well, not exactly an appropriate title for a car accident, but maybe i’ll work on that later. anyway, on our way home from the gym this evening (may 26, 2011, 9:30pm), we came upon this scene at our street corner.
we saw two people in the van. the wrecked doors prevented them from getting out. we learned quickly that the driver of the other vehicle was senator chiz escudero.
liz and i approached him and asked how he was. considering the damage, he said that he was just a little shaken. he was gentle and calm in his manner, not blaming anyone and not raising his voice, AND NOT invoking whatever privileges he may have pertaining to his political office. he just waited patiently for the authorities and ambulance to arrive.
the rescue team started working on getting the two guys out of the van. they used a small version of the ‘jaws of life’ to pry open the damaged door.
Soon enough, the driver was out. they had to put a neck brace on him for precautionary measures. Next out was the other passenger.
There were the usual pinoy elements in this scene:
- the crowd (usi’s) who never bothered to shoo away the kids playing with the broken pieces of glass from the windshield.
- the investigator/traffic cop who was constantly on the radio following up the late ambulance/rescue team.
- the late ambulance/rescue team (they claim they were given the wrong location).
- the motorists who insist they be allowed to pass through.
- the motorists who insist on slowing down so they can see enough of what happened.
- the baranggay tanods and the kapitan.
- the absence of crowd control.
- the bystanders who instantly turn into traffic cops.
I’ve seen all these and will continue to see all these and more.
However, i will never forget how refined and behaved chiz escudero was despite sustaining damage to his vehicle too. If it were a politician of lesser character, which we have a surplus of, there would be abusive language, a refusal to admit wrong, someone throwing his political weight around, cops milking anybody they can milk, and anything else that one can do in the exercise of his political power.
Some years ago, i shot chiz and his law partners in his office. i remember him arriving in the middle of the shoot and very warmly greeting me with a tap on the shoulder, as if he greeted a buddy. There was no tension and we had a productive shooting day. Seeing him again this evening and still being cordial despite what happened makes me wish we had more of him around.
But greater still is this: no matter who we are in life – big or small, rich or poor, fat or thin – we never really know what the future holds nor what would happen in the next few minutes.
Considering this, it’s best to be safe. And the best way to be safe is to be right with God.
In James 4:13-15, the Word of God says “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Let’s run the course of our lives according to God’s guidance so that no matter what happens along the way, we’ll be in good hands. As they say, “better to be safe than sorry.”
all images shot with a Pentax K10d + Pentax FA 50/1.7