The Trying Hard “Has-beens” and “Wannabes” of the Philippine Politics

The Trying Hard “Has-beens” and “Wannabes”

Of the Philippine Politics

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The Philippine politics is hideously polluted by “has-beens” and “wannabes” who try to do anything, just anything to catch the attention of the media. What is revolting about these nincompoops is that, for the “has-beens”, they have none to prove their worth as elected officials, and for the incumbent “wannabes”, they pretend to be intelligent but in reality, are pea-brained who cannot even distinguish a criminal from a victim!

 

Some of the “has-beens” were boot-lickers of Marcos, and who served as agency heads while the rest were either senators or congressmen. And, of course, the “wannabes” are sitting congressmen and senators who try to impress the nation with their “views” on prevailing situations that just make them butts of joke. One of the incumbent senators is dubbed “Trilliling” an allusion that sounds like “Tililing” or crazy. The woman senator who does not deserve to be called “lady” is a “blabbermouth” who loves to look cute in front of TV cameras.

 

Then there’s the “has-been” elected highest official of the land who criticize Duterte as if, he was that competent during his time. It was during his term that government properties were sold left and right. He was suspected to have pocketed huge amount of commissions stashed in the banks of a small nation. They elude the probing eyes of their critics by shutting their mouth, especially, the wife, but the husband sometimes cannot help himself from puffing off smokes of irrelevant remarks.

 

Duterte, in his utmost honest gesture extended a hand for the sake of friendship, reconciliation and even a humble plea for assistance. But his calls fell on their deaf ears, so how can one blame the poor president for becoming harsh at times by bombarding his critics with biting retorts?

The “Build, Build, Build” of the Duterte Administration

The “Build, Build, Build” of the Duterte Administration

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD”….THEN WHAT?

HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT AFFORD TO SPEND FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURES IF IT CANNOT EVEN FINISH A SIMPLE PROJECT SUCH AS EFFECTIVE DRAINAGE SYSTEM AROUND MANILA, MANY OF WHICH ARE LEFT UNFINISHED DUE TO LACK OF BUDGET? AND, THERE IS YET AN IMPORTANT ISSUE ON THE DOABLE OPTION IN DIVERTING THE TRAFFIC FROM THE MAIN THOUROUGHFARES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE IS A NEED TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES OF THE PHLIPPINE ARMY, PHILIPPINE NAVY AND COAST GUARDS. THE MILITARY IS SO DEPENDENT ON DONATIONS. THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE COASTAL AREAS AROUND THE ARCHIPELAGIC COUNTRY ARE INADEQUATELY PROTECTED DUE TO THE LACK OF SHIPS AND PATROLS BOATS. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ET.

 

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LEAVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF INFRASTRUCTURES TO FOREIGN INVESTORS, PERIOD. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE REPAIR OF WHAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BUILT AS THESE STRUCTURES ARE SHAMEFULLY DILAPIDATED. GOVERNMENT LEADERS SHOULD WORK ON THE PRINCIPLE OF “CONTINUITY”, SO AS NOT TO WASTE THE PEOPLE’S MONEY.

 

THE PROBLEM OF THE PHILIPPINES AS A NATION ARE HER LEADERS AND THINKERS KUNO IN THE GOVERNMENT WHO REFUSE TO MAINTAIN WHAT HAVE BEEN BUILT BY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS. THEY WOULD RATHER BUILD THEIR OWN STRUCTURES ON WHICH TO IMPRESS THEIR NAMES. WORST, SOME OF THESE MORONS DESTROY WHAT HAVE BEEN BUILT DESPITE THEIR BEING USEFUL AND IN THEIR PLACE, BUILD THEIR OWN!

 

IT IS THIS ATTITUDE THAT INDICATES SELFISHNESS AND CORRUPTION THAT SINKS THE PHILIPPINES FURTHER DOWN THE PIT OF DAMNATION EVERY TIME A NEW ADMINISTRATION TAKES OVER THE REIGNS OF THE GOVERNMENT!

 

AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I AM WONDERING IF PRESIDENT DUTERTE IS BEING WISE ENOUGH IN GETTING PEOPLE TO FILL UP THE POSITIONS IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. MOST OF THEM MAY JUST CAUSE HIS DOWNFALL DUE TO THE FRIENDLY TRUST THAT HE GIVES THEM.

Huwag Magpaka-kampante (Don’t be too confident)

HUWAG MAGPAKA-KAMPANTE

(Don’t be too confident)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang terorismo ay parang tubig na pilit naghahanap ng butas, kahit kasing-liit ng buhok upang malusutan. Nangyayari na ito ngayon sa Europe kung saan ay kabi-kabila ang pagpapaputok ng bomba na inaako naman ng mga terorista. Sa kabila ng makabagong gamit sa mga airport at mga daungan at pagka-istrikto ng mga guwardiya, nakakalusot pa rin ang mga terorista sa ilang bansa sa Europe….sa Pilipinas pa kaya na kapos sa mga gamit?

