Ano ang silbi ng magaling na abogado kung ang kanyang kaalaman ay binabayaran ng mga tiwali sa pamahalaan, mga big time drug dealers, illegal recruiters, landgrabbers, at iba pa upang maabsuwelto sa mga kaso, o di kaya ay binabayaran ng mga talagang may kasalanan upang ang walang sala na walang pambayad sa isang abogado ay makulong?
Ano ang silbi ng katalinuhan ng isang tao kung gagamitin niya ito upang manloko ng kapwa, o di kaya ay upang makapasok sa larangan ng pulitika kung saan ay nagmimistula na siyang demonyo dahil sa walang tigil na pagyurak sa karapatan ng kanyang kapwa na nagluklok sa kanya sa puwesto upang sana ay makatulong, subalit, kabaligtaran ang ginawa?
Ano ang silbi ng naaaaapaaakahabang dasal, ganoong ang gusto lang namang hingin ng nagdadasal ay yaman “pa more”, di kaya ay kapahamakan ng kapwa na sinasabayan pa ng pagtitik ng kandila?
Ano ang silbi ng dasal na maganda pa ang pagka-kuwadro sa mga facebook na nila-like at sini-share, kung ang gumagawa ng mga ito ay hanggang doon lang ang gusto – ang mag-admire lang sa prayer na maganda ang pagka-layout at may background pa, at ang iba ay may accompanying music pa kung i-like, sa halip na bigyan ito ng buhay sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng nakasaad sa sinasabi? (maski ilang milyong beses pang mag-share ng “love your neighbor” ang isang taong hindi nagbabago ng masamang ugali, wala ring silbi ang ginawa niya).
Ano ang silbi ng malalaking simbahan kung may araw na sarado ang pinto nila dahil ang mga nangangasiwa sa mga ito ay nag day-off?
Ano ang silbi ng mga sinasabi ng bagong santo papa ng Romano Katoliko para sa pagbabago ng ilang mga “pastol” o mga pari kung hindi naman sila sumusunod?
Ano ang silbi ng K-12 program na nagdudulot ng bangungot sa mga magulang kung hanggang Grade 9 lang ang kaya nilang tustusan, kaya bagsak pa rin ang mga anak nila sa mga contractual na trabaho na sumusweldo ng 200-300 pesos sa isang araw? (nagsayang lang ang mga bata ng dalawang taon na ginugol sa Grade 7- 8, na dapat sana ay katumbas na ng diploma ng high school).
Ano ang silbi ng Kongreso at Senado kung hindi rin lang sila makapagpasa ng mga batas na “angkop” sa mga kasalukuyang sitwasyon at pangangailangan, dahil mga batas lamang na nakakatulong sa pagtagal nila sa poder ang kanilang inaapura?
Ano ang silbi ng demokrasya kung mismong mga namumuno ay pasimuno sa pag-abuso ng mga karapatan ng mga mamamayan?
Ang Credit Card Bilang Status Symbol ng Ilang Pilipino
Ni Apolinario Villalobos
Ang paggamit ng credit card na kung tawagin ng iba ay “plastic money” ay dapat inaangkop o binabagay ng isang tao na gustong gumamit nito sa kanyang pinansiyal na kalagayan sa buhay. Unang-una, ang interest na pinapataw tuwing ito ay gamitin ay talagang matindi lalo pa kung naiipon ng kung ilang buwan. Sa biglang tingin, maliit ang binabayaran kapag gumamit nito sa pamimili dahil maaaring hatiin sa kung ilang hulugan ang pagbayad. Subalit ang hindi napapansin ay ang pagpatung-patong ng mga natirang babayaran pa na may kaakibat na compounding interest, at hindi napapansin ng gumagamit. Magtataka na lamang ang gumagamit nito kapag napansin niyang lalong lumala ang problema niya sa pera at may nakaamba pang demanda dahil sa hindi pagbayad sa lomobong utang sa credit card company.
Tanggap ang katotohanang nagpapalakas ng loob ang credit sa mga taong bumili ng kahit hindi nila kailangan, lalo pa at nasa loob na sila ng mall. Ang isa pa, nakakahiyang bumili gamit ang credit card, sa maliit na halaga, kaya kailangan ay lakihan na upang hindi pandilatan ng dispatsadora kung ang binili ay halagang wala pang Php100.00.
