Pwede bang kahit “manners” na lang muna ang i-require?

Ang hindi ko lang talaga maintindihan, sa tuwing sumasapit ang eleksyon, bakit bigla yatang tumataas (ng sobra) ang mga standards natin pagdating sa mga kwalipikasyon at pagkatao ng mga tumatakbo?

Kunsabagay, hindi naman bawal ang mangarap. Ansaya nga sana kung totoong “walang bahid ng korapsyon” ang isang tumatakbo. O di kaya’y talagang “para sa bayan” lamang ang nasa isipan ng isang pulitiko. Kaso, alam naman nating lahat na walang ganung klaseng tao talaga.

Kahit nga mga Santo hindi perpekto, ‘di ba? So why the “extra-optimistic” demands all of a sudden? Can’t we all just be realistic when weighing the pros and cons of a candidate? Yung maging makatotohanan lang ba.

Ako, for example, kuntento na ako kung ang mga kandidatong iboboto ko (whether for local or national positions) ay:

  • hindi pipili ng mga consultant na mas bobo pa sa kanila
  • hindi i-insultohin ang talino ko sa kanilang pag-papalusot
  • hindi magiging sobrang garapal (yung harap-harapan na ba) sa pangungurakot habang nasa pwesto
  • uunahin ang kapakanan ng Pilipinas kaysa ng ibang bansa
  • totoong naniniwala AT may takot sa Diyos
  • practices “good manners and right conduct” 🙂
Pwede bang kahit “manners” na lang muna ang i-require?

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  • dami utang
  • walang perang pampaayos sa sirang bubong… sirang gate… sirang kisame… sirang pintuan… sirang bintana…
  • walang pambili ng bagong sapatos… bagong salamin… bagong damit…
  • pundido na naman ang ilaw sa garahe… sa likod bahay…
  • hindi maka-diet ng seryoso… o maka-exercise ng maayos…
  • andaming bad trip sa opisina
  • laging pinapagalitan ng asawa
  • nagiging pasaway ang mga anak
  • dumadalas na ang tama ng rayuma
  • di mawalan ng garapata ang alagang aso
  • buwisit ang kapitbahay
  • pundido na ang mga ilaw ng parol
  • magpa-Pasko na naman!

😦

Paano ka naman gaganahang mag-blog kung gan’to buhay mo?

The persecution of the Rohingyas — ASEAN’s collective shame.

Everyone knows that by continuously ignoring the plight of the Rohingyas of Myanmar (Burma), the governments of the ASEAN nations, ours included, are singly and collectively guilty of abandoning them to a fate worse than death.

Rohingya refugees

Already, the Rohingyas have been rendered stateless, with both the Burmese and Bangladeshi governments disowning them as being mere “illegal immigrants,” conveniently denying the fact that they had been living in those countries for several generations already. In Myanmar, the situation is much more dire — not only are they not considered citizens, they are also continuously subjected to cultural and religious persecution. Also, they are denied access to such basic Human Rights as education, freedom of movement, and basic government services.

Is it any wonder then why the refugees would choose to gamble with their lives, and the lives of their children, and place themselves at the mercy of human trafficking syndicates just to escape their desperate situation in Myanmar?

But now they find themselves in an even worse situation — abandoned by the human smugglers, their boats left adrift at sea. With food and water dwindling fast, the inevitable happened. People driven mad by hunger and thirst fell upon one another, killing their fellow refugees for the remaining supplies.

Normal people, when confronted by such a dire situation, would immediately think of ways to help the victims, and fast.

But, apparently, governments are a different breed. Instead of rescuing the Rohingya, they refused them entry. Instead of towing them to shore, they pushed their rickety boats back out to sea.

“Not our problem,” they said. “We are victims too” (of illegal immigration), they cried.

To which we, their constituencies — the people who voted them into office — can only reply, “governments that do not represent the sentiments of their own people are not worthy to remain in power.” 😦

The persecution of the Rohingyas — ASEAN’s collective shame.

Dear World, why are we not all Garissa this time?

I just had to ask this. Kasi parang iba ang naging reaction ng mundo nung naganap yung massacre ng mga kartunista ng magazine na Charlie Hebdo sa Paris, France, nito lang nakaraang Jan. 7 sa reaksyon nito pagkatapos nung massacre sa Garissa University sa Kenya nitong Apr. 4.

Sa Paris, 12 ang pinatay. Sa Kenya, 147.

Garissa

Sa una, bumuhos ang solidarity ng buong mundo. Ika nga noon, “We are Charlie.”

Officials join hundreds of thousands of people on a Je Suis Charlie march in Nice, France

Sa pangalawa… parang wala masyado.

Bakit kaya?

😦

Dear World, why are we not all Garissa this time?

May Araw ka din! Ang Hangin mo kasi.

Kwaresma na naman. Ibig sabihin, summer na naman. And, if you’re keeping track of trends, panahon na naman ng mg bantang “rolling brown-outs” gawa ng (forever na) kakulangan sa generating capacity ng ating mga power plants.

As usual, ang sagot daw sabi ng gubyerno ay gumawa ng karagdagang mga power plants! And when they say “power plants” they usually refer to the coal-fired variety. Kasi nga malaki ang pag-kontra ng publiko sa nuclear power at bilang lang ang mga lugar na pwedeng tayuan ng geothermal plants.

So, more coal plants equals, first of all, more utang, but, more importantly, more carbon emissions, which leads to more greenhouse gasses, which exacerbates climate change, which results in more “Yolanda-like” super-typhoons.

coal_fired_power_plant

Kaya dapat may alternative, ‘di ba? Everything has an alternative. And the same is true when it comes to Energy. Hindi dapat puro Coal na lang ang tinitingnan natin.

Ok, sabihin na natin na ito yung pinaka-mabilis itayo (para nga naman agad matugunan yung pangangailangan nating mga consumers — lang’ya, tayo na naman nagamit hehehe), pero kasabay nito ay dapat tinitingnan din yung ibang possible sources of energy.

Kaya nakakatuwa na dumadami na ang wind farms dito sa Pilipinas. Yung original na wind farm sa Bangui ay nasundan na ng bagong mga wind farms sa Burgos at Guimaras. At kumakalat na din yung paggamit ng Solar Energy.

Bangui wind Burgos wind Guimaras wind

Sa level ng indibidwal, medyo mahirap na magkaroon ng sariling windmill sa bakuran, pero simple lang na magpakabit ng solar panels. Medyo mahal pa rin ang isang kumpletong set (depende sa laki ng energy na kayang ipunin) pero di hamak na mas mura na ito kaysa 3 years ago.

solar panels

At sa mga can’t afford na magpaset-up ng solar panels sa bubong nila, meron ding mga “personal size” na solar energy gadgets.

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Magandang simula na rin ito, ‘di ba? 🙂

 

May Araw ka din! Ang Hangin mo kasi.

New Look. Old Malady.

Not that you’d notice but I’ve been on a blogging slump these past few months. I really don’t know why exactly. Maybe it’s the season, or maybe it was the unusually abundant bad news we’ve been getting lately. Whatever it was it definitely had a negative effect on my “blogging mojo.”

Maybe it’s time once again to change the look of this blog.

It may not get me posting more often, but at least I won’t be bored looking at my own page.

And it did get me to post this 🙂

New Look. Old Malady.