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Allow me this, at least for a while. I might look strong on the outside but my heart is bleeding in the inside.

I mourn, yes, I mourn for my country.

Yesterday, they nailed the coffin for good. The end of democracy. It’s supposedly the last bastion to protect the Filipino people and yet the Commision on Election chose to proclaim all the twelve administration bets despite the clamor for manual count, despite the various anomalies that happened a week ago – defective SD cards, videos of election registrars filling in and shading empty ballots, 7-hour glitch in transferring the results from various precincts, malfunctioning Vote Counting Machines and many, many more. This election is a farce. And I guess there is no legitimacy in an election where the commissioners themselves who are tasked to protect the ballots break the rules. Some people said that this is the first time in the history of the Philippines in an election where not even one opposition bet won. In the local level, the opposition won in various areas but in the national level, they all lost.  It makes no sense to me.

Instead of bringing back those millions of pesos back to the government, they allowed the thieves to come back to the Senate. Think of this – a senator who wholehearted supported those extra-judicial killings, a thief, a loyal photographer/selfie maker/follower  to a president with no previous experience in politics, not even in the barangay level, someone who started campaigning a year before the election was held and the Comelec turned a blind eye, a former president’s daughter whose credentials are all fake, a good-for-nothing come-backing senator who did practically nothing in the past. They are complete, complete crooks if I may say.

Allow me to quote a few words from other netizens who are equally concerned with what is happening in our country.

They’re written in the vernacular but let me just translate it in the simplest way. Bato dela Rosa on illegal chinese workers “if they are illegal, make them legal”. Bong Go (the famous alalay), “I will put up a department of OFW”.  Bong Revilla (the come-backing senator) “if not for that budots dance, I won’t win”.

There was this poem published by the Thinking Class of the Philippines. Philippines, it is hard to love you.

The president has been absent from the limelight since the day of the election last  May 13. There are rumors that he was rushed to the hospital because of heart attack. I wonder why they are keeping mum on this when it is stated in the Constitution that the people has the right to know the physical health of a governing person.

And I wonder, why hold on to power even when you are not fit enough to govern. I call that extreme greed.

 

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I haven’t blogged for a while. Just feeling lazy I guess. You know that lethargic feeling that you just want to rest in bed and you are afraid to venture out because of the heat. It always rains every day but they are just thunderstorms. After two hour we’re back boiling again. It’s 34 C degree at the moment.

The truth is I just want to be updated with the news. The results  of the mid-term election distracted me. Just imagine this, by July 1, duterte  will have held all the branches of government – executive, legislative and judiciary. What I am afraid of is the total domination by China in the West Philippines seas.  Duterte is bragging that China would not let him step down.

And for the first time too, it took me more than a week to finish the book that I recently read. It’s supposed to be a thriller. It’s a novel of deception, intrigue and human  weakness.  It took me half of the book to really grasp the story. There were so many characters which were sometimes not relevant at all.  I think this book is not just my cup of tea.

Sorry guys, I am really not so inspired.

 

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I can’t really believe the numbers I am seeing. This is just too crazy. Before I went to sleep, it was barely 1% count and they were not transmitting the results from different areas.  They said the transmission server was  having glitches. At around 2 am while we were all asleep, there was a sudden surge of vote counts. Something happened. More than 90% of the votes has already been transmitted. And none of the opposition candidates, yes, not one of them made it to the top twelve. How did this happen?

Prior to the close of the election, a lot of precincts in the whole voting areas of the country  complained about the procedures done. Some OFWs (Overseas Filipinos) were not able to vote because their OAV (Overseas Absentee Voting) did not arrive on time. Some were disenfranchised, no names appeared on the list of voters. Some who voted for a different candidate has his/her receipt rigged with the name of the administration candidates.  VCMs (Voters Counting Machine) were malfunctioning and the voters’ ballots were just put aside and the teachers said they’ll just be the ones to enter those ballots when the machines are fixed or replaced.

And now here comes the magic of it all. Even unknown candidates of the administration made it to the top 12 but those who are best qualified in the opposition like Mar Roxas, Atty. Chel Diokno or even Bam Aquino were swept aside.

Same old questions nagging at me since the campaign started. Where are we going Philippines? One man rule and every one of them follows like musicians relying on the batton of the musical conductor. Is there still hope for us? Have we never learned what the past taught us? Are we going to repeat the same mistakes done in the past?  I am almost losing hope. There is really something not right about the results. It’s either some voters are still of the belief  that this administration is doing it right or something in those missing hours in between, there was an anomaly.  In the local level, opposition candidates won. It just goes to show that people want change. Change for the better, change from this nightmare. And we should hold COMELEC accountable for all these glaring mistakes.

I am quoting two of  netizens’ comments on social media:

From Palomo Alpaca:  Let us not be fooled. The delay in transmitting results for several hours was not a technical glitch. The interface programs were put to work. What happened was digital dagdag bawas using an intermediate program between the transparency server and the servers of the election watchdogs and media. Madali lang po gawin yun. But you need to wait for the true results before you can do the digital dagdag bawas. That’s what they did. They waited first for the true results before they manipulated the numbers that will be transmitted. That is why there was no transmission for several hours except for a couple of hundred thousand votes from Northern Luzon.

And another from Allan Bernabe:

Computerized tally used to be a smooth, trouble-free process requiring minimal to zero human intervention, that’s already been done several times in our country’s election history.

Suddenly, this computerized system is inexplicably wrought with problems after problems, just to be able to keep on producing a “consistent” 12-0 lead of administration bets?

