I’ve been trying to go for a walk everyday now. Me and my niece and nephew like to go early in the morning. Sometimes we end up in Bankerohan. We like to head to that area because its quite a ways from our house and we feel like we are really sweating then. Really we like to go to Bankerohan too just for watching the people there so up and alive early in the morning. Seeing and hearing from people from different parts of the country really amazes me. I like to hear some dialects that I’m familiar with aside from Bisaya and Tagalog. I like to hear Ilonggo and Leyteno. I can converse in Ilonggo but just understand a bit of Leyteno, not all though. We also like to buy some Filipino snacks there. We have suki (our regular vendor lady) that we know there. She knows what we want to buy too.
One morning as we went on our routine we swung by somewhere at the bakery shop. We then thought of going to Bankerohan again. Since its a long ways there we decided to ride on the taxi. As soon as we entered the taxi, the driver told us that his friend a taxi driver too was just murdered like 2 hours before we came. We were shocked and went quiet for a few minutes. We then asked him where was that and he said not far from here. It really scared him and I can’t blame him. It could have been him instead of that other taxi driver. He said he is really scared but nothing he could do about it. He has to make money to feed his family. He said he has no room for being so scared because he doesn’t have other means to feed his family. He has a college student and high school student that rely on him. He said that he hope that the mayor now will be able to stop the killings just like what the former mayor did. He said that the criminals are slowly back now. He continued saying that some other crimes were starting to come back now. He thinks that maybe the criminals think since the new mayor was a lady that she’s not tough enough.
One thing I am proud of living here in Davao I can go anywhere in town and can still use my cell phone. And I can carry my purse with confidence that nobody will slash it with blade or with a knife. I can also shop anywhere and put my purse on top of the counter with other customer next to me. I remember when I went to Manila and my best friend would always remind me not to get my cell phone out from my pocket or somebody would take it. She also said not to ever let go of my purse, to just keep hugging it. Not unless we’re inside the fancy store. I told her wow, what a place you guys have here. She would always tell me “Feyma we are not in Davao City you know”. I am not bad mouthing Manila, but that is just the reality. Thievery is so high there. I hope that it will never be like that in Davao or other place here in Mindanao. We don’t want another bad name about Mindanao. We are called the war zone already. We want that people can go anywhere here in the city day and night with no fear.
I’ve even hear from other people that they think that crimes here in Davao were starting to climb up now. I am hoping that they’re wrong on that. I like it here that I can go to anywhere without fear even in the middle or past midnight. I just don’t want that its going to be bad here. I hope they track down the criminals the way they tracked down the Uso-Uso (jeepney type that runs fast) drivers. More on that on my next column.
I know that our mayor is not going to let her city get off the track. I’m pretty sure she will continue what they had started before when she was the vice mayor. They really are tough on the criminals. Which they should be. That is one thing the Dabawenyos are proud of.