Saturday, September 16, 2017


like many said, if you want to be in an interesting chat about politics (and on almost anything under the sun but mostly politics), hop on a taxi and engage in a friendly conversation with the driver. some said that taxi drivers are the true pulse of the nation. arguments (especially if the gentleman has entirely different views compared with yours), intelligent banter, a little bit of friendly tease and of course the pinoy way of personal and one-on-one heckling – all these will make for an out of the ordinary commuting. i commute daily, used to be via regular taxis,  until the shared economy finally got me into the bandwagon of these 3rd platform babies or in my ICT industry analyst lingo, early disruptors. these days, most of my daily trips to and from the office are divided between uber and grab. i must say that the conversations are not that colourful anymore since most grab and uber drivers are not that into politics, may be on the quiet side, or are too busy waze-ing their way in a colossal maze called metro manila.

on my way to my satur-date with the emmanuel charismatic community this afternoon, i got into a regular taxi and this manong driver immediately talked about jinggoy estrada's freedom from incarceration. he continued to say that in the first 15 months of this current administration, all he saw were crooked and high profile individuals getting pardoned, acquitted of any wrongdoings, reprieved from facing the full tune of the law, getting undeserved amnesty and one even being allowed to be buried in the libingan ng mga bayani with full military honors. he of course was talking about gloria macapagal-arroyo, sandra cam, janet napoles, drug and gambling lords and of course, the dictator ferdinand marcos. all these happen while innately good servant-leaders like vice president leni robredo, ombudsman conchita carpio-morales, chief justice ma. lourdes sereno, senator risa hontiveros, judy taguiwalo, gina lopez (isn't it a wonder why dutertards and pdut's allies for the most part attack leaders who are women??), get whacked by fake news mongerers, figuratively dismembered by powerful individuals who want to remove them from office or dismissed by duterte's allies who certainly want to protect their own interests and push their own selfish agenda.

all these in manong's own words show "a sad and sorry state of the country, far from what seemed to be exciting and promising because of the sweeping changes duterte championed during the campaign in order to win the elections". this manong driver did not hesitate to say that for the most part of the last 18 months or so, he was a fervent ka-DDS and would gamely slot in convos to defend duterte from anyone who has different ideas about the sitting president. but with how the last 15 months have transpired and with the recent developments, his strong belief on duterte is slowly starting to wane. he now doubts whether duterte will be that "best-ever president" as it's now becoming clear… his "idol" is not delivering.

he said that he has yet to see what pdut has pledged to do. all he heard were duterte's resolve to clobber anyone who tries to disagree and criticize his moves. what he has so far seen were duterte's moves to pay his powerful financiers back, his end of the political barter, in order to recompense the immense capital outlay these twisted individuals/families have invested in and provided for him. manong driver also said that it is now becoming apparent that pdut has no firm grip on reality and is using his tough demeanor to worm his way out of his many wide-of-the-mark pronouncements and actions. and to make matters worse, it's starting to dawn on this ka-DDS that duterte has no clear vision for the country, except his myopic war on drugs, his denial that his war on drugs are actually anti-poor and his even bigger crusade against his critics. it is now becoming evident to this ka-DDS that duterte is no different from the traditional politicians the filipinos loathe. he's as what the term says, trapo… conventional politico bent on nothing but to protect himself first and foremost, his so-called allies and will continue to do so since they do not have genuine and sincere concern for the country and its people.

with talks on duterte contemplating a martial law declaration and the aforementioned missteps by this administration, i could not help but to ask manong, "are you now regretting voting for duterte?" i can sense that the rabid ka-DDS in him wanted to kick me off the car as if i'm antonio trillanes but to my pleasant surprise, he said that he's at that 50-50 point. he still believes that he voted for the right candidate among the 5 presidentiables. but at the same time, it's becoming hard to swallow the fact that his candidate is slowly becoming a disappointment because of his several facepalm moves, keeping inept, bungling and unclean individuals like vitaliano aguirre, salvador panelo, mocha uson in his midst and having no clear accomplishments yet after 1 full year in power.

