A Facebook user named Rozel Billones shared the story about an encounter with Prof. Madridejos of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. With his long grey hair and beard, Professor Ruben Madridejos looks more like Gandalf the Grey from “The Lord of the Rings” than as college professor but he would become the victim of discrimination.
According to Rozel who witnessed the incident, she saw Sir Madridejos waiting for a jeep to ride but most of those that passed just ignored him. The drivers or the barkers will tell him there was no more space inside, all the while calling out for other passengers to get inside. There was space but not for the teacher who appeared to have been assumed poor and homeless.
“Sa stopnshop siya sumakay and ayaw siya pasakayin sa jeep. Wala na daw upuan kahit meron naman talaga. Eh kung makatawag nga ng pasahero minsan isisiksik pa kahit wala na talagang upuan,” Rozel wrote.
Rozel said that there’s still space on her side so Prof. Madridejos sat next to her. He was upset that no one wanted to offer him a seat.
“Senior ako, ayaw niyo ako paupuin at pasakayin.”
What’s sad is that when Sir Madridejos was finally able to get on a jeep, the other passengers ignored him. Just like the drivers, the passengers also assumed he was just another homeless old man trying to catch a free ride on the jeep.
Despite his credentials, the teacher stayed humble. He simply asked the other passengers why they wouldn’t let him sit down when he’s a senior citizen but they remained quiet. Someone even commented why Billones let the old man sit down.
“Tapos sabi pa nung isang pasahero bakit daw pinaupo pa. Kuya do you even have a heart for old people???” Rozel added.
The professor handed his fare just in time before he went off the vehicle, but the driver assumed that he didn’t have any plans to pay the fare because he doesn’t have any money — and the passengers agreed.
“Walang balak mag bayad yon, wala namang pambayad.” And the other passengers actually laughed and nodded in agreement.
Rozel wrote on Facebook that she almost shouted at the other passengers and tell them the ‘homeless’ old man they mocked was actually a faculty member at the Department of Physical Sciences, College of Science. In 1973, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City; he graduated Cum Laude.
In 1985, Sir Madridejos flew to Berlin, Germany to finish his Master of Science in Geophysics, for free, because his study was state funded. After 10 years of studying and completing his MS in Geophysics, he went back to the Philippines in 1998 and applied as an instructor in PUP and worked in the Bureau of Mines.
One netizen said: “Kagigil kung ako lang talaga yung nasa jeep masasabihan ko sila ng mga mangmang diba nila alam sobrang superb ng utak nya his teaching how our universe work. hahaha triggered ako sorry.”
Rozel’s post immediately went viral with over 31,000 reactions and over 14,000 shares.
Share ko lang kasi berna ako mga 9999999.Nakasabay ko si Sir Madridejos sa jeep. Prof siya ng physics sa PUP. Graduate…