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Dark Clouds on the Horizon in The Philippines

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on August 10, 2018 20:47

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Into the long night, we walked without the certainty of getting home alive. As soon as the sun rises the next day, I can only be thankful to those who have stayed in the night awake.

I strolled with my dog down the empty streets of an exclusive village that is home to the country’s largest golf course, rich people, some stray dogs, cows, snakes and other living creatures. On the side street, the dog walked me around a place where all was green -- the grass, the bush, the trees, the birds and the people who grow monsters to power. It drizzled, and our path turned slippery due to mosses, algae and mushrooms from the cow’s manure. There was supposed to be a play of colors that day since it was the golden hours before sundown -- red, orange and yellow clouds, blue sky and the red sun hiding its face behind the hills. But there were only green eyes gazing all over as the dark clouds formed on the horizon.

Digong’s, a mongrel, a mixed breed reflecting the state of society as a melting pot of races and blood relations. He’s a Filipino dog and a Chinese lapdog. And we have our national football team named the Philippine Azkals, or street dogs. My dog knew I love the Azkals, following their every game, celebrating every victory, sharing the heartbreak of every loss. He would run ahead of me since I unleashed him to have some fun in the grass, or in the weeds, which are illegal and possessing a small amount would mean getting shot by the police. But strangely at that moment, he walked behind me, and I felt I was the alpha male, more than a friend, protector and provider. He wanted me to lead him to get past the dark clouds ahead of us.

He must also have known about the storm brewing inside me that’s ready to burst -- the dissatisfaction, the disgust, the anger of what’s going on. The other day, the city’s vice mayor rumored to challenge the mayoralty race next year was shot dead on his way home from the gym, he was only one of the local executives executed beyond the walls of justice in a chain of killings. It was on top of the executions of those who perished in the night, young folks who sought a temporary relief from pain through methamphetamine crystals, some of them innocent bystanders suspected of selling the addictive, dopamine-enhancing drug known as shabu imported from China. Yet, manufacturers, importers and big-time traders were friends of those occupying high offices in the corridors of power.

Dark clouds formed on the horizon: news of the coming typhoon, high inflation rate, soaring prices of consumer goods, and politicians selling the idea of changing the form of government governed by the same breed of crooks. All this amidst the absence of decency in public discourse, lies, and disinformation. And into the long night, we walked without the certainty of getting home alive as we could be legitimate targets of assassination; and as soon as the sun rises the next day, I can only be thankful to those who have stayed in the night awake.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on August 10, 2018 20:47

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