Not My Usual Saturday Evening

It happened one Saturday night. We were on our way back home. We traversed Lawton then headed to Escolta, and then drove straight to Jones Bridge in Santa Cruz, Manila.  As we reached the bridge, I noticed that only a few cars were passing by. I checked the time. It was 8:00pm then. It was at that very moment when I and the man beside me felt that something strange was happening in the darkness of the night. Approximately 10 meters from our location, we saw a young lady who was carrying a bag. It seemed that she was having a hard time. It was like something or someone was blocking her way. We tried to look further and we noticed that a figure is obstructing her path. It was a figure of man wearing shorts, of medium build and average height. We observed the way he harassed the lady by getting in her way whenever she attempts to walk past him. Whenever she’ll walk to the right, he’ll walk to his left to prevent her from escaping.  Then, suddenly the man beside me forcefully hit the gas pedal and rapidly drove the car towards the direction of the scene. As we got nearer, he turned the light to full bright and blew the car horns so hard and so loud that it will catch the attention of the people nearby. The suspicious looking guy suddenly stopped whatever malicious acts he was doing to the girl. Then, the man beside me opened the driver’s window and shouted: “Run!!!”.  The girl even managed to thank us first before she veered off and sprinted as fast as she could. On the other hand, the suspicious looking guy even dared to stare at us, so intently, as if he was planning to take his revenge on us, to hurt us, or even kill us. That stare gave me a cold sweat. But, the man beside me didn’t let his guard down; he blew the horns once more to call the attention of the “barangay tanods” nearby. And, when he saw that the guy was already apprehended, he looked into my eyes as if saying that: “All is well. Don’t worry. Let’s get back home.”

When we came home, the man beside me gave me a smile. He said to me: “You know anak, we shouldn’t just let those who have evil intents to perpetuate evil. We shouldn’t just be mere spectators. Ayokong makita sa news bukas na may nangyaring hindi maganda sa babae doon pa sa mismong lugar na iyon.  Hindi kakayanin ng konsensya ko.”  



5 thoughts on “Not My Usual Saturday Evening

  1. This anecdote unwittingly tells us of the security problem that most of our cities and municipalities have. Most areas in the Philippines have a similar story, but they often revolve around the problem of opportunity for crime being present (i.e.lack of officers of the law near the vicinity, weak to zero illumination on certain areas, making visibility difficult, making it more lucrative for a crime to happen, etc). While I do admit that making a perfect system is impossible, fixing it up could have saved you the trouble of worrying about the criminal. If there’sno opportunity for a crime to happen, there wouldn’t be any.

  2. I love the last part of this. I’ve always heard that there are two kinds of “evils”, those who do evil and those who stand by and watch. We should always do what we can even if it’s not something that directly affects us.

  3. Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If this is so, then if good men are willing to act based on their principles, then there is no room for the “triumph of evil” It gives me hope to know that there are still people out there who are willing to do what’s right despite the risk.

  4. I’ll just assume that he’s your dad and from what you’ve shared he’s quite a man, a real man at that. “we shouldn’t be mere spectators” is a line that we should really incorporate into our lives, whether it is a bad act and if it is we should try to stop it or a good act where we should actually join in and enjoy our lives.

  5. A man can only be brave at the moment of fear. We can’t really consider ourselves as selfless if we don’t put ourselves outside our comfort zone for the sake of others. I commend the man beside you for not being a bystander and taking the initiative. We need more of people like him in our country.

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