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    If all your life you have always aspired and you think the one on top is no good, you must think again. Maybe you are no better. Or maybe you look worse!.. Or, why not think God. You're good but he loves you. You could end up that egotist stooge you hate in the mirror.
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  • People don't know good until they have seen bad, or they don't know bad, did not have any idea about bad, until they've seen good. Before all them could be hollow strings of words. [Tumen's doctrine]
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  • Tyranny and rape belong to the same set of mind. They believe and look at themselves as too good.
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Juan Dela Cruz an Outsider in His Own House?

A series of events leading to a certain disturbing point cannot be taken lightly. One is the controversial manner of release of the IIRC report. The President, or should I say his boys around him, can spend all the time explaining and rationalizing their acts. But they can never change the facts.

• That the Chinese got their copy first and Juan dela Cruz got his later.

• That the Chinese got their copy in full and Juan dela Cruz got his in parts and has yet to get part of it.

Wait a minute. Kayo ang Boss ko [You are my Boss] so said the President referring to the Filipino people. He is right. Juan dela Cruz sent him and everyone there to serve him – Juan dela Cruz. Kayo ang Boss ko, Filipinos will remember that as they will always remember President Estrada’s Walang kama-kamaganak, walang Kai-kaibigan [No favored relatives, no favored friends].

The manner of release of the IIRC report has projected the President saying one thing and doing another thing!

And Juan dela Cruz is not only sore but he is also made to feel stupid. The report is supposed to be his and he does not even know yet what he was saying in there that others have already read!

If the President can see himself in the eyes of Juan dela Cruz his nose now has appeared a little taller. Some labourers here beside me are also whining why it was all-businessmen that have no business in the U.N. he brought with him and why not did he include some labour officials to see their W.L.O. or I.L.O counterparts at there if he must bring people.

Austerity is good for a start. But that alone, as time drags on, won’t be enough. What else can a new administration that inherited a state economy that had already spent 93% of a year’s budget, do? Meaning he will be doing the same, financial juggling, too, spending money we have not yet earned! Boy, I can’t help but sensed the President’s gladness in his first address to the nation over some offers that are, in fact, carry overs of the Arroyo administration. Maybe he should look again because some of them could be sharks to feed on his  big Boss, desperate as ever – Juan dela Cruz.

His U.N. trip did not bring home 10 million jobs but he is singing now the same tune – Tagumpay! That is the old favorite song of all the other Philippine Presidents before, heard too many times by Juan dela Cruz so that the lyrics are familiar-boring, actually. Some observers are beginning to think the President is growing some mole on the face and his two front teeth are becoming a little bit conspicuous, reminiscent of some much disliked tenant in Malacañang that nobody even remembered as a cute lovable promising  leader before she became President.

And enticing foreign investors is good but it doesn’t work more than it had worked with past administrations. He inherited them all, and look at us today.  It’s been the main thrust of government since the time of President Marcos. Foreign investors need very little invitation. What they really have needed is good climate in their kind of businesses. The subject is deep and complicated than any of us can comprehend so that just seeing the sum would be simple and direct. Because, one plus one, plus one, has already shown three and will never show four or five. Factors have to change to come up different. I don’t think the present President is the bests of Marcos  up through President Arroyo,  all put together, a superman to do that.

I think, for a change, state should redirect its focus at self reliance. Yes, like, state should have a direct hand at industrialization where there is much need if not a void. That may be something patterned from the experience of the richest government and nation on Earth today – Peoples Republic of China.

And Juan dela Cruz as the big Lord and as owner of this big enterprise  called Republic of the Philippines expects each of his administrators to see things from his way and not to put a barrier in between and see things from their way.

If you are any administrator and thinks Juan dela Cruz is an idiot, an ignorant, a nobody or what, then keep disregarding him or better, throw him out of his own house so you own it! 🙂

How long, or how many times, should they do things like that before Juan dela Cruz gets fed-up? Never mind the constant enemies of the state. They are sworn to it. But Juan dela Cruz counts. Because thrown out of his house he may stand behind those wanting to demolish his house that he may  no longer like, anyway. 😦

By Gad, Juan dela Cruz is as crazy as Nero? No, we have seen him crazier, and crazier than people who would want to exclude him out of his own house!  We don’t want to see that.

