Don’t play the game of politics

I just can’t help myself. I didn’t want to say anything. After all, if the President of the Republic didn’t cast his vote during the recently concluded barangay and SK polls for #noreason according to #BongGo, then the #elections would seem not that important anymore ūüôā But, hello, there is #socialmedia and I think I spent most of my time on it outside work. Ha ha ha, yes, #fakenews abound, and there are also clear displays of sentiments. My take :¬† a)¬† there are a lot of ways where we can serve without going into politics.¬† Service can be done anywhere, any time. But, we keep those in power accountable, continuously, without bias.¬† If we say corruption is wrong, it is wrong, and we should keep it that way. b)¬† we accuse the winners to be guilty of vote buying, maybe they are, and if they are,¬† and with proof, we bring them to the proper forum. That’s how justice

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Filipinos celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday of May, for this year, it falls on 13th May. For me, today is nothing out of the ordinary, except that I got several Happy Mother’s Day greetings from family and friends. But what got me thinking is the role that I have played as a Mama to Ate Adz, Manay Jai and Kuya Jul. I have been away from them for a good part of their lives, been absent in very important moments of their lives. I wasn’t available in times when they needed a shoulder to cry on, wasn’t there to cheer them on in times when they’re down, wasn’t around to witness their triumphs. I realized I was not even a friend when they needed one. I have I missed a lot as a mother, and while I always say I love them, they may not have really felt that I do. ¬†There is a huge difference between telling each

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Social Media : a boon or a bane

I have read a blog entitled¬†What’s It Like Being Filipino¬†which basically captures the good side of, yes, being a Filipino. I am a Filipino, and while I agree with what the blog says, I have discovered a lot more about being a Filipino, and who I am for that matter, with the advent of social media.¬† Of course, I have also observed, that what social media brought to light is not just about how is it to be a Filipino, but it has also brought to the fore a human character which otherwise has been hidden because of the division of space and time. Anyway, for this blog, I will limit myself into a scrutiny of the Filipino character, in relation to the current events that are unfolding in my country, its politics, its government, the people in the government and those who claim to be guardians of the Philippine democracy. Yes, Filipinos are a happy bunch, we are one

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How much lower can we get

6 billion pesos worth of shabu (poor man’s cocaine) imported from China to the Philippines. The tattoo at the back would have shortened investigations, instead it led to a number of issues, not as big, but enough to get our attention away from the shabu shipment. Then there are the impeachment cases, that against the COMELEC chairman, that against the OMBUDSMAN, and that against the Supreme Court Chief Justice. All found to be sufficient in form and substance according to the joint house session that assessed the cases. And there is the P1,000 Commission on Human Rights (CHR) budget for 2018. In between, the allegations of millions, if not, billions of personal bank deposits of the First Family. ¬†And that of Antonio Trillanes who is now infamously called Trilliling :). Amidst the seriousness of it all, we are entertained by the comedy drama unfolding at both houses of congress – the hearings in aid of legislation and the positions our

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From a mother’s perspective

One of the trending topics in the Philippines and popular among Filipinos around the world is #JusticeForKian. ¬†Kian is the 17-year-old student killed by the police during the “one time, big time” operation against illegal drugs in the Philippines. ¬†Still a part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. ¬†What makes Kian stand out though, among the more than 80 people killed in just four days, is the fact that the police sang their usual tune of “nanlaban” while the footage from the barangay CCTV told a different story. An additional flavor to the story is about the OFW mother who works as a domestic helper in the Middle East. Now in the Philippines to mourn for her son, she demands justice. Of course. And whether she gets it is another story. As a mother myself, I feel the pain. No parent wants to bury her own son. And the pain that dreams have been snuffed out because of his

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Standing up for my family

It is still about my love for my country, still about my loyalty to the Philippine flag. ¬†I just have to open my eyes, that from where I am, I can’t fight the tide. ¬†“Don’t cross the river if you can’t swim the tide.” ¬†I remember this line from the song by America. ¬†It may not be in the same context but yes, why cross the river if you can’t swim? If you insist, then you will be courting trouble. Anyway, that’s how I describe the current events in the Philippines. ¬†First, I told myself, yes, we should not keep silent lest the negative things that’s happening in the country will continue. ¬†And then there was the fear for my family back home, how I can protect them and how can they protect themselves – they are young and they may not even understand fully what’s happening around them. ¬†And then there’s life’s principles based on the very teachings that

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Soar, wounded as you may be

Just today morning, I saw a post on Facebook that says, “Life is short. Cut out the negativity, forget gossip, say goodbye to people who hurt you. ¬†Spend your days with people who are always there.” That statement is very simple, if it refers only to friends, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbors, enemies or just anybody. ¬†In others words, saying goodbye to non-members of your family is easier, yes it hurts, but easier. ¬†Easier to burn friendly bridges turned bridges of sigh although yeah, bridges of sigh can be relevant and attractive. From the way my Mama raised me and the values I’ve learned from her, goodbye should’t be apart of the family’s dictionary. “So long” yes, but not goodbye. ¬†Family is family is family is family. A description of family not being always about blood, is gaining popularity. ¬†The employees of a company is considered belonging to a family. ¬†Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) for example, become parts of a family not

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One year on – where are we heading?

I grabbed this picture from Reuters online, from the item entitled “Dead on Arrival Philippine Police use hospitals to hide drug war killings” published just today, 29th June 2017 ( http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/philippines-duterta-doa/ ). ¬† I have actually decided to discipline myself and stop making comments on what is happening in the Philippines. I was told once to stay out of any of the discussions because I was told I am out of the country anyway. ¬†I took it as telling me what’s happening in my country is none of my business. I remembered I rolled my eyes and told myself in disbelief, “Really?” I still make short comments online some of the times, but mostly, I don’t watch, I don’t read. But I am sad, very sad. And I hope I am wrong, just wrong in what I see, how I see things and how I interpret what’s happening. I used to be very interested in my country’s current events, sift

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I love the Philippines, too

Writing about the Philippines these days has the danger of you being called pretentious, a hypocrite, nagmamagaling, hindi naka move on (as in falling out of love?) just to name a few.¬† It is easy to brush these off, but it hurts. It hurts because I care. Anyway, I don’t want to be silent, I don’t want to keep silent.¬† Even if it seems like I am a small voice in the wilderness. And in doing so I am able to convince one soul, even just one soul, then I can confidently face my God and say, “I did what I had to do.” I am with everybody and anybody who wants a peaceful and progressive Philippines. I am with you who want a drug-free, crime-free, corruption-free Philippines. I am with you who support a leadership with an iron fist, a leadership with a political will to clean up the mess that the previous administrations left. I am with you

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