Ang credit card ay sumisira sa kasabihan ng mga Pilipino tungkol sa “pamamaluktot kung maigsi ang kumot”. Ang kasabihang yan ay angkop lamang sa mga may hawak na cash, kaya kung ano lang ang kaya ng pera nila ay hanggang doon na lang sila. Kung ang kaya ng cash halimbawa na dapat bibillhing pagkain ay halagang Php500 lang, hanggang doon na lang talaga. Pero, iba kapag ang hawak ay credit card dahil karaniwang maximum limit of purchase nito ay hindi bababa sa Php20,000. Yong may kakayanan namang magbayad ng malaki batay sa suweldo nila at kinalalagyan sa lipunan, ay unlimited.
Ang mga Pilipino na ang asawa ay nasa abroad o di kaya ay seafarer at malalaki pa ang suweldo ay may karapatan sa paggamit ng credit card dahil may inaasahan silang regular na malalaking remittance. Ang hirap lang sa ibang Pilipino kasi, kahit ang suweldo ay lampas lang ng kaunti sa Php10,000 ay nagkakalakas na ng loob sa pagkuha nito….at, hindi lang isa, kundi dalawa pa, lalo pa at pwedeng gamitin ang card sa pag-withdraw ng cash sa ATM. Ang ginagawa kasi nila ay ang style sa pagbayad na “pasa-pasa”. Ibig sabihin, magwi-withdraw sila ng cash gamit ang isang card upang pambayad sa bill ng isa, at ganoon din ang gagawin sa isa, upang may pambayad sa isa pang card. Nasabi ko ito dahil marami na akong taong nakausap na ganito ang ginagawa. Kapag umabot na sa puntong hindi na talaga kayang magbayad ay magre-resign sa trabaho, magpapagawa ng ibang ID sa Recto gamit ang ibang pangalan, at magtatago….at pagkalipas ng ilang buwan o taon ay saka lilitaw at hahanap ng trabahong hindi nagri-require ng masinsinang background check, kaya nagagamit nila ang pekeng ID.
Kaya hindi nati-trace ang ibang abusadong credit card holders ay dahil nangungupahan lang sila sa mga squatter’s area. Yong iba naman ay nagbo-board and lodging o di kaya ay bedspacer sa mga liblib na address. Kawawa ang mga guarantor nila na sumasalo sa mga bayarin. Yong ibang guarantor naman kasi ay nasisilaw sa kikitaing “referral commission”, kaya dahil sa katakawan sa kakarampot na kita ay lumaki pa ang problema nila, at may banta pang demanda.
Ang isang nakakatawang ugali ng ibang Pilipino ay ang pag-ipon nila ng mga expired na credit card at dinidispley sa kanilang pitaka, lalo na yong mahaba na may maraming slots para sa mga ito. Pagbukas nga naman nila ng pitaka sa harap ng mga kaibigan ay kita agad ang mga plastic cards. Yong hindi nakakaalam sa tunay na pagkatao ng nagyayabang lalo pa kung maporma ay talagang maniniwala, kahit sa tunay na buhay ang mayabang ay maliit ang suweldo at halos walang pamasahe na magamit sa pagpasok. Alam ko yan, dahil sa trabaho ko noon, marami silang naging kasama ko – mga clerk at yong isa ay messenger/janitor….may mga credit card pero pinagpapalit-palit ang Lunes, Miyerkules at Biyernes na pinapalyahan o hindi pinapasukan dahil walang pamasahe! At, yong mga umutang sa akin na nagkaroon ng amnesia dahil nauntog yata, ay pinasa-Diyos ko na lang…
Some people have the habit of putting to test the faith of others. They should take extra care as regards this kind of attitude due to the rise of so many groups that used to be part of the Roman Catholic Church, for instance, and whose primary reason for leaving is the realization that the ceremonious Mass is not for them, though their exit does not necessarily mean the erosion of their faith in God.
