and McDon­alds are strug­gling against Endo. Some 670 Co­caCola work­ers na­tion­wide have been laid off through the agency hir­ing scheme.

They re­mem­ber Duterte vowed to cham­pion the work­ers’ cause by ban­ning con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion. That didn’t hap­pen.

Let’s think about the farm­ers, who are also called heroes for toil­ing to bring us food. This week, a na­tion­wide fact-find­ing mis­sion that in­cluded three re­gions in Min­danao, showed farm­ers are be­ing turned into fake NPA sur r en­der er s.

It seems things have been turned up­side down. If we call the work­ing class, the toil­ing farm­ers, and we might as well call the teach­ers as heroes, we don’t give them the honor and dig­nity of a liv­ing wage that make them feel as such.

Who needs heroes nowa­days? They only ap­pear in Marvel and DC. And if that’s the case, the one who boasted about rid­ing a jet­ski is just like a fic­tional Dead­pool or a clown prince in­car­nate with a deadly joke.

— Ty­rone Velez

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