Distinguishing Local and National Crisis, What’s That?

The recent investigations on the crisis show that there was a problem on distinguishing local and national crises. Because those who handled the crisis did not elevate the hostage-taking into a national concern, national officials found it inappropriate to just involve themselves or else muddle the then negotiations with hostage taker Capt. Rolando Mendoza. On the other hand, critics of the administration including Cong.  Lagman insists that since the case involved foreign nationals, then it shouldn’t have been taken lightly or at the local scale.

Local and National Crisis. I find that amusing reflection of Filipino politics and politicians. Do we need a law defining or distinguishing local and national crisis? Do organizations like governments need one specially written for them, other than already written and shaped over tradition, history and time?

Of course the Quirino Grandstand incident, in the course of it, became a national crisis. It started when the attention of the President was drawn to it and he got annoyed by it. In fact he went there and stationed somewhere in the proximity of the Quirino grandstand. That shows clear cognizance of the gravity of the situation no less by the President.

And I think it should have little or nothing to do with nationality involved because, next time, it might happen involving all-Filipino and yet would warrant national attention. Surely we are not second class citizens in our own country.

I have lived an organizational life, once. They went for us like these: Fiasco at the Barangay level ends with the Barangay officials and the town Mayor. Fiasco at the town level ends with the town officials and the Governor. In the modern day I guess that includes the DILG secretary because this added branch of government has been going down to the lowest level, which must be in its mandate.

It is assumed that problem encountered at the barangay level, for example, is conveyed to the town level, because if not, then, only the barangay level is accountable. Although the buck still stops with the Mayor… what he has done with his erring constituents… command responsibility. And command responsibility is reflected all the way upward.

Sometimes, uninformed by the lower level, problem gets the attention of the higher level that it may, or may not, act upon. They depended on the size-up of the situation. I think it is there that distinguishing local and national crises would like to elbow in.

I think some people here are questioning the soundness of national leadership’s judgment on whether or not it was time to take over and to have a more direct hand in what is theirs from the start, in the first place, as applied in the Quirino hostage crisis. They might have made a mistake like miscalculating the situation. That calls for apology and forgiveness. In fact the President has already done so even before the IIRC was formed to pick up and reconstruct the bits and pieces of the incident… if we remember a while ago.

But a law in there will tell officials what they can or cannot do in a situation even in their own domain. Going out of line, then, opens them to criminal liability. And what are the undersides of them? I imagine something like the President of the Philippines cannot, or should not do anything in the city of Manila because the law says it! Problema mo ‘yan Mayor at hindi sa akin, ha ha ha. Haay, mabuti na lang. Kung pumalpak, libre ako. Or, why not a Mayor or a Governor to tell national officials to stay out because he can handle it and he is perfectly within the law. Ayun, pumalpak tuloy!

Presently, when the mayor is in the barangay it is assumed that he is automatically in charge but in the manner that he is not taking away any function and obligation of the barangay officials. His is merely an override when there is conflict with the local officials. He is, in that instance, the de-facto direct highest authority of that place. So, in case of a f ck-up, the barangay captain simply said, “The Mayor was there, ask him about that.  Maybe he can say better”.

And all is reflected all the way upward to the highest level. I guess they are the results of what already are written in the charters of everyone, although they may not be found in one single document.

Shall we agree with Albay Congressman Edcel Lagman that heads should roll and these should include Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and the other cabinet secretaries?

Whether or not the head of DILG Secretary J. Robredo, or of anybody in the Cabinet should roll, I think, depends on the President. Nobody, not Congressman Edcel Lagman, knows better those people than the President himself. The President is responsible for them. If there is any question about those people, the President takes it, again, under the principle of command responsibility. He swims or sinks with them is all up to him.

Yes, every citizen has the right to tell the President what is right or what is wrong with him, of any of his men, of his administration, the  President would listen or not.

But, distinguishing local and national crises, what is that? Do we really need something separate and distinct as that?  Let’s take blame. In the world where people were honest, honorable and dignified it was not necessary. People readily assumed responsibility and accountability even before anybody has even whined about it. It usually ends the same or worse for them, anyway. And that closes the matter unless people saw more than them involved.