Not only are some of the Roman Catholic adherents have this kind of attitude but others who belong to other churches and the various congregations that mushroomed around, assuming different names – all in the name of Jesus. For them, those who “deprive” themselves of the “words of God” will not be saved. But then, what can these “holy” words do when they are not put into action or practiced? A fanatic person may eat the whole Bible, page by page every day, but it will not do him any good if he or she cannot even say “Hi!” to a neighbor.
The best test of faith founded on what Jesus really wanted done, is the test of one’s own. If one can honestly sacrifice for others, share with others, and be consistent in doing them, there is no need to look around and see what others are doing. By then, others will instead emulate what he does. That is what I call faith by practice…that everyone should do, instead of testing that of someone else’s. Do not give somebody the opportunity to put you to shame by sarcastically asking, “…how about you?”
Nowadays, there are so many surveys conducted by various survey firms which are of course paid for by parties that will benefit from the “expected” favorable results. Big companies, political units and even nations spend so much money for the flattering and self-serving favorable results. Surveys can be effective only if the whole targeted responders are captured, but if not even 1% of the total has been interviewed for their views…then, the survey results should better be told to the Marines!
How can for instance a survey, give assurance that a certain candidate will surely win during an election when the majority of the voting population has not been interviewed? To top it all, their assurance is based on a further confusing mathematical formula. So, there’s the trick – the more confused the ordinary citizens become, the better for these survey firms to insist that they are right, and the more that they make their clients happy. They want the ordinary citizens to believe that the results are products of “highly intelligent” surveys…conducted by “intelligent” people! While some surveys are based on personal views and opinions, others are on perception which make the results more “imagined”….unrealistic. Simply stated, how can a personal view become representative of the rest, opinions as truthful, and perception as generally realistic?
The way I see it, these surveys are the workings of “research” firms that have run out of anything to do and clients who trust them. They have come up with this novel idea that can flatter egoistic groups that we call business firms, political groups, educational institutions, and governments. These surveys are also the result of the marketing strategies that need to be updated to make them attractive to clients. Schools want to attract enrollees, business firms want more clients, political groups want more donors and followers, and governments want a “third opinion” that would qualify their claim for success in their administration…all selfish objectives which at the end are supposed to be satisfied with self-serving survey results, that would later find their way in advertising spaces!
What the clients should do, instead of squandering millions in surveys for self-serving results, is require their advertising agencies to gather hard data from records that are available, to support their contentions. The truthful and realistic information shall no longer cause a single eyebrow to be raised every time the reports are splashed on the front pages of dailies, as well as, broadcasted on air lane and TV screen….at least, the doubting Thomas can be directed to the records on file.
Ilang buwan pa lang ang nakararaan, laglag-bala ang mainit na isyu. Ang mahigpit na pag-kontrol sa mga airport upang maiwasan ang pagpuslit ng mga deadly ammunition ay okey na sana subalit nasilipan ng butas ng ilang tiwali sa airport dahil sa paniniwala ng mga Pilipino sa bala bilang agimat. Dahil sa katiwalian na iyan, maraming tanga at may matigas na ulong Pilipino ang nawalan ng trabaho sa ibang bansa dahil napigilan sa pagsakay sa eroplano dahil lamang sa iisang balang nakita sa kanilang bagahe. Maraming tangang Pilipino ang umaming nagdadala talaga ng bala sa abroad upang pananggalang daw nila laban sa pag-aabuso ng employer. May mga natanggal na ring mga inspector ng bagahe dahil kahit obvious na talagang walang laman ang bala dahil ang tinuturing na agimat lang talaga ay ang tansong basyo, pinagpipilitan pa rin na “deadly ammunition” daw ito. Bakit nga naman nila palalampasin ang pagkakataon ganoong, ang “pakiusapan” ay may presyong mula 2 thousand hanggang 8 thousand pesos???!!!
Sa pinakapangit na airport pa rin sa buong mundo, ayon sa survey – ang Manila International Airport Terminal 3, laglag-kisame naman ang isyu. May nasugatan, banyagang turista pa, mabuti na lang at hindi nasaktan ang kanyang asawang Pilipina at anak. Nag-apologize ang manager ng airport subalit hindi pa rin ito sapat. Bago nangyari ang paglaglag ng kisame sa coffee shop, ay nagkaroon na rin ng laglagan bago pa man binuksan para sa operasyon ang Terminal 3, at nang nag-ooperate na, nagkalaglagan pa rin ng dalawang beses. Ibig sabihin, ang diperensiya ay ang mahinang “original” na kisame o suporta nito, kaya siguradong ang bagong kisameng ikakabit ay madadamay. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” pa rin kaya ang sasabihin ng pinakahuling nasaktan na turista?
