Commuter beggars

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Pagpaumanhin po sa abala sa inyong byahe. Wag po kayong mag-alala, hindi po kami masamang tao. Hindi po kami magnanakaw. Hihingi lang po kami ng konting tulong sa inyo. Mas mabuti nang manghingi kaysa magnakaw.

Namatay po kasi ang aming tatay at kasalukuyang nakaburol. Namatay po siya sa cancer. Ito po ang death certificate nya bilang katunayan ng kanyang pagkamatay.

Wala po kaming pera pampalibing sa kanya kaya sa inyo kami lumalapit upang humingi ng konting abuloy. Sana po ay matulungan nyo kami. Maraming salamat at ingat po kayo.

Those are the scripted appeal of kids, teens and adults who board jeepneys and commuter buses to beg money from gullible passengers. It’s the new version of PUV begging.

Before, a kid in dirty clothes with rag would jump into a jeepney and start polishing the shoes of passengers while chanting, “Konting barya lang po. Hindi pa po ako kumakain.” They still strut their stuffs.

There were also the beggars in Badjao outfit and carrying improvised drums. They would jump into a jeepney, lay empty envelopes on the laps of passengers and then beat their drums with their fingers. After playing the drum tune, they would collect the envelopes, including those inserted with coins or cash. How they will spend the money? No one knows, though some think they would buy solvent and rugby to sniff.

And there are the “commercial” preachers with the same script as the beggars asking for donations for church and quote verses from the Bible.

Are they for real or fake beggars who want to fool people into giving them money?

Authorities seem indifferent or play ignorant of such rampant public swindling. Which emboldens them. In fact, they are now invading LRT and MRT trains.

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