The Termites in Our Society

The Termites in Our Society

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The current administration of Rodrigo Duterte has no doubt, inherited a sorely- weakened government due to the piled up unsolved cases of corruption with more undetected commissions added as days go by. Duterte has practically entered a home heavily infested with termites!

 

Some of these termites are plain citizens who just love to ride on issues. The others are attention-hungry and highly-entrenched government officials who are obviously blind to the consequences of their detractions. These termites paint a harrowing picture of the Philippines, as if they belong to another nation and with the intention of taking over the reign from Duterte. These nincompoops thought they are doing a favor to the country by trying to pull down a guy whose efforts are geared toward the healing of a sick society.

 

While leaders of powerful nations have finally recognized and supported Duterte in his campaigns, these pea-brained Filipinos act like deranged dogs with rabbis-infected saliva foaming down their mouth snarling at him, giving credence to what has long been suspected as their being financed by a powerful group or groups. Now, that is what I call selfishness and greed to the max!

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On What People Should Be By Doing Things Expected of Them

On What People Should Be

By Doing Things Expected Of Them

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

One cannot be a Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant unless what he or she learns from the Bible or Koran are not given substance by acting them out, otherwise, he or she is just a hollow breathing creature who speaks, and thinks but without a heart.

 

All creations on Earth have a purpose…not only humans, just because they are supposed to be the image of the Creator. Lifeless objects have their own purpose, too…to give support to the live ones. Sands, rocks, stones are components of a sturdy home. The air has oxygen which is among the basic element of life. How much more for the trees, rivers, wildlife and the rest of living lesser creatures that are being misused and abused?

 

The intelligence of man made him invent things that eventually become tools for his self-annihilation. He invented insecticides, guns, drugs, synthetic foods and drinks, gadgets, etc….abused and misused. The factories belch out fumes that contaminate the air and their poisonous residues flow into streams, rivers and finally into the sea and further on towards the bigger bodies of oceans. Fertilizers that boost agricultural yields practically destroy the natural elements in the soil….all misuse abuse of intelligence!

 

Mountains and hills are bulldozed, flattened, to give way to housing projects. Canals are filled and coastal areas are “reclaimed” to give way to skyscrapers, business and commercial establishments. Oftentimes ill-planned, the projects result to floods….all misuse and abuse of nature!

 

The idiotic acts of man are killing him, instead of sustaining his life. He misused and abused the blessings with good purposes. His selfish discontent has made him blind to what are supposed to be emulated and acted out. The houses of worships have become useless as they seem to have become like cages of parrots! MANY listen to the Words read from the Books of Life but they do the contrary as they step out of the structures where they congregate. They kill fellowmen using religious belief as an excuse. They exploit the vulnerability of the poor to enrich themselves.

 

THE FACT IS, CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND DRUG LORDS ATTEND THEIR RESPECTIVE SPIRITUAL SERVICES AND EVEN GIVE DONATIONS TO COVER UP THEIR ACTS. MANY SPIRITUAL LEADERS HAVE DEVIATED FROM WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, AND INSTEAD, MEDDLE IN POLITICS!

Anything that We Do Has a Purpose

Anything That We Do Has a Purpose

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Anything that we do has a purpose… a reason. We do not just do anything for nothing. Our heavenly mandate is to do good.  We eat to sustain our life so that even a morsel of food could be enough which is good, but if we go into binges of food tripping that could ruin our health, that is bad.

 

Students exert effort to finish their studies, with the financial support of course, of their parents. And, the reason for such is for them to earn later on, but in an honest way aside from making use of what they have learned for the good of their community and fellowmen.

 

Teachers are supposed to guide their students as their sole purpose and not just to earn. Dissertations of students in the form of thesis, a requirement in college and high school should have clearly cut objectives, especially, those that are supposed to be for the alleviation of communities. Along this line, professors should come up with topics for their students to work on, about community-centered endeavors. Employees of private entities are supposed to help their companies grow as their taxes are needed for the development of the nation.

 

Government officials are supposed to work FOR their constituents, and not exploit them for their own gainful interest because as viewed from different perspectives…THAT IS CORRUPTION!

 

Those are my SIMPLE views on why we live in this world…SIMPLY STATED, TOO.

