Monday, May 25, 2015

NLEX TO “CAEX”



The Country is besieged by revolting forces from within and coveted by foreign claimants from the outside.  And so it is that the Philippines is a nation divided from within and without. The government is long since disabled in leadership as well as since then saddled by inept  and/or corrupt public officials.  The national economy has always been much less in needed growth notwithstanding all repeated surveys made and every official positive proclamations made to the contrary.  So it is that a big number of Filipinos have barely anything to eat as well as barely find places to sleep, to live.

The phenomenon of OFWs alone already loudly proclaims the following pitiful and detestable local over-all socio-economic miseries in the Country; Fathers live their families behind to seek and hopefully find work abroad, especially in the Middle East – all dangers to their lives and limbs notwithstanding.  Mothers leave their children behind for the purpose of finding employment of practically any kind – even with their womanhood in danger – with their children growing without maternal care.  So many children are desirous of going to school – but schools there are not enough.  They may have been given some bags and notebooks – but they usually do not have enough food to eat regularly.  So it is that as they grow in age, in wisdom they do not.  And even if they eventually manage to study this or that  “non-formal” education course, decent work or real employment they could rarely find.  So it is that they become candidates for lamentable, tedious if not hideous or even dangerous work abroad.

And who is not aware of criminality in the Philippines as practically a way of life.  Killing here and there, nonchalant stealing from homes, establishments, hold-ups at night and during the day, illegal drug manufacturing and sale unlimited, violations of women and children, rapes well-included – all these many different and standing gross misdeeds well known to those in tenure of public authority, are so common and standard.  Yet on and on they go – all official loud proclamations and fervent affirmations to the contrary.

This is to say nothing about the so-called “Public Utilities” – such as gas, electricity, roads and railways “up” and “down” – that are by and large paid for by the people’s hard-earned money and yet, they are made the source of taxes exacted by the government.  For those miserable people without the money to pay for such supposedly public funded utilities, let them but stare and wish – if not lament and say bad words.  And this is neither to saying anything  about the collection of taxes for anything (except the air that blows and the rains that fall) from practically anyone (consuming infants, boys, girls, men, women, young and the elderly included).

All the above mentioned tragic and lamentable facts notwithstanding, despite the innumerable basically needed and standing public agenda left shamefully unattended to and wherefore lamentably undone by this government, it has recently came with the great vision and resolve to change the name of an expressway from NLEX to “CAEX”!!! Something is definitely not funny but deplorable in this vain venture.       

Friday, May 22, 2015

“HOCUS PICOS”



Section 1:  The Philippines is a democratic and republican State.  Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from the people. (1987 Philippine Constitution, Art. 2, Sec. 1)

To this date and time, there are still certain individuals  who think and in fact experience that the Philippines is an aristocratic and dynastic State, and that sovereignty resides in the wealthy and the powerful wherefrom government authority in effect emanates.  So is it that while the Philippines is a noble Country and the Filipino people are an honorable citizenry, the living reality however is that the Filipinos have a markedly pro-self government plus a salient pro-dynastic public officials.  So it is that while the “Declaration” of a Principle from the Philippine Constitution itself as above-cited is both noble and ennobling, the truth however in ground reality is exactly its living opposite – a contradiction incarnate.

In no way does it mean that the Philippines is a forever doomed Country, that the government is a permanently damaged entity, that the Filipinos are forever a condemned people.  But the sad truth is that the present government with its erratic functions and sickening options – like decimating the Country in favor of warlords, taxing its citizens from the womb to the tomb, selling public utilities to downright business enterprises, worshipping foreign investments, and other anti-Filipino agenda, rests under the corrupt and corrupting command of majority of infamous public officials who are not really elected by the sovereign citizens.  Instead they are holding public offices, enjoying their perks and filling their bank accounts here and abroad, for having shamefully cheated in the elections through their highly paid minions.

Remember the 2010 and 2013 PCOS fiascos.  Look out for the 2016 HOCUS PICOS!

One thing is certain.  If sovereignty really resides in the people and government authority truly emanates from the people, how come the Filipinos have a government that is not only incompetent but also corrupt?  How come majority of their public officials from the local, the regional and up to the national level are pro-selves and wherefore self-serving?  Answer:  First, the Filipinos allowed themselves to be cheated in the election such that their votes for their chosen candidates are in fact counted in favor of others.  Second, the People however acted as if they were blind, deaf and  dumb.  Third, the Citizens of the Philippines are definitely not sovereign, even but taking to account the dominion of the infamous trio of “Guns, Goons and Gold” in the Country, specially so during elections.

Given the above observations, the People of the Philippines who have the sovereignty in the Country and from whom all government authority emanates, better wake up, stand up, and be counted for a really clean and truly honest 2016 elections – watching out in particular on how their votes will be counted.  Otherwise…      

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“DEPRESSION”



In the layman’s world of simple people living simple lives, it is somehow common knowledge and experience that there are depressive episodes that come to fore every now and then in practically all ordinary individuals experiencing “bad”, “sad” and/or undergoing “trying” times.  And this attitudinal posture and/or behavioral disposition are quite normal. Hence, there is something wrong when someone is jumping for joy or crying with sadness all the time.  Such can be anything but the usual, the normal, the ordinary as are mental health is taken into account.

In the world of behavioral sciences, there is the so-known and so-called “Depressive Personality Disorder” that is a psychological affective maladjustment already appended to the socio-emotive constitution itself of the individual concerned.  In other words, it is one thing for someone to have but episodes  of “Depression” every now and then – and quite different  for somebody to suffer from downright “Depressive Personality Disorder”.  Again, while the former is still ordinary, normal, the latter is already odd, disturbing or downright abnormal.

