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

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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 🙂 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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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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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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What’s in a language

I am an OFW living and working in Dubai, and yet, I cannot just shrug off with indifference all that I read from social media sites and from the sites of national news media in the Philippines.  Add to that, there are some of the prominent sites of the international media, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, the New York Times, the Times Magazine. To name a few. And of course, the local television stations in the Philippines that have gone international, TFC, TV5, GMA7, Rappler. In other words, the world has gotten smaller and smaller. We, Filipinos living outside the Philippines, will know what happens in the Philippines in real time. Words for the day – stultify and misogyny. I never ever expected myself to use both terms, but it came to my mind while listening to one of the latest pronouncements of the president of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in line with his fight against illegal drugs. I am referring

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