Markers
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MarkersAugust 1, 2005 Monday

Markers

What are markers? Well, they are favors given...moral IOUs in our Pinoy context. Putting it bluntly, it's utang na loob. It could be anything from the use of a car to an airfare, or even the mundane act of being tagged along. Asking for the favor usually means acknowledging the debt with both parties coming to an implied agreement. What if it was offered? Well, if the offer was accepted, then the debt is incurred, sometimes unbeknownst to the unsuspecting recipient. What about the debt? It varies. Usually, it's not collected. However, when the shit hits the fan, those markers are often called upon. It's a very difficult and awkward situation to an unwilling debtor. Why? Because 'no' is usually not an option. When you owe, your politics are no longer yours, or be labeled persona ingrata. You're fair game. It's a tough role to play in this society...to those who subscribe to it.

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