The Appalling Hypocrisy that Cloaks Humankind

THE APPALLING HYPOCRISY THAT CLOAKS HUMANKIND

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

When China initiated a bold expansion of her maritime territory that practically encroached into other nations’ own, the United Nations looked the other way…the United States did not give a damn, not even Russia, Great Britain. When realization about the imminent danger to the international community was finally perceived, affected nations reacted, the United States issued warnings, but with crossed fingers behind her. The Philippines has been left with her lonely struggle to assert her rights. Big nations of the world became noisy and issued their own warnings. Despite those, China went ahead and today, is almost finished with her grand design for the West Philippine Sea. The world has been entertained by a collective hypocritical concern for a struggling nation, the Philippines who buoyantly thinks, she will succeed in her lone quixotic effort!

 

Despite the fact that the internet is flooded with information about the corruption of leaders of big nations, no other leader of other nations ever attempted to call their attention because it would be unbecoming and undiplomatic. So while corrupt leaders suck the life out of their suffering constituents, other leaders look on because to lift a finger is unethical, especially, if the nations concerned are almost their equal. But when leaders of third-world nations become controversial in their leadership style, their counterparts from giant nations croak their “concern”.

 

As a president or as a prime minister or as whatevergoddamnpositionyougot, one MUST always be “good mannered, kindly, apologetic, Godly, etc.”. To utter one brash word, a president becomes unfit to the office to which he is elected. How sure can the whole world be that leaders of other nations, big or small, don’t ever mumble the equivalent of “Shit”, “God damn you”, “To hell with you”, and othershits in their language when they are within the confines of their office and confronted with a head-breaking situation? If the goodmannereds say it is okey so long as the public does not hear them….is that not a shitty hypocrisy?

 

Looking back to the time of Jesus, when Herod sentenced him to die on the cross, the latter washed his hands…a blatant show of hypocrisy. Still looking back at the earlier chapters of the Old Testament, the god of the Israelites told them to kill those who would block their way to the Promised Land… is there no hypocrisy in such instruction as humans are supposed to lover each other? If their god was a powerful one, why didn’t he just strike the pagans with enlightening lightning to jolt them into a compassionate state to make them share their land with the Israelites whom he made to roam the desert for forty years?

 

Splinters of the Mosaic/Sinaic faith fight to death for the sake of their supposedly right teaching but act differently which led even Jesus to brand them all as hypocrites. Today, it is still happening within the so many established churches resulting to the sprouting of various new and enlightened Christian communities to which dissenting members found solace as they could no longer stand the obnoxious air of hypocrisy within the walls of their former cathedrals and chapels.

 

Plagiarism is a common word that has become as common as the expression, “shit”. Writers of politicians plagiarize essays to be transformed into remarkable speeches for their bosses. Students of reputable universities and colleges copy/paste uploads of authors- known and unknown… word for word, chapter for chapter, from the internet to be submitted as thesis which their professors accept trustfully. Identification cards, personal documents, land titles, etc. are forged. Enterprising people come up with fake food, fake brands of commodities, and many others. Laws are passed against them, but how many are slapped with appropriate penalties? We hate these acts, yet, the attitude is one of hypocritical and selfishness….looking the other way while hoping that they do not get worse or affect us. While the pretense prevails, the commission of such malevolent acts venture beyond control and gets worst!

 

At this juncture, I dare say, humanity dwells on hypocrisy….so each of us should stop asking why we are living in such a “cruel world”!

 

 

Dadalhin ni Duterte ang Image niya Pagbaba sa Puwesto…Hindi Maiiwan sa Malakanyang

