We Have a New President

Today, Benigno Aquino, Jr.  was proclaimed the Philippines’ President-elect together with Jejomar Binay as the Vice-President-elect.  As Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. said in his speech, “Hail to the Chief!”  The speech is comic but it was the best speech of all.

So, what is new?

What is new with today’s proclamation is the apparent hope that the supporters have for both Aquino and Binay.  The gallery of the Batasang Pambansa was witness to the paramount joy of celebration by everyone who’s there.  Everyone seems hopeful.

They are not the only ones who carry this hope.  Everybody who is a citizen of this beloved country we call Philippines carry this hope that it can be lifted from the quagmire of poverty, hunger, corruption, bureaucracy, illiteracy, etc, etc.  Though a bigger lot did not vote for Noynoy or Binay, they still belong to the hopeful bunch of Filipinos, that someday somehow, the ails of this country will be healed.

I carry this hope, too, though during the last minutes when I voted, I changed my mind and opted not to vote for Benigno Aquino, Jr.  I did not choose him because of fear of many things or because I felt that he was not the best candidate still.   But the citizenry spoke, and it had to be respected.

“Hail to the chief!” I say it, too, because he was able to bring the people together and show their hearts’ desire for a change.  I hope he would not disappoint the Filipino people because we had had enough of Gloria.

Disappointing Election for First Timers

We were up very early this morning for the elections.  We thought that people will cram the precincts later so it’s better to be there early.   Also, this marks the day of change. And after all this is not a queue for free ipods but a national event.

When we reach the voting area, there were lots of eager voters spread all over the place.  Drenched in their own perspiration, people looked confused, impatient, angry, disappointed; all a picture of an apparently chaotic procedure. AGAIN?  Yes, again.

We reached the middle of the ground perplexed where to start.  After a while, a neighbor told us that we have to find the room where our precincts can be found.   The board has no conspicuous signs that says it is where we can find the lists.  First oversight.

And since my daughter had to vote in a separate precinct, we decided to accompany her to the room where it was.  We were informed that one had to get a number first but there were no numbers available because the precinct in-charge said that they had to give up to 100 only while the other precincts give numbers up to 200.   I suggested that they give more numbers because the people were piling and there was no one explaining the whole process.  They did not even tell the crowd at the door that the line was at the adjacent room.  Second oversight.

Each precinct chairman had instructions that people had to find their names in the list under their precinct number and had to remember their numbers in the list.  This for the reason that it will be easier for them to find the name of the voter.  But these people did not foresee that the area at the door will be jam-packed with people looking for their names and numbers making it congested.  Third oversight.

Senior citizens and the physically disabled were prioritized.  That became an advantage to us because Papsie was given priority and the privilege was extended to me because I was with him to assist him.   There was no problem about this but they could have only assigned a percentage per batch basing on the majority of the voters.  Fourth oversight.

There were still people pulling the string.  Some still can go inside the precinct even if their numbers do not belong to the batch being processed.  The palakasan system is still on the rise.  Fifth oversight.

Sad to say that daughter Kay decided not to vote.  We planned to visit her precinct later at 6 PM but chose not to anymore because at 3 PM only 30% of the expected votes was accomplished.

How about if the results are less than half of what was anticipated?  I am afraid that a big number of voters will be like my daughter who got disappointed of the whole process.

HGH pills for the Supreme Court justices

It seems that the SC justices are in need of hgh pills because we know that human growth hormones or HGH drop quite rapidly when one grows old.  They say that some memory related disorders are associated with the lack of it.  Could this be the reason why the Supreme Court deliberately forgot what is in the 1987 Constitution that an outgoing president is barred from making appointments two months before an election and until the end of his or her term or simply, that she cannot appoint from March 10 to June 30?

I fear so much, I must admit,  to what is happening in our country.  Ordinary citizen Juan could not care less if Arroyo will appoint a SC chief of justice to replace Justice Reynato Puno who will retire on May 17.  What do all these controversial issues be of matter to an ordinary citizen – that the present president can name the next chief justice during the election appointment ban making it ‘a culpable violation of the constitution’?

