Can’t bring your kid to school? Go to jail!

I don’t usually involve myself in anything political, and I try as much as possible to shun myself from that dirty world, but I can’t help but react to this news bit I read last night.

Apparently, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus urged the Congress to file a bill that would penalize parents who do not send their kids to school. For him, poverty should not be an excuse for depriving children of education. He found an ally in Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, who sponsored the bill, which states that violators (the parents) will be fined up to Php100,000 and will be imprisoned for as much as 6 years. Ok, I know it’s a child’s right to be sent to school, but when you’re living in a third-world country such as ours, and when you’re not even earning enough to buy your family food for the day, how could you? How could school be possible when you could not afford your son’s uniform or notebook or even the jeepney fare?

Representatve Rodriguez does not know that, many times, parents simply could not afford to send their children to school. Our public school system isn’t as public as it seems. I spent my high school years in a public school, and despite it being a special one, I saw how difficult it is sometimes for some students to shell out money for projects and schoolworks, and for other extracurricular expenses that are typical of any school, be it public or private. I don’t think any parent, in their right mind, would want to deprive their children of education. Sometimes education is just beyond their reach. It’s hilarious that they want to penalize the parents, send them to jail for 6 years, and fine them Php100,000, when even missing a day of not working would mean their family would not have food on the table, and the fine of Php100,000? That might be more than a year’s earning for a family living below the poverty line. Ridiculous! I suggest that the Education Secretary and Rep. Rodriguez spend even just a week living among the slums, in order for them to understand more the plight of the poor.

I could think of a thousand alternatives to their proposal, and these alternatives wouldn’t even require the parents to be apart from their famly for 6 years. Imagine how traumatic that can be for a family who depends so much on their father’s daily wage at a construction site for their rice and can of sardines? On top of my list would be a bill that requires all the congressmen who “escape” from the sessions to pay a fine of Php100,000. This fine would go straight to the education of 100 or more students for a year. Another bill that would encourage the privileged sector of our community to donate a portion of their earnings to send one deserving child (or even more) to school. Another bill to bring the schools to the homes. I am not yet a full-pledged homeschooler but I believe the poor can definitely benefit from homeschool, what with no baon, no transpo, no uniform to worry about. I can still think of many more bills that our dear congressmen can pass to uplift the education system in our country, and none of them ridiculous. *Sigh*


May 12, 2008. Tags: , . General.


  1. kumareng grace replied:

    This is so inconsiderate of them (i mean the education secretary and that congressman)! You’re right, maybe they should try living in the slums to see that not all parents can afford education. Yes, education is important, but it should not be a ground for criminal liability! My gosh! Imagine being jailed and fined PhP100,000 for not putting your kids to school! Where would the poor parents get the PhP100,000 fine? And would somebody please tell these men that, in the first place, if these parents had the PhP100,000, they would have sent their children to school? Some families even have a hard time having money for food, lest for education!
    Haaayyy…ABSURD is the perfect term for this! Nakakinit ng ulo!

  2. Tricia Faustino replied:

    Hay, sinabi mo! Kaya nga napa-react talaga ko. Sobrang absurd talaga. You’d wonder what other bills they’ve passed.

  3. ka2x replied:

    what were they thinking? trying to get the poor poorer? what will happen to now-parentless child after they put the parents to jail, plus a fine of Php100,000? i agree with you, they must go out and be with slum people, so they would know. these people have been living in abundance for a long time! geez!

  4. joy replied:

    grabe ha, is this for real? di naman yata pwede yan. san namannila dadalhin un 100k na ibabayad ng mga magfa-fine? sa bulsa nila?

    btw tricia, are you homeschooling zoe? can you send me more info about it 😀 and kamusta? na-wean na ba? hehe

  5. megamomph replied:

    This is only one of many inanities that come out of our administrators and lawmakers. We really have to speak up, otherwise we risk running our country to the ground.

  6. mike replied:

    Congressman Rufus Rodriguez is seeking re-election in his district of CDO, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and a situation has been brought to our attention that we want to inform him of.

    Rufus Rodriguez owns a rental property in CDO that he rents out to a American expatriot of questionable agendas, records and past. I highly doubt Mr. Rodriguez knows of the kind of people his house is harboring so have decided to inform both him and the internet community in hopes of enlightening the situation during this campaigning period.

    The American national currently residing in the house is one Gordon Elletson who goes by Gordy and posts on many internet forums using the name TexKano. Gordon Elletson is of a deffective mental state and is a admitted child abuser and basher of the Filipino populace. Please see link below of how Gordy Elletson , using his TexKano nic, admitted to hitting Xavier Madlangbayan with a cane and then proceeding to call the boys grandfather, Dr. Severino Madlangbayan, (who is seeking a city council seat in Iligan City) a banana eating monkey. Is this kind of elitest American truly the sort of expatriot that a elected Congressman wants to be connected to? Well Gordon Elletson seems to think the congressman loves him and will washover any mess he gets himself into. I find it hard to believe a elected congressman will forsake his constituents , who elected him, in a effort to protect a abusive foreign national.

    The second expatriot, now deceased, is one Randall Chester Goings who goes by Bubba and posted on net under nic Bubbabobbaker. This fellow had a lengthy criminal record which included multiple drug charges. Randall Goings was brought to the Philippines by Gordon Elletson where he lived , together with Gordy, in the proprty owned by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez of CDO, Cagayan de Oro. This property is located on 69 bong bongon street CDO and even before Randall Goings moved to such property he was allready posting perverted things all over the internet. One example of his perversions took place on a internet dating site where he searched for a 4′ tall bi-sexual and stated in his ad “the smaller you are the more I will love you”. Evan smaller than 4′? Yikes, Was he looking for a dwarf or a underaged girl?

    Anyway, I hope this message reaches Congressman Rodriguez and he can see below link for proofs regarding the accutations of the kind of expatriot he is harboring and who states the Congressman is protecting him. I feel the congressman has the right to know the facts in below link.

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