Byline: Juan L. Mercado
(Over the New Year weekend, we skimmed through the Asian Development Bank study, Poverty in the Philippines: Causes, Constraints and Opportunities. But our mind kept drifting to Basureros, an e-mailed true story. A pity the author didnt tack his name on. Here is Basureroswith excerpts from the ADB study set off by parentheses.)
POSSIBLE HEART ENLARGEMENT THE DOCtor said. So, I jogged more. Sundays, Id bike up Cebus Busay hills. On one of those climbs, I had a Damascus momentsomething like Paul emerging from the brutal Saul, struck down by a Presence outside the Syrian capital.
At a small carinderia, I was into my second banana, when I noticed two kids, picking through the garbage. Basureros (Scavengers), I scoffed
(Over 4.7 million households are locked into a poverty-hunger treadmill. …