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Lazy bug strikes again. Yes, you read it right, I am just too lazy to blog. Supposedly, yesterday, I’ve done my month-ender blog but I just read and was focused on social media.

It is truly exasperating when you have a lunatic for  a  president. He repeated that  people can use gasoline as disinfectant. The nerve of the guy. Those who blindly follow him might just do it. How can you trust  a supposed highest officer of the land  recommending something like this and who is just waiting for vaccines to end this pandemic if his attitude bores on lunacy? He sounded pretty sure that by  December, everything would be solved thru those vaccines. Sorry, I don’t trust china too.

Our health workers are so overworked that they requested for at least a two-week  enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and suburbs to give them time “to breathe”. They are already exhausted and overwhelmed by the number of positive cases that keeps on rising every day by the thousands now. VP Leni has suggested some protocols that those in-charge with COVID cases could follow but then the problem is they don’t see eye to eye with her. She is working on her own with the help of the private sectors despite lack of budget. If only the man would step down willingly and let the reigns be transferred to someone who works non-stop. He’s been saying that he is tired but does not want to let go. Ay sus! He said it himself, “inutil” siya.  That’s inutile in English guys.

Yesterday was  the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is a Spanish Catholic priest and Theologian and is a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ateneo de Manila University  is the top two university of the country run by the Jesuits. Last night, I watched HOLY DARKNESS: Ignatian Spirit in the time of COVID-19, a night of songs and prayers to St. Ignatius of Loyola.  It was presented by the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications. Oh my gosh, I had a grand time listening  and watching it on FB. Some songs  were quite familiar because we sing them at church. Lovely, lovely music. It was like attending a concert for more than an hour of talented singers and choirs.  Before that, I also watched Fr. Pao on the Friday edition of Interaktib at Radio Veritas. They tackled the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He said that he truly appreciated a truly Ignatian education because he studied in Ateneo.

It’s raining here again. Have a happy weekend guys.

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Good morning everyone! It is cloudy outside, there’s that kind of rain that seems to go on the whole day, the pitter-patter  of raindrops, somewhat soothing but I hope it would  just  stay that way.

I’ve just finished watching the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral presided by its Rector Fr. Regie Malicdem. What a beautiful and inspiring homily! You know something positive that this pandemic brought me, it is being able to hear mass every day because most Catholic churches have brought it online. Today is the Feast Day of St. Martha, the patron saint of servants and cooks. “Martha of Bethany is a biblical figure described in the Gospels of Luke and John. Together with her siblings Lazarus and Mary of Bethany, she is described as living in the village of Bethany near Jerusalem. She was witness to Jesus resurrecting her brother, Lazarus”

Allelujah! Finally, I was was able to find one more book that is on my wish list for so long now.  I haven’t read any book yet by Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye being the first one. It is a mystery and detective fiction.  Haha, it is included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  I am curious. The best time to read? I guess when it is cold and raining like today. Sarap mamaluktot sa kama.

Oh, duterte’s SONA was one more of those accusations to his opponents and future plans for his friends in this world.  He would like to appropriate PLDT and Globe just so the third telco (chinese of course) would have a ready-made one with effortless preparation. As they say in Tagalog, “gusto nila yung walang kahirap-hirap”. Gosh, they are private entities and they are protected by the Constitution but as I have said before, what he wants, he gets.  Look what happened to the  largest entertainment and media conglomerate, he had it closed thru the lies of his alipores in Congress.  One of them is even questioning  the land title  of ABS CBN’s property. My goodness, they have been operating since 1946  and it is only now that these “good-for-nothing” politicians are questioning it? Shame, Shame, shame!!!  What about Covid-19? Do they really have concrete plans to address it?

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Remember a child wanting to have a lollipop and she/he won’t stop whining until she/he gets one?

It started last election 2016. People said it was because of the seven-hour glitch that the twelve senators of the administration won. No one from the opposition made it when they had all the best candidates in the Senate. And Comelec had no explanation about that glitch. We Filipinos let it. It was followed by the the removal of a sitting senator. In September 2016, De Lima was removed from her position chairing a Senate Justice and Human Rights committee investigating extrajudicial killings. For three years now she was in jail. “On July 19, 2019, the PNP–Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed charges against De Lima and other members of the opposition for “sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice”. On February 10, 2020, she was cleared of all charges.” But she is still in jail until now. We let that happen. Then the Supreme Court Justices voted to remove Maria Lourdes Sereno from the court on May 11, 2018, by a vote of 8–6 on a quo warranto petition. Again, we let it happen. A few months ago, Maria Ressa, one of our prominent journalists was found guilty of cyber libel. She is a co-owner and CEO of Rappler, Inc. There were several criticisms from human right groups but we Filipinos just stood by.

