In my own opinion,
I normally write down what is in my head and my heart and this subject is not so keen in my book as I have been a victim to peoples stupid choices in their use of drugs.
I recall a year or two ago I had gone to the Cathedral asking the priests to open up their hearts to the local vendors who were kicked off the streets for selling bar b Que items at night. I think the reason for it was because this big magnet hole for drinking beer all hours of the day was coming in to sell their bar b Que foods at a down town city mall for a higher price so the competition was to much for them to consider being in Bohol so the LGU who owns the building where this drinking hole now exists had kicked out street vendors who were not hurting anything, who were just families with no other means to support themselves so they became well known as “Sky’s the limit” selling really delicious bar b que foods even better tasting then the one at the new mall.
I was trying to ask the priest to find a way to help these families who were kicked out trying to make a living to support their families as jobs are scarce here. I thought it would of been great for the church to come up with donating a lot at night for the vendors to continue selling their foods in order to support their families.
I told the priest I would rather see this than some of them having to resort to stealing, or selling drugs or into illegal gambling or any other criminalization activity to make money illegally.
I was shouted at and I was threatened to have the police called on me just for making a suggestion to try to help others live here.
Now look at the current situation of Bohol robberies, killings,illegal drugs and gambling are taking place……as I had predicted.
I warned the churches things would get bad if they did not help these people who need help the most.
How am I suppose to feel when I am spoken to in such a way by people who are looked upon as Godly and they do not want to consider or entertain my way of thinking good for others (I was told I was not a Catholic and that I had no rights to suggest anything)…. It was so non-becoming of that priest and it had become a hot topic over the local airwaves as I had went live over phone patching to DYRD to explain what had taken place at the church when I had showed a grave concern for the people here.
This incident is already almost two years ago. Drugs then were not even noticed how they are today here.
I have even expressed concerns of illegal prostitution being done near by to a Catholic university here, with a really good priest from both the states and here. I really liked how he listened to me and I hope he appreciates my insight on the matter, as he had thanked me so very much in helping him as they just had held a seminar on illegal activities in the area of concern.
We need to as a community report anything that is wrong when it comes to seeing drugs, or other illegal activities.