Nilaglag ni Aquino si Purisima kung kaylan sobra na ang alingasaw ng amoy ng “teamwork” nila. Nilaglag din ng administrasyon si Vitangcol ang sinasabing palpak at nangurakot sa mga deals at management ng MRT, pero under investigation, as usual, at pinagduduhan pa . Latest kay Vitangcol: humihingi ng tulong sa PAO para bigyan ng libreng abogado! Ang kakapalan nga naman ng mukha kung umiral! Yan ang problema sa mga tauhan ni Pnoy, ginagawang tanga ang mga Pilipino….gusto ba namang magkaroon ng abogadong ang nagpapasuweldo ay taong bayan na sinasabing niloko niya! Walang delikadesa!
May mga laglagan na rin sa pulitika bago sumapit ang election 2016. Nilaglag ni Pnoy Aquino si Mar Roxas nang i-veto niya ang batas para sa dagdag na 2 libo sa pension ng mg SSS retirees. Sa mga hindi nakakahalata, binago ni Roxas ang kanyang political ad dahil sinimplehan lang, walang music background, at ang dialogue tungkol sa tuwid na daan ay dinugtungan niya ng “pupunuan ko kung may kakulangan, iwawasto ang mali, at hindi ako nagnakaw….”. Malinaw na patutsada kay Pnoy na mula’t sapul ay walang bilib sa kanya. Nilaglag din daw ni Escudero si Grace Poe subalit deny to death naman siya sa isang interview…pero truthful ba siya?
When I took the LRT to Sta. Cruz on the morning of January 10, 2016, I noticed that the driver was not making announcements about precautions and as we were approaching stations as part of their standard operating procedure. Instead of the announcement via the PA system, the security guard on board was making the announcement to the highest level of his voice that he could muster. I presumed the driver was not in the mood or just plain lazy, until I finally drew enough courage to ask the security guard why it was so. He told me that the PA system of the train I have taken was kaput…broken…wrecked, defunct – for several days.
While the LRT management may treat such breakdown a trivial matter, for the commuters, especially, those who are new in Manila, it is not. The announcement being made as the train approaches each station is an important information for the local and foreign visitors who are taking the “risk” of riding the LRT train despite the discouraging forewarnings from the media about its frequent breakdown. Without the announcement, those who are not familiar with the stations along the route must crane their neck to have a glimpse of the station signboard or ask other passengers, otherwise, they might overshoot their destination.
The joke today is that, if one plans to take the LRT or its “sister train of anguish”, the MRT, he or she must have an “allowance” of at least two hours. The two hours are for the trek along the rails to the nearest station when the train suddenly comes to a grinding stop….yes, grinding because of the frightening “metal to metal” screeching sound of the wheels. When there’s a downpour, pity are those without umbrella. When the sun is generous with its scorching rays, pity are those without the same contraption for shade.
The elevators are still out of order. The escalators are still resting. The toilets are still padlocked, except for one or two. But, fortunately, the employees are doing their best to be nice with their ever ready smile and uncomplaining stance even when four or five passengers one after another pay in crispy one thousand peso bill. These are the people in the lower rung of operation who are trying make up for the handicaps of the LRT system. Meanwhile, those at the top, including the DOTC secretary, Emilio Abaya, are so embarrassingly naïve to the situation that noisy calls for their resignation fall to deaf ears….theirs and those of the president of the nation, Benigno S. Aquino III.
Although, one of the Ten Commandments says that the Sabbath should be considered as a day of rest, what I understand is that it refers to the people, because such day should be devoted only for worship. The Roman Catholic Church even changed this to the pagan day worship of the sun – Sunday. Anyway, what I understand is that the said commandment does not refer to God, as He is supposed to be everywhere every time of the day. To put it bluntly, this is about some Roman Catholic parish offices being closed on Saturday, the original Sabbath. Are the non-secular parish priests who are running most of the parishes emulating the ways of the Pharisees….the so-called hypocrites of the Old Testament? If this is so, these Roman Catholic priests might as well take off their priestly garb and join a Christian sect that is literally following the Old Testament to the letter!
