Friday, August 29, 2014

SO BAD YET SO RIGHT

There are thoughts that are mean but they are fair and square. There are words that are bad yet they are understandable and right. There are individuals who are harsh but this does not mean that the truth is not with them. And this is the case of a well-known Mayor when he was told that the incumbent President might seek re-election – with all the constitutional, political and national implications thereof.

So it happened that a correspondent of a known broadsheet met with the Mayor to seek the latter’s perception on the apparently projected re-election bid of the President. Below is the verbatim copy of the more interesting reaction-response of the Mayor as published in the newspaper concerned on 18 August 2014 – under the heading of Duterte to P-noy,  “Don’t be the savior of this universe.”

"The statement that says that there must be a second term (for Aquino) to save democracy is pure b***s***”.

Note: There is a rather elementary argument in favor of this statement: What someone has not done, could not do in six long years, to seek a second term for another six years would be nonsense. This is especially true when the person concerned is not known for his industry and competence.

This country is run by elections. If the people decide to elect a son of a b****, then that is their choice.”

Note: Democracy rooted in human freedom and social justice is an excellent form of government only when the people concerned are responsible as well as decisive in keeping their human dignity and pursuant human rights. Otherwise, they do not deserve such human attributions.

"Now they also want to amend the constitution and clip the powers of the Supreme Court. Patay tayo diyan.”

Note: A so-called “Constitution” is nonsense when the citizens allow politicians to change it as a whole or in part for the promotion of the latter’s personal interests, particularly to feed their egoism. A Constitution is only as good as the people concerned who had it written, preserve it as well.

There are instances when dismay and disgust are in order – such as when the truth is glaring yet someone would dare deny or undermine it. Even patience has its limits in the realm of reason and ethics – unless those concerned would play blind, deaf and dumb.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

The President...shall be elected by the direct vote of the people for a term of six years... The President shall not be eligible for any re-election...” (Art. VII, Section 4)

Thus clearly and emphatically provides the Philippine Constitution: One, it speaks of the Executive Department, the power wherein is vested in the President. Two, it formally provides for the length of tenure of the Office of the President which is six years. Three, it unconditionally and expressly forbids any reelection of the President.

There is now the surprising as well as intriguing pronouncement of the incumbent President about to end his term of office . One, he is available for a second term of Office. Two, he is thus also amenable in having the then needed amendment to the Constitution made. Three, he is listening to his “boss” whether to actually run for a second term or not.

Then comes many questions, the more signal ones of which are the following: One, he is not known for his personal industry so why seek another long six-year work? Two, he preferred to be interviewed but by one TV Channel when the more would be better for more publicity of his supposed availability for reelection. Three, his approval rating from his “boss” is the lowest so far, so what does he expect to hear from them?

So it is that there are people who think that the President is ready and willing to seek reelection for various reasons, foremost of which are the following:One, to take away the big issue of DAP from the mind of the general public. Two, to enable him to keep his KKK plus all those much beholden to him from the Legislature. Three, to enable him to have his vengeance on the Supreme Court that gave those concerned the cause to file Impeachment Complaints against him.

Lastly, what if the Constitution were amended, the President won his second term, the Country were again placed under his rule for six more years: One, would there be real socio-economic development from top to bottom of the Philippine society – or more poverty and misery? Two, would there be real and lasting peace not only in Mindanao but also with China – or more posturing and fighting even? Three, would politicians be truly honest and honorable, would public office be actually public ofice – or even more suspect and untrustworthy?

When oh when shall the Philippines eventually have a government of the people, by the people and for the people???

Monday, August 25, 2014

RHETORIC UNLIMITED

It is not a secret that the present Administration is an expert in rhetoric although rather deficient in attending to its mandated executive agenda. It is admirable in staying above ground realities, living in the visionary sphere. It is not only a specialist in positivism as to its own perceived great achievements but also markedly neutral in its large-scale failures in governance. No wonder then that it is repeatedly heard that the now almost five year old Administration has its head buried in the sand with its feet in cloud 9 – an effective way for someone to have hallucinations.

No wonder then that the citizens are taxed from birth to death, from head to foot while they miserably suffer from low salaries vis-a-vis high prices of even basic commodities – if not bitterly grieving for lack of employment. In fact, they even pay for the use of public utilities already paid for by public funds. There is continuous criminality in the streets, daily murders in different parts of the Country. Supposedly prohibited drugs are sold in many street corners. Prostitution has become a way of life for a good number of women – inclusive of exported cybersex with young girls as victims thereof. Gambling has become a way of life – in the same way that graft and corrupt practices are now enshrined in public offices.

