The Philippines as ever has been flooded by goods coming from China. Filipinos who do no go for quality and have a few pesos spared to buy school shoes, clothing, tools, etc., will just go to Divisoria and shop where their hundred pesos could still buy several items. However, since they buy them cheap they also expect them not to last long.
In the past before the milk scare, shoppers for grocery items usually stuff their carts with food items from China. And one of the favorite items grocers buy are fresh and powdered milk, candies, chocolate, noodles, tea, etc. We are victims of this as we love to buy White Rabbit candies. This time I don’t see these goods anymore in their carts. And I don’t hear people say, “mabuti na lang may China goods.”
What is so scary about melamine contaminated products? According to reports, melamine while it is rich in protein it is petroleum-based. This is only good for industrial products such as manufacture of plastic plates. Melamine contaminated milk caused the death of at least four children in China late September and over 50,000 more falling ill from it. Melamine intake can cause kidney failure to babies. It may cause also similar effects to adults who have been drinking melamine contaminated milk for a long time.
But what shall we do with milk products we have purchased that are manufactured in China? Some supermarkets put up consumers booth where they could receive milk items and given gift certificates on same amount they paid for these products. I have several bags of white rabbit to be given to children this Christmas. I could not return them to the supermarket where I bought them because I lost my receipts.
My mom asked me, “what will we do with those bags of candies?” She is insinuating that I shall throw them away. I am afraid though some garbage scavengers may pick them up and eat. But my mom insists, “hindi mo na kasalanan iyon, not your fault anymore if they pick it for food.”
Our laundry woman heard us arguing, and volunteered herself to bring home those candies. “ Sayang naman ate, hindi ka naman malalason kaagad, e. (It is a pity to waste them just that, after all you wont die of immediately),” she said.
“What, are you crazy? Mas malaki pa ang gagastosin mo kung magkasakit ka niyan at mga anak mo, (you spend more for medical bills if ever)” my mom said.
“Hindi naman kami ang kakain niyan, e (it is not for us),” she said.
“Sino ,“ my mom asked her again.
“Para po sa aking batugang asawa para mamahinga na, hirap na akong naglalabada at namamalantsa para may makain lang kami. ( It is for my indolent husband so he may rest in peace. I am already hard up working as a laundry woman just to feed him. ).”
We both laughed hard with mom. All I knew the lady was joking but then I saw it in her eyes she was really serious. She wants to feed her husband with melamine contaminated milk products so he may rest in peace the sooner.
“Kasalanan iyan, huwag mong gagawin (That’s a sin don’t do it), mom advised her.
When the laundry woman received her day’s pay and was about to leave, mom still reminded the woman not to think and do anything evil against her husband. She advised her to be patient with him and encourage the husband to look for a job.
But the woman has a good sense of humor. She said, “Salamat for sa inyong advise, hindi ko na siya pakakainin ng White Rabbit lalagyan ko na lang ng gatas galing China ang kanyang kape (I will not give him White Rabbit to eat, I’ll just pour melamine contaminated milk in his coffee.”
The lady left and mom went to the kitchen to cook Kare-kare. I was left alone at the living room still thinking about the lady. I was still bothered on what she said. How many people like her may have murder in their mind to execute? Probably not only feeding them with melamine contaminated milk but real poison already?
I sent a text message to Second Lady. What shall I do with bags of white rabbit at home? Her response, give it to Congressman Banong so he may rest in peace. I could not control myself laughing.