I thought it was my wallet

“If you bring home your officemate’s wallet, thinking in all good faith that it is yours, and your officemate later on charges you with theft, you will, in all probability be acquitted absent any proof that you intended to defraud your colleague, but you will still be ordered to return the wallet and its contents for the simple reason that it is not yours,” he explained.

Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1061436/revilla-must-pay-despite-plunder-acquittal-law-dean-ibp-head#ixzz5ZNCE3CK1 

That’s Fr. Ranhilio Aquino’s alleged statement on Former Senator Bong Revilla’s acquittal.  By the way, I have to point this out, Fr. Aquino is the Dean of the San Beda University Graduate School of Law.

Actually, I found the statement funny that I decide to write about it, just to share the laughs. As I have said earlier, an early morning laugh is good for the health 🙂

I wanted to stop writing about politics in the Philippines, I am tired. I don’t want to just shrug-off my shoulders because I am not directly affected anyway, so we talk within my immediate family, painstakingly explaining why things are happening the way they are in the country. Being discouraged because of the way certain things are is not a good feeling. Especially, like most Filipinos, I had high hopes on the statement “Change is Coming.” It was a very popular campaign slogan, it was very effective and I said, let us give this man a chance. To be proven wrong is another painful slap on the face.

True colors

It’s not the song, it’s a revelation.

Just a few months into his presidency, I slowly saw how the mayor from Davao, who reportedly gripped the city with an iron fist, shed the “maginoo pero medyo bastos” image to show the real him. In my personal view, he really didn’t want to become the president of the country, however, his children need his protection, and he can only protect them if he becomes president. I think he is being used, not only by the children, but by a lot of other personalities who now have shared the ride, also manipulating the children to steer some favors towards their own personal interests.  Take the Marcoses, the Arroyos.  Of course, there are those who have also fallen out of grace. Take Alvarez for example, he has already outlived his relevance, I think he became much too haughty and arrogant too soon.

Going back to the president, people calling him Tatay Digong, for me sounds like he is being referred to not as a loving father but a DOM. An old man whom you can make “landi” so he will give you that something you want.  Ok, I am being judgemental, but, for me, you don’t call the highest official of the country just “Tatay”, that’s kind of demeaning. What happened to “His Excellency”? 

And, my God, who wants a father like the President. If you do, well, I would say, it would take a lifetime to unlearn what you should have learned at home.  

No amount of propaganda and fake news can cover the real person that the President is. Not even a battalion of Roques and Panelos can do that. 

The wallet

Malacanang distanced itself from the Revilla story.  However, Malacanang’s friends openly declared their support on the decision of the Sandigang Bayan. Now, the wallet logic. It may sound preposterous to some, but not to Fr. Aquino.  From my head, I can hear myself saying, “SERIOUSLY” or better still, “DI NGA”. It seems that talking about Fr. Aquino’s position and analogy will lend it credence, but, I cannot just stop smiling, well, I also laughed (LOL). 

I took my colleagues’ wallet, unintentionally, and brought it home. And then I discovered the wallet was full of money. And then I laughed and said, “SWERTE”. No questions asked, no wondering where the money came from. It’s luck. Pure luck. I thought it was mine, now am I guilty? Fr. Aquino said no. The end.

Simply put, I want to tell stories. I want to show you pictures from places I've been to. I want to show you the world from the eyes of a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, a grandmother. From the eyes of a neighbor, a colleague, an OFW.

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