It was a long line of standing women at the bus. I failed to catch the image of an old lady standing in the front of the line.
I know some men would cry foul or unfair about this photo. It is not discrimination nor condemnation. Admit it or not, there are now few “respectful” Filipino guys left in the country. And we salute those who remain as “maginoo.”
I heard some defending themselves on not giving their seat to elderly, pregnant women or young ladies – they pay the same fare.
When I was 8-months pregnant, I gave my seat to an old woman with bulky bags with her. I cannot bear seeing her in that difficult situation, and the fact that the bus was full of passengers. She refused my offer but I insisted. And the guys, especially young men, just looked and then ignored us.
None in any provisions of the Constitution nor Revised Penal Code and other laws in the country stated that every man must be gentleman. We were just raised in a culture where men give high respect to women and elderly.