Thursday, August 14, 2008

a disturbing moment

of all the post that i've done in this blog, this might be the hardest subject to post. but we cannot be blinded by such scenes. when i was roaming around Fuente Osmena, i saw a boy sniffing an addictive solvent along the street of Gen. Maxilom in Cebu city.this is really disturbing because before, they only do it on hidden places but now they do it anywhere they want even in public places like these. after some few shots, a police approached the kid and confiscated the solvent.

our country has a lot to do. we have a lot to do.

67 comments:

Lawstude said...

i agree dom. there are lots of things to do. this is a social illness that can be cured by strengthening the foundation of a family.

the policeman confiscated the solvent but what did he do to the boy?

a really trobled sight.

by the way, just tell me when do you want to go to Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. it will probably be just a roadtrip with few stop-over on some historical places here. baka 2 days lang libot mo na lahat dito.

Shionge said...

It saddens me Dong to see such scene but yes indeed we cannot ignore this at all and I hope that the government agencies are doing something.

Here in Singapore it is an offence so tough laws are in place. Still, we are always mindful of influences to the teens too.

Thank you for raising awareness.

lei said...

that's what i'm talking about in my comment in your last post.. it pains to see those children in the streets, when they were supposed to be studying..

pano pa mangyayari na ang kabataan ang pag-asa nitong bansa natin kung mas maraming ganyan sa lansangan.

Luke Wiley said...

Thats horrible. the Kid should know better.
nice shots.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

Hi. I wonder what happened to the comment I just made.

But that kid is scary. If he's not afraid of the law, the chemical he sniffed and the traffic beside him (at that tender age), imagine what he could do later on..

the donG said...

>lawstude, the policeman just left the kid. it will definitely take time to heal because the problem is getting worst.

ayos yan! schedule namin pag usapan ulit ng mga bros. wala pa kaming na planong bagong byahe.

>hi shionge, i think the local officials are also responsible on this because they should impose strict monitoring on areas like these.

it's good that singapore is really serious in implementing their policies. in the philippines, we have many laws but most them simply satys on the books and not clearly implemented.

>hi lei, exactly. but our officials seems to look at these problems by just blaming the poor and doing nothing else.

kawawa ang future natin pag tuloy tuloy natin silang pabayaan.

>luke, it really is disturbing specially in countries like the philippines.

>jasper, i don't know. did'nt see your previous post. clearly, the kids view in life is like saying "bahala na, ito lang ang alam namin gawin". it's really sad.

let's hope that they're childhood rights will be protected.

The Asian Traveler said...

Solvent boys had become a common sight not only in Cebu but also here in Manila. It reflects the severity of poverty and hunger prevailing in our country. It's really a serious problem that we should do something about it especially the government.

Selerines said...

Its heart breaking.... Sorry Dong no comments... Bad bad...

ifoundme said...

very true.... there must be something we can do about it... ano kaya ang mabuti gawin?

leo said...

When I was still in college, sight like this were common around the university belt. I must admit it doesnt bother me that much then.Now that I am getting older, it breaks my heart to see kids as old as my own trying to survive in the concrete jungle of manila.Mass sterilization is one of the solution i can offer, no need to bring another hungry mouth to this world if the parents themselves can barely survive.

SandyCarlson said...

When I lived in Ireland, I saw a lot of kids sniffing glue. This brings back memories. The sense of despair that brings on this behavior is frightening.

