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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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Yesterday, I went back to my doctor so he could interpret the results of my lab tests. He asked if I voted and I said yes. He looked at me, smiled a sad smile and uttered “talo”. We talked of the previous election maybe for about two or three minutes before he reviewed my files. “Maybe  it was rigged?“, I asked him.  “You’re right”, he said. His doctor wife stopped for a while on her way to her clinic and said, “92% counted and still zero for Otso Diretso”.

I have deficiency in Vitamin D so I have to take 2,000 I.U. of Vitamin D daily complimented by calcium supplements. Since the medicine could only be sourced at Healthy Options, I had no recourse but to go there yesterday afternoon.

I had a good chat with the manager of Healthy Options when she approved my senior citizen’s card and asked about the election in our place here in Cainta. She knows the present mayor who won for the third time this election. We touched on previous mayors here who did nothing to the town. Atty. Mayor Kit Nieto is loved by the Cainta residents, I told her. They don’t want him to go. He won hands down over his former Vice-Mayor as  his opponent.

Social media is still awashed with different opinions and comments on what is happening here. Those Duterte diehards say that we should respect the decisions of the voters. How could we do that when it is glaring that there seemed to be massive cheating in the senatorial level? The candidates were not actually the losers, we are.

Hoping the truth will come out fare and square. Some are suggesting and demanding to have manual counts of the senatorial votes all over the land.

You see how dirty politics is?

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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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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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I have this nagging pain on my right knee for almost two weeks now. It is not really that painful but I could not sleep at night trying to try a sleeping position that would keep me relaxed. The pain is more visible at night. I tried some liniments to no avail.  It keeps coming back.

Early this morning I went back to my doctor for that much-needed check up.  He prescribed Tramadol for a week once or twice a day or as needed. I took one when I reached home and I am feeling okay now. Hopefully, the pain goes away soon. I have to come back after a week though for uric acid test and for FBS (fasting blood sugar).  Sometimes I just hate going to the doctor. I hate the endless waiting.  You’ll wait for two hours  only to be seen by the doctor for less than fifteen minutes. I get bored waiting. Although there is a television in the waiting area, I don’t usually watch it.

Instead of using a headset when I am viewing a video, Josef lent me his BOSE sound link and connected it to the computer. This afternoon, I tried it listening to some 70’s and 80’s songs then surprise…I watched a movie called Irresistible, starring Susan Sarandon.  Was she going crazy suspecting her husband’s newest co-worker that the latter is trying to attract the former? When things started to disappear in their house, the more she believed that the stalker was her husband’s co-worker. She struggles to prove her sanity and trust on her intuition. It is a psychological thriller alright with an unexpected conclusion. I didn’t expect to enjoy it but I did.  And listening to a well-delivered and clear dialogue added to the attraction. Using the sound link is way, way better than relying on the computer’s speaker.

Time flies, don’t you think? April is coming to a close and May is just around the corner.

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Even if you think you are prepared for such a calamity like an earthquake, you’re not. Even if you think that you are not afraid and are not nervous about it, you are.

Yesterday will go down history as another unfortunate event that all of us were unprepared for.  I was writing a post when all of a sudden, the table where my monitor and keyboard are started shaking. A lateral and downward movement that made one dizzy. Come to think of it, I never even thought of running outside but just prayed and prayed until everything is calm again. Jovy told me that they went down from their 22nd floor office at JP Morgan when an announcement told them to evacuate the building. They went back to work after all was clear. Josef was at the 9th floor of another building  near their JP Morgan office at BGC, waited for instructions from their Security office on what to do.

PHILVOCS  reported that it was tectonic in origin and the epicenter was somewhere in Zambales but it was in Porac, Pampanga where it was deeply felt. The two provinces are divided by mountains.

Above photo shows a damaged church in Porac,  Pampanga. There were cracks on the asphalted roads, a grocery store collapsed that caused three deaths and injured people. Portion of Clark International Airport was damaged too which led to flight cancellations in the area. Metro Manila was not spared. Most schools and public offices have no classes and no work today so those buildings could be inspected. More than 421 aftershocks were recorded by PHILVOCS  early this morning. Just watched a video where water from a swimming pool of a high-rise building poured to the grounds like falls.

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And to think this is not yet the big one that they are warning us about. There are several fault lines in our country.

Marikina Fault Line – is the most geologically active fault line in the Philippines. – it is located in East of Metro Manila and cuts through all the modern and progressive portions of Manila, Rizal, Marikina City, Quezon City such as Eastwood, Rockwell, Ortigas Center, Bonifacio Global CityAyala Center, and Alabang.  Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Center are the business hubs of Metro Manila. 
Earthquake drills are regularly being done but not all are willing participants. Poor us, we are flood-prone and earthquake-prone too.

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I was having my own reflections while watching the sharers of  The Seven Last Words. A long time ago, during one of the  retreats I attended, our guest speaker asked what was our favorite passage in the Bible and this came to mind.

It sums up everything that Christ did for mankind. He died so we may live.

Last Friday, lots of thoughts played in my head. The times when I had problems with my health, the times when everything was not okay, the sacrifices we have to endure with the family not complete, the things we dreamed of but not fulfilled. Everything seemed to be all complaints  with no sense of gratitude. When you are at that point that everything seems to be topsy turvy, sometimes you can’t even think of the good things coming your way. You seem so focused on the problems and not how to go about it until one day you wake up and say “problems are not really bigger than our lives”. You wake up to the fact that they are part and parcel of our lives.

Gosh I thought, I was just dizzy. The table was shaking and so was my monitor. There was a strong earthquake a few minutes ago while I was writing the first paragraph. I was so afraid, I have just Oreo in the house with me and he is pleasantly asleep in the comfort room. My monitor was shaking. God please protect us from such calamities. 

I lost my train of thought. Nissa just called me up asking how I am and how strong it was here. So many comments on FB. So it was 5.9 here in Luzon and  Metro Manila. 6.3 in Pampanga. Oh my.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care  about itself.  Each day has enough  trouble of its  own”. -Matthew 6:34
I love this passage too. Sometimes we worry too much to the point that our health is affected. We must learn to let go at let God.

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