I try to avoid writing political blog. Nowadays, I only have those one or two liners that I add to my posts now and then. Yesterday though, my heart bled for what happened. Seventy congressmen opposed the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise to operate. It is the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate. Only 11 of them voted for its renewal.

People were outraged and took to social media to air their disgust. I was one of them. It’s not only the 11,000 plus employees who will be affected but most of us who rely on news and entertainment from this outfit. Even those artists who are affiliated with them are affected. Even those providing services to the employees like food companies, BPOs handling their accounts and the ordinary citizens who rely daily on its operations. Big taxes will be lost, those commercial ads won’t be aired. I hope they would go digital. They also have foundations that they support like Bantay Bata.

Now I wonder, how much did a NO Vote costs? The government is rich despite its president saying that there is no more money and is thinking of selling government properties. From the start, he has been saying that the franchise won’t be renewed. What was all that thirteen Congress hearings all about? Was it just a moro-moro one? I wonder if they can still sleep at night. Sabi nung mama, vote according to your conscience, instead of saying vote according to law and what is right. In the end, they voted for their own agenda.

It smells and looks like a political agenda. Those hearings just hid the REAL INTENT – to close ABS-CBN. We are slowly dying.

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Oh, done with The Christmas Box Miracle then re-read The Christmas Box and since it is a very short story, I read it just close to two hours. As I’ve said in my previous blog post, the former reads like his autobiography detailing how the latter came to fruition.

I just started with a memoir by an unknown author (at least to me) Tara Westover. When I looked at Goodreads, I was quite surprised that Educated  was 2018 Goodreads Winner in memoir and autobiography. The memoir has spent more than half a year on The New York Times‘ bestsellers list and was heralded by Barack Obama as a “remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.”

Some people say that memoirs are refined edition of one’s life and journey since the authors wrote them but I guess it depends on the approach on how you will tackle it. I remember those books by Frances Mayes more particularly Under the Tuscan Sun and I even had the opportunity to watch the movie adaptation years ago.  It was a warm narration of how life was like in Tuscany. I actually found myself searching Google for those places mentioned in the book.

Tomorrow, I’ll tackle another portion of the garden to prune and weed. It didn’t rain today but the soil is  still soft for weeding.

Here’s one more thought to share:

They call themselves honorable but the way these congressmen  question them is so rude. They are reluctant to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN. It stands to lose around 11,000 employees. Give me a Carlo Katigbak anytime – the quiet, educated, humble, soft-spoken  and intelligent head of this conglomerate. Kulang na lang ibato ang tabo at palanggana sa ulo ng mga taga ABS. Manners please gentlemen.

Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato reminded her colleagues that it is their duty to protect press freedom and freedom of expression at all times during the 12th House hearing on the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN.

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The best time to garden at least in my neck of the woods is very early in the morning, when the sun hasn’t shown its face yet and the dawn is slowly fading into light. It is also the best time to uncoil your garden hose and point the nozzle to those plants slowly waking up in their slumber.

I uprooted weeds and trimmed the sides of our concrete garden steps. Yesterday, I attempted to garden outside our perimeter wall but I only lasted for an hour. There were so many bike riders passing by and I didn’t want to be exposed to so many people outside. The snake plants we planted there are now surrounded by overgrown grass that we haven’t touched for three months now. Maybe it would take two more mornings to clean everything there. Hopefully, two Sunday mornings more.

Sad news, the Manila Trial Court convicts Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos Jr of cyber libel. So the name of the game now is to silence your critics.

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I don’t know what kind of president we have here. He is certainly a psychopath to the max. If US and some other nations have closed their borders, here,  they are allowing tourists and those coming in from the affected areas of China. Even the health secretary says, it is not yet time to ban mainland Chinese to come over.  Some are in a panic mode already. They’re many Chinese here in the metro.

Maybe this government is afraid to offend its best friend China that is why even those who are supposed to protect us are not doing anything. Sorry for the rant friends, this is just disgusting. This is not the only issue at hand that he ignored.  He was not even concerned with the victims of Taal volcano eruption. They decreased the supposed budget for calamities considering we are the most prone when it comes to earthquakes, floods  etc. The budget for the office of the president increased tremendously. And wow, he is even challenging to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement between US and the Philippines just because  US cancelled the visa of one of his alalay  Sen bato. (that lower case name of the senator is deliberate).