DADALHIN NI DUTERTE ANG IMAGE NIYA

PAGBABA SA PUWESTO…HINDI MAIIWAN SA MALAKANYANG

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Hindi nakadikit na parang pagkit ang imahe ng isang presidente sa opisina nito sa Malakanyang kung siya at nakatapos na ng termino, yon nga lang ay bitbit niya pa rin ang nakasanayang tawag sa kanya na “presidente” kung ipapahintulot niya. Halimbawa, nang si Marcos ay pinatalsik bilang diktador, dala niya ang imaheng yan at hindi naiwan sa uri ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ang pamamalakad niya mula sa Malakanyang noon. Kaya kung si Duterte na nakilalang presidenteng madaling uminit ang ulo at hindi nakakaiwas magmura, ang imaheng ito ay hindi maiiwan sa babakantehin niyang opisina sa Malakanyang. Madadala niya ito hanggang sa kanyang libingan at sigurado pang maitatala sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Ganyan ang nangyari kay presidente Quezon na nalamang nagmura din pala noon sa Kastila pa, dahil may nababasa tungkol dito sa mga pahina ng kasaysayan ng bansa. Hindi rin ito itinuring na negative factor ng kanyang pagkatao dahil naunawaan kung bakit niya ginawa ang pagmumura.

 

Mababaw ang dahilan ng ilang Pilipino na dahil nagkaroon ng presidenteng nagmumura ang Pilipinas, ang matatanim na imahe sa isip ng mga taga-ibang bansa ay, lahat ng presidenteng uupo sa Malakanyang ay mahilig magmura at madaling uminit ang ulo. At, isa pa, kung may dahilan ang presidente upang magmura at magalit… bakit siya agad ang sisisihin?….bakit hindi ang nagbigay ng dahilan lalo pa at kung alam na nito ang uri ng pagkatao ng presidente? Kung reporter siya, dapat ay kinikilala niya ang uri ng mga taong iinterbyuhin niya o kukuberan upang makakuha ng balitang maibabato sa opisina nila. Salungat sa inaasahan ng detractors niya ang epekto ng pagbitaw ng maaanghang na salita ni Duterte noong bago siya lumipad patungo sa Laos. Ang pagkabilib sa kanya ng mga kapwa lider ay hindi nagbago….naging sentro pa siya ng atension ng siya ay dumating.

 

Kung presidente ang mag-aadjust sa uri ng pagkatao ng mga taong kakaharapin niya, sa Pilipinas lang ay halos 100 milyong taong nasa tamang gulang na pakikisamahan niya batay sa ugali ng mga ito. Bakit hindi ang halos 100 milyong taong nasa tamang gulang ang mag-adjust sa kanyang nag-iisang tao lamang sa pamamagitan ng pag-ingat upang hindi mapitik ang kanyang pasensiya? Wala naman siyang special requirements o treatments na hinihingi mula sa mga tao lalo na sa mga taga-media.….huwag lang siyang gawing parang tanga sa pagsagot ng kung ilang beses sa iisang uri ng tanong, na ang sagot ay nai-brodkast na sa mga radio at TV ng kung ilang beses din, at lumabas na rin sa internet at na-share pa ng kung ilang libong ulit! MAHIRAP BANG GAWIN YAN?…respeto ang hinihingi niya upang masuklian din niya ng respeto….at, ito ay nakita na ng hindi lang iilang tao.

 

Hindi dapat idahilan na dahil siya ay presidente ay wala na siyang karapatang magmura…DAHIL HINDI SIYA MAGMUMURA KUNG WALANG TAONG IMPERTINENTENG MAGPAPAMURA SA KANYA! HINDI NAMAN SIGURO SIYA SIRA-ULO UPANG BASTA NA LANG MAGMURA TUWING MAGSALITA KUNG WALANG DAHILAN.  SAMANTALA, DAPAT HAYAAN NA LANG ANG MGA PILIPINO SA PAGGAWA NG DESISYON KUNG UUNAWAIN NILA SI DUTERTE O HINDI….HUWAG MAGPILIT NG SARILING IMPRESSION SA IBA….HAYAAN SILANG MAGKAROON NG SARILING IMPRESSION.

Loyalty Ring

Loyalty Ring

By: Kevin Norbert G. Lopez

 

Today I shall present a ring!

As I take it out of my pocket

The angels in heaven will sing.

This ring shall be my greatest asset.

 

‘Tis round and significant

To me and to you.

This ring is elegant,

It means “I love you”so do you love me too?

 

A ring I shall propose

My love for you, or should you oppose?

Accept but I won’t promise,

Nevertheless, I’ll love you until my life passes.

 

Give me this chance

To let you wear

The ring of loyalty in advance.

I love you and I care!

 

Wear it with Pride and joy.

I shall wear one too,

But the one I’m wearing was from you.