Teachers in the COMELEC

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers today swamped the COMELEC office, trying to wrest more concessions from the COMELEC. More compensation, more allowances, more hazard pay, more leave credits, more everything. It gave me the impression, more than anything else, of being in a soukh.

The law requires teachers to serve on the Boards of Election Inspectors, and last I checked, the law did not provide any bargaining power for either side. The COMELEC has no choice but to use teachers, and the teachers cannot hold the government to ransom. But that is what is happening even as I type this post.

I would like to ask these molders of men, what sort of example are they setting by condeming the COMELEC without proof or evidence? Are we teaching our youth how to judge books by their covers?

I would like to ask these hands that rock the cradles of our minds, what sort of example are they setting by shirking their lawful duty? Are we teaching our youth to be evaders of responsibility? Has the highest good become what is convenient? Is this what our students are learning in schools.

I would like to ask these noble teachers, what sort of example they think they are setting by trying to twist the COMELEC’s arm by raising fists and filling the air with their strident, whining, voices.

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