Last Saturday, a group of skateboarders were being apprehended by the authorities in Fort Bonifacio, the reason: Skateboarding.
Apprehended, then detained for 20-40 minutes, these skateboarders, mostly youngsters, were felt having their priviledge as useless regardless of having premits using some minor thoroughfares as hangouts for their benefit.
However, according to the authorities, their actions are rather "disturbing social peace" like Taguig's Fort Bonifacio; while in Manila's Intramuros, a hangout for skateboarders is being paved way for a basketball court, what else will these extreme players ought to play then if their hangouts are being "closed" in the pretext of "ensuring lives" regardless of self-regulation?
Otherwise, it does it mean that these people playing are subjectively considered criminals with a misconception that all skateboarders are same as punk criminals and gangsters?
Most skateboarders, as well as its afficionados felt that it is unfair for them not to have a hangout despite having limitations and safety guidelines for their own benefit; and to think that the actions taken by the authorities are rather made as if "like a joke" being taken seriously-especially on a decree prohibiting skateboarding with a threat of 30 days imprisonment. If so, then how about the children who are also engaging?
This means hypocrisy to the ones who engage in the said game thinking that prohibiting instead of making alternatives such as a skatepark and regulations made their right as "useless" same as those who engage in selling boards, wheels and other tools and ware skateboarders ought to buy upon. But to others, ordinances prohibiting skateboarding and other extreme sports are rather taken quite optimistically considering that roads and thoroughfares are made "for people" especially those with vehicles as well as ensuring "social peace" in the community.
It is quite weird to think that Skateboarding and other extreme sports are being considered as a "crime" in the pretext of "safety" and "peace" while very serious offenses such as drug use continues to be prevalent; that made Kevin Ducusin stated that the authorities "were doing their job" in apprehending those who are doing nothing wrong except playing, worse, they are also the ones being recognized and given appraisal a year before the prohibition in Fort Bonifacio.
And to think that authorities in the Philippines, especially Barangay (village) officials often utilize streets for their "Street Basketball" tournaments, how about those who are riding and performing tricks using a skateboard?
After all, there are people who made something just to say "they are doing something"...without any alternatives nor consultations given about these "serious" matter.