In the world where people are quick to pass the buck and to point fault to everybody other than themselves, where common sense is a thing of the past, where rat-always-seeking-hole mentality has dominated, where wrongdoers don’t give-up even when cornered in the ultimate V formation of walls – pakapalan ng mukha or tipong hindi “magpapahuli ng buhay”, it appears we do need idiocies like Local and National Crisis with everything stuffed to that. Yeah,  another Burloloy in addition to what already are in place that actually worked better in the past until they were nested by rats.

Do you wonder why all the backlogs in Philippine courts? Why it took a simple man in the street five years to hear the court say that a harassment case against him is dismissed? And dismissed temporarily because the complainant failed to show up each time! Why some ex-cop  had gone boryong with the law? [Some of them I know killed themselves waiting years for their retirement money to be released than do things more stupid like hi-jacking of tourists. And one of their fears was that if they died their old widows might end up prostitute in some corridors of power seeking release of their benefits!]

Why the bureaucracy hardly moves? A little more to them and Filipinos will be non-insane people in a straight jacket. And Ex-police captain Mendoza might not be the last of his kind.

I remember a while ago, National Bureau of Investigation Director Gatdula announced the scrapping of some departments of NBI. Duplication of functions. Malacañang also announced some offices dissolved.  Yes, Burloloys. Saves on taxpayers money, too. Simplifying instead of complicating things, I should add, reducing instead of adding chaos to a chaotic world created by chaotic politics. Because, sometimes there are things added to solve problems that actually worsened them. Now that reminds me again of the Total log ban to save our forests that totally killed many of our forests!

Meantime whether problems are local or national, should we really be spending precious time on that, folks? If you are a mayor, everything down to your grassroots is your problem. If you are a governor, everything down to your grassroots is your problem. If you are the president, everything down to your grass roots is your problem. What more is missing? Are they not enough?

Of Politics and Popularity

Does the politics of popularity really exist? The complaint is directed primarily against movie stars getting into politics. The phrase is based on some perception of the word popular to mean simply a face widely seen and widely heard, and nothing more to them. Then, I think not. Because, sometimes things deemed like that happened and sometimes they did not. So, the cause why say a movie star got elected is not really in their being a superstar. Vilma Santos made a break as mayor, and then later became a governor, got re-elected in there. Her co-equal Nora Aunor did not make it in her first and last try, was it in Camarines.

The noted rash and rise of movie stars in politics came during the time when the country was developing the consciousness against traditional politicians popularly known as Trapo. In fact the trend was not limited to movie stars as they included other virtually unknowns in the world of politics, but names heard enough – not necessarily in the movie industry.

People grew tired of trapos who gave the impressions of promising too much and delivering very little or nothing. People then tried candidates, not traditionally politicians, whom they hoped might bring some change.

Anyway, people got to see that some of them non-trapo worked while others did not. Some made better while others turned for worse.

Popularity in Politics

Politics of popularity was introduced as another disease in Philippine politics. But if I may take the good side of it, I think popularity is a MUST in politics. To win in an election one must be popular. To stay in there one must maintain popularity. It was popularity that made Father Ed Panlilio scored against traditional political forces in Pampanga province. He must have fallen from  popularity, reason for his now staggering defeat in his bid for re-election.

With its sour connotation set aside, I think there is nothing wrong with politics of popularity. Politics IS popularity.

popular [póppyoolər] adjective

  1. appealing to the general public: appealing to or appreciated by a wide range of people  • the most popular name for babies this year
  2. well-liked: liked by a particular person or group of people • popular with young audiences
  3. of the general public: relating to the general public • popular appeal
  4. aimed at non-specialists: designed to appeal to or be comprehensible to the non-specialist • a popular gardening magazine
  5. believed by people in general: believed, embraced, or perpetuated by ordinary people • popular myths
  6. inexpensive: designed to be affordable to people on average incomes • a new popular car

[15th century. Via Anglo-Norman populer from Latin popularis ‘of the people’, from populus ‘people’ (source of English PEOPLE and PUBLIC), of uncertain origin: probably from Etruscan .]
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So, will making it in TV and the big screen make one popular?  I think not really and not automatically. In there Popularity as defined is sometimes make-believe. An obsession for some actually. Let’s take the manner of the alien named Mr Chip who once got the ire of the entire Filipino nation for making a publicized statement that the Philippines is a nation of servants. He might be well recognized but spat upon everywhere he’ll go in this country, if we can call that popularity.

