[Jeepneys play a significant role in the Philippines’ transportation system as they are the most widely used mode of transportation in the country. With the advent of jeepney modernization, jeepneys with poor emissions are being threatened to be phased out due to excessive emissions of harmful gases. These will affect the environment as well as the health of the commuters. The government has initially announced that it is not the COVID-19 PANDEMIC that has swayed it to continuously abort the re-deployment of the jeepneys in the streets. But now empirical data have shown that a return of the jeepneys into the streets of Metro-Manila will surely spike up the rate of covid infections too unprecedented and highest levels. Jeepneys have in fact been the focus of PHASE-OUT cum MODERNIZATION plans even during the MARCOS era. But all those plans got aborted due to the detrimental and consequent unemployment of those 600,000 jeepney drivers in the Philippines. With the pandemic, which has severely affected the global economy – – with millions of employees and workers worldwide losing their means of livelihood, it has indeed opened the opportunity (while so analogous to swallowing a bitter pill), to put into effect the PHASE OUT cum MODERNIZATION plan. It is something that is DESIRABLE but equally UNPALATABLE. I thus, have jocularly likened the JEEPNEY to a CHIKINENEE (slang term for LOVE MARK or hickey), which during my younger days became so popular. Prudish ladies would not want to show off a HICKEY; but the prouder ones would truly want a HICKEY! It was my UP Law mate ROLLY QUIMBO who gave me the inspiration to write this FUN RHYME, with VIC CRUZ concurring unto it.]
Mukhang mayroong mga leksyon po tayong NAKUHA..
Nitong ang mga JEEPNEY ay nawala na ngang TALAGA;
Wala na halos po ang mga dating nakakaburyong na TRAPIK – –
At yaong mga dispalihadong JEEPNEY na panay at pulos po ang LANGITNGIT at LAGIKGIK!
Nagkaroon din po ng “forced-regular exercise” ang madlang TAO..
Syempre panay ang lakaran, lakad doon po at saka lakad DITO;
At ang dating nalalanghap po nating usok na maitim ng KRUDO- –
Mukhang tuloy na pong nawala, naglaho na nga po nang TODO!
Ang bawat po na GASTOS ay meron din pong BENEPISYO o KITA…
“Cost and benefit” po ang taguri diyan sa wikang BANYAGA;
Mukhang mas mainam po ang nagiging resultang “KITA” – –
Dahil ang paglanghap ng usok mula sa krudo sa baga at sa kalusugan ay tunay na NAKAKASAMA TALAGA!
Para din itong kwentong-JEEPNEY ay kahalintulad ng CHIKINENEE…
Halos kawangking-kawangki kwentuhan ukol nga sa JEEPNEY;
Ayaw po ng mga “chicks” na magkaroon nga NITO- –
Pero hindi ring maalis na yaon ay kanilang gustohin at tunay na GUSTO!
So, it must now be told that the SNAG which has stopped the daily NAG….
From among the jeepney drivers who have “lost” their MONEY BAG;
Is a critical thing related to the pandemic, this COVID – –
And I’m not in fact eager to share it, as I’m not much AVID!
Health experts are ONE in saying that with all of those JEEPNEYS…
We might all eventually get the dreaded “CHIKINENEES”;
Not the CHIKINENEE that you, IDOL ROLLY, VIC CRUZ and I do KNOW – –
It’s the COVID VIRUS that GROWS and GROWS and GROWS and GROW!
AND WE WILL ALL GO TO OUR RESPECTIVE “SEMENTERYO” (TO OFFER FLOWERS TO OUR “YUMAO”)!
[JOKE, JOKE, JOKE]
Empirical data that has been recently ANALYZED;
Has discovered and now feels that the return of the JEEPNEYS would surely CATALYZE;
A big LEAP of COVID infections (as, you know, jeepney drivers are mostly PASAWAY), will surely EMERGE – –
And all of us, will quickly be buried and be SUBMERGED!
AS SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE HARD TO OBSERVE,
‘CAUSE EVERY TIME A JEEPNEY PASSES BY, INTO THE TRAFFIC TO MERGE…
ALL PASSENGERS (AS HAS BEEN USUAL) WOULD QUICKLY AND SURELY CONVERGE- –
AND THE DEADLY COVID VIRUS WILL TREAT AS ALL, AS ITS TASTY AND JUICY HORS D’OEUVRES!
[JOKE, JOKE, JOKE ONCE MORE!]