Forever “Third World” na lang ba tayo talaga?!

At hindi lang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas ang tinutukoy ko. Mas pa yung mga pananaw at ugali natin bilang “Pinoy.”

Ilang dekada na kasi tayong nasanay sa ganitong mga pag-uugali, sa ganitong mga gawi. Hayan tuloy, parang “normal” na sila sa atin. In fact, we sometimes even celebrate them, rationalizing (read: make excuses for) them to bring out the so-called “positive aspects” of the trait.

Haaays. Tama ba yun? Alam nating mali ipipilit pa rin… for the sake of “identity?”¬†It’s as if nababawasan ang pagka-Pilipino natin kung hindi natin ugaling maging ganito:

  • Mahilig sumingit sa pila o mag-lagay sa fixer para mapadali ang buhay. “Diskarte” daw kasi ito
  • Mahilig mag counter-flow sa kalsada kapag na-trapik.
  • Wagas kung bumusina. Akala mo bibilis yun paglipat ng ilaw mula red to green.
  • Tapon dito, tapon doon (na hindi naman ginagawa kapag nasa ibang bansa )
  • Pinupuna ang lahat, pwera ang sarili
  • Pag imported, laging mas mainam kaysa gawang lokal
  • Ihi ng ihi kung saan-saan
  • Galit sa kapwa — naba-badtrip kapag may nagka-counterflow, pero gawain din naman nya.
  • Laging iniisip kung anong magiging balik (ganansya, ika nga) bago gawin ang isang bagay

At kahit hindi pa masasaabing “ilang dekada na nating nakasanayan”… malamang dun din mauuwi itong ugali ng maraming Pinoy na matapang bumanat online pero tameme naman pag harapan na ang komprontasyon.

Haaaays!

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Forever “Third World” na lang ba tayo talaga?!

Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

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I think this is the phrase that’s going around many peoples’ minds nowadays: “Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

Bakit “Salamat?”

Kasi, sa totoo lang, andaming mga bagong kaganapan na siya lang ang nakagawa, o dahil sa kanya ay ngayon lang nangyari (at least not in recent memory):

  • Mga Mayor na napipilitang harapin ang mga¬†akusasyon laban sa kanila. Dati kasi, dedma lang sila palagi.
  • Mga opisyales ng Pulis at Militar na pinagagalitan on live TV. Maramihan pa!
  • Nalinis ang Baclaran at Divisoria. Pwede nang daanan ang kalsada.
  • Natameme ang liderato ng Simbahan sa debate tungkol sa RH Law
  • Nabawasan ang mga nag-iinoom sa kalsada
  • Mas kumonti din naman ang mga nagbi-bidyoke ng malakas ng dis-oras ng gabi.

Bakit “Po?”

Shempre, respeto lang. Kung hindi sa tao, then sa position na hawak niya.

Bakit “Mr. President?”

Kasi, kahit hindi siya ang ibinoto ng lahat, nakuha pa rin niya ang pinaka-maraming boto. Therefore, siya ang panalo. Entonces, Presidente natin siya. Anerstang?!

Bakit “Pero…?”

Kasi, parang sobra naman ang kapalit nung mga positibong pagbabago na nilista ko sa itaas. Lugi tayo, kumbaga. Misdeal, ika nga.

As of this post, lampas 800 na ang napapatay sa “Drug War.” At malaki ang posibilidad na hindi lahat sa mga napatay ay guilty. Yung iba ay napagkamalan lang. Yung iba, collateral damage — in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ewan ko lang sa iba ha, pero sa akin… medyo mahirap tanggapin ang ganito.¬†ūüėź

Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

The Change I Want

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First things first. I did not vote for Rody Duterte. Ilalatag ko na yun agad habang maaga pa.

I voted for Mar Roxas for President. I had my reasons, of course; the same way that those who voted for Digong had their reasons as well.