The Evil in Man

The Evil in Man

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The evil in man makes him salivate at all opportunities for exploitation… just anything in this world.  In this regard, inventions with good intentions are used to sow destruction, such as even helpful drugs, gadgets, etc.

 

The dynamite is supposed to be used for smashing big boulders into bits, but is being used in illegal fishing and so many other damaging purposes. The cough syrup is supposed to alleviate the respiratory ailment but is used by unscrupulous youth to get “high”. Sedative drugs are downed with beer or liquor to as “downers”. An ingredient in making fertilizer is also being used to make explosive. Nail and screws are used as fillings in home-made bombs. Cellphones are used to send harmful messages by evil-minded selfish ego-trippers and to trigger home-made bombs, the internet or the social media, for that matter, is used by the people with devilish character. Etc.

 

Despite the very obvious positive impression and intent of anything, the evil in man makes him perceive even the teeny-weeny strain of a negative flaw and expand it into exaggerated proportion with the purpose of ruining the whole. Examples are the well-intended blogs ruined by nonsensical comments, the laws which are circumvented for illegal purpose, etc.

 

As regards the laws and rules, the evil in man makes him see gainful and selfish opportunities in the flaws or defects. Concern here are the lawmakers themselves and those who are supposed to implement them. Extortion is what the evil in man wants to happen. The evil in man cannot even be suppressed by the gained knowledge from universities, as many of those with devilish mind are bred in such institutions!

September 21…the day democracy died in the Philippines

September 21

…the day democracy died in the Philippines

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Indeed, September 21 gained prominence in the history of the Philippines as the day democracy died because of the Martial Law declared by the late Ferdinand Marcos. Among the reasons cited for signing the declaration were insurgency, Communism, corruption in the government…all of which were deterrent to the advancement of the country’s economy. After the declaration, the Marcos government became a beehive of activities founded on “Bagong Lipunan” or New Society.

 

Slogans and songs were composed, projects were implemented, infrastructures to support various industries, particularly tourism, mushroomed. In addition to those, permits for logging and mining were issued to hasten the exploit of the natural resources, purportedly to give additional support to the quest of the dictator to put the country ahead of the rest of the Southeast Asian nations. Marcos succeeded as he gained prominence and looked up to with awe and admiration by the rest of ASEAN nations. He inspired Lee Kwan Yew to transform Singapore into what it is today.

 

Along with the so-called progress, military and police abuse also gained prominence resulting to the incessant rallies. The notoriety of “METROCOM” was the talk of the town, as well as, the disappearance of prominent student leaders. Political personages who belonged to the opposition were dragged out of session halls and their homes to be locked up, including Benigno S. Aquino.

 

What has the country gained? Obviously, Manila became the cultural center of Asia, what with the springing up of the Cultural Center Complex along Roxas Boulevard that included, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, Folk Arts Theater, Philippine International Convention Center, the former Philippine Plaza Hotel (today, Sofitel), the cluster of squat buildings for agro-industrial exhibit and shows. Marcos became the new “tiger of Asia”. The Philippines soared as the new leader of Southeast Asian nations. Thankfully, there was no suppression of religion. The illegal drug “industry” was somewhat controlled with the execution of a Chinese drug lord in Rizal Park.

 

On the other hand, the Marcos take-over and control of various corporations was overwhelming. The act was decently dubbed “sequestration” to give it a legal impression….nothing personal. But the book written by Jovito R. Salonga, “Presidential Plunder…The Quest for the Marcos Ill-Gotten Wealth”, tells all about the staggering number of sequestered corporations controlled by the family and their allies. The book also tells how money is transferred from Manila to the banks in America for spending during their trips, as well as, the acquired properties in the land of Uncle Sam. The author was the first Commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Good Government, a misnomer, as the agency was supposed to concentrate on the ill-gotten wealth and not the issues on good governance.

 

During the time of their prominence, Imelda was quoted, “WE PRACTICALLY OWN EVERYTHING IN THE PHILIPPINES, FROM ELECTRICITY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AIRLINE, BANKING, BEER AND TOBACCO, NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING, TELEVISION STATIONS, SHIPPING, OIL AND MINING, HOTELS AND BEACH RESORTS, DOWN TO COCONUT MILLING, SMALL FARMS, REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE”. This is the caption in the photo showing Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos in the same aforementioned book written by Salonga.

