My Namesake, Tet

I was called “Tet” by my family. I hated that pet name, it sounded absurd. Then sometime in the 80’s, somebody named Tet Garcia became Bataan’s second district congressman. My “kababata” and even my younger brother would tease me for that similarity in pet name. It was a harmless joke but it got into my nerves; I just hated that pet name then a popular public figure had the same pet name and there was a lot of recall about it.

Before the Garcias came into the political picture in Bataan, there was the Romans. I grew up with Ding Roman as the governor and as a child, I believed in his capabilities though I had no exact idea how he worked as a public official. Tet Garcia was a newbie then in the world of politics; my parents adored him especially my mother. Then sometime in the late 90’s,  his eldest son Abet became the mayor of Balanga while Tet became the governor. Years later, Gila and Joet became politicians as well and opponents said that this family started a political dynasty in Bataan. Garcia family’s supporters retorted that it was the end of the Roman dynasty. Whichever side of the political fence a person was into, the tension to the rising popularity of the Garcias could never be stopped. Their supporters loved them and were loyal to them. Their political opponents calculated and magnified their every moves.

I personally do not have a recollection about the late Tet Garcia except for the shared pet name. What I know is, he was well-loved by most of the people in Bataan. His family had something to do with the people’s affection because they knew when to mingle with the common tao. Our family was once a recipient of their “pakikiramay” when Abet, Joet and Mrs. Garcia went to my mother’s wake. Abet was in his usual friendly mood. Joet, though a little shy, let us feel his sincerity. I was at first intimidated at Mrs. Garcia but felt comfortable later on when she asked about how my mother succumbed to cancer.

I’ve always said that I would never forget the people who were with me and my family during our darkest times. The Garcias were with us then. Now, it is my turn to return the affection and concern.

Rest in peace, Congressman Tet and condolences to the whole family! 

 

 

 

Hating Corruption

Corruption, corruption—oh, you’re everywhere!
I’m tired of the pork barrel scam! Why do I have a feeling that what we see on
TV is just a show? That Janet Lim-Napoles won’t be that brave to be the mother of all
scammers if it were not for her powerful backers.
What did they just say about coin hoarders? Are they going to put them in jail?
Are they kidding? Then they should start going after scammers and crooks first!

Red tape, nepotism, favoritism—oh, they’re cousins with corruption!
You don’t place somebody in a position where he is not fit for.
It’s like asking a cat to bark.
It’s easier to conspire with someone you’re comfortable with or someone who share
your penchant for money, position and power–that’s the answer.

This isn’t the nation that Jose Rizal dreamed of.
Filipinos are generalized because of the wrong-doings of some; maybe half of the population.
Why would I accept that generalization? Why would us, innocent people, be penalized about
the evil things that our fellow Filipinos do?

Be the change that you want to be. Are you with us?

A Change of Style, Perhaps?

Oh, this link (http://www.zeibiz.com/2013/11/arnold-clavio-rude-interview-atty-alfredo-villamor-video/) reminds me of rude interviewers that I came across in the past. Good thing, the interview was just done in the privacy of the interviewer’s cubicle where nobody could see or witness how I cringed in disbelief that even professionals could be so unwelcoming and rude!

Arnold Clavio just hit the fan with his sarcastic and rude interview with one of Janet Lim Napoles’ lawyers. No, I have no sympathy for Janet and the rest of those involved in the PDAF scam but I feel for Atty. Villamor in the way that the interview was mishandled by Arnold Clavio.

In the first place, it was a case of mistakingly asking a lawyer who’s handling another case (serious illegal detention). Arnold, in his best effort, probably tried to squeeze info about the PDAF case but failed big time because the lawyer wouldn’t speak about a case that he does not handle. This probably triggered Arnold’s rude remarks towards the “tatawa-tawang” lawyer.

If Arnold thinks that he can get away with his “pa-astig” style just because the majority of us hate Janet Napoles, well, the viewers are intelligent to discern what is respectful from what is rude. Arnold, you are a respected public figure. You should at least act like one to continue to earn the trust and viewership of the people supporting the station that you are working for.

Kelan Kaya Makakauwi Ang Mga OFW?

military force your face!

military force your face!

