Thanks Artwur! IMHO, their sufferings is neither a “CHOICE” nor “DISTINY” but rather a consequences of “man’s inhumanity to man”. Allow me to illustrate further my humble opinion by telling you the life story of this 54 yr. old man….
He is a son of a tenant-farmer who works in the farm from dusk till dawn. Despite of being young at that time, he, too and other members of the family helped their parents toil the soil. But because of uneven sharing of the farm harvests (70/30-70 percent goes to the land owner and 30 percent goes to tenant). Their condition remains in a hand-to mouth existence. “Hindi pa nga umaani ng pananim, ubos na sa utang ang magiging parte namin”
he further narrated.
In the early 70’s, he went to the city armed only with an elementary education and a dream to alleviate his family’s condition, he worked as a bakery helper and as a baker in later years. For working almost 18 hours a day, he was being paid a measly 300 pesos a month. “Mura pa naman ang mga bilhin noon, kaya lang talagang hindi sapat kung pagod at pagod ang pag-uusapan”
. I asked him about SSS and other benefits due to a worker like him and he answered: “hindi daw uso yun sa may-ari ng bakery”.
He further continued by saying “ s………- ang may-ari ng bakery, yumaman na ng husto, marami na siyang bakery ngaun”.
I asked about his current condition and said “hanggat kaya ko pa mamulot ng basura, mamumulot ako para maka kain, dito wala akong ina agrabyado”
. I was thinking of teasing him na baka naman may daya ang timbangan sa junk shop na pinag dadalhan nya, pero naisip ko, diyos ko wag na naman po sana.
Before we parted, he bragged about his bicycle by saying “Tuwing byernes santo, inaakyat ko ito sa Antipolo, panata ko kasi yun"
. I could not utter a word and as I move away from him, he mentioned a name of a congressman “anak yan ng may-ari ng lupa na sinasaka naming noon sa probinsya.