The concept of popularity in the world of movie and television may be different somewhere else.  Viewed somewhere else, they may be warped, twisted and out of perspective. All that I think is product of commercialism and of aggressive marketing, or should I say manipulation, by those out to benefit from them.

An eye is an eye and a nose is a nose. When an eye is called a  nose, well, I think we have a case of distorted minds trying to distort the world. Notorious, controversial, and popular are all distinct different words.

By the way, as much as I would like to make exceptions, the world of Philippine entertainment impresses me as one preposterous and at times distorted. In there tears might be laughter and laughter might be tears. Controversies might be put-up and scripted, if you will take them seriously. And, cheats, dishonesty,  scandalous fornication  or the likes can put one on a pedestal, if you call that good. They have their own perception of popularity. [Or, is not it just a few out of a crate full, so repugnant to my taste buds, that left so deep an impression of the whole in me?]

Whatever, OK, this is a free country.  People have right to believe that they have assets when others see liabilities. We have M.T.R.C.B. watching in there so, so much about them by you or me.

[Entertainment shares a room in media. It should be media riding on entertainment and not entertainment, or I should say some of its greedy elements, overriding media. And media happens to have social advancement  and not social corruption for one of its cause to explain Review and Classifications Board over  there.]

But more about politics of popularity,  many years ago I might have easily agreed with those who complained about it. Today, I think it is just a myth. In today and for tomorrow is issues in politics. One gets to the top because of them, or goes down with them, or simply goes nowhere because they did not have  them. Say hello to politics of issues, folks. For those long enough in politics, spotlight can easily focus at politics of deliveringperformance. [I think there’s nothing really new in politics because everything  has been there  all the time… probably very little noticed though. ]

Popularity in politics, I think, is too broad and  too blanket a word. Going into the matter  will show specifics such as: deliverance of services, management of public funds, handling of public affairs, direction of governance or projection of them,  integrity, credibility, consistency, and many others. And they all sum-up to the word popularity [or unpopularity]. The most popular tops all, or the most unpopular gets the least.

Even in politics the word popularity has its own warps, too. If surveys are conducted on the order of candidates  as electorates put them in the their list, I’m sure this can be confirmed that  those on top of the lists finished average and below average where there is multiple choice as in the Senatorial position. Popularity [or unpopularity] may be gained by engaging  in issues or controversies. They show where one stands. But they can also be divisive because they can be of thesis and anti-thesis. This will put a candidate either on top or not in the list at all. But the lists of both  – of the thesis and the anti-thesis, are usually not completed and voters need other names to fill. And most likely the fillers are old names who have never been subject of critical controversies thus presumed good. Mga tipong wala kang masabi, which is Filipino way short of saying that a person is good. And even with their names not usually at the top of the lists, they are carried by both sides. So, what do you think made  one walang imik top considered champions like Senators Enrile, Santiago and others, folks? What? mga saling pusa who finished first? There must be a warp  somewhere, from wherever one looks at it.

The Philippines happens also a politics of focus at negatives – of scandals and anomalies in government, of allegations of pangungurakot and plunders, of crab mentality. OK, if we put it that way, popularity there means getting the least of negatives. People must choose, they liked them or not.

Whatever, assuming clean election, I guess all twelve senatorial winners have always right to very well say that they enjoy political popularity.

With the rise of politics of issues and politics of performance politicians need to do better than giving the impression of saling pusa. A highly competitive political world will leave no room for fillers.

Politics of popularity, Pinoy meaning of it, anybody, folks?  😉

As the Smoke Clears

The king of comedy, the king of boxing, and the king of entertainment turned out to be not three kings but three stooges!

Well, we all live in our own virtual  world. Everything is real but only in so far as each world of virtual reality.