 

Noon ang mga terorista sa Pilipinas ay mga maka-kaliwa o leftist, kilala agad dahil gumagamit sila ng pula bilang kulay at ordinaryong bomba, pero ngayon, sophisticated na ang mga bomba at kayang pasabugin ng isang remote control gamit ang cellphone. Nadagdagan ang mga local na terorista nang pumasok sa eksena ang Abu Sayyaf at Maute Group. At, ang mga ito ay may mga kamag-anak sa mga komunidad na akala ng lahat ay tahimik. Sa mga lugar na yan nagtatago ang mga terorista, kapiling ang kanilang mga pamilya na ang kinakain ay galling sa masamang ginagawa bilang terorista.

 

Kaylan lang ay nilusob ng Maute Group ang Marawi City na naging sanhi ng pagkamatay ng maraming residente, kasama na ang mga pinugutan ng ulo. Para sa akin, hindi dapat asahan ang sinasabi ng militar na kontrolado na nito ang sitwasyon. Ganyang-ganyan ang pangako ng mga opsiyal ng military na kontrolado na kuno nila ang Abu Sayyaf at ilang linggo lang ay “mapupulbos” na ang grupo….hanggang ngayon ay may kidnapan pa rin. Ang malaking tanong ay, bakit NAPAKA-PALPAK ANG INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM ng military at PNP….saan napunta ang malaking budget na hantarang alam ng publiko at ang budget na hindi na ina-audit na “intelligence fund” nila?

 

Ang kalakhang Maynila, partikular ang casino ng Resorts World sa Pasay, ay ginimbal din ng mga pagsabog at putukan, at ito ay malapit lang sa NAIA Terminal 3. Ano ngayon ang masasabi ng mga taga-Maynila tungkol sa Martial Law sa Mindanao, lalo na si Trillanes? Masasabi pa ba nila na atat na atat si Duterte na maging diktador kaya nag-declare ng Martial Law sa Mindanao?

Kapag minalas-malas ang Pilipinas, baka ang malalaking lunsod sa Luzon at Visayas ay “testingin” din ng mga terorista.

 

Ang mga hinayupak na mga human rights advocate ay hadlang sa mga hakbang ni Duterte upang magkaroon ng katahimikan ang bansa. DAHIL SA KABOBOHAN NILA HINDI NILA INUUNAWA ANG PAGKAKAROON NG “COLLATERAL DAMAGE” KAPAG NAGSAGAWA NG MGA OPERATIONS. ANG MGA “COLLATERAL DAMAGE” NA ITO AY ANG MGA TAONG MAY MATITIGAS NA ULO DAHIL AYAW UMIWAS SA MGA OPERATION AREAS O DI KAYA AY AYAW MAKIPAGTULUNGAN. IILAN LANG BA ANG MGA NAMAMATAY NA ITINUTURING NA “COLLATERAL DAMAGE” KUNG IKUKUMPARA SA DAMI NG MAKIKINABANG?….YAN ANG HINDI INIISIP NG MGA IPOKRITONG HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES KUNO!….SILANG MATATAKAW SA PUBLICITY, KAYA MAKAPAG-INGAY LANG AY OKEY NA!

 

China, Benham Rise (Philippines) and the World

CHINA, BENHAM RISE (PHILIPPINES) AND THE WORLD

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Changing the name of the Benham Rise to a Filipino- sounding one will not give the Philippines an assured full control. What the Philippine government should do is show a tangible claim through the consistently regular patrol by the Navy and Coast Guard. But the best way is by building a permanent structure which could by possible by forging a tie up with an interested private entity for exploratory venture at this very early time.

 

Nothing can stop China from staking a claim in the guise of putting a mutually beneficial structure at her expense. The Chinese did this at Spratleys. The almost three months of “survey” that it conducted (if it was true), could just be their initial move after finding out the enormous wealth that lies beneath the furious waves of Benham.

 

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT CHINA IS EXERTING TOO MUCH AND OBVIOUS EFFORT IN ESTABLISHING A MODERN EMPIRE THAT WOULD STRETCH FROM AFRICA TO ASIA. WHILE, HISTORICALLY, THE EMPERORS OF CHINA WERE JUST INTERESTED IN CONDUCTING TRADE, THE CURRENT LEADERS ARE THINKING OTHERWISE – POLITICAL CLOUT OVER ALL NATIONS, INCLUDING THE TRADITIONAL POWERFUL AMERICAN AND EUROPE NATIONS.