Nanaybelen said...

dito sa Manila ay hinohuli at dinadala sa DSWD kaya lang hindi sila nagtatagal at tumatakas sila. ang tanong-Paano nakakatakas ang bata sa DSWD compound? Wala sila sigurong guard? walang ipakain kaya pinabayaan tumakas o kaya sadyang pinatakas. Baka kulang nang attendant na magturo o mag alaga sa kanila.Baka walang budget na pampakain sa kanila. Di natin alam kung may budget na binigay sa DSWD o kaya meron pero hindi ibinibili ng pagkain.Sila sila lang sa gobyerno ang nakakalam. Madali lang alagaan ang mga bata na yan sa isang compound kung kompleto ang facilities pagkain at attendant o personnel kung gustohin ng gobyerno natin

Jaki said...

what we can do? a little love and empathy...may mas malalim na ugat ang problemang ipinahahatid ng larawan. recently lang, anton juan's play "mga hinabing pakpak ng ating mga anak" exposed similar exact theme, but other than calling the government to take action, he appeals on the individual to channel change. behind the picture are stories rooted out of despair, hunger, and lack of education. perhaps, these are also areas we can do something about. we cannot always take our eyes off these "sights" and only look at the beautiful natural gifts our country have. kasi kahit sa bundok maraming ganitong eksena, iba lang ang mukha. pasensya na po sa mahabang post ha. nakakabother tlaga. dom, thanks for posting this.

teresa said...

aw..that really disturbing.
ang lakas ng loob ng batang gawin un in public..la na tlaga kinatatakutan ang ilang mga kabataan ngaun.

dazedblu* said...

That kid doesn't kno wht he's doing... seems it's too disturbing but in reality it's their own escape to the real world, pity on them.

EM said...

That is so disappointing. It's like the child is already screaming for help but no one comes to rescue him. I mean, for somebody to just take away the solvent is not help at all. The government should step up and protect these children. How can we change the future for the better if we can't take care of them now?

Abou said...

contrary to what people think of me, i havent tried that. well, sometimes can't help but get curious but no.

rugby should never be sold to minors. only to adults.

eastcoastlife said...

Oh my! he's so young! So sad. Please do something for these kids.

Chem5007 said...

Cebu, where is it??..Even me, this is 1st time I heard and seen about this. But what can we do, rite?..It's not our power to make to. I think, this is an ignorant child. And I think, he'll not do that if someone by his side. The one who support him and he can depends on. Poor him!!

Carver said...

This is a disturbing problem. Sadly addictions are hurting people, including young people, world wide. It's so sad.

Thanks for visiting me and to answer your questions the vase is hand painted.

redlan said...

Your shots show it all. Rampant na talaga ang pag gamit ng ragbi at ipanagbawal na gamot. just today sa local news, nabalita na rampant ang pagbili at pag gamit ng shabu sa bar place dito sa amin. yan talaga ang hindi masolve ng gobyerno. Napaisip tuloy ako, kung ano ang mas mabuti o masamang gawin, paggamit ng pera ng bayan o paggamit ng ipinagbawal na droga. ha-ha. napacurious ko noon pero takot ako tumikim ng shabu baka hanaphanapin ko.

bid yan said...

tsk tsk.. mron rn nga dun sa overpass sa new cainta. sa harap ng sta. lucia. andami don. as in. tinatakpan lng nila ng panyo pro halata prn.. wla pa nmn akong nkta na hinuli.. very disturbing

Pietro said...

Awful view. It's absolutely necessary not to punish but to help these poor kids which don't really know what they are doing.

salingPUSA said...

That's how bad things could get in the Philippines.


....the world is in darkness and Rome is it's light----that's from the movie GLADIATOR.

....and I would say as an educator that we need to educate people so that they can see some light. Maybe they would think of studying more so that they can find a decent job and so that they don't have to end up in streets or maybe have kids without carefully thinking about it.

Then again, each of us has a role to play. No matter how small. Each of us can make a difference....

Ely said...

saw the same last year here in Manila, which got me kinda shocked. It's like 12 noon and 2 guys were sniffing rugby along EDSA, Robinson's area. Halatang mga sobrang high na at dinadaanan lang ng mga tao.

Panaderos said...

I feel very sad for this kid. The earlier people indulge with an addiction, the more it could screw them up and makes it more difficult for them to recover from it.

These are some sad photos. Very sad.

eye in the sky said...

a blatant display of a very ill society... and where's the government arm thats' supposed to address this? they're probably planning on newer ways of taxing the people. lol

Digital Polaroids said...

