6/2/16

A Letter for President Duterte About The Child Labor Situation In The Philippines From Bisaya Short Films

“Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch,” - President Duterte
Dear President Duterte:

How are you doing? How's the first day of your office? Why did you not join the Inauguration Ceremony for you? Have you killed new criminals? In an interview with Rappler you admitted that you killed 3 People. Or were you being sarcastic and you wanted to troll and joke around with Rappler because it's a place for journalists and you thought journalists are worthy to make fun of because I heard that you said that journalists are not exempted from assassinations? 

Anysway, did you know that The Great Modern Philosopher Nicholas Taleb also said that journalists are a plague? I read all of his 3 books and his discussion on Federalism is why I voted for you. I voted for you because I don't really think you killed anyone. You were just trolling the lazy journalists who might quote you on what you said when what you meant by killed was the same meaning when people say, " I KILLED in that Dance Contest I joined."



Anyway, I'm writing this letter to you as a concerned citizen of our Philippine Republic, a republic that more and more resembles Westeros of Game of Thrones. We kill. We use blunt force to police the nation's peace and order. And we have the support of the nation in killing people. Your presidency is honest enough to recognize this necessity, and I respect that. That said, what do you think of this ABK3 Leap Good Practices in Reducing Child Labor in Sugarcane Farms? It's sponsored by World Vision, and in partnership with ChildFind, ERDA and other non-government organizations. 

It's an admirable cause, but I only say this because I have found no information yet on whether the program is too costly for its goal. Because here's my worry: what if we have spent hard-earned tax-payers' money (say, P1,000,000) to generate results that is only worth (P3,000). Every time we use money, we are killing nature because all money comes from Mother Earth, so we have to be careful on what we're spending. Do you know of any reliable source to confirm whether the money goes to the right beneficiaries?

Now I'm not saying that Project ABK3 is unnecessary and I'm not saying that the money used for this project may have only gone to the Middle Men Subcontractors assigned for this project (Napoles NGO?), but the more unnecessary projects we make, the more we damage the Earth. The more we damage the Earth, the more chances of experiencing another natural calamity with such magnitude as the cutting of trees that caused the Yolanda Typhoon, killing countless lives. 

This Video Shows An Excerpt of THE ABK3 Project


There's this idea from Nicholson Taleb about silent evidence. Silent evidence is the cost and consequence of an actual project that is hidden from the obvious. For example, during Typhoon Yolanda, we probably see the media establishments such as ABS-CBN to be the heroes of the tragedy. The silent evidence of this is the hidden damage that the high media exposure to the relief efforts to Yolanda causes. 

Because of the high exposure given to the rare event that is the Yolanda, we have taken the attention away from the people, the level of support and attention that could have been given to the support of causes that deserve more immediate help (such as the high rise of cancer patients). There's no high sensational value in reporting cases of Cancer patients, so there's less likely to have exposure on this area. so we put an amount of attention to a national issue so much that we end up harming the people we're supposed to protect.

So my question is: by helping this ABK3, are we taking away money and attention and energy that could've gone to the right place? Just because we have a good heart and we have good intentions doesn't mean our actions are quote unquote ethical/right/livable. But according to Albert Camus, there's no right and wrong, so who should we follow then? I think that the answer is: we should follow you because you're our President. Or not.

Anyway, please click here , Mr. President, to go to the ABK3 Leap Facebook Page. so you and your cabinet can keep track of the project and see if there's any unfavorable practice going on and to make sure that every tax-payer's money goes to the right direction. Also, can you make every Filipino savings' account public so everyone can check on everyone else on whether we might be stealing the public's money? Kthxbye.

Yours,
Philippines

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