If these hypocrite Roman Catholic parish priests would like to give their lay staff a day off, why not come up with a rotated schedule so that for all days of the week, at least one of them is left in the office? If the regular parish priest would like to go on a day off which is unbecoming, why not request a “roving priest” to take over for at least one day, as all of them are supposed to be helping each other for the sake of the “Christian flock”?
Here is a classic story: In a southern parish, the family of a departed kin requested their parish priest for a Requiem Mass for their loved one. The requested day was Saturday so that relatives who have absented themselves from work could go back home the following day, a Sunday, in time for their return to work still the following day, a Monday. Unfortunately, there was a vehement rejection because the parish office was closed as scheduled…no staff to attend to the bereaved family, although, the church would be open. Not even the suggestion of the family that they will find another priest to officiate the Mass could move the parish priest to change his decision. Sunday is not allowed for requiem Mass, so that was out as a solution to the problem. At the end, the arrogance of the parish priest prevailed as the schedule was moved two days later to Monday which means, the visiting relatives would be able to report back to work on Wednesday or Thursday, practically missing several days of precious daily earnings!
By the way, hubs of air travel operations in any country has no day off, the police has no day off, the hospital staff has no day off, even the mall staff has no day off, etc. How come, the parish office of the Roman Catholic Church whose reputation is deteriorating every hour of the day cannot open its door to the so-called “Roman Catholic flock”, in an effort to counter the negative impression that is mounting every day? Is it the way of the parish priest in “helping” the seemingly helpless new pope? Or is the parish priest acting like a crab?
The parish priest in question who I was told was newly- assigned in the area has a record of arrogance, and he would like to show to the already restless parishioners that he is the “authority”. Obviously, he has a problem with psychological insecurities. He even allegedly fired parish lay personnel who have spent more than twenty of their precious years serving the church. He is making decisions left and right without proper consultation with the Pastoral Council as a whole, choosing to speak only with the favored members whom he think would support him. In other words, his decisions may be illegal as they are without the consent of the majority of the council members, and may not even be properly covered with signed documents.
The above-mentioned priest is among the embarrassments of the new pope that he mentions every time he has an opportunity, and for which he always ask apologies from the Roman Catholics. An interesting blog about the pope taking off his papal robe before holding a Mass is a clear manifestation that he is not in favor of the un-Christian attitude of many priests of the Roman Catholic Church who are either accused of fund misuse, arrogance and sexual assault.
The attitude of the mentioned parish priest shows that the Anti-Christs could be within the Roman Catholic Church – they, whose ways are contrary to what the true Catholic Church stands for. Anti-Christs in priestly robe are heavily groggy with arrogance because they have the impression that being parish priests they can “play” with the parishioners many of whom are suckers in the name of salvation…parishioners who think that their salvation depends ONLY on their parish priest who is “protected” by the white “sotana”, but could be devils in disguise!
Now, are we still wondering why the Roman Catholic Church is reeling from uncontrolled deterioration and may find it hard to recover unless the hypocrites in white priestly garb and who are heady with arrogance, are calling the shots despite the reminders of the new pope?
For this kind of arrogant priest, the parishioners should join hands and boot him out before he can do more harm to their community!
Manufacturing countries that clandestinely hate China have successfully inflicted a “slow death” on the awakened dragon of Asia. They have simply transferred the production aspect of their business in China because of her cheap labor and with it, the byproduct of high technology – the deadly pollution! They have been awfully successful, no question about that!
China today, is practically crawling due to the effect of heavy pollution while countries that own brands manufactured in China are basking under smog-free atmosphere. Every day, internet news carries warnings of the Chinese government to its citizens about the heavy pollution and photos are those of the Chinese citizens with face or surgical mask to lessen their inhalation of the dirty air. An enterprising European country is reportedly exporting fresh bottled air to China.