Meantime, in the objective world, it proves only that things sold primarily by their own merits and not really because of who endorsed them. At the end of it all, Manny P is still the best boxer – now another head to count in congress, while Willie R is the highest paid entertainer, and Dolphy is still Dolphy always the comedian. And, mommy Deonisia, whose movie flopped, is no more than the mother of the boxing champ, no more and any less. Popular actor Kabayan Edu for Vice president did not win in any province. Not even big winner Noynoy swayed his voters for a clean Aquino-Roxas swift sweep in the race.

Some popular Stars won and some of them did not. The politics of popularity as alleged and believed by some is history and has become a myth.

I guess we all live inside our own well, drinking our own concoctions too, and got intoxicated ourselves! I mean, make-believe affects only people who live inside that world of make-believe. And pastor Quiboloy exists only in his own little different world far from being a king maker in Philippine politics. There is only one proven religious vote in the Philippines and that is the Iglesia Ni Kristo.  [And they used to be very discreet about it because in some places and times it could also be a kiss of death.] However, majority of Christian Filipinos believe in the separation of church and state, in Democracy. Politics is another intricate world by itself very distinct from religion and entertainment.

Interesting however is [the defeat of] Mar Roxas who has been a consistent winner in all the surveys until a week or two before election. Between him and Jejo Binay are about 800 thousand votes which meant only a difference of around 400 thousand votes, actually. I guess a lot of small mistakes seemingly insignificant blunders by him accumulated to a considerable loss. Also, Chizz Escuderos’ endorsement of Binay where there is even ground, I think, paid. And also, while everyone tried to identify with the “masa” I guess Mr Binay edged.

But I think one of the biggest misfortune of Mr. Mar Roxas was the absence of the Erap factor in the vice presidency. What’s that? If Erap was barred from running it can be said that Senator Manny Villar would have possibly probably won.  At the onset, apparently everyone saw Erap as their advantage to have really questioned the matter which in one such petition the Supreme Court decided in favor of Erap anyway.

The Erap and the Villar votes sum up greater than the Aquino votes. And what we see Aquino votes is probably less if the opportunistic block votes – the types who, for their reasons go only with who they see is sure winner, are fragmented.  Unlike in the presidency, the race in the vice presidency became more of a one-on-one contest between Mr. Roxas and Mr. Binay.

With the PCOS reports at over 90% in, and still hoping victory, Mr Roxas needs banging howling unbelievable miracle to overturn history from this point.  What’s that? That’s my description of matter that people won’t be able to explain and that nobody will believe anyway.

Some 90% results by COMELEC/PPCRV in about 48 hours is amazing in the history of elections in the country.

I missed writing posts these past two months. Filipinos indeed “celebrate Presidential elections as if  ……. “. I usually write with the situation out there in mind i.e. what the nation is feeding in real time, that which I feel is interesting. However, in the case of the presidential election, that being the situation, I thought it better observing at the side rather than joining the fray.

But, really, in the community where I have lived, life was as normal as could be all the while of the election period.  Yes, Sire/Ma’am, there exists a so called silent majority in politics. It is one world where I would like to believe I belong in. Or, maybe it is the world where I used to be, because by authoring a blog I have, in fact, now become part of the noisy minority. Partisan and politicized people comprise a very minor part of communities, of the whole nation, actually. Politics for many Filipinos is simply looking at their left, looking at their right, and then casting their votes.

The loud difference is in media and also in the world of high-tech communications – the internet. Indeed, it was mostly about politics in connection with the May 10th polls in there. There were the pre-election surveys and the noise that came with them. There were all the noise about the first automated election in the country and about the machines to be used. There were all the noise about the candidates; some did not even spare their cats and dogs.  And a lot more in politics for Filipinos.

I guess media, or should I say people running media, simply dished out what they think should be fed the nation – or what they think would interest the nation. And they can’t be wrong because the place is where intellectuals, most of them are very concerned of issues related to governance, are mostly tuned in for information. Filipino farmers and farm workers are more interested in radio and TV soap operas than by anything else. And generally, they are computer illiterates.