 

CHINA IS OBVIOULSY ENTERTAININNG THE IDEA OF CONSOLIDATING ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD…AND IT COULD BE POSSSIBLE. PRACTICALLY, ALL POWERFUL NATIONS ARE HEAVILY INDEBTED TO CHINA. EQUIPMENT, GADGETS, FOOD PRODUCTS AND EVEN BASIC COMMODITIES SUCH AS COTTON BUDS AND TOOTHPICK ARE TAGGED WITH “MADE IN CHINA”.

 

What the world should do for practical reason is learn at least the two common dialects of China, especially, Mandarin. The world is undeniably moving towards Sinozation! The only problem with the bright guys of China is their tenacity to come up with fake products, including rice!

 

 

Kung Mawawala si Duterte

Kung Mawawala si Duterte…

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Kung mawawala si Duterte

Sigurarong lulundag sa tuwa si Lenny

Baka magsayaw pa sila ng Trillanes ng “watusi”-

Puwet lang ang ikinikimbot, sa itaas nakaturo ang daliri.

 

Kung mawawala si Duterte

Droga ay iiral uli at magiging grabe

Dahil mawawala na ang tinik at balakid na tao

Na sana ay pag-asa ng Pilipinas, may matigas na kamao.

 

Kung si Duterte ay mawawala

Mga naka-sotana ay sisirko sa tuwa

Lalo na ang mga obispong sa pansin ay matakaw

Na hindi malaman kung ugali’y maka-Diyos o halimaw.

 

Kung si Duterte ay mawawala

Anong mangyayari sa kawawang bansa?

Magdasal!…nang hindi mangibabaw ang kasamaan

Na hinahasik ng mga drug lords at ganid sa pamahalaan!

 

Notes:

Watusi – popular dance during the ‘70s, the “shindig era”

Ikinikimbot – shake

Iiral – proliferate

Kamao – fist

Hinahasik – spread

Obispo – tagalong word for the Roman Catholic “bishop”, SOME with questionable character

Ganid – greedy

 

 

The Bankerohan Public Market of Davao City

The Bankerohan Public Market of Davao City

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Literally, “bankerohan” has a connotation as a place where boatmen converge as “bankero” means “boatman”. Appropriately, the public market is located by the bank of the main river that traverses the city. As in any Philippine community and historically, the river or a coastal village are considered as the center of trading. Unfortunately, lately, Bankerohan, the bustling riverside trading community of Davao City, gets inundated during the worst onslaught of heavy rains without let up for days.

 

Unlike other cities, Bankerohan has maintained its typical Oriental bazaar atmosphere to which the city dwellers have melded well. Spread throughout its periphery, various products from neighboring towns are sold side by side with local delicacies, prominent among which is the “puto maya”. The delicacy is actually two kinds of sticky rice, the white and the “tapul” which has a delectably purple color partner. The two varieties of rice are steamed separately. “Puto maya’s” is best eaten with “sikwate” (hot chocolate with thick consistency) prepared and cooked in “hornio”. While it slowly cooks to the right consistency, a half-submerged “baterol” (wooden stirrer) is rolled between the palms to keep the preparation from going into a rolling boil. A serving of “puto maya” costs Php10, while a cup of “sikwate” can be had for Php15.

 

If the durian is in season, a whole ripe fruit can be purchased from any of the stalls and eaten on the spot, for Php30 while marang would cost as low as Php20. Other local fruits that fill the fruit stalls are big-sized guava, golden pomelo, rambutan, papaya, several varieties of papaya. Durian preserves such as candies, jams and jellies also fill the shelves of the fruit stalls. Vegetables and marine products are strictly controlled to maintain their prices, as well as, those of rice and corn grits.

 

As dusk falls, makeshift stalls for used clothing begin to dot the area near the Mercury Drug Store. Practically, all kinds of clothing merchandise are priced between Php10-20. Hectic trading activity reaches its climax as midnight approaches. But, the traders do not fold up their stalls until 6AM hoping for the coming of last-minute buyers.

 

In the evening, the market resonates with warbles from wannabe singers who try their best to garner a “10” verdict from videokes that are the come-ons of carinderias. Everybody enjoys for as long as the no-smoking policy is observed. Aside from the videoke machines, the carinderias also pride in their cheap foods displayed in trays. Prices range between Php15 to Php35, with the vegetable dishes being the cheapest and those of beef and pork the more expensive. Grilled fish, especially tuna belly, head, and its innards are also available which go well with the beer or tuba (coco wine).

 

From Bankerohan, the cheap hotels along Claveria are a few meters away. Public transportations can be taken at several designated jeepney stops distributed around the market, so that strangers need not worry. And, most especially, there is nothing to fear while commuting from this busy section of the city to any part, even the suburbs, as taxi drivers of Davao City are the most trustworthy in the whole Philippines!

