Have you experienced soundly sitting inside a bus then suddenly a little girl or boy put an envelop on your lap?
Yeah. I had that experience numerous times already. Usually passengers would refuse to take the envelop but their strategy is to just put it in your lap so that yo wouldn't have any chance to say NO or refuse.
The envelop usually reads "Paumanhin po. Hihingi lang po kami ng tulong para sa aming pag-aaral."
In this situation, I usually take a look at the kid/person and ponder on it. Sometimes I'd give coins but more often than not, I don't. Why? It's not that I'm cold & heartless. I know how it is to starve, and go to school without any baon. It's the 'kalakaran' here in Manila that usually forces me to refuse charity. I see on TV how some kids, & elders are exploited for this kind of syndicate. I know that there is also a possibility that they are sincere. They must be really starving or their relative might really be dying. But hey I just don't want those syndicates to proliferate. Or am I just looking for an excuse?
4 years ago, when I was just new here in Manila, I saw this crippled man in one of the overpasses in Sucat Parañaque and I gave him money. Then after a few hours, when I passed by the area again I saw him smoking a cigarette. I felt like I condoned his vice and I felt very bad.
So can you blame me if I've turned this way?
Photo credit: HERE.
photo credit: HERE .
So if a little kid does this gesture:
Will you let your cynicism or compassion override you?