And thus comes Rhetoric Unlimited herein mentioned simply by way of factual examples – with no malice intended particularly towards those hereunder mentioned with religious implications:

Ang Dating Daan”. This is the title of a sect founded by a known local preacher. His overall intention appears to be focused in saying that the religions of these times are false because they have deviated from the true faith of the past.

Ang Tamang Daan”. This in turn appears to be the counter-claim of a local church in affirmation of the truth of its own veracity – irrespective of any belief in the past and as a counter-claim to the allegation of the sect bearing the above-cited title.

Ang Matuwid na Daan”. This is the loud, repeated and delightful mantra of the incumbent Chief Executive supposedly in proclamation of the honesty of his governance and the integrity of his chosen allies in the Executive Department – plus those in the Legislature.

NASAAN ANG DAAN? This in turn is not only the inetresting but also intriguing question of a good number of Filipinos during these days. Where are we going? What is going on? Is amending the Constitution, giving our President the option for re-election the Daan?

Friday, August 22, 2014

BIPOLAR II DISORDER

In layman's language, it can be said in general that a “Bipolar Disorder” per se has reference to a transit from one extreme adverse behavioral pattern to another opposite likewise markedly erratic actuation mode, viz., from one adverse behavioral pole to another one in the opposite in terms of well manifest contradictory change in thought, feeling and actuation series i.e. “Bipolar”. So it is that Psychiatry speaks of “Bipolar Disorders” - in the plural form. And the “Personality Disorder” is thus expressed in plural, considering that there are in effect two species of opposing inordinate action and reaction manifestations, i.e., “Disorders”. One more thing, the malady is in the sphere of the so-called “Mood Disorders” in terms of afflictions in personal disposition and pursuant conduct. So is it that there are “Bipolar I Disorder” and “Bipolar II Disorder”.

Specifically in conjunction with “Bipolar II Disorder”, this is understood as the interchanging mood and consequent behavior from the so-called “Hypomanic” situation and the “Depressive” condition. So it is that according to the much-appreciated and well-read Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, American Psychiatric Association (DMS IV), 1995, pp. 359-363.

Hypomanic Disorder”: This personal liability is said to have and manifest the following more noticeable mood behaviors: 1. “Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity.” 2. “Decreased need of sleep.” 3. “More talkativeness than usual.” 4. Flight of ideas” 5. “Psycho-motor agitation.” Etc., etc.

Depressive Disorder”: This personal arrearage on the other hand manifests the following actuation patterns: 1. “Dejection, gloominess, cheerlessness.” 2. “Inadequacy, worthlessness, low self-esteem.” 3. “Brooding, worrisome, self-critical.” 4. “Negative, pessimistic.” 5. “Remorseful.” Etc., etc.

One thing appears definite and defined: “Bipolar II Disorder” in general has reference to “clinically significant distress in social, occupational or other areas of functioning”. This means and implies that the said negative personality constitution is anything but an asset in relational interaction in a family, in a community, and in society as a whole. Considering that every human person is a social being and yet proves to be socially impaired, this is a big behavioral liability in getting married, in heading a family and the like.

Although it may have occasional or periodic remissions – such as through the intake of the so-called “Uppers” or “Downers” pills – it appears that Bipolar II Disorder” is not really susceptible of complete and permanent cure. So sad yet so true.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ASPERGER'S DISORDER

Neither a real novelty nor a deep mystery, the serious personality liability known as “Asperger's Disorder” has been receiving considerable attention in psychiatric circles for some time – not only in North America and Europe but specially so in Asia. It is then understandable that different Psychiatry Associations as well as different Clinico-Psychological Schools are giving it considerable attention – even if only for the proper information and due attention of those concerned with behavioral sciences.

As usual, the serious personality liability of “Asperger's Disorder” is accordingly diagnosed through the patterns of the external behavior or manifest conduct template of the individuals concerned. And after the required study – official analysis and formal integration of the pertinent behavioral data gathered – the professional nomenclature of the personality disorder is given. The now known and called “Asperger's Disorder” in the personality constitution of an individual – which is noticed as more prevalent among men – has the following more salient and noticeable behavioral manifestations:

The essential features of Asperger's Disorder are severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and the development of restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities. The disturbance must cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.” In other words, “Asperger's Disorder” is manifested by such as the following behavioral patterns as forwarded by the much respected and thus often quoted Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition American Psychiatric Association (DMS-IV, 1995, pp. 75-77).

Marked impairment in the use of multiple non-verbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures, to regulate social interaction.”

Lack of social or emotional reciprocity”

Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities.”

It is quite interesting to quote what the above-cited well-known and famous Manual of Mental Disorders says about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: Asperger's Syndrome appears to have a somewhat later onset than Autism.” This simply means that Autism in children could develop into “Asperger's Syndrome” for adults.