Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Runaway Senator

Senator Panfilo Morena Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) once told media regarding his pending warrant of arrest that he will seek a reinvestigation of the Dacer - Corbito Case with the Department of Justice.

But before he could do so, the dashing Senator went on the run. Senator Lacson preferred the prospect of having his remaining lifetime spent on the run, barring the possibility that the country’s law enforcement agency that he once led will be able to get him, than get detained while facing the criminal charges against him.

Fresh after his return from Baking Class abroad and during one significant press conference, the dashing Senator told everyone he went into hiding because of fear for his life (as well as contents of his vanity bag) and his right-to-self incrimination and equal justice will not be afforded him under the incumbent Administration.

And so the dashing and debonaire Senator went on with his press conference meticulously relating to the media people that in order to make a plump loaf of bread, one must "BE NOT AFRAID" to mix all ingredients and practice strategic techniques:

      1 liter of water - keeps him hydrated all the time
      2 teaspoon of salt - to keep tracking dogs away
      3/4 cups sugar - to keep the floor sticky and obtain traction in case of sudden dash
      1 unit Kneading Machine - hurl to anyone pursuing him
      10 cups All-Purpose Flour - use as touch-up powder after a pursuit

And so the wily Senator Lacson still had some tricks up his apron, tricks that would gain him access back to the Philippines even without a passport. I believe his extensive connections in the military underground, his peers (Manays) in the Senate and Congress and the power establishment served him well. Instead of being administered the due process of law for murder which should have been the case, Senator Lacson returned home free as a bird.


Maid Abuse in the Middle East

Now that the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have announced their unrelentless and steadfast memorandum banning and cancelling new hire Filipino Domestic Helpers, I hope the Philippine government will be vigilant enough to implement a strict policy and security measure to monitor unscrupulous individuals or manning agencies from resorting to human smuggling and trafficking.

We have witness so many human rights vilations and inhumane treatment of our OFW in the Middle East. Let alone the physical hardship and mental torture they suffer during the plight, it is but proper not to negotiate further.

Human rights in the Gulf Region is of no significance and will never be address justly.

Even at the height of the Arab Awakening, the world bear witness to how a monarchial state ingested his citizen's mouth with wealth and lavish warranties just to keep their eerie howls as quiet as possible. And the unruly few who claim they hold the courage to defy and despise, simply chickened-out.

"And I say unto you, whoever was wronged and fell victim to injustice and inhumane treatment in these chapter of life, never disdain nor feel hopeless because in the next life you and your tormentor will be judged fairly not in front of the secular hypocrites nor mortal kings but in front of GOD!"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prayer for the Nation

On September 21, 1972, Proclamation No.1081 was declared in the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The declaration placed the entire Republic under Martial Law.

The former President's basis for placing the entire Republic under Martial Law was due to ensuing communist insurgency and a foiled assassination attempt of his former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile (present Senate President). President Marcos promulgated several General Orders following the decalaration of Martial Law. And these General Orders became the basis for the mass arrests of political opponents, activists and insurgents and the cessation of all group actions.

I was barely 11 years-old and in the 4th grade of the intermediate curriculum. There was multitude of eccentric sensibility and the unfamiliarity to comprehend the complexity of situation. There was fear and hatred. For me who does not really know what is in the offering, I was simply watching how the circumstances unfold.

During the span of time under Martial Law, I vividly recall leading and reciting in front of the class a prayer entitled "Prayer For The Nation" composed by the incumbent President. It was a very well-composed prayer. It enbodied hope and aspiration for a strong nation. 

I am already in my middle-age and yet I can still recall the Martial Law era. Not much has changed before and after. We are still under the rule of corrupt officials. We still cry for freedom. Too much freedom has entail conflict. We still demand our rigths are being abused. Criminals are more daring and lurks infinitely. Our standard of living continue to deteriorate. The masses remain the cellar-dwellers. Justice is no longer a viable discipline to have faith with. Politics has become a medium of evil.

I am not a Marcos loyalist nor have I affiliation with any political party. I only claim that Martial Law under the former President has contributed immensely to my evolution and discovery.