 

But the big question now is…HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE MARCOSES, WOULD THERE BE CULTURAL CENTER COMPLEX, PHILIPPINE HEART CENTER, PHILIPPINE KIDNEY CENTER, THE BETTER LRT (COMPARED TO THE NEW ONE), EXPANSION OF THE PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL, ETC, AT THE RATE PLUNDERING IN THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING?

 

TODAY, EVEN A FEW KILOMETERS OF HIGHWAYS ARE SHODDILY CONSTRUCTED, BRIDGES ARE BUILT OF INFERIOR MATERIALS, PROJECTS ARE LEFT UNFINISHED, EVEN THE SHELTERS FOR THE DISASTER VICTIMS ARE BUILT OF INFERIOR MATERIALS. AFTER MARCOS, ILLEGAL DRUGS HAD AND ARE STILL HAVING A HEYDAY…ALTHOUGH, DUTERTE IS DOING HIS BEST TO CONTROL IT.

 

Finally, my advice as a mere “chirp in the wilderness” to President Duterte, is to tone down his praises to the Marcoses as the more praises he utter, the more supporters he losses. It is enough that he has let the whole world know that his family owes a lot to the Marcoses…with such pronouncement, he has already shown his gratitude more than enough.

 

 

 

 

 

Ang Baha at Kapalpakan ng Gobyerno

Ang Baha at Kapalpakan ng Gobyerno

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang nararanasang baha tuwing tag-ulan ay nangyayari sa buong kapuluan ng Pilipinas. Ang isa sa mga dahilan nito ay ang kalumaan ng mga drainage – maliit at puno na ng latak o sediments….yan ang sitwasyon ng Manila at mga lumang lunsod tulad ng Bacoor City, Imus City, Cainta, Taytay, Makati, at marami pang iba. Subalit maraming mga bagong barangay, bayan at lunsod ang binabaha dahil sa KAWALAN NG DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

 

Sa mapa at blueprint na batayan ng mga proposal sa pag-approve ng status ng local units upang maging barangay, bayan o lunsod, walang naka-indicate na drainage system. Ang nakalagay lang ay mga “zones”.  Dapat ay kasama sa blueprint ng barangay, bayan at lunsod ang sketch ng  DRAINAGE SYSTEM NA GAWA NA, HINDI DROWING LANG. Kung wala nito, dapat ay hindi aprubahan ng Kongreso ang pino-propose na status. Dahil sa kapalpakan na yan, maraming lunsod na palaging lubog sa baha, at kung magpagawa man ay wala pang effective na direction kung saan dadalhin ang waste water. Ang kapalpakan na yan ay hindi dapat isisi sa kasalukuyang nakaupong mga namumuno dahil minana lang nila ang problema.

 

Dapat ay gayahin ang sistema ng mga subdivision developers batay sa requirement ng mga ahensiyang may kinalaman sa housing program.  Bago sila makapagbenta ng mga lote, ang subdivision ay dapat kumpleto sa mga facilities tulad ng drainage system, electric posts, plaza, multi-purpose hall, basketball court at ang iba ay mayroon pa ngang chapel.

 

Kung magpo-propose naman sana ng isang sitio na gagawing barangay, dapat ay kasama ang territorial blueprint na nagpapakita ng mga kanal, manhole, at direksiyon na patutunguhan ng tubig – kung sa ilog man o sa lawa.

 

Kapag ipinanukalang gawing lunsod ang isang bayan at inaasahan ang pagdagsa ng mga investors na magtatayo ng restaurants, malls, hotels, at condo buildings, dapat ay mahigpit na ipatupad ang pagkakaroon nila ng malaking septic tank na siyang magsasala (strain) muna ng maruming tubig bago ito padaluyin sa drainage system.

 

Sa simpleng salita…KAPABAYAAN ANG DAHILAN NG MGA BAHA, NA LALO PANG PINATINDI NG MGA NAKATIWANGWANG NA MGA PROYEKTO, NA KARAMIHAN AY BASTA NA LANG INIWAN NG MGA CONTRACTORS DAHIL SA KAKULANGAN NG BUDGET.