The point, however, is simply this: our reasons for voting (or not voting) are all valid and should be respected – no matter what. It is our right to express our political opinions and preferences and the most concrete expression of that right would be our actual votes during election day. Which means that if we really believe in the importance of this tool of democracy called elections, we should learn to respect and — though it’s sometimes very hard to do — accept the outcome.

After all, we can’t always have what we want all the time, right?

So I will say this: even if the guy sometimes scares me… and his family scares me… and his friends scare me… and his advisers scare me…¬†and his plans¬†scare the bejeezus out of me… I accept his victory.

And I wish him well. I wish him success in his six years in office as President of the Philippines. For the people have spoken; and as they say, the voice of the People is the voice of God.

But… of course there is a “but;” there’s always a “but”… I hope to God his promise to bring “change” to our¬†country¬†does not destroy it at the same time.

Change is good. Change is inevitable.

But change can be achieved through many different ways, so we don’t always have to choose the most traumatic ways to effect change; more so if our leaders seem hell-bent on doing exactly that.

The Change I Want

Elections already over? Wahappen??!

Amazing. I was so caught up in my work these past few months that I completely overlooked¬†blogging about the 2016 Elections. I know my blogging has been quite¬†irregular lately (to say the least), but to not blog anything at all about the elections?! That’s not right!

But better late than never, right? Also, late blogging affords me the opportunity to be… let’s just say, less passionate about the topic.

So the campaign period has come and gone… the voting has finally finished… and the counting almost over. Many¬†local candidates have already been proclaimed and people are now waiting for the proclamation of the¬†new set of national leaders. Of course, the outcomes are already clear (except probably for the VP race) and one¬†already has an inkling – depending on which side of the line you were on during the campaign – of how good, or bad, the next six years will be for you.

In my case, I’m both worried and relieved.

Worried because the incoming President did make many worrying pronouncements during the campaign. Worried because He seems intent on pushing through with his ideas. Worried because the current make-up of his Cabinet seems to be a recipe for ceaseless infighting.

I am quite relieved, though, that the poisoned atmosphere that was the campaign has finally dissipated — with some hardcore exceptions, of course. There always are. I am also relieved that the elections were generally peaceful and fair (again with some exceptions). And I am very much relieved that “democracy,” such as we know it in the Philippines, is still very much alive, albeit more smudged, scratched and dingy than before.

It’s not wishful thinking to clamor for change. I only hope that it is the kind of change that we can all live with (and not die from).

Change ahead

Elections already over? Wahappen??!

I refuse to have to choose!

What’s wrong with just saying “NO” when faced with the dilemma of having to select¬†from several equally-unacceptable choices? After all, choosing the “lesser evil” is still choosing something “evil,” ‘di ba? So why choose it in the first place?

We always hear this “lesser evil” argument issue raised whenever elections are near, as if not choosing (read: not voting for) anyone is the worst evil of all. I think not. In fact, I believe the opposite to be true — i.e., not voting for anyone is way better than¬†adding your vote to the mandate of a politician you don’t really trust.

Which leads me to this other common, election-related argument that not filling-in the Ballot¬†entirely is a bad thing and that we’re somehow losing out by not maximizing the opportunity to include other candidates. There is something very wrong with this mindset. I really wouldn’t have any problem with¬†filling-in all the blanks IF I had a lot of good choices to pick from. Ang kaso, wala eh. At most, we get¬†a handful of good candidates from the pool of mediocre, thieving, clueless, and idiotic trapos we are regularly¬†forced to choose from.

Kaya ako, I will only vote for candidates I really, REALLY believe in. And if that means submitting a Ballot with a lot of blank spaces, so be it.

Hindi baleng Balota ay butas-butas, basta ang boto ko’y wagas!

By the way, hindi lang angkop¬†ang prinsipyong ito sa pag-boto; it can also be a guide when choosing what to eat/drink, where to go, or what to say.¬†I don’t think that¬†you are losing by choosing to just eat at home and not eat out; by going on staycation instead of going with the throng; or by just keeping quiet.

 

 

I refuse to have to choose!

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

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.

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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? ūüôā

 

May Araw ka din! Ang Hangin mo kasi.