August 15, 2019
RECENT issues prompted me to review the headlines these past few weeks. As usual, like many readers trying to decipher the stories at face value, I was prone to flashbacks and time lapses of images that can cause vertigo and sometimes habitual constipation.
And that is precisely the reason why I find Secretary Sal Panelo’s post the worst job in the world. His official title “Mr. Spokesperson” has now transformed into “Mr. Clarification.”
Please don’t get me wrong. I always enjoy culinary treats, especially those concocted by talented chefs eternally hooked on the eternal objective of making our palates mesmerized by their creativity.
The trouble comes when one looks at the voluminous choices we face when presented with that thick paper trail of gastronomic delights. That is the precise time that you get the urge to put on a blindfold and just point to any part to make the final decision.
I am going to enumerate some of them so you can take a look or what newspeople say these days, “take a listen.”
On the presence of China’s ships:
– “The Philippines is “firing off” another diplomatic protest against China over the presence of two Chinese research vessels in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).”
– “National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. revealed that hundreds of Chinese vessels had swarmed Pag-asa (Thitu) Island.”
– “Now, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says China is ‘aggressive’ but no longer ‘a bully.’”
– “Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. earlier called for banning foreign survey ships, including Chinese, inside Philippine waters.
– “Malacañang said it would support the policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on marine surveys.”
– “Locsin backs out of ban on survey ships. In a tweet, Locsin said the country cannot ban marine surveys after all, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.”
On gifts and bribes:
– “The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday warned police officers that accepting gifts was a violation of their oath of service and the law.
– “PNP chief Director-General Oscar Albayalde yesterday admitted he also received gifts from people but these were only food during public events.”
– “Sen. Ronald Bato de la Rosa yesterday said he accepted gifts from grateful people he had helped when he was a PNP official. De la Rosa made the disclosure as he continued to defend President Duterte for saying that police officers can.
Will somebody help me here? I have to admit that I’ve gotten confused with these words now:
“Bait, inducement, gratuity, bribe, reward, donation, fee, hush money, tip, protection, kickback, payoff, generosity, award, prize, payola, remembrance, dowry, handout and bonus.”
Last year, we heard that the worsening traffic in Metro Manila costs P3.5 to P5 billion in lost opportunities each day, highlighting the need for new and modern infrastructure to ease congestion as reported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We were warned enough and we seemed to face a blank wall on where to start.
On traffic gridlock:
– “Quezon City RTC Branch 223 stops LTFRB’s provincial bus ban on Edsa.”
– “Panelo: The Palace is open to suggestions from the public on how to solve the gridlock on EDSA.”
– “The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has defended the stricter implementation of the yellow lane policy on EDSA, saying it is not an experiment nor is it related to the planned ban on provincial buses.”
– “Senators Tito Sotto 3rd and Sherwin Gatchalian concurred that transferring government offices to the provinces would ease traffic in Metro Manila.”
– “Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri says we should start construction of elevated walkways and bike lanes along EDSA.”
– “Senators Grace Poe and Frank Drilon in unison agreed that it was time to review the MMDA’s mandate given the chaotic situation.”
What I am saying here is that we are all united in pinpointing the main problem but we are deeply divided in coming up with the correct solutions. Government officials are afflicted with the disease of getting their opinions from their PR drumbeaters and worry much about the tuning fork getting the right decibels of applause for the choice of that particular note.
Every single day, they interpret (correctly or not) the body language and actual litany of the President’s verbal innuendos resulting in much misinterpretation. The result is too many detours that may not lead to the identified finish line.
Add to these the various opinions emanating from social media, much like being confronted with hundreds of thousands of choices from online shopping giants Amazon, Alibaba, Lazada or Shopee.
We must admit that our Republic is always at the foot of that infamous “bridge to nowhere.” Are we eventually really doomed to say “who cares” and sleep soundly at night? Are we all ready to accept submissively that everything is a sad reality that we are bound to embrace until the twelfth of never?
It’s about time we digest this quote: “Instead of thinking out of the box, get rid of the box.” (Deepak Chopra)
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Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.
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