It is said that the standard behavioral symptoms of the “Depression” per se if not a downright “Depressive Personality Disorder” are the following - with their respective translation in everyday language:

a.  Psychomotor retardation”.
Translation: this means late reaction if not no reaction at all to a given action of someone or to a stimulus from something.

b.  “Slowed Gait and activity”.
Translation:  This has reference to late initiatives or delayed behavior contrary to the usual action plus reaction pairing.

c.  “Lack of initiative”.
Translation:  This bears clear relevance to the absence of self-moves that gives the impression or marked laziness or indolence.

d.  “Melancholia”.
Translation:  This is substantially the same as profound loneliness or marked lonesomeness usually generated by the feeling of abandonment.

e.  “Fatigue”.
Translation:  This is feeling tired while having done nothing really for someone to thus feel and accordingly behave.

f.  “Lack of self-confidence”.
Translation:  This has reference to an individual who feels he is good for nothing, he is not meant for anything significant, worthwhile.

g.  “Lack of sexual interest”.
(No need to explain)

Monday, May 18, 2015

FILIPINO RELATIONAL-CULTURAL ATTRIBUTION



“ALE” – “MAMA” – “ATE” – “KUYA” – “LOLO” – “LOLA”
 “00” – “OHO” – “OPO”

Who thinks that there is nothing good taking place in the Philippines?  Who says that the Country is only good for political debauchery, omnipresent criminality, hopeless deterioration in social values and cultural features?  Yes.  The present confused and confusing administration came but is soon going to disappear.  Yes.  There are categorically mysterious positive perorations about overwhelming economic progress while poverty and even misery have in fact worsened.  There are even claims of great achievements in peace and order while there is no day without killing, no letdown in the drug business, no stopping thieves, rapists included.

But there is a very welcome and much appreciated development that has taken place and still taking deeper roots in the Country.  Perhaps it is still unnoticed.  Probably it is in fact taken as a matter of course.  But what an inspiring, what an edifying relational-cultural phenomenon!  It is perhaps still unnoticed, still unappreciated.  But it is already a part of Filipino culture, more concretely in matters edifying relational interactions – when individuals address one another.

There was a time that an adult woman was called “ale” and an adult man was called “mama”.  Such were the customary words used and heard.  These times however they are usually addressed as “Ate” and “Kuya” respectively.  And when the persons concerned are much older, they are ordinarily referred to as “Lola” and “Lolo”.  Needless to say, the use of such terms is not only pleasing but also edifying.

There was also a time when “Yes” was “oo” or at most “oho”.  The fact is that not few are the instances when even an elder man or woman addresses someone younger with “opo”.  When one hears and ponders upon this phenomenon of respect for others, he or she cannot but be not simply edified but also delighted.

Question:  How did these addresses of respect and deference come about?  Where did they come from?  Who exactly taught them?

Answer:  They could have been inculcated within family circles.  They could have been taught in schools.  They could be but spontaneous expressions.

No matter how this “Filipino Relational-Cultural Attribution” came about, the following thoughts come to mind: Notwithstanding a disabled government plus certain public officials infamous for their incarnate graft and corrupt practices, no matter how despondent and helpless many Filipinos feel, the truth remains that their Country is certainly not hopeless.  Most of their sound cultural values remain.  Most of their admirable relational features still work.  In other words, a good number of Filipinos are dejected – but hopeless they are not, they should not be.

Friday, May 15, 2015

“ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”



In formal and informal talks, in media and general public addresses, before, during,  and after  State of the Nation Addresses, specially in conferences delivered before foreign audiences, the present MalacaƱang resident – ignorantly or deliberately, jokingly or seriously, incompetently or decidedly – makes repeated claims of the big and fast economic development taking place all over the Country resulting in the eradication of poverty and other magical economic advancements all over the Land.  What remain interestingly unsaid are the following:

The biggest business of the government is the People of the Philippines – men, women and young individuals – who are sent abroad as OFWs, who earn their living even in the midst of mortal danger and who send their dollar remittances to the Country.  Never mind if they are imprisoned for one crime or another – whipped or killed even unless “blood money” is paid.

Another emerging truly profitable business in the Country is the manufacture, distribution and sale of prohibited drugs not only for local use but to the extent that the same deadly items even become export quality products – such as through more and more so-called local and foreign “Drug Mules” on their own initiative or though innocent carriers.

And there is the detestable and shameful already established plus still being enlarged Gambling Industry – frequented by local criminals and foreign gangsters, money launderers included.  Until this present administration is done away fast, unless the in-coming public officials are really for public service for the common good, Philippine Las Vegas is coming to fore.

Strange but true, there are indications to the effect that this administration with its subservient administrative KKK members, its questionable partisan political allies plus certain subservient judicial figures, also strangely and pitifully equates “Economic Development” with the number of bars around plus “entertainment”  districts in place plus women and young girls “for sale”.  There is the fact of “development” in all these.  There is the undeniable “economic” reality in all these.

Never mind public utilities people pay for.  Never mind a transport system that does not work.  Never mind garbage all over the place.  Never mind men, women and children begging in the streets.  Never mind families sleeping at the sidewalks, living by the canals, having illiterate children.  So what if the number of criminals is not only the same but even becoming more.  So what if thieves rob houses, steal from supermarkets.  It is alright if boys snatch and run away with the bags – money, cellphone, jewelries – of old and young women alike.  All these are big signs of “Economic Development”.

But most of all, so what if continuous big graft and huge corrupt practices are practically everywhere – particularly in government-owned and controlled corporations – not to mention the now infamous and nauseating DAP and PDAF fiasco.  These are but signs of “Economic Development”.