no gloating on my part though. what i'm glad is the truth that there are some reasonable ka-DDSes, those who look beyond the absent partylines and not mockingly brand those who voice different opinions as dilawan. these are the individuals who are gradually able to become conscious of duterte's erroneous steps and are not afraid to point these out. these are the persons who realize that fanatical belief of one person is a dangerous thing and believing that duterte is a heaven-sent saviour is 100% false. i hope that there are more of the likes of manong driver – those who slowly understand that politics, power, administration, governance are not about a single person… that it is about the good of the country and all pinoys.

our short but worthy of note convo ended on a good note – both of us are still full of hope for the country… that the philippines is a great nation and the filipinos may have a lot of things to work on but once we finally get our groove on, we can grow and prosper together.

salamat, manong and god bless the philippines.

deathly hollows

one of the best moments in the entire harry potter series was on the deathly hollows... this very good video explains it in great detail.

Friday, September 15, 2017


I would enjoy a shoulder massage. I would enjoy a week lying by a swimming pool in the sun, sleeping. I would enjoy a large gin and tonic, as long as I didn't have to do anything after I drunk it. I would enjoy some chocolate. 

- How to be Good by Nick Hornby

White Beach, Boracay
Malay, Aklan
August 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


hedlayn ang alok ng pamilyang marcos na ibalik ang ilang mga bareta ng mga ginto sa gobyerno. hindi lahat ng mga ninakaw ng mga ito sa bayan ang ibabalik, kundi iilang mga di na kailangan pa ng mga mandarambong na sina imelda marcos, imee marcos at bongbong marcos. marami na yata silang ginto at kayamanan, hindi na siguro magkasya sa kanilang mga kaban kaya't naisip nilang ibalik na lang ang maliit na bahagdan nito sa pamahalaan. siyempre, tulad ng isang tusong kontrabida sa mga pelikulang disney, ito ay may kapalit… isang maitim na balaking walang ibang makikinabang kundi ang kanilang pamilya lamang.   

upang higit na makumpleto ang piktyur, ugong na ugong din ang pakikipagkasundo umano ni rodrigo duterte sa pamilyang marcos. ang hakbang na ito ng mga marcos ay dulot ng pakikipag-ugnayan ng mga marcos sa presidente. ibabalik daw ng mga marcos ang kaunting pera at dahil sa "kabutihang-loob" ng mga marcos, inalok naman ni duterte ang mga ito ng imunidad at kalayaan mula sa anumang asuntong dekada na ang binibilang. ang hakbang na ito ni duterte ay isang malaking kahibangan at tanging isang adik sa peynkiler lamang ang makaiisip na ito ay mabuti para sa bayan.

paanong maaatim ng isang tunay na pilipino ang katigan ang kabuktutan ng mga marcos at hayaan ang mga itong bumalik sa kapangyarihan at kalimutan ang kanilang mga kasalanan sa bayan? di sapat na ibalik ang kakarampot na ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan. una, aminin nilang nagkamal sila ng salapi at yaman sa loob ng rehimeng marcos. pangalawa, kung tunay nilang nais na makipagkasundo sa gobyerno, huwag na nilang labanan ang lahat ng asunto at ibalik sa bayan nang walang pasubali ang hindi kanila. at higit sa lahat, dapat nilang pagdusahan ang kanilang mga krimen sa bayan, lalo na ang mga kinitlan ng buhay sa mapaniil na palakad ni marcos. humingi ng tawad sa bayan at magpakumbaba. hindi 'yung sila pa ang may ganang magmalaking ipangalandakan sa bayan na walan silang kasalanan.