This is terrible. It also happens a lot in Buenos Aires, where you can see little chuildren like this one and teens anywhere inhaling glue.

Leyn said...

that's disturbing.. and scary at the same time. few years from now, that boy might be a criminal na.

maraming ganyan sa manila. and passers by just ignore them.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's really a sad reality. I feel sorry for the young kids who get lost in the road of life. I hope that more efforts can be done by the government and the private sector to help these kids.

Raft3r said...

this is so sad
to think na sila ang pag-asa ng bayan

Rio said...

naalala ko tuloy ang sabi ng drayber na nasakyan ko..." dahil sa sobrang hirap ng Pilipinas at patuloy na pagtas ng bigas at gasolina, rugby nalang ang kayang bilhin ng mga batang ito..isang bote ng rugby panawid gutom o pangpawi gutom para sa buong araw....nakakabahala talaga ang ganitong mga pangyayari..itong mga batang ito ang susunod sa ating henerasyon...hindi malayo na kapag hindi napigilan ang mga ganitong pangyayari ay baka maging normal nalang ang paggamit din ng iba pang mga ipinagbabawal na gamot sa lansangan..

Aracir said...

gulay! ganyan din dito. lantaran. lalo na yung ginagawa yung tulay dito, dun sila tumatambay.

equilibrium2008 said...

I believed that the reason why they use to sniff this solvents is that they forget the poverty and that they are hungry. They said that once they are high with it, they feel light and forget the rumbling of their stomachs. I think it has something to do with the crisis that we are into now. The government needs a lot of things to do to at least give some subsidiary to these poor. In the recent study, those people who were in poverty line in 2006 is now now way below poverty line. The poor gets poorer. For these kids, sniffing is just a way on how to escape the problems they have right now. Some even commit suicide just like the 10 year old girl who committed suicide because of poverty.

Ferdz said...

Tsk tsk! Out in the open na sila ah. Well matagal na ring problema to. I guess poverty is also the cause of this kaya nakahanap ng ganyang pagkaka abalahan ang mga bata.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

That is truly disturbing. Why do the police not do more than just confiscate the solvent, especially if the boy is underaged?

Karen of the MomDot Street Team
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boying said...

astig ka. 'nakikita' mo ang mga ganitong bagay. samantalang ang iba ay 'bulag' ang drama.

ano namang ginawa ng pulis pagkatapos mag-confiscate? matatapos kaya iyon dun...

tsk.

wanderingcommuter said...

it really breaks my heart to see these kinds of pictures. haaayyy... and i could not agree more sa mga sinabi mo!

Gibo said...

..and if i may add...they are getting younger...they start early.

bw said...

That is soooo dangerous to one's health, especially for a young person. very disturbing indeed.

lagal[og] said...

as a traveler, it's pretty hard not to see scenes like these. kaka-frustrate rin kasi if you give money to help out, they'll likely buy more rugby. but surely there must be something more we can do

atticus said...

may nakita rin kaming ganyang noong isang araw. ang papaslit pa lang, pero may bisyo na.

hay.

The Islander said...

our authorities lacked enforcement because they are not motivated to do their job. now im beginning to blame the government for not compensating our enforcers well. and for not providing the society a better environment where nobody could be seen involved in this disheartening activities of the oppressed. syet, napapa-emo ako ng di oras. haha.

kingdaddyrich said...

kuya dong, paninindigan ko sana ang pagiging lurker sa blog mo at hindi pagkokomment sa kabila ng parati kong pagbisita dito at pagtingin sa mga kuha mo, pero di ko mapigilan sa pagkakataong ito...

daming ganyan dito sa manila, turo ko sayo? he hehe.

pero seryoso, kawawa naman sila kung tutuusin. bata pa, sinisira na nila ang kinabukasan nila.

mimi said...

nakakalungkot..

para lang makatakas sa gutom... at problema.. kailangan nyang gawin un.

richarddiongson.com said...

nakakalungkot nga.. kasalanan yan ng magulang, next ng gobyerno..

