|Still a joy to watch.|
What a disappointment it’s been to hear of LA Laker star Metta World Peace, the player formerly known as Ron Artest, elbowing OKC Thunder guard James Harden a couple days back.
With Artest’s name change last year, there was some hope that his days of brawls with players and fans were over, that he would indeed spread awareness of peace and love. Now it appears that it was an empty gimmick all along!
Luckily, we can trust our Philippine government to tell it as it is, to call things by their proper name. Here’s a sample:
Marcos’ program is still going strong 40 years later, if not in terms of actual reform, at least as a popular, sure-to-get-votes strategy for politicians.
‘CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER’
This could use a more catchy name such as ‘Hey look at me I’m a freebie!’ But still, cash is indeed transferred upon the meeting of certain conditions ― conditions such as job-quitting-since-the-kids-go-to-school-anyway (thanks to my real-estate agent friend for his anecdote on this). And speaking of kids going to school…
‘DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’
|Shhh Teri! Filipino passing by!|
I’m fairly certain that abandoning a three-year-old kid in a library maghapon once a week will produce a more educated specimen in five years, than would an entire 10-year (or 12-year) elementary-high school program overseen by the DepEd.
But if we are going by a loose definition of education that includes phrases such as “will gonna,” or an indoctrinated ‘love of country,’ i.e. being defensive about the slightest media reference of Filipinos being health-care workers abroad, then hell yes, this department is rightly called one of education.
|Ah, the kindness of those |
who spend other people’s money.
‘PERA NG BAYAN’
If ‘bayan’ was a living, breathing organism composed of the wills of each individual in a community, then surely one’s monetary property expropriated by the threat of government force would not actually be coercive, would in fact simply be the ‘bayan’ doing as it thinks wise with ‘its’ money.
The administration of Noynoy! Aquino controls Congress (as Gloria did).
He had his predecessor Gloria arrested (as Gloria did Erap).
Businessmen have to jump through hoops with Customs, BIR, DTI, etc. (as during Gloria’s time).
Some ‘businessmen’ have special privileges through the ‘Public Private Partnership’ program (as Gloria’s cronies did).
Now let’s do a little syllogizing.
Gloria unseated corrupt Erap.
Noynoy! is doing the same things as Gloria, and then some (e.g. Corona blitz).
Ergo, Noynoy! is anti-corrupt.
Ergo, daang matuwid nga!