But ordinary citizen Juan is not a simpleton if that is what the highly elite groups think.  He is aware of what is happening.  He knows the score.  He knows in simple thoughts that there attempts to fool everybody, to take advantage of what is perceived as ‘weak common people’, and to manipulate even further up to the last minute.  Thanks to the media people and avenues :-D.

I cannot wait for the elections to come although I know the posts will be relinquished involuntarily and reluctantly.

An insurance quote would be timely

Yes,  I say it is indeed timely to consider an insurance quote especially a life insurance quote.  Why?

Philippine news can kill you.  Let’s have a glimpse on some of the headlines in PhilNews.com:

  1. GMA to declare power crisis in Mindanao
  2. Crisis declared; Aboitiz, Alcantara power deals up
  3. Gordon says definitely not Angara but refuses to name emissary
  4. Palace has list of pols in drugs, says Sotto
  5. Edu denies he’s backing out of VP race

For number one headline, who would not be anxious of how the cost of such declaration will be spent?  The declaration would entail a power generation capacity build-up that would cost from 8 billion to 10 billion pesos.  The thought of how some crooks will be merry again upon gaining support from Congress is really bothersome.

For number two, the luminaries in this deal, the Aboitizes and Alcantaras, are known to be business associates of the President and her husband.  As an ordinary Pinoy, Juan will worry again how much money will be added to his electricity bill in the future if this deal becomes very expensive and will not compensate to the needs of the present crisis.

For number three headline, it is worrisome if someone who buys votes and candicacy will win.  It is very, very worrisome because a lot of Pinoys are uneducated and poor. It makes my head ache actually.

For number four headline, how would one ignore the US State Department’s concern that drug money will be used to influence the May 10 elections?  What is the government doing about this?

For the last headline in this list, Edu is giving the people a headache.  Where did that story come from – that he is backing out?  An adage describes it best – there is fire when there is smoke or anything to that effect.  The whole scene is so theatrical.

Do Not Underestimate Stupidity

What we have now is a confused citizenry. We, Filipinos, have a mind set that whoever is popular, or wealthy or wise should be the one to be entrusted the most sensitive positions in government. This with the many evidences of taking advantage of our own stupidity by undeserving people. We put people that has no clear platforms or programs that could elevate the country from the quagmire that it has been in for so many years.

We had put Gloria in her pedestal because of her wit. Because of her wit, we are now submersed more in deep trouble that includes debts, economic crisis, political arguments, and lack of many government services to the people. We had put Erap in the same pedestal because of his charm which was derived from being an actor. The ‘makamasa’ image is just an advertisement which many Filipinos hungrily bought. We had put Ramos (or did we?), too, because he is a strong man from the military who we thought could probably instill discipline and order in the country. We failed to realize that Ramos himself need disciplining. It was not only Gloria who traveled abroad and dined luxuriously. Fidel and Ming had probably done so many times and surreptitiously. Do we have to go back to the past to determine who among them robbed (not loved) their constituents the most?

I am sipping coffee now. I am thinking. Is there hope from the stupid decisions we made and will be making? Are we going to the same trend of voting for these traditional politicians? Well, all I can say is these politicians should not underestimate stupidity. As Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” It is awareness that the Filipino people need.

Do Not Underestimate Stupidity

What we have now is a confused citizenry. We, Filipinos, have a mind set that whoever is popular, or wealthy or wise should be the one to be entrusted the most sensitive positions in government. This with the many evidences of taking advantage of our own stupidity by undeserving people. We put people that has no clear platforms or programs that could elevate the country from the quagmire that it has been in for so many years.

We had put Gloria in her pedestal because of her wit. Because of her wit, we are now submersed more in deep trouble that includes debts, economic crisis, political arguments, and lack of many government services to the people. We had put Erap in the same pedestal because of his charm which was derived from being an actor. The ‘makamasa’ image is just an advertisement which many Filipinos hungrily bought. We had put Ramos (or did we?), too, because he is a strong man from the military who we thought could probably instill discipline and order in the country. We failed to realize that Ramos himself need disciplining. It was not only Gloria who traveled abroad and dined luxuriously. Fidel and Ming had probably done so many times and surreptitiously. Do we have to go back to the past to determine who among them robbed (not loved) their constituents the most?