For those bored by televisions I guess nobody can do anything about it. Like one radio commentator I heard once, that if people did not like what she’s been saying on air, then people should throw away their transistor radios out the window!  Like, if you feel indignant because absurd people like mommy Deonisia [I never met anybody who approved of her!] is being forced on your senses, then bash your TV. No, we don’t do that. Since there is no escaping, the trick is to learn to be tolerant. We are a free country allowing freedom of beliefs as well as freedom of expressions. You can be more tolerant by identifying each thing and putting them in their perspective folders of the mind so you don’t get mixed up, polluted, hurt inside, or worse corrupted by some of them. [Bio-computers do not have ability to delete. They can only modify what is in the memory.]

Expect all noises to linger a while over something that is all-time loud – politics.  Haahhh, is not it nice for Filipinos that election has [almost] left 🙂

The Fox Jumped Over the Dog…

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog near the bank of the river. That is one favorite line I used to practice on with mechanical typewriters when I was young. Alas, to be honest, I have never learned to type well until now. Modern day typing with PC and keyboard is easier, especially when correcting mistakes, but this is not my point. I am more interested about the quick brown fox.

The Philippines is in the list of countries with high incidence of journalists being killed, intentional or intent killings of them, I mean.  In the roots of it, maybe the system is not really perfect in protecting the rights of citizens against possible abuses by those in the guise of journalism. Or, to put it from a different angle, maybe the system lacks ample protection for those in journalism. Journalism is always opposed at any move to regulate it, which in its view is infringement on freedom of expression. This is, of course, in the assumption that journalists know what they do, they know very well where they stand, and they are disciplined capable of self regulation.

In reality, I guess they are not always the case. In places where people appears helpless and hopeless, I guess it is cute of journalists to be crusading for one cause or another. But what is lovable at a time, exercising tremendous power, might also be a monster another time. There is no guarantee that power cannot be abused, like everywhere else.

Some of those who see themselves as journalists are hardly distinguishable from PR persons, propagandists, anything other than being reporters. Maybe that is what they call hanapbuhay – political, economic, personal, cause-oriented, whatever. Added to them are also a lot of print and broadcast programs, hard hitting ones, out there dedicated and focused at fighting say graft and corruption in government, if we can call them journalism. As we know, even to imply that an act of corruption has been or not committed, whether or not a politician is corrupt, are usually perceptions and opinions. They are usually at the level of allegations that are matters for the court to conclude. Playing persecutor, or the other way around, is not one  role of  media.

Surely, media cannot be a place for adventurism by anybody in there. We may call some of them as witchcraft, or manipulation of facts, harboring in media. Whatever, they are no reasons to justify for the killings. Such acts can never be justified especially in a democracy, to cap the matter. Politics has always been a hot field for journalists.

What Is Journalism And When Is It Political Activism?

Pure journalism, my understanding of it, is simply simple presentation of facts or truths, or factual reporting, if that is not hazardous enough kind of work. Because, as we know, there will always be persons amongst us who cannot accept truths or do not want truths to be out. I guess that always is the least challenge for those working in the side of, or for the cause of Truth.

journalism [júrn’lizəm]noun

reporting news for the media: the profession of gathering, editing, and publishing news reports and related articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio
news-reporting as a genre: writing or reporting for the media as a literary genre or style
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Journalists are human beings. They are also very much affected by, say politics and governance, good or bad, like every citizen else. However, good or bad in there is not fact but matter of opinion and personal belief.  Let us take government dole-outs for the poor, for example. There can be fact or factual reporting in that. However, for journalism to even denote or to suggest that government, therefore, is good or bad based on the fact is an over-shoot of the fact.  Good in there is an opinion, a belief. It is an opinion of its proponents who believe that the act is good. Others might see the same fact as useless, wasteful spending that does more harm than good thus, in their differing opinion or belief, is bad. In politics there is really neither right nor wrong. Like righteous and evil they are opinions.  In politics there is only majority rule after which come considered right and considered wrong. Some find their way into institutions  or laws that, then again, is matter of law and not of journalism.