PLEASE HUWAG niyong ipagsapalaran ang buhay ng bawat Filipino.

 

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Have you noticed? All I did the past two or three weeks was blogged about my family’s health. It’s quite unfortunate that we have come to this. When anyone in the family is not healthy and fit, I worry but I am leaving it all to God. As I’ve always said before, God is a loving God and our trials are just that. How long we can endure defends on how well we believe that everything will be okay in the end. I’ve always believed that He is the greatest Healer of all. Our crosses may sometimes be heavy but we are able to carry them through.

I called Nissa this morning while she was at the UST Hospital. She went back to her endocrinologist. She has to undergo a one time treatment of  Radioactive Iodine Therapy at least a month or two after her surgery. Since that needs a three-day isolation, she has to stay at the hospital’s isolation room when that is done. There are preparations and things that she is not yet allowed to eat. seafood and eggs are a no, no.

When mom was given same radioactive medicine years ago because of her goiter, it was  an outpatient procedure but for a month she was not allowed to even kiss us or her grandkids. I am afraid  the cost of the medication for Nissa is expensive  and the remaining insurance for this year can no longer  cover it all. She still has to verify it with the insurance company. She may opt to shoulder the remaining balance since it is a per sickness/per year basis. And since it is the same sickness that will be covered, she has to shell out cash. Unless of course she will wait for January for the insurance’s renewal.

I also visited my internist this morning and he opted for additional medications for my BP. It was erratic. I’ll have a repeat FBS and urinalysis in a week. The urinalysis is normal except that there is a 2 + protein in it. Creatinine is at a normal range.  Really, when one is getting old, there are unavoidable things that crop up. Diet is one commodity that I have to watch. I don’t have much exercise though.

These things happening at BUCOR (Bureau of Corrections) or what we call Bureau of Prisons are getting out of hand. Those corrupt officials allow the rich prisoners to buy their freedom and the director claims that he does not know it? There seems to be a conspiracy  between those rich drug lords and BUCOR.  Such a shame, almost everyone appointed by this government is a failure. Do you think this Senate hearing is another waste of people’s money? Is it another distraction while most of us are waiting for the Election Tribunal to announce their findings on Marcos’ complaint that he won the VP position?  My goodness, we all  know that VP Leni Robredo is the legit Vice-President who won fair and square againsts Bongbong Marcos.

Kawawang Pilipinas at kawawang mga mamamayan. We are being trampled on and still some of us remain indifferent.

 

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Ah, sometimes I can’t help but post my own views with what is happening in our country at the moment. Of course you are probably aware on what happened last May 13 during election day here. Not one opposition candidate for senators made it to the top twelve considering that they are more experienced than some of those who won on the government’s side. There was a seven-hour glitch in transmitting the results. It is not yet resolved until now and our Commision on Elections is so quiet. Sad story.

But let’s look at the outcome of the local elections last May. Most of those who won belong to the opposition. It speaks for how the people voted. Maybe it’s true that the senatorial election was rigged from the very start.

Three people that stand out and whom I  really admire are our very own Mayor Atty. Kit Nieto, Isko Moreno and Vico Sotto. This is Mayor Kit’s third and last term as mayor of our town. Mayor Isko Moreno of  Manila  defeated the former president and mayor Joseph Estrada. He is doing really well, on his 5th day, there is a big improvement in the city. He wants to preserve our heritage sites which are mostly located in his turf. He will not allow those high-rise, photo-bomber buildings to be constructed near those lovely heritage sites.  Third is a bagito former councilor from Pasig City who defeated a more than two decades of only one name in the city, relatives, brothers, father etc. He is Vico Sotto, a son of a former television actress, television host and producer. He is only thirty years old but his vision is so very different from other local mayors in other cities and towns. He is a great admirer of the late Jessie Robredo, who was the husband of our present Vice-President  Leni Robredo. I watched his inaugural speech. He is so good.  On his first day, he has suspended the odd-even scheme of the former mayor where you can’t even pass through major streets to reach other towns and cities in the metropolis. In his speech at the flag raising ceremony last Sunday, he said that this scheme needs further study.

Would you believe, I am following the three of them in social media.  In one of my visits to Vico’s site, I saw this photo with our own Mayor Nieto. I stole it 🙂 The former visited the latter some months ago.

Mayor Vico is the one in a black jacket while the one in white t-shirt is Mayor Kit.

Mayor Isko of Manila

Admirable people. I hope they would stay true to their sworn statements and plans for their own cities and municipality.