I am sipping coffee now.  I am thinking. Is there hope from the stupid decisions we made and will be making? Are we going to the same trend of voting for these traditional politicians? Well, all I can say is these politicians should not underestimate stupidity. As Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” It is awareness that the Filipino people need.

Thinking about Safety

We think so much about the children being safe. We give our best efforts trying to protect them and in their childhood, we even get child safety seats to protect them from injury. We also think so much about our safety. We make sure that the car is equipped with a safety harness. In many jobs and activities, we ensure our safety.

But what can protect us from monsters like the killers of those poor and helpless victims in the Maguindanao massacre? What can protect anyone from the evil schemes of those executioners? What can guard us from the beastly machinery of conspirators who assume that they are untouchable ‘pigs’?

THE FILIPINO PEOPLE CONDEMN THE SAVAGERY THAT HAPPENED IN MAGUINDANAO! LET JUSTICE BE SERVED QUICK! PRESIDENT GLORIA ARROYO, DO SOMETHING FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED FOR THOSE INNOCENT VICTIMS. PERHAPS DOING SOMETHING FOR THEM FAST AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE CAN UNDO SOMEHOW THE MANY SHORTCOMINGS YOU HAVE FOR THE COUNTRY.

Thinking about Safety

We think so much about the children being safe. We give our best efforts trying to protect them and in their childhood, we even get child safety seats to protect them from injury. We also think so much about our safety. We make sure that the car is equipped with a safety harness. In many jobs and activities, we ensure our safety.

But what can protect us from monsters like the killers of those poor and helpless victims in the Maguindanao massacre? What can protect anyone from the evil schemes of those executioners? What can guard us from the beastly machinery of conspirators who assume that they are untouchable ‘pigs’?

THE FILIPINO PEOPLE CONDEMN THE SAVAGERY THAT HAPPENED IN MAGUINDANAO! LET JUSTICE BE SERVED QUICK! PRESIDENT GLORIA ARROYO, DO SOMETHING FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED FOR THOSE INNOCENT VICTIMS. PERHAPS DOING SOMETHING FOR THEM FAST AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE CAN UNDO SOMEHOW THE MANY SHORTCOMINGS YOU HAVE FOR THE COUNTRY.

So Filipino

November 5, 2009

BAD TRAIT

A friend tried to beat the deadline for the registration for the 2010 elections last October 31st. She went to the registration center at 11:00 am and was able to finish at 1:00 am the following day. While people are queuing, it was announced that the center will only serve up to 700 registrants. My friend’s number was 698. She was laughing while she was telling me the story and told me that my husband crossed her mind while waiting to be registered. Prior to her plan of registering, I somewhat scolded her about it. I told her that Papsie hates this Filipino trait of procrastinating.

In the television, people were enraged outside the registration centers. As I had expected, there are still people who wanted to register though Comelec made it clear that yesterday was a special registration day for those who went to register last October 31 and were not able to complete the process. Comelec repeated that they will not entertain another set of new applicants. That is very clear to me. But seeing those enraged applicants outside those centers made me think that change is still far away from the Philippines.

I could not blame the election officers who berated the people. Who would not be mad if these people are cursing you and shouting at you? It was not Comelec’s neglect if they missed the deadline and were not able to exercise their rights. There were already satellite registrations starting January 2010. How come they decided to register at the 11th hour? If we really wanted change then change should start within ourselves. If we wanted to do something, there will always be a way to do it, but if we do not want to do it, there are a lot of alibis why we were not able to do it. As a song tells, “Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw maraming dahilan.

This made me think that Filipinos should start considering life insurances and looking at life insurance rates. Sometimes I think that we get angry for the wrong reasons and tend to be ecstatic with the wrong reasons, too. Truly bad for the health, and these wrong attitudes could debilitate progress. Perhaps the reason why we are still a third world country.

GOOD TRAIT

We went to a mall to buy Christmas gifts. It has been three years since I started going to this mall to buy gifts because, first, there are no crowds of people converging at that part of that mall. (Filipinos patronize only the big and popular malls.) Second, there are a lot of inexpensive but nice toys in that department store.