Nag-sorry na si Pnoy sa pangyayaring nakapatay ang Philippine Coastguard ng isang 65-year old na mangingisda mula sa Taiwan ngunit mukhang malayo pa rin sa pagiging mapayapa ang pagtrato nitong mga Taiwanese sa mga kababayan natin na naroroon sa Taiwan. Hanggang kagabi, may mga balita na hindi pinagbibilhan ang mga Pilipino ng mga Taiwanese at mayroon na ring freeze hiring kung kaya’t problemado ang mga paalis na OFW dahil sa abot-kamay na nga naman ang paglipad, heto’t mapupurnada pa.

Ramdam maging sa internet ang galit at pagkutya sa ating lahi ng mga Taiwanese. Marami ang kumukutya at tila nananakot na kayang-kaya naman nila tayong gyerahin dahil sa bulok nating military force. Bullying, kumbaga. Walang pinagkaiba sa isang mahirap na nagtitiis sa among mabagsik para sa sahod at sa paniniwala na rin na iyon lamang ang makakatulong at makabubuhay sa kanila.

Mayroon tayong 87,000 overseas Filipino workers sa Taiwan. Wala akong statistics kung alin dyan ang domestic helper, factory worker, engineers at iba pa. Pero sa kawalan ng datos, ia-assume ko na malaking poryento nila doon ay namamasukan bilang factory worker at kasambahay.

May ilan na handang umuwi kung kinakailangan ngunit karamihan ay may takot sa dibdib na mapag-initan at mapauwi ng wala sa panahon. Paano na nga naman ang mga utang na dapat bayaran at pamilyang umaasa sa kanila. Kung ikaw ay kasambahay na kumikita ng PhP18,000 to PhP 20,000 kada buwan sa Taiwan, kikitain mo ba ang parehong sahod kung ikaw ay mamamasukan bilang kasambahay dito sa Pilipinas? O kung ikaw ay factory worker na kumikita ng PhP25,000 sa Taiwan, kikitain mo ba ito sa Pilipinas?

Hindi pa tapos ang imbestigasyon at wala pa namang opisyal na pahayag ang bawat kampo sa ano ba ang talagang nangyari at kinailangang pagbabarilin ng ating coast guard ang fishing vessel na yun. Kung ikaw ay naninindigan sa iyong pag-aari at teritoryo, malawak ang pag-iisip mong uunawain ang ginawa ng ating coast guard. Ngayon, wala ako sa poder na pagdiskusyunan pa kung sino ang maysala dahil isa lang ang nakikita at nararamdaman ko: HINDI TAYO HANDA!

Hindi tayo handang panindigan kung ano ba ang atin dahil may pinag-uusapang kapakanan dito. Ang kapakanan ng 87,000 Filipino overseas workers na nanganganib magutom, maltratuhin at pauwiin ng kanilang mga amo.

Hindi tayo handang makidigma sa kahit anong bansa dahil mahina at luma ang ating mga gamit-pandigma. Para lang tayong mga katutubong gumagamit ng sibat laban sa mga baril at kanyon ng mga banyagang mananakop. Dahil sa kahinaaang yan, madali tayong takutin at i-bully. Alam nilang luma at wala sa modelo ang mga gamit natin. Ultimo ordinaryong tambay nila ay alam yun!

Kung OFW ka, hindi ka handang umuwi kasi wala ka namang uuwiang trabaho. Wala kang sapat na ipon para makapagsimula ulit.

Hindi handa ang Pilipinas na kayanin ang bultuhang uwi ng mga manggagawa mula sa Taiwan dahil alam nating wala tayong contingency plan para sa kanila. Maliit man ang 87,000 na bilang ng tao ngunit malaking bagay ito para sa isang bansang nagtatangkang bumangon.

Transparent government kamo, gusto kong malaman kung kasama ba sa wildly important goal ng pangulo ang pag-aaral sa labor force natin. May mga Pilipinong sinadyang umalis sa bayan at choice nila yun. It’s a “want” and not a “need.” Concern ako sa mga Pilipinong gusto na talagang bumalik pero hindi magawa dahil sa kakulangan ng sapat na sahod sa babalikang trabaho o wala na talagang available na trabaho para sa kanila. Kung paano mapatataas ang standard of living ng tao dito ay isang matagal at mahabang proseso. Ngunit kung gugustuhin, masasakatuparan naman ang exodus ng ating mga kababayan. Basta’t nakalatag ang programa at umaandar ang makinarya ng pagsulong, mangyayari naman ang minimithi nating lahat na wala na sanang Pilipino ang kinakailangang dumayo sa ibang bayan para sa magandang buhay.