DISSECTING TODAY’S HEADLINES

Headline: 3 Kings of Customs dethroned.

So, Ruffy Biazon is just a pawn?

 

Headline: Sharon Cuneta’s mega-defense: Prove it, I’ll give P10M, leave Kiko

Oy, confident! Palibhasa kaalyado ng Malacanang!

 

Headline: Safety of pork scam witnesses worries De Lima.

Oh, De Lima is in dilemma? Sabagay baka nga naman botcha ‘yung pork!

 

Headline: Drilon confirms P50M pork barrel.

Wow, ang mga baboy lalong bumababoy! At ang Senado ay ginagawang babuyan!

 

Headline: London police use super recognizers to fight crime

Ay, talo sila sa Pilipinas! Isang tingin mo lang sa mga pulitiko, alam mo na agad kung sino ang kriminal.

 

Headline: Jinggoy admits to building multi-million peso house

Buti naman umamin, akala ko kailangan pa uli ng privileged speech eh!

 

Headline: Jinggoy: P50M for each convict-Corona vote

Promise, hindi yun bribe, incentive yun! Talaga lang ha, isang boto P50 million agad?

 

 

Headline: Poe sponsors FOI bill: Don’t wait for another Napoles scam        

Mawalang-galang na, Po(e), 2010 pa lang naipangako na yan ng Pangulo. Me chance ba talaga?

Trust Me and Be My Love

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The day that my heart beats,

There is no one it wanted more than you

Though many wanted to own it,

It hears no one, but only you.

 

 

I never knew what love is all about.

But when you came into my life,

I felt something I can’t explain,

Only now I realized,

What I felt for you is love.

 

I knew you have doubts

Whether or not I care a lot

But all you have to do is forget the past–

And face what’s here today and start anew.

 

Trust me and be my love

Only to you I’ll give my heart

Let us work together, hand in hand

And forever, be together through life.

 

 

(Found these from my old scribbles, way, way back during college days)

Pagbabalik sa Nakaraan

Unti-unting napapalitan ng dilim ang kalangitan ng binabagtas ko ang makipot na daan. Ang kaninang animo’y isang malaking bolang kahel na liwanag na nakatago sa maninipis na ulap ay malapit nang mawawala sa kalangitan, hudyat ng pagtatapos na naman ng isang araw na nagdaan. Panaka-naka’y maaaninag ang mga umaandap na liwanag sa pagitan ng malalagong dahon na tila nakadungaw at pilit na nilalabanan ang nalalapit na pagsakop ng dilim.

Sa loob ng mahigit dalawampung taon, ito ang unang pagkakataon na tumapak ang aking paa sa lugar na kung saan unang namulat ang aking isipan. Halos wala pa ring pinagbago ang lahat. Nariyan pa rin ang malalagong puno na nakahilera sa daanan. Lalong nagiging madilim ang tinatahak kong mabatong daan dahil sa mga dahon na tila pinapayungan ang buong daanan. Subalit ang mga lilim ng mga punong ito ay malaking tulong upang bahagyang maibsan ang mainit na sikat ng araw.

Larawan pa rin ang lugar na ito ng isang payak na pamumuhay, sa kabila ng mga makabagong pamamaraan na nakasanayan ko na sa siyudad. Marahil, sa mga unang nakatuntong sa lugar na ito, masasabing malayo ang lugar na ito sa kabihasnan at tila napag-iwanan na. Hindi naman kalayuan ang lugar na ito mula sa kabisera ng lungsod, kaya’t nakapagtataka kung bakit tila nakalimutan na ito ng pamahalaan. Ito pa rin yung mabatong kalsada na nagiging maliit na ilog sa pagsapit ng tag-ulan. Kaya naman, hanggang ngayon, ang pinaka-mainam na paraan upang marating ang lugar na ito ay sa pamamagitan ng paglalakad.

Hindi ko alam kung ano ang aking madadatnan sa aking pupuntahan. Ngunit iisang bagay lamang ang nag-udyok sa akin upang bumalik sa lugar na matagal ko nang nilisan. Kaya, magkahalong kaba at pananabik ang aking nararamdaman. At sa bawat paghakbang ay unti-unting nanunumbalik ang maraming alala-ala.

(Itutuloy)

SLOW DOWN

SLOW DOWN

Slow down, for whatever you really want will be there when you get there if you work toward it without stress, without pressing. If proceeding under God’s guidance and His smooth and unhurried tempo, it is not there, then it was not supposed to be there. If you miss it, perhaps you should have missed it. So definitely seek to develop a normal, natural God-ordered pace. (Anonymous)

Photo Source: http://www.minimalwall.com/2010/07/28/slow-down/

Of Corruption and Poverty

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Photos Source: http://rapidis.blogactiv.eu/files/2012/12/corruption.jpg

The slogan “Kung Walang Kurap, Walang Mahirap” (If there is no corruption, there will be no poverty) has become a very successful political slogan that catapulted a number political allies of the current government into power. The slogan conjures a strong connection between poverty and corruption. Linking corruption and poverty convey images of people in power getting rich while most continue to live in their impoverish state.

In the Philippines, the incidence of poverty is most evident in the rural areas where almost 80 percent of the country’s poor people live, accounting to more than one-third of the country’s 88 million population. It is in these areas where those considered poorest of the poor live as they are the ones who have least access to business opportunities and basic public services which further pushed them to remain economically strapped with only a few alternatives for livelihood.  Furthermore, literary rate is low in areas where poverty is high which made these poor people often more vulnerable to exploitation. Even more poignant reality is that those areas in the country with high incidence of poverty are the same areas where corruption is prevalent.

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Photo Source: http://petervandever.com/2013/07/philippines-a-hellhole/

 

Although corruption is not solitary root of poverty in the country, there is a great need for all of us to stand up and do our share in eradicating corruption in our system. The recent scandals involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the senators and representatives should be a wake-up call for us to stand together and push for reforms to reclaim the basic rights which should have been accorded to every citizen of this country and not just to a limited few who are holding the reins of power.