Excerpt of the famous prayer; 

"Father of all mankind, we ask you to look down upon your people, and fill our hearts with your spirit, that we may have the grace and the wisdom to look into ourselves, and in so doing see our weaknesses and our strengths.

So many of us have lived in corruption, greed and violence, forgetting that this nation - or any other nation - cannot survive and grow and prosper unless we learn to live as brothers, striving not for our selfish ends, but for the common good.

Give us strength to rebuild our lives, leaving forever our selfish, corrupt and derelict ways. Make us see what we are and what we could be, open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to do the things that need to be done, and the things that we can do to make this rich and beautiful land a joy and comfort to all our people.

We have set for ourselves great and never-ending tasks; stand by us in our labors and teach us not to weary nor to lose faith, neither to seek rewards beyond what is just but rather to see in our work the full measures of our own reward and to see in it the full expressions of ourselves.

When the day’s toil is ended, teach us to look to the morrow’s labor as a part of our continuing sacrifice; bring us not to the temptation of luxury, ease, nor privilege; nor to the blandishments of power or comfort that corrupt, but make of us a sturdy race, self-reliant, cheerful and upright.

Teach those who lead to act with firmness but with humility, with humility but with wisdom, with wisdom but with justice, and with justice but with compassion, and teach those who follow the true duties of being men and being members of a community of men.

Cleanse us of our anger, our bitterness, and our recriminations of the past, spare us the doubts and anxieties of the present, and purify us for our sacrifice so that we may raise a people who will be their own strength today, and their own warranty against the future."

Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos



A construction team was on-site work one summer day. They were attending one of their usual task of extending network cable to customers within the concession site.

They utilize existing civil infrastructures such as manholes to route the medium from the depot to the customer’s premises through the utilities service entry.

In one instance and segment; a Technician stopped his work to inform his Supervisor that there is a blockade in one of our transport manholes. The Supervisor was wondering why they encountered blockade since the infrastructures are routinely inspected.

When he went to examine the situation, he was surprise to see cache of whiskey neatly stacked and definitely blocking the outlet port of the manhole.

Meanwhile, throng of Spectators started milling around the area to have a first-hand view of the incident and its likely outcome. Since everyone knew it was an illegal cache from an Underground Profiteer, The Supervisor informed the Administrator of his astounding find. The Administrator turned-over the cache to the Law Enforcer.

Here is a  depiction of reactions from different individuals present during the commotion


Law Enforcer





Deadly Species of Crocodiles

Crocodile, Genus Crocodylus

Did you know that you can find four (4) of the most deadly species of crocodiles in the Philippines? They are so lethal that anyone who messes with them will end up dead or otherwise maimed, dismembered and utterly unitile.

Here are the genus and subfamily ranking of the crocodile species according to subsistence number and deadly reputation:

1. The Constabulary Crocodile - scientific
name Crocodylus Lictor

2. The Bureaucrat Crocodile - scientific name
Crocodylus Imperium

3. The Lower River Crocodile - scientific name
Crocodylus Congressus


4. The Upper River Crocodile - scientific name
Crocodylus Senatus



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Third Law of Motion

One ranking colleague in the Media Department wrote an excerpt in the footer of his e-mail signature, and it quote;

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The law of physics doesn’t apply to science alone; it also applies to human relations.” 

Yeah, he’s quite right; I admire his choice of quotation. Imagine how this individual can immediately associate himself with the famous Sir Isaac Newton.

Incidentally, this ranking colleague is one among the despicable individuals in the organization known for being a back-stabber, voracious and ill-mannered.

So there I was submitting to his adopted decree based on civil existence.

And I quote;

You set the rule; I'll abide by the rule.”
“You give me task, I'll accomplish the task.”
“You don't want trouble, I will not bother you.”
“Try and mess with me; I will definitely kick your disproportionate ass!”

Hierarchy at the Workplace

When top level guys look down, they see only shits.... :(

When bottom level guys look up, they see only assholes.... :D

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