The phenomenon in China should serve as a warning to the third-world countries that are blinded by the prospect of living in comfort through high technology. China has practically flooded the world with products made in her homeland. Despite such show of opulence, she is far from being satisfied as her expansionistic desire is slowly creeping towards the rest of Asia and the African continent- with all their third world countries.
The governments of these countries would like their forests be uprooted and replaced with factories; would like their fields planted to rice, corn and other staple foods bulldozed to give way to resorts and first-class housing projects; would like their mountains to be drilled for minerals; would like their citizens to be introduced into the mean habits of squalid urban life; would like their centuries-old traditions and faith to be polluted with the immoralities of progress.
As the exploitation lasts only for as long as there are yet to be exploited, their “benefits” are likewise short-lived. When the factories and mining companies stop their exhaustive operations, they leave behind ghost towns and villages- with their rivers poisoned by chemicals and the once-fertile land exhausted of their nutrients making them not suitable even for the lowly grass. Their polluted culture gives rise to a new generation of prostitutes and indolent, and worst, with a twisted view on faith.
The high-technology must be one of the checks that God has imposed on earth to maintain the balance, aside from natural calamities such as typhoon, earthquake, diseases, and floods, as well as, man-made war. Without them, the world would have burst long time ago, due to overpopulation and inadequate sustenance. But, while these are divine penalties, caution should have been observed by man to at least delay and minimize their occurrence. Unfortunately, man is now reaping the fruits of his greed…at high speed!
In the Old Testament, when the God of Israelites wanted them punished for their misdeed, He used the heathen races or tribes to sow disaster upon them. Sometimes He used calamities such as diseases and famine-causing pestilence. The religions of the world are based either directly or indirectly on the Abrahamaic faith, except for some pockets of tribes in unexplored nooks of forests and islands. In a way, most peoples of the world are connected to the God of Israel. Are we now suffering from this divine penalty, mentioned in the Old Testament?
Kung ordinaryong tao ang magsuot ng damit na may butas at kupas, sinasabi ng iba na weird siya at hindi marunong mag-ayos, pero kung sikat na tao ang gumawa nito, siya ay kahanga-hanga at dapat tularan. Kung isang ordinaryong tao ang gagamit ng mga herbal alternative medicines na hindi ginagawa ng iba, ang turing sa kanya ay weird kaya hindi ginagaya, pero kung artista o sino mang sikat ang gagawa nito, mabilis pa sa alas-kwatro kung sila ay gayahin.
Kung ang isang pangkaraniwang tao ay naglalakad patungo sa opisina o eskwela, sinasabi ng iba na poor kasi, walang pamasahe, kawawa naman, pero kung sikat na tao ang gagawa nito…good for the health daw kaya tinutularan. Kung ordinaryong misis ang magsasalita tungkol sa buhay niya o di kaya ay tungkol sa buhay ng iba, ang tawag sa kanya ay tsismosa, pero kung kilalang tao, lalo na si Kris Aquino ang gagawa nito, tawag sa kanya ay “taklesa” o walang preno o careless lang.
Ganyan ang ugali ng KARAMIHANG tao, tumitingin sa panlabas na anyo ng kapwa. Para bang sinasabi nila na kung hindi simpleng shorts at t-shirt lang ang suot ay ayaw na halos pagkatiwalaan. At kadalasan din na kung walang alahas na suot, etsa puwera na siya dahil walang class. At ang pinakamatindi ay ikinahihiya pa ng mga kaanak!
Sa isang sosyal na kainang napuntahan ko, ang nagpa-party ay nagtalaga ng mga professional receptionists na kasama sa package ng caterer. May nakasabay akong babaeng may edad na at napaka-ordinaryo ang suot, simple lang din ang ayos, yon nga lang ay nakasapatos ng lumang klase na kulay itim, pero wala rin maski mumurahing hikaw man lang. Nagpakilala siya sa receptionist pero ang apelyido niyang binanggit ay hindi kapareho ng nagpa-party kaya may pinuntahan sa di-kalayuan, may kinausap na isang babae, sabay turo sa matandang babae, na nilapitan naman ng kinausap ng receptionist. Narinig kong tinawag na “auntie” ng lumapit ang matandang babae at halos inakay palabas ng venue, pinaupo sa isang sofa. Nang umalis ang tumawag ng “auntie”, nilapitan ko ang matandang babae at tinanong ko kung kaanu-ano niya ang nagpa- party. Ang sagot niya ay pamangkin daw, anak ng kapatid niya, at inalagaan daw niya hanggang makaalis papuntang Amerika noong tin-edyer pa lang. Matagal na daw silang hindi nagkita kaya nang malaman niyang nasa Maynila ito ay lumuwas pa mula sa Lemery, Batangas!
