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BATANG_PIRATA_2 (Documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo)

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Uploaded on Jan 5, 2010

Young Pirates (Documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo)

At the Baseco pier, a gang of children have branded themselves pirates." Using styrofoam boats, they follow approaching sea vessels and stealthily climb them using ropes. They ransack the ships for metal scraps and other items they can sell.

Tabuji" is an eleven year-old pirate. He learned to raid ships only a year ago to sustain his family. He often stands as a lookout to older pirates, but even the smaller Tabuji is a skilled climber, joining his more experienced friends in stealing metal scraps. Tabuji says the money goes straight to his jobless parents who use it to buy food. But not all pirate children use the money for sustenance. Others gamble with their earnings.

Toto" is a veteran pirate at seventeen. Unlike the others, he not only steals scrap metals but cell phones, clothes and other items worth selling.

The pirate gang is so skilled that even grown men find it hard to stop them. Sandra Aguinaldo and her team document a scene in which the youngsters storm a moving vessel in the midst of a bargemans futile attempts to stop them. Day or night, these children take on the pirate way of life.

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Sa pier ng Baseco, pag-akyat ng barko ang ikinabubuhay ng ilang batang kung tawagin ay pirata." Para sa kanila, ginto ang bakal at ito ang kanilang paraan upang mapunan ang kumakalam na sikmura. Gamit ang styrofoam bilang bangka, sinasabayan nila ang mga dambuhalang barge at barko at saka umaakyat gamit ang lubid para makapagnakaw ng bakal.

Si Tabuji", labing isang taong gulang. Noong isang taon lang siyang nag-umpisang mamirata dahil sa kakapusan sa buhay. Kalimitang lookout siya ng mga nakatatandang pirata sa grupo pag umaakyat ng barko. Pero kahit mas maliit siya sa ibang kasamahan ay umaakyat rin si Tabuji upang magnakaw ng bakal. Ang karaniwang singkwenta pesos kada araw na kita sa pamimirata ay ibinibigay pa sa magulang na walang trabaho upang ipambili ng ulam. Pero hindi lahat ng batang pirata, ginagamit sa pagkain ang pera. Ang iba, nauuwi sa sugal.

Beterano na sa pag-akyat ng barko kung ituring si Toto", labing pitong gulang. Hindi lang bakal ang kaniyang ninanakaw kundi pati cellphone, damit at iba pang gamit na puwedeng ibenta.

Nasaksihan ni Sandra Aguinaldo at ng kaniyang grupo ang tindi at bilis ng mga batang pirata na nakunan pang kinukuyog ang isang barko. Walang nagawa ang bargeman sa dami ng batang umakyat at nagnakaw. Tila walang kintatakutan ang mga ito. Umaga man o gabi ay isinasabuhay nila ang pagiging pirata.

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