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For the past two days, I was trying to lose myself from all these “ugly” events happening in our country. Sometimes though, because you have a sense of patriotism and that nationalistic attitude towards your beloved country, you just can’t help but react.

This actually happened more than a week ago when 22 Filipino fishermen at the Red Bank was rammed by a chinese vessel. It took a week for Duterte to react by saying it was an  “an ordinary maritime incident”, instead of investigating what happened and protecting the rights of the 22 fishermen.  He would not dare punish china for intentionally sinking that fishing boat. Now it can be told, he loves china more than he loves his country and his countrymen who he promised to serve.

Let me quote an  opinion of a netizen Allan Bernabe how these people from the government  coerced the fishermen to doubt themselves and eventually retract their own statements:

It’s so tragic that Duterte had to parade excessive force, to cower Insigne into submission. The poor fisherman-captain was taken down by shock and awe.

Piñol was sent to boat owner’s home, in the guise of bringing relief goods. But the real purpose was to force Insigne and his companions to change their story and apologize to Duterte.

When Piñol met Insigne, there’s no doubt that Insigne showed defiance.

But Piñol was ready. Duterte had anticipate Insigne will stand for principle. So he had assigned a battalion of fully armed policemen to go with Piñol, to do nothing else but scare Insigne. Once Insigne resisted, Piñol signalled the troops to surround the house in full battle gear, threatening arrest of the fisherboat captain.

Insigne, who had already received arrest “feelers” prior, must have broken down in fear.

After losing his command of the rammed boat, losing his right to fish in Philippine territories, losing his dignity to Duterte’s lies and fierce fanatics trolling, and almost losing his life to Chinese militia, he cannot afford to lose his freedom.

Not knowing the threat of arrest was only a Duterte’s bluff, Insigne surrendered to Duterte’s propaganda.

The most powerful tyrant of the country crushing the heart and soul of the poor beaten victims of China’s aggression, using the full might of a country’s resources.

Such unspeakable cruelty only a Duterte mind can produce.

Injustice can’t even begin to describe this.

Pinol is the present Agriculture Secretary sent by duterte.He conducted a closed-door meeting with the seafarers. When it was done, they were singing a different tune. You can see from their faces how conflicted they were of what happened, even having their photos taken with that hateful  fist sign like a Nazi salute.

First Lorenzana changed his tune, then here comes the captain of the Philippine vessel who says he is no longer sure whether it was a chinese ship who rammed them or not. What’s happening Philippines? Ganito na lang ba kababa ang tingin nila sa atin?Yung iba diyan, ang daling bumaliktad, may nabibili, may nasusuhulan, may madaling himukin. Yung iba tinatakot at binabantaan ang buhay nila. Which is which people? I am confused  . Or maybe to save your life and the lives of your family, you just follow blindfolded. We can’t really blame those poor fishermen.

(Lorenzana is the present Secretary of  National Defense).

 

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Hello everyone!

Just curious. Are you that type of blogger who only reads your reader’s newsfeed and  do not visit the sites of the bloggers you are reading and commenting on? I’ve done that for a number of years till I discovered that it is nicer to visit the sites than just commenting and reading on your feed. You will be able to discover how their blogs look like, how the blogs were customized to fit their themes, how photos were arranged for a better look and views. I used to see those votes in every blog post I write then it stopped but lately it is back again. Maybe some new bloggers  clicked the “vote” button at the lower portion of the title of each post which you can’t find if you are just reading your feed.

I have different photos on my header when you click different posts but I haven’t changed my theme. I just love the Sadish look. I love the clear lines and simple look of the customized site. I am using a free team and that won’t change because I don’t want to pay every year for a blog that is quite personal. It is not a business blog and I don’t earn anything from it.

I am quite sad that a friend who blogs in another platform has given up on blogging. He is retreating from being active on social media because he could not take the tragedy happening to our country day by day. He actually wished he could do anything actively like some of  our friends are doing but he is staying in another country so it is a bit hard for him to do so.

This is a blatant insult to us Filipinos. I saw some photos of people selling chinese flags at a public place like Luneta. I can’t help but react. We will be celebrating our Independence Day on Wednesday June 12 but why this? Who allowed them to sell those chinese flags? Ibinabandera nila ang hindi naman atin. Gosh, it gives me the shivers. There was a time when I felt so happy seeing everyone celebrates our Independence but it seems in all the three years that a certain individual took over, it has become so frustrating to see them ignore the importance of what our ancestors sacrificed for.

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