Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Here's an excerpt from the article published on today's Inquirer:

MANILA, Philippines -- At the risk of being called the Grinch, Manila administrators said Monday they are banning Christmas carolers from the capital's streets because they disrupt traffic.

"The plan, controversial as it might be, is not done out of whim but rather for the safety of the children and the motorists," said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando, citing an incident last year in which a child caroler was run over by a speeding vehicle.

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Will this lessen traffic? Probably, but just a little.

Will it make the roads safer? Yeah, I suppose so.

But, at the very least it will reduce irritants, especially when the so-called carolers are really harassing beggars, or worse yet, thieves, in disguise.