Opinion is different from fact. Fact has no room for dispute and what has no room for dispute must be fact. Opinion is but personal view, interpretation, or understanding, of fact or facts. Any opinion is considered partial and may be bias. To opine is to stand for a cause. To intently drive for an opinion may be activism. A propaganda movement. In highly difficult situations like we have in the country, I guess it is hard for journalists to detach opinions from facts or factual reporting. We have seen political activism and pure journalism more oftentimes overlap. There is heightened risk for those in there because of that. I suppose that explains for the high incidence of journalists being killed, intentionally hit, I mean, in our part of the world.

Pure journalism must be apolitical, selfless, classless.  It is not business of journalism to pull down or prop up any politician, anybody. If bringing out truths has any of those effects, so be it. However, they are incidental.  Since good and bad are matters of opinion, I might sound crazy, but I think journalists should not wear that permanent smile or permanent wry faces while in TV. I think they look better with poker faces, showing neither good nor bad of the news they bring. Good and bad must be something out from the audiences, and never any intention of journalism.

I have high regards and likes for journalism, really. In the other hand, I think I have a few things in common with George W F Hegel why he interested me – we both somehow dislike journalism for ourselves. You see I am opinionated. If you look in all the paragraphs here, you will see full of them. This whole site is a mix of facts and opinions.

Anyway, I remember organizational life when I was young. Reporting is one of the things that I did. Reports I brought to meetings were considered drafts, or taken for tentative. The body always discussed reports before they were accepted. They went for me like these: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog near the bank of the river. Somebody doubted if it was a fox and a dog but surely, they were. How quick was the fox then?… Uh, it was not as fast as a cheetah so,  for others it was not quick enough… How did I know that it was brown and not a soiled red fox?.. And how did I know that the dog was lazy and not just tired and sleepy?.. And, uh uh, OK, everything took place some distance from the river that for others is not near enough.

Ok, Peers, here it is finally The fox jumped over the dog about thirty meters away from the bank of the river if anybody has got more doubts!

Sure, opinions are always required, like when collective has to make decision based on factual reports, but they are clearly separated and different from reports.

Political activism in the guise of journalism? I am sure people do appreciate that especially when things go their way. However, is not that added danger for those in it? I think journalists are better off dishing out facts and truths, leaving opinions, what are good and what are bad, to the public, to the political activists and to the politicians. Majority will always go with truths and facts.  I think we can trust humankind on that.

Meantime, as for the quick, brown, lazy, near, good, bad, right, wrong, well, maybe we can bring them all in here but not in journalism. True media is one holy ground to probably be soiled. And the world has a long long way to go, far  from perfection, folks!

Freak Calamities, the Boring Sides of Them

Passenger ships that have sunk caught by storm, or during normal weather. They have happened many and more often times in the Philippines. We have Maritime vessels [MV} Don Juan, Doña Paz, Princess of the Stars, Marilyn, Cebu City, and most recently, Super Ferry 9 – just to mention the sensational ones. They’re for the facts.

Economics is involved. Like, ship captain for whatever reason simply wants to do his job done and/or, shipping line think they can make it despite problem. Normal nature of business. In the world of business, more particularly in the world of transport, every second of delay or freeze translates to big loss of income [profit]. The accidents that we saw were only by those that gambled and lost and they do not include those that gambled and got away with it.

Some practices are not only self-destructive since they concern the safety of others. That’s one reason why there are supposed to be stringent regulations and/or implementations of them by the State. Politics is involved.

Anyway, as usual, we have public out roar every time calamity happened but, there, it happens again exactly as before. [If you have overthrow of State as your end, then sell it with them there if you think people will buy] They are all within opinions and beliefs.

Flash floods that killed tens, hundreds and thousands – they have become not unusual. The biggest of them caused around eight thousand people killed or missed in Ormoc city some years back. There is no end to them in sight because, as soon as things normalize, people will be creeping back into the gutters, river banks and spillways. The country has a high rate of poverty. Meaning, we have a mass that has no place to go. It’s them who are in the hills slashing and burning our forests. It’s also them providing cheap labor for illegal loggers. They are also in urban centers; many of them have ended up living in streets and gutters. The problem is not simple as telling everyone to get out of the gutters. Forcibly driving them away did not work.  It only shifted the dispossessed somewhere else like place.