Ang Pulitika sa Pilipinas

Ang Pulitika sa Pilipinas

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Walang permanenteng kaibigan sa larangan ng pulitika. Sa larangang ito ay umiiral ang tinatawag sa Ingles na, “survival of the toughest”, o sa Tagalog ay “matira ang matibay” dahil sa makapal na mukha at matibay na sikmura. Ibig kong sabihin sa “makapal na mukha” ay matapang humarap kanino man, hindi nahihiya o nangingimi kung may pinaglalaban. Ang may matibay namang sikmura ay hindi nasusuka sa nakakasulasok na amoy sa loob ng larangang ito. Kung mahina ang fighting spirit mo, huwag kang sumabak sa pulitika. Kung wala kang financial machinery, ibig sabihin ay wala kang “financier” o “investor”, huwag ka nang pumil-ap ng candidacy form sa COMELEC. Sa kabila ng mga nabanggit ko, mayroon pa rin namang mga pulitikong pagkatapos manalo ay nagpapairal ng prinsipyo, subalit, iilan lang sila.

 

Hindi lang sa Pilipinas umiiral ang bilihan ng boto tuwing panahon ng eleksiyon. Matindi nga lang sa Pilipinas dahil sa tagal ng panahon na pag-iral ng ganitong gawi, nagkaugat na ng napakalalim sa kultura ng mga Pilipino. Tanga lang ang mag-iisip na ang mga sumasama sa mga rally at bumabatikos sa corruption ay “malinis”. Hindi magbibilad sa init at magpakapaos ang mga raleyista sa panahon ngayon kung wala silang natatanggap na benepisyo sa ano mang paraan mula sa ma pulitiko. Huwag nilang sabihing ipinaglalaban nila ang idealism at kapakanan ng bansa at mga Pilipino dahil ang iwinawagayway nila ay BANDILANG PULA o KULAY NG KANILANG FINANCIERS! Kaya malinaw na ginagamit sila ng mg taong naghahangad na hindi magkaroon ng katahimikan ang bansa.

 

Hindi lang karunungan at yaman ang namamana ngayon kundi pati na rin puwesto sa gobyerno. Okey lang sana ito kung matitino ang mga nagmamana tulad ng ilang mga kilala ko. Subalit karamihan sa mga napaluklok sa puwesto ay gahaman. Negosyo ang turing sa pulitika sa Pilipinas dahil marami ang namumuhunan upang makapasok sa larangang ito. Kapag nanalo, gusto nilang makuha agad ang “return of investment” nila o ROI at ang pinakamadaling paraan ay mangurakot.

 

Ang 10% na pabiro kung banggitin sa mga usapan, na komisyon daw ng ILANG mga pulitikong nakaupo sa puwesto ay “standard” at “tolerable” kung totoo man. Ang ibang sumisipsip, sa halip na pera ang ibigay sa mga pulitiko ay idinadaan sa regalo….standard practice din yan, maski saang bansa. Subalit ang hindi maganda ay kapag lumampas na sa 10% na umaabot kung minsan sa 70%! Ang malalaking komisyon ay gumimbal sa buong bansa nang isiwalat ni Napoles noong siya ay imbestigahan sa senado. Nasa kulungan na siya ngayon at may mga pulitikong nakakulong din…at kung maaabsuwelto sila, panahon lang at kung sinong presidenteng nakaupo ang makakapagsabi.

 

Ang nakakabahala ngayon, sa kabila ng katapangan ni Duterte ay napapalusutan pa rin siya ng mga tiwaling opisyal ng gobyerno na naiimpluwensiyahan pa rin ng mga pulitiko….silang mga naghihintay sa pagbagsak o pagbaba niya, kung alin man ang mauna. Dahil may lahi yata ng hunyango ang mga karamihang ungas na pulitiko, papalit-palit sila ng kulay upang umangkop sa kung sinong presidente ang nakaupo sa Malakanyang.

Sa uulitin….ang pulitika sa Pilipinas ay para lamang sa may makapal na mukha at matibay na sikmura.