I don’t get it.

I was waiting for a ride to the supermarket for my weekly grocery shopping when a jeepney driver, who was waiting for passengers, threw an empty mineral water bottle to where I was standing. He wasn’t trying to hit me. He was throwing his garbage, like the entire Ortigas Avenue was one big garbage dump. I wanted to pick up the bottle and throw it back at him.

I was incensed.

Just a few hours before that incident I saw a woman in her 30s finish eating a bag of chips and nonchalantly lets go of the bag like the street was one big garbage dump.

I was again incensed.

No wonder we, as a country, is still stuck in a quagmire for decades. We do not have the self-discipline. Isn’t holding on to a candy wrapper or an empty bottle or a bus ticket for a little bit longer until one finds a garbage can too complex for the Filipino brain to grasp?

I don’t get it.

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17 Responses to Refuse

  1. raft3r says:

    inay ko po
    ganyan na talaga tayo
    mahirap ng baguhin
    nanakainis lang, ano
    yan ang pinoy
    we never learn

  2. Skron says:

    It’s like that everywhere. Expect in other parts of the globe. They have people who cleans.

  3. WCS Minor Circuit says:

    I don’t get it either. So many Filipinos talk about pride and patriotism but they treat their own country like trash, literally. It’s true that this isn’t just a Philippines problem (many people have no respect for the space in which they inhabit), but for a country that’s trying so hard to move forward, it’s doing so many things that are pushing it back.

  4. The Reviewer says:

    And some people say that it only takes one to cast a vote in the recent elections to be called Filipino and to have an opinion. Life is certainly more than an issue of politics. ‘Di ba nga I blogged about seeing a banana peel inside our Ortigas office elevator last year. Educated in college na yun malamang and yet having poor sense of consideration for others. Walang concept of the big picture. That is still corruption to me — doing something and thinking it’s ok kahit hindi because everybody’s doing it — in smallest form nga lang.

  5. Atticus says:

    high blood din ako sa ganyan. lalo na iyong mga nakasakay sa jeep o bus o kotse. nakakainis.

  6. ewok1993 says:

    my husband and i pick up after people like this. kakasawa rin minsan. but then again you see other people pick up trash on the streets too.

    just lead by example. matatauhan din sila.

    waddja think of lost finale?

    • the scud says:

      i do that. i even read from a blogger who saw a man pick up trash thrown by a fellow passenger in the mrt. supalpal sila.

      i haven’t yet seen the lost finale. i heard it got mixed reviews daw. will watch it tonight. 😀

  7. FerBert says:

    makalat ang bag ko, kase hindi ako nagtatapon ng basura kung saan-saan. Inuuwi ko sa bahay ang mga basura ko at doon ko tinatapon. Maliit na bagay para may maitulong ako sa bayan at sa kalikasan

  8. Sonia says:

    I know eh, it’s so annoying. As if things like that clean up after themselves.

  9. Andy says:

    Guilty ako sa mga ganyan. Pero sa mga loob lang ng mga buildings na alam kong may mga janitor na maglilinis ng kalat ko, tulad sa Megamall, hehe. Pero sa kalye hindi ako nagkakalat. Dinadala ko talaga hanggang bahay yung basura ko.

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