Relocation did not work and will not work under the situation. Poverty dictates. People sold their ‘rights’ in relocation sites and returned to the streets and gutters. Illegalizing such transfer of rights did not work.  Soon administrators were facing, are or will be facing square one, exactly as before.

Titling of lands used to spare ten meters along both sides of rivers and  major creeks free from titled properties. Land owners usually usurp control of such spaces. But more often, those spaces are settled by deprived people searching for a place of their own. They became public domains squatted. In fact, in Metro Manila there are creeks that can no longer be located. Some of them were discovered to have been titled. Squatting is not a monopoly of the poor.

Meantime disasters like those caused by Typhoon Ondoy, and Typhoon Pepeng coming close at its heel, strike.

Donations that pour appear awesome but the way the situations look they are far from adequate to fill the needs, for all the victims. There will always be not enough of aids, especially foods, out there. How long do you think one regular shopping bag of noodles, rice and a few canned goods will last one family? There are 4 million Filipinos devastated by Ondoy by flood – two and three storey-high in parts of Metro Manila [and not by the typhoon itself]. Well, there are legitimate organizations out there, folks, for those who would like to donate.

Pepeng that struck a little farther north, where it almost stayed stationary for three days, has yet to make a report. Initially, Pangasinan and the Cagayan valley are total wrecks. And the regions happen to comprise one major bread basket of the country which is already a traditional importer of grains, if that is not bad news enough.

No, there is no dearth of volunteers out there to ease the pains, all as usual. In fact there are more volunteers than needed in there. That’s the great Filipino spirit of heroism – the bayanihan culture, at work.

But is not everything ironic? Where were we when people were talking about averting disasters?

By the way, I’m reminded. This is appreciative of Ms Gina Lopez and company for all the efforts of cleaning Pasig River and Manila bay of floated and sunken garbage. The problem there starts with this person who wants his/her place clean. [It is universal of people to be clean.] She sweeps scattered litters, such as what children throw in streets, into a narrow gutter when nobody is looking or cared. Lucky for everybody, there is garbage collection once a week in the locality, so sacks full of them await city collection. But collections seem not adequate because the gutters are, actually, most of the time filled with garbage! Thanks goodness, rain has come. It flushed everything down into the creek. ! [I can only imagine her counterparts living beside the esteros.]

Creeks connect to Marikina River… that connects to Pasig River… and then into the Laguna de Bay [diversion spillway] or to Manila Bay, thus, welcome to the world.

Have you been dragged in court because of garbage? I was once. It started because of my contention that people have no right to pile garbage out in the street, [much more since they were visible from where I sat in my dining table]. It was a she, and her contention was that I had no right to object since her garbage was not placed inside my premises. Oh yeah? I shoveled them all back into her premise and that was it! We ended up in the Regional Trial Courts of Quezon City, no, not about garbage but for allegedly me calling her a thief and her daughter a slut! I wondered where she had got the ideas that seemed to be appropriate.

Ok, let’s talk about disastrous Flash floods. We Filipinos have a saying “What good is hay when the horse is dead?”  It stemmed from the Filipino culture of caring none or less for the sick or the needy, but everybody is suddenly there to aid when that person is dead! Should not we be talking more about averting freak calamities? Or, maybe we should be doing that in the lull or in between calamities.   A typhoon might be erratic but disasters by flash floods or by landslides due to it are no freak. They have become predictable  with the state of our watersheds and because of  the state of the nation – the state of the Filipino people.  😦

First thing in solving a problem is recognizing the problem and recognizing the root causes of it. Let’s talk about ending poverty – one of the root causes of them all. Let’s forget dole outs because they are palliatives [that don’t end poverty.] People need jobs. They need decent wages. Everything takes off from there. Nobody really wants to live in the gutters!

Let’s talk about repairing our forests. In fact forests are capable of taking care of themselves when and if humans are not in there. Forests can do things for themselves, in fact better, without the humans. In advanced and industrialized nations people are not in the forests burning and slashing. Because of opportunities in their cities they won’t even stay in farms if it is not for the huge subsidies of their governments…. Hey, people, I’m still talking…where’s everyone?

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