De Lima’s Dilemma by Melvyn Avancena Aradanas

By:Melvyn Avanceña Aradanas


On character, frailty and flirt

The difference between Frail and flirt has a very thin line indeed except for its having one commonality, and that is, both have the same number of letters, that may have confused the weak mind of Delima.


By admitting to falling for Dayan because of the “frailty of a woman”, which she could have avoided if her character was strong enough knowing of the intricacies and possible repercussions of such act.

Unfortunately for her, she did gave in. And to think that it is just for satisfying her sex urge, which by the way, she, on her own can satisfy the same.


Kumbaga, kung nangangati, mayroon naman siyang kakayahang kamutin ito nang di na kailangan pang ipakamot sa iba.

This brings me to the next question.


If one wants to be wealthy or in her case, needs a huge amount of money because of an impending campaign or is required by some people to shell out money for some dubious plan, and your own income is not enough to raise such financial requirements, what would you do?

Start a new business? Look for a second job? Invest in stocks with high returns?


The three choices could be possible, but only if you have the time on your side. It could and are really the only choices left for many of us and these choices are usually asked by presenters in multi-level marketing or networking business presentations.


But in Delima’s case, her dilemma is that time is not on her side. And the amount involved is so gargantuan that building a new business or stocks investment can never be an option.


So what is left for her? With her weak character, as evidenced by her admission, she really could possibly give in to the “frailties of a human”. That if an opportunity to accumulate wealth, especially from questionable sources, presents itself, she would gladly grab it.


The same also goes with those who wield certain level of influence or power in government.

With Delima’s express admission of her relationship with Dayan, there is therefore a likely possibility that she accepted protection money from drug lords. And after realizing the ease with which to accumulate such amounts of money, the impunity can never be clipped.


Let’s wait then for her next admission, which I hoped won’t turn into a series…a series of admissions.

The Marcos Era during my Time by Melvyn Avancena Aradanas

By: Melvyn Avanceña Aradanas


ABS-CBN has once again showed its biases, with the reports of their field reporters highlighting the protests around the country against the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at noon today.


Zen Hernandez even went to the extent of interpreting the blowing of horns by drivers passing through EDSA as a sign of support to Anti-Marcos protesters causing congestion in EDSA.

The use of tags such as “dictator” by their reporters only amplified their biases.


Never did I hear them call former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as “corrupt” for their involvement in the highly questionable AMARI deal and Fertilizer scam, respectively.

I am no avid Marcos fan, but I never also hate him for whatever “wrong” he has done either. Firstly because I am not privy to the truthfulness of the accusations hurled against him and his family.


My knowledge of what he supposedly have done wrong is based only on statements and posts of anti-Marcos. The same with the possible reasons of the Aquinos’ and Coquancos’ hate of Marcos.

I’ve also read somewhere about the source of the Coquancos wealth, which if true, is the first recorded mother of all scam.


Come to think of it. If the story that the national government’s money was turned over by a high ranking General (was it General Antonio Luna?) to his girlfriend, Ysidra?, who incidentally is an ancestor of the Cojuancos, during the last days of the Phil-American War. The money involved is so huge that may dwarf the PDAF and DAP scam of late.


I was born a year after Marcos assumed the Presidency the first time. And I must admit, that other than the occasional news of skirmishes in some areas near Tacurong City when we transferred there in 1975, I never felt any sort of fear nor any member of my family or friends during those times.

As I am in no position to accuse Marcos of “dictating” on me, I therefore, would rather relish on the happy memories of my youth during the time of Marcos.


The weekend stroll with my family along the breakwater and the picnics near the lion statue in Magsaysay Park was always looked forward to by us. The stroll has always been our favorite where our Lolo Theodulo and Lola Toribia, together with my siblings and cousins Honeylet, Christian, Bongbong and Joyjoy would be treated to a balloon and ice cream.


And before I get drowned by great memories of the Marcos era, I am relating the same to show to all those who joined the anti-Marcos that not everything about Marcos is deplorable as dictated by their organizers.


Marcos may have done wrong, and so is Cory, Fidel, Erap, Gloria and Noynoy.

If we don’t know how to forgive, what then do we expect from the next generation?

Are we going to continue wasting our time whining?

If there’s one thing Marcos “dictated” during my youth, it was to dictate the level of happiness of children like me.