BlogusVox said...

"after some few shots, a police approached the kid and confiscated the solvent."

Lumapit lang ang pulis when he saw you taking pictures. Ganyan na ang apathy sa atin. Walang paki hangga't sa tingin ko hindi ako naapektuhan.

Isadora said...

the fact that it is done in public is only PART of the problem. This is a CHILD!!! Where are the parents? How can children be on the street like this?

TENTAY™ said...

oh my... kasi kasi anak ng anak di naman kaya pangatawanan!! hay nako...

dong, babay muna ako dito sa bloggg... tecee. =(

Stanley said...

That kid is homeless??? Now I feel more appreciative of what I have. I really respect people who reach out to help these kids. THats why I love going to help out at homes. Hoping to be a doctor one day so that I can help people in need like that.

Emily said...

Oh my heck! That is SO sad. It makes me realize how completely sheltered I am!

.::. Vanny .:. said...

ay kumusta naman yun!

nagkalat yung ganyan d2 sa manila eh. tsk tsk.

Random Ramblings said...

kids like this abound in the Philippines. At a young age, they already abuse their bodies. Pessimistically, you will say their futures have been thrown out to the dogs. hopefully not. Unless of course something is to be done to solve this society's predicament.

Toe said...

Those photos really tell a sad story Dong! I don't know what is more disturbing... that young boy or the cars just speeding by indifferently. What should one do?

Lalaine said...

ay grabe.. kahit saan ata parte ng pinas eh meron ganyan eh.. yung tipong nde na nagtatago, ginagawa na din nila in public... nakakaawa lang sila.. pero kase pwede din yan i-blame sa mga magulang nila kse napabayaan sila eh... :~(

taps said...

hehe buti pa yan bata, e yung nakita ko kanina sa may UP Manila, matandang babae nagsosolvent pa.

Paano pa kaya ang mga anak nun?

Dakilang Islander said...

hindi na rin ata 'to mawala...college pa ako common sight na 'to around our university...people just seem to ignore them at tinataboy lang ng mga guwardiya pag sa building nila nakatambay....

Senor Enrique said...

Here in Manila, too, rugby boys can be seen anywhere. I was told that they resort to it so as to assuage their hunger.

Truly sad.

Abaniko said...

Unless the dad and mom are both dead, I'd think he's got irresponsible parents.

Kawawa talaga.

collapsingbarrycade said...

what an appropriate post to remind me that i am right where this photo was taken. just arrived in cebu today, and on the way from Mactan to the hotel, i saw similar scenes.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

di ako makapaniwala na ganito na ang nangyayari satin,pero dito sa nakikita ko,halos nakakatakot yung porma ng bata,kritikal yung pwesto nya sa lansangan baka masabit sya ng mga sasakyan.lakas amats pa ata.buti naman at sa wakas napansin din ng pulis.

alicesg said...

This is so sad. The boy looked very young.

sho said...

I know a few teens who had been caught glue sniffing. They have been counselled of course. THe govt here's making teachers police outside schl grounds even n be on the lookout for symptoms x, y, z of teen glue sniffers. Sad thing is most of them said they do it for the thrill of it and out of boredom - and most are disconnected from their parents. PRice of busy society?

Bro - u must b real busy huh? Well, good thing u r not a parent yet. lol!

beero said...

it's really a disturbing sight. napadaan pa lang din ako sa may fuente last weekend kuya dong. pati nga sa flyover meron din eh. yung iba naman ginagawang tirahan yung flyover.

Shawie said...

dragging scene as always...who's to blame? yeah, I agree...we can do a lot of things, we can do better than that:)

caryn said...

OMG. scary naman yan dong. he looks so young. i wonder how the police would handle him. he needs help and guidance.

Maya said...

Yes, Dong. this is hard to absorb but it's real.you 're so right on saying, We have lots of things to do.

As a mother i feel for this child.

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