Bisita lang din ako sa binanggit kong party, pinilit lang akong isama ng kaibigan ko upang ipakilala sa nagpa-party at sabi sa akin ay may ipapa-edit daw na blueprint ng librong isinulat niya sa States. Hindi pa ako nakilala ng nagpa-party dahil hinintay ko pa ang kaibigan kong kaibigan niya. Naisip kong pagkakataon ko na sanang kumita ng perang pandagdag ko sa pondong iniipon ng maliit naming grupo para pambili ng mga regalo sa mga natutulog sa mga bangketa bago magpasko, kaya kahit umiiwas ako sa mga party ay pinagbigyan ko ang kaibigan ko.
Dahil sa pangyayari, hindi ko na lang hinintay ang kaibigan ko. Ang matandang babae naman ay nalulungkot at nahalata kong namumutla kaya tinanong ko kung kumain bago umalis ng Lemery. Sabi niya ay hindi pa…at sa oras na yon na halos ay alas dose na, talaga namang mamumutla siya. Sinubukan kong imbitahing kumain sa isang karinderyang nadaanan ko nang pumunta ako sa venue ng party, at pumayag naman siya. Sa karinderya ay sinabihan ko siya na unawain na lang ang pamangkin na talagang busy lang. Pagkatapos naming kumain, tinanong ko siya kung may balak pa siyang magpakita sa pamangkin niya….sabi niya ay wala na. Dahil mag-aalas dos na ng hapon, tinanong ko siya kung okey lang na ihatid ko siya sa Lemery…bahala daw ako. Dahil sa sinabi niya, dali-dali kaming kumuha ng taksi na maghahatid sa amin sa isang bus terminal sa Pasay na may mga bus na biyaheng Lemery.
Nasa terminal na kami ng bus sa Pasay nang tumawag ang kaibigan ko upang tanungin kung nasaan na ako. Sabi ko sa kanya, saka ko na lang siya kakausapin uli para magpaliwanag, dagdag ko pa, kausapin niya ang kaibigan niya at baka nalulungkot. Pero, sa pagkakataong yon, nagdesisyon na akong hindi ko na kakausapin ang kaibigan ng kaibigan ko na pamangkin ng babaeng bago kong kaibigan. Goodbye na lang sa kikitain sana!
The Problem with Legislation in the Philippines
…its corruption and abuse
By Apolinario Villalobos
There is a move by Philippine Congress to amend a particular section of Constitution to accommodate the administration in its effort to entice foreign investors by liberalizing the provisions regarding this issue. The assurance of the Congress is that nothing else shall be touched, except the insertion of the “unless, otherwise, provided by law…” which is self-explanatory. However those four innocent and simply spelled words could spell disaster if triggered by another simple word – abuse. A dangerous scenario is that of future legislators coming up with laws that will favor foreign investors in exchange for favors. Future lawmakers will no longer be interested in pork barrels which are theoritically scrapped, but in commissions from foreign investors favored by the law that they shall pass.
The Filipinos cannot be blamed for their distrust in Congress which ever since has been perceived as corrupt. There is now an apprehension that even liberal provisions that shall favor the establishment of Bangsamoro shall be inserted. What will stop the corrupt lawmakers to make laws that shall be justified by the phrase, “unless, otherwise, provided by law”?
The Filipinos are already suffering from the effect of laws that altered the economic system of the country. Foremost of these are those that privatized the basic service providers and oil deregulation. Even without the proposed change in the Constitution, somehow, existing laws regarding investment in the country are already circumvented to favor some parties with the use of Filipino dummies…so, why alter the Basic Law of the land, an act which clearly, shall favor the corrupt parties in the government?