ngunit ang higit na dapat boljakin dito ay si duterte. malaki ang kanyang utang na loob sa mga marcos. sina imee at bongbong ang nagpaulan ng kuwarta para sa kampanya ni duterte kapalit nga sana ng mga ito: si bongbong ang mauupong bise presidente, ililibing si ferdinand marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani at wala nang anupamang kaso ang ihaharap sa mga marcos, walang bagong paghahabla sa mga ito at kalimutan ang lahat ng nakabinbing mga kaso laban sa demonyitang si imelda marcos. hindi nangyari ang pag-upo ni bongbong ngunit naipilit ang paglalagak sa bangkay sa libingan ng mga bayani. at heto na nga ang ikatlo. upang mapagbigyan ang hiling ng mga marcos, balak ni duterte na buwagin na ang PCGG, ang ahensyang lumalaban sa mga marcos upang mabawi ang mga nakaw na yaman ng mga ito. sa galaw na ito, pinahihina ni duterte ang paghahabol ng gobyerno sa mga marcos. imbis na pananagutin sa batas sa malinaw na mga krimen ng pamilyang marcos, pinalalabnaw pa ngayon ni duterte ang laban ng gobyerno. lalo na ngayong nagpahayag pa ito ng imunidad sa sandaling magbalik ng malinggit na halaga sa bilyun-bilyong dolyar na pinaghati-hati ng mga marcos sa kanilang libu-libong mga akawnt sa iba't ibang mga bangko.

saan ka nakakita ng lider na makabayan kuno ngunit handang kalimutan ang mga krimen kung magbabalik ng kakaunti ang mga mapaniil? saan ka nakakita ng pinunong nakahandang ipagkanulo ang buong bayan, sampu ng mga nangamatay at biktima ng batas militar, upang bayaran lamang ang utang na loob sa isang buktot na pamilya? saan ka nakakita ng presidenteng nag-aaksaya ng panahon upang makibagay sa isang pamilyang marami ang utang sa bayan at handa pang pawalang-sala ang mga ito sa pag-aakalang nag-aalok ito ng kabutihang-loob?

hindi mabuti ang nais ni duterte. wala siyang pinagkaiba sa mga trapo ng maruming pulitika ng pilipinas. sa pagpanig at pagkiling sa mga naisin ng mga marcos, lalo pang pinalalakas nito ang tunggak na kalakaran na "hindi kailangang magdusa ng isang kriminal" at ligtas sa mahabang galamay ng batas ang mga buktot kapag malakihan at malawakan ang kasalanan ng mga ito. ang kawalan ng kaparusahan sa krimen ng mga marcos noong batas militar ay signal sa mga kabataan na kahit gumawa ng masama ay walang pananagutan sa batas, kung mababaliko mo ang mga batas at proseso at pagsasalitain ang pera. sa pagbabayad ni duterte ng utang na loob kina bongbong, imee at imelda, ipinagwawalang-bahala nito ang pagsusumakit ng milyun-milyong mga lumaban sa rehimen noong edsa 1986. sa pagiging maka-marcos imbis na makabayan, muling kinikitlan ni duterte ng buhay ang mga biktima ng pagmamalabis ng mga marcos, sampu ng mga indibidwal na di na kailanmang nakita pa.

matigas ang mukha ni duterte at buong pahimakas nitong sinasabi ang kanyang pagpanig sa mga marcos. kung sana'y ginamit nito ang tigas ng mukha niya sa mabuting paraan, mas maigi sana… kung buong pagmamalaki niyang sinabi sa mga marcos na "salamat sa kuwarta at suporta noong eleksyon ngunit ang anumang para sa bayan ay para sa bayan at kailangan ninyong ibalik ang lahat ng inyong ninakaw sa bayan." kung sana'y tunay nga siyang iba sa mga trapo at handang ibuwis ang buhay sa tunay at di artipisyal na pagbabago. kung sana'y iniisip nitong mabuti ang mas malaliman, malawak at panghinaharap na epekto sa bansa ng mga delikadong hakbang gaya ng pagpapawalang-sala sa mga marcos, mas kaiga-igaya sana. ngunit hindi. masaya na si duterte na masaya ang mga marcos at masaya ang kanyang mga bulag na tagasunod.

nakalulungkot ang takbo ng mga bagay-bagay. lalong nakalulungkot na ipinagbubunyi pa rin ng mga tagasuporta ni duterte ang balighong presidente.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017


so señor, where are we now? what have been? numbers, numbers, numbers. i need to know! hurry up and get cracking!

143 – the atomic number of unquadtrium. x.

61 – code for international direct dial phone calls to australia. b.

37 – the normal human body temperature in degrees Celsius. r.

30 – in tennis, it is the second point gained in a game. e.

8 – in hinduism, it is the number of wealth, abundance. y.

"numbers are the highest degree of knowledge. it is knowledge itself." -plato