Ang Martial Law

Ang Martial Law

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

NOONG GINAWA ANG PINAKAHULING SALIGANG BATAS SA PANAHON NI CORY AQUINO AY HINDI PINANSIN ANG LUMALALANG PROBLEMA SA DROGA KAHIT PA MALAKING PAHIWATIG NA ANG PAGBARIL SA ISANG CHINESE DRUG LORD SA LUNETA. BINARIL ANG CHINESE DRUG LORD NOONG PANAHON NI MARCOS NA PINALITAN NI CORY AQUINO, AT DAHIL SA TAKOT AY NAG-ALISAN ANG IBA PANG DRUG LORD MULA SA PILIPINAS. SA KABILA NIYAN, HINDI MAN LANG BINANGGIT ANG DROGA BILANG ISA SA MGA DAHILAN BILANG BATAYAN SA PAGDEKLARA NG  MARTIAL LAW, DAHIL ANG TINUTUKAN NG MGA KAALYADO NI CORY AQUINO AY KUNG PAANONG MAHARANGAN ANG PAG-UPO NG MGA CRONY NI MARCOS NA DI-KALAUNAN AY NAGTAGUMPAY PA RIN SA PAGBALIK SA MGA PUWESTO.

 

ANG MGA HUNYANGONG CRONIES AY LUMIPAT PA AT SUMIPSIP SA MGA BAGONG ADMINISTRASYON NA PUMALIT HANGGANG SA PANAHON NG ANAK NI CORY NA SI PNOY AQUINO. AT, SA KANILANG EXCITEMENT, HINDI RIN NILA NAISIP KUNG PAANONG HARANGAN ANG PAGPAPALIBING KAY MARCOS SA LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI AT NANG MANGYARI AY ISINISI NILA KAY DUTERTE….KUNG HINDI BA NAMAN MGA BOBONG HANGAL! ANG INISIP LANG KASI NILA AY KUNG PAANO PANG MANGURAKOT SA HALIP NA PAGTUUNAN NG PANSIN ANG NAPAKARAMING PROBLEMA SA BANSA NA LALO PANG LUMALA AT NAIPAMANA NG MGA HANGAL KAY DUTERTE!

 

MAS MATINDI ANG EPEKTO NG DROGA DAHIL ITO AY UNTI-UNTING SUMISIRA SA LIPUNAN AT MGA MAMAMAYAN, LALO NA MGA KABATAAN NA ILANG TAON MULA NGAYON AY MATITIRA SA PILIPINAS BILANG BAGONG MAMAMAYAN. KUNG “SECURITY” NG BANSA ANG PAG-UUSAPAN, NANGANGAHULUGANG KAILANGAN ANG MARTIAL LAW DAHIL SA DULOT NG BANTA NG DROGA SA “KABUUHANG SEGURIDAD” NG PILIPINAS PARA SA KINABUKASAN NITO!

 

SA PANAHONG ITO, ANG GIYERA AY HIGH-TECH NA….ILANG GUIDED MISSILE LANG ANG PALIPARIN TUNGO SA KALABANG BANSA, SA ISANG IGLAP, TAPOS NA ANG LABAN. KAYA BAGO PA LANG SIGURO MAPIRMAHAN ANG EXECUTIVE ORDER PARA SA MARTIAL LAW BATAY SA BANTA NG GIYERA AY LUSAW NA ANG PILIPINAS!

 

ANO PANG IBANG BANTA ANG SINASABI NG MGA KONTRA SA MARTIAL LAW? BANTA SA INFORMATION ARCHIVE NG BANSA? HINDI NA ITO BANTA DAHIL NANGYAYARI NA ANG HACKING KAYA ILANG AHENSIYA NA NGA ANG NABIKTIMA DAHIL LANG SA “PINAGKATUWAAN” NG HACKERS NA GUSTO LANG MAGYABANG NG KANILANG KAKAYAHAN!

 

MALIBAN SA DROGA, ANG BANTA NA NANGYAYARI NA RIN SA BANSA AY ANG KAGUTUMAN AT PAGKALIGAW NG LANDAS NG MARAMING KABATAAN NA NAGING ADDICT DAHIL MISMO SA KAPABAYAAN DIN NG MGA MAGULANG NA KUNG HINDI SUGAROL AY LULONG SA ALAK, AT LALO SA SA DROGA DAHIL SILA MISMO AY ADDICT DIN!

 

SA MGA KALAGAYANG YAN DAPAT BUKSAN NG MGA PILIPINO ANG KANILANG MGA MATA. PERO ANG IBA YATA AY NAKULAPULAN NA NG MAKAPAL NA MUTA KAYA HINDI MAKAKITA!