PEOPLE who felt slighted by my previous column should read it carefully. Again.
I don’t have any beef with lawyers or any persons involved in the legal profession going about their daily business during this time of the pandemic. Authorized or not.
What I pointed out was the several vehicles I noticed running around the streets with a “LAWYER” sign posted on the hood, on the license plate or on the front window.
I mean, we are in the middle of a health crisis, not a legal one. So I don’t understand why these particular people should call attention to themselves unless they expect special treatment.
Many Apor (authorized persons outside residence) have kept the ball rolling since the government imposed lockdowns and placed major urban areas on community quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 to make sure we have food on our tables, electricity, running water – oh wait, there are some areas in the metro that have sporadic supply... still–and whatnot, but I don’t see them going about with a post outside their vehicles declaring who or what they are.
And I don’t mean vehicles that shuttle employees of companies that provide essential goods and services nor am I referring to the many mobile markets that have popped up in the last five months.
That’s different. And if you’re going to ask me how or why then we definitely are not on the same page and there’s no point in continuing.
I mean, do you see Gwendolyn Garcia posting GOVERNOR or Edgardo Labella posting MAYOR outside their private vehicles?
At any rate, some of you might not agree with what I had written but at least you read me and for that I am truly grateful.
I asked a good friend, who happens to be a lawyer and not just some run-of-the-mill legal practitioner but a high-profile one, if my column merited a negative reaction and he told me about the exemption.
He sent me a link with the explanation and it made sense.
So I guess lawyers who do post LAWYER signs on their vehicles are just proud of their profession. Right?
Anyway, it’s not them I want to talk about today but parking on J. Urgello St. in Barangay Sambag 1, Cebu City.
I won’t pick on the barangay since my aunt is a big fan of the captain and I don’t think the barangay has the jurisdiction to apprehend violators or has control of the unfinished road-concreting project. Personnel from the City Transportation Office already warned against the practice earlier in the week, but, as we all know, it’s a game of cat-and-mouse.
It is very frustrating to see the blatant disregard for rules, but at the same time I am glad I am once again ranting against road infractions after all these months.
Things are slowly going back to normal indeed.