Something or somebody is so blatantly trying to choke the digital process to force it into deviating from its programmed algorithm.

A single minor adjustment to correct an error of not showing “ñ” in names in previous computerized tally was used as an excuse to inflame a firestorm to try to unseat a duly elected vice president. But now, it’s just “okay” to accept thousands of errors and major server problems in this years “record breaking” lopsided victory of infamous plunderers, liars and self-admitted know-nothing administration candidates?

Why are people suddenly indifferent to such in-your-face monumental anomaly?

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Nissa always says that now that she is a mother herself, she appreciates all the things that she learned from me while growing up. We were not what you can say, a normal family. Husband was away during their childhood years. I was the nanay con tatay of the family until they finished college.

There is a lot to learn when you are rearing kids on your own.  A trial and error thing that works sometimes, at other times they do not. But there is always a sense of fulfillment when they grow up as responsible adults.  There is a sense of accomplishment too when you see them  as successful individuals in their own career.

One happy family despite the odds.

Since today is Mother’s Day, I traipse down memory lane once more.  One remembers the days when mere notes and letters written in notebook pages  and crumpled letter envelopes greet you when you go home or a home-made card telling you that they miss you. One remembers Nissa’s cut-out  colored papers fashioned into flowers and Josef’s drawing of a big house with a big single door but lots of windows where we could all live when they have jobs of their own. And those lovely times going up the stage with them during recognition days every year in school. One remembers that time when one of Nissa’s professors called you and said congratulations because your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, one of those Latin honors that every parent and student dreams of. One remembers the anticipation of counting the days until your grandchild is born.

Ah, the years are kind.

It’s been a long time since I tasted a mocha-flavored cake. Those were the days when birthdays of my two kids were always celebrated with either vanilla or mocha-flavored cakes. Di pa uso dati ang Red Ribbon, puro Goldilocks lang. The former only began franchising in 1999.

Goldilocks’ mocha roll.

Josef gifted me with a whole Goldilock’s Mocha cake for Mother’s Day. Though I am not much into sweets now, I enjoyed having a slice.

Tomorrow, Nissa and I are going out for lunch, a late Mother’s Day bonding and catching up. I love my kids, they are so thoughtful .

And did I say  that togetherness is what counts?

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always blogged about Mother’s Day since I started blogging. It is always a joy to remember and give tributes to our dear mothers who risked their lives giving birth to us all.

We can’t really quantify the love that a mother gives to her child. You are all special in her eyes.

There was a special blessing to all mothers at our parish today. Then they gave each of us this heart-shaped balloon. The message says “Your courage and passion inspire me to become a better person. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. From St. Francis of Assisi Parish.”

And here’s my greeting to all my mommy friends on WordPress.

May you all be blessed.

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First I’d like to say, I have nothing against lawyers Their choice of profession is theirs and theirs alone. They may  have  been influenced by family members, peers, friends and the like.

Yesterday, the result of the Bar examination for 2018 was released and the topnotcher  is a graduate from Ateneo Law School, a valedictorian in their class. Only 22.07% made it (1,800 out of 8,158 examinees). Tears of joy and laughter, tears of triumph prevailed but  most of them didn’t make it. There is always a next time. It must be really tough to review and take the Bar. Imagine so many years of schooling just to fail at the final stretch.

Back when I was still working as a student librarian at the university where I graduated, I found those law students weird (although some of them were friends of mine). Take a look at one serious student at the corner of the library with those thick law books memorizing and understanding all those legalese. As they say, you need to sweat the small stuff. They look older than the regular students you see everyday.

Law is a fascinating subject. I took 12 units of it when I was in college. Obligations and Contract, Negotiable Instruments, Business Ethics and the like. One needs to focus in order to survive. And if you are lucky to have a good lawyer professor, then you might learn to appreciate the subject.

Personally, I don’t think we need more lawyers. Almost all of those who enter politics are lawyers. We have plenty of them. But not all of them are good politicians. Some are crook, some are plunderers and corrupt. They know how to twist and circumnavigate the law to their advantage. We have to admit though that it is where the money is.

I really hope we could also produce enough  graduates in science courses. Some friends that I know even seek scholarship from abroad in order to further their studies. Science research is I think neglected in the long run.

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Done a week-old laundry early this morning, watered the garden, cleaned the house and now it’s time to relax…. 🙂

It rained last night, first rain in May but I guess it was just a drizzle. It didn’t even wet the grass so much.  When  I woke up, the heat was terrible. It was not your usual early morning breeze where you feel the cold a little before the sun rises.

I’ve mentioned earlier that I am enjoying listening to Josef’s Bose soundlink mini – clear crisp sound, buong-buo as they say in Tagalog.  Bose’ wireless speakers are really good especially when you play instrumental music.  It delivers pure natural sound and the bass is just right, deep but whole. It’s like playing music on a big stereo but you only have a portable, wireless speaker.

Music is the language of the soul, so we hear artists say. It evokes memories. Have you ever remembered one particular event in your life that you associated with music? It makes us laugh, it makes us cry. If you love listening to it, you are in good company. According to some scientific studies, music lowers stress and improves health. Listen to it, sing along, tap your feet while listening.

Lately, I’ve used my transistor radio a lot listening to some old songs while catching on my reading. There is a radio station here that does not have commercial breaks, just good old music all the way.

Sing that tune, dance to the beat, shout with joy. Music will always be here after all.

 

 

 

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