Getting invited to an event is a honor, right? I mean, the fact that the person throwing the even thought of you as a person to invite should be a pleasure, an honor and such, don’t you think? Wait… don’t think too quickly like that.
Being “invited” in the Philippines does not always have a positive connotation.
You see, in a case where there has been a crime, or some kind of wrongdoing, the police “invite” you to come in to the station for questioning. If there is some kind of scandal, the Senate will hold a hearing, and they “invite” the accused to come and tell them what happened. For me, I think I would prefer not to be invited for these kind of things!
I am not even sure what happens if you don’t accept the invitation. Let’s say that the police are investigating you for a crime and they say they want to invite you down to the station to answer some questions. I mean, what happens if you say, “no, I’m busy, sorry I can’t accept your invitation.” It is only my feeling, but I would bet that such an invitation cannot be refused!
Where I come from, in the United States, if the Senate wants to talk to you, they issue a subpoena that requires you to show up. Here, it’s an invitation. In the States, if the police want to question you about a crime, they put you in the back seat of the police car and take you to the station and interrogate you. Here, they invite you to come in and talk. Do they serve tea while you hare having your discussion?
Honestly, I kind of laugh every time I hear that “so and so has been invited” to the Police station, but it is on the news like that all the time. Every time there is an accusation against somebody, they always get such an invitation.
Another funny thing is that sometimes, when the Senate invites people to testify in a scandal, the people don’t show up! Or, they will call in advance and say they are sick that day. Amazing how many people get sick whenever they get invited to the Senate! Where I come from, I don’t ever remember a person not showing up when they have been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate. Here, it is the most common way to handle such an invitation, just don’t show.
During my life in the Philippines, I have been invited to many events. Weddings, birthday parties, baptisms, Anniversaries and such. Thankfully, though, I have never been invited to the Police station. Of course, I could always get sick if that happens!