Engkwentro: Pedicab

By Nathalie Blanco, Multimedia Producer, Engkwentro (Pinoy True Stories)

Posted at Feb 13 2013 05:07 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2013 01:08 AM

When a family’s livelihood is put on the line, a man’s frustration with another can lead to a brawl. Karen Davila reports on how people go to great lengths to provide for their families by highlighting the conflict between two pedicab drivers.

Carlito Manalo

As heads of their respective households, Carlito and Mang Jojo were responsible for providing the needs of their families. Both of them earned a living by working 12 hours a day as pedicab drivers. If they were lucky enough, they raked in profits of up to P200 in a day. But most times, they earned less than a hundred pesos.

The importance of being able to ferry passengers to and fro in order to earn money to feed their families led to a brawl between Carlito and Mang Jojo.

On the day they came to blows, they were both struggling to put food on their tables.

Carlito only had P12 left in his pocket; his mother and siblings had yet to eat since the morning. Meanwhile, Mang Jojo’s daughter was ill and could not afford to miss a meal. His wife was also depending on him to bring home their children’s lunch.

The brawl

Carlito borrowed Mang Jojo’s pedicab without permission in order to buy a tire for his own pedicab.

However, he was not able to buy a tire, so Carlito took the opportunity to pick up passengers using Mang Jojo's pedicab instead.

Mang Jojo missed an afternoon’s worth of earnings and so did not have money to buy his family’s meals.

Mang Jojo felt he was taken advantage of by someone who he considered a friend and treated as his own son. When Carlito returned with Mang Jojo's pedicab, they argued and eventually came to blows.

The two men were brought to the barangay office to appease them after they engaged in a fist fight.

Resolving conflict

After both parties' tempers cooled, Carlito apologized to Mang Jojo for taking advantage of their friendship. He also initiated that he would split his income for that day with Mang Jojo. The barangay captain agreed with the idea and supported Carlito’s decision. They were able to settle their dispute amicably.

Aired on January 1, 2013