As we pay, Papsie as usual began ‘interviewing’ the sales clerks and the cashier. It happened that the sales clerk who were assisting the cashier was on her second day at work. It was her first job we learned. Papsie could not stop himself from being nosy and asked what educational attainment does the job require. He asked further what course did the sales clerk graduate from (though I was pinching him at the sides to stop). The sales clerk told him, in between smiles and giggles, that she’s a college graduate and a board passer. We were stunned, of course. Papsie continued prying but the girl did not answer. But at the last minute, she admitted that she is a nursing graduate and a board passer. We were more than stunned.

The sales clerk continued telling me that she had applied for jobs in many hospitals and clinics but to no avail. I suggested that she applies for work abroad and she replied that she had done that already. She decided that she had to work while waiting for the results of her applications. For her, it would be a big waste of time, and if she will not earn money. We were so concerned that we told her she had to continue finding a job that best fits her. She smiled sweetly.

While I admire her for being a hardworking and persevering lady, I think that she had to continue finding the best job for her. With her kind of attitude, she deserves better. Filipinos are truly resilient, patient and persevering. It is a sad thought, however, that citizens like her do not even have a decent chance of getting a fitting job in her own country.

So Filipino

November 5, 2009

BAD TRAIT

A friend tried to beat the deadline for the registration for the 2010 elections last October 31st. She went to the registration center at 11:00 am and was able to finish at 1:00 am the following day. While people are queuing, it was announced that the center will only serve up to 700 registrants. My friend’s number was 698. She was laughing while she was telling me the story and told me that my husband crossed her mind while waiting to be registered. Prior to her plan of registering, I somewhat scolded her about it. I told her that Papsie hates this Filipino trait of procrastinating.

In the television, people were enraged outside the registration centers. As I had expected, there are still people who wanted to register though Comelec made it clear that yesterday was a special registration day for those who went to register last October 31 and were not able to complete the process. Comelec repeated that they will not entertain another set of new applicants. That is very clear to me. But seeing those enraged applicants outside those centers made me think that change is still far away from the Philippines.

I could not blame the election officers who berated the people. Who would not be mad if these people are cursing you and shouting at you? It was not Comelec’s neglect if they missed the deadline and were not able to exercise their rights. There were already satellite registrations starting January 2010. How come they decided to register at the 11th hour? If we really wanted change then change should start within ourselves. If we wanted to do something, there will always be a way to do it, but if we do not want to do it, there are a lot of alibis why we were not able to do it. As a song tells, “Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw maraming dahilan.

This made me think that Filipinos should start considering life insurances and looking at life insurance rates. Sometimes I think that we get angry for the wrong reasons and tend to be ecstatic with the wrong reasons, too. Truly bad for the health, and these wrong attitudes could debilitate progress. Perhaps the reason why we are still a third world country.

GOOD TRAIT

We went to a mall to buy Christmas gifts. It has been three years since I started going to this mall to buy gifts because, first, there are no crowds of people converging at that part of that mall. (Filipinos patronize only the big and popular malls.) Second, there are a lot of inexpensive but nice toys in that department store.

As we pay, Papsie as usual began ‘interviewing’ the sales clerks and the cashier. It happened that the sales clerk who were assisting the cashier was on her second day at work. It was her first job we learned. Papsie could not stop himself from being nosy and asked what educational attainment does the job require. He asked further what course did the sales clerk graduate from (though I was pinching him at the sides to stop). The sales clerk told him, in between smiles and giggles, that she’s a college graduate and a board passer. We were stunned, of course. Papsie continued prying but the girl did not answer. But at the last minute, she admitted that she is a nursing graduate and a board passer. We were more than stunned.

The sales clerk continued telling me that she had applied for jobs in many hospitals and clinics but to no avail. I suggested that she applies for work abroad and she replied that she had done that already. She decided that she had to work while waiting for the results of her applications. For her, it would be a big waste of time, and if she will not earn money. We were so concerned that we told her she had to continue finding a job that best fits her. She smiled sweetly.

While I admire her for being a hardworking and persevering lady, I think that she had to continue finding the best job for her. With her kind of attitude, she deserves better. Filipinos are truly resilient, patient and persevering. It is a sad thought, however, that citizens like her do not even have a decent chance of getting a fitting job in her own country.