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Life Through the Eyes of a Taxi Driver

Traveling through a car-packed Quirino highway down to the street-busy G.Tuazon can be a boring journey so I started a little chat with the cab driver which I shall call Ka Fredie . Ka Fredie is a typical taxi driver with a touch of a barrio accent coupled with a mix of rebellious thinking . Thus , i coined the name "Ka Fredie".
Trash:"Mahirap na ba byahe ngayon?"
Ka Fredie:
Mahal na gasolina e, umaasa na lang kami sa dagdag ng mga pasahero.
Trash:"Gasolina pala itong taxi nyo, di ba mas ok ung LPG?"
Ka Fredie:
OO, dati kumikita ako ng hanggang 1,500 kaso pinababa ako e.
Trash:"Bakit?
Ka Fredie:
Sabi ng doktor pag di ko raw tinigil baka bibigay katawan ko.
Etong gobyerno natin prinopromote ung LPG e masama pla sa kalusugan ng driver pati na rin sa pasahero
Mahal talaga kasi gasolina kaya konti na lang kita namin.
Trash:"Dagdag mo pa yung kotong"
Ka Fredie:
Ngayon ginagawa na nilang ordinance , kaya ung huli mo sa Makati iba pa rin pag nahuli ka sa QC
Mga opisyal kasi puro pera na lang iniisip , di nila iniisip kaming mga driver. Tapos puro kurakot na ngayon.
Trash:"Naabutan nyo ba si Marcos?"
Ka Fredie:
OO. Mas maganda pa nga nung si Marcos kasi mahigpit cya . Kurakot man
sya pero sya lang , hindi gaya ngayon na ultimo Baranggay Tanod kurakot.
Noon pag nagsalita si Marcos lahat sumusunod e. Mga ginagawa nga ng mga presidente ngayon na projects plano na yan dati ni Marcos.
Trash:"Sa susunod na eleksyon , sino gusto nyo na presidente?"
Ka Fredie:
Hindi na ako boboto. Pareparehas lang yan. Kung ako nga lang tatanungin, si Gloria na lang tutal naman siguro busog na yan pati mga galamay nya. Kung bago na naman magpapakabusog na naman at panibagong galamay na mag papakabusog din.
Kung bibigyan nga ako ng madaming buhay , ako na mismo lilinis sa mga yan.
Mahal na lahat , pati bigas . Di nila naiisip na maaring ISANG UMAGA MAGISING NA LANG SILANG ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP INAAKYAT NA ANG BAHAY NG MGA MAYAYAMAN KASI
WALA NANG MAKAIN. TUTAL PAREPAREHAS LANG NAMAN TAYONG TAO, KUNG MAMAMATAY SILA SA GUTOM ISASAMA NA RIN NILA MAYAYAMAN
Ako siguro sasama na rin ako, kasi ganun din mangyayari sa akin na wala nang makain. Baka nga yung mga pulis dyan aagawan na lang nila ng baril. Pag wala ng
makain baka pati karne ng tao kakainin na rin
...usapan about traffic.....
Ka Freddie:
Tignan mo mga bahay sa tabi ng highway pinaganda lang sa harapan pero sa likod wala parin. METRO GWAPO daw , dapat gawin METRO PLASTIC
Lagi na lang tumataas ang presyo ng gasolina , kasalanan ni tabako (FVR) at cory dahil sa DEREGULATION law na yan.
Trash:"Puro takas ang ginagawa ng mga kongresista dba? kaya di maayos ayos ang bansa. Sobrang talino kac nila."
Ka Fredie:
Pasalamat nga sila at matalino sila , kaso di nila ginagamit sa kabutihan. Sana nga kunin na lang sa itaas ang talino na yan. Tignan natin kung
anong mangyayari sa kanila
Kung pagbibigyan talaga ako sa itaas ako na mismo lilinis sa mga yan.
After giving Ka Fredie my fare , I started to ponder on his thoughts on life . Here are the things that played in my mind:
1. Is there really a hazard on using LPG as a source of power for cars instead of gasoline?
2. Contrary to what most freedom fighters would say , most people that I met still prefers Marcos' style over Cory , FVR , Erap and GMA.
3. Even Ka Fredie dreams about Civil War , Chaos , Vigilantes and Cannibalism . His views on this actually sent chills in my bones.
4. What good will it bring if the Oil Deregulation Law is abolished?
5. Metro Gwapo to Metro Plastik - nice one Ka Fredie.
6. Lost of interest to elections due to bad experiences.

There are really a lot of views that can be learned by being with the actual people that feels the daily hardships of life . I may sound stupid but our leaders should go deeper into the masses and not just rely on economic figures to measure how well the country is doing . Corruption remains to be the main culprit and if this will continue , as Ka Fredie envisioned , chaos and civil car can and will happen .

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