Posts Tagged ‘Politics’


Indelibly Inked

September 4, 2012

I don’t like politics. I especially don’t like Philippine politics.

Every now and then we hear of some politician, whether local or national, that gets involved in shady things. From drugs to money laundering to plagiarism, Philippines politics has it all, even tear-jerking dramatic privilege speeches. Yes, you know what I’m talking about.

However, what has this done for the government? Bills and laws take so long to be approved. Out legislation lacks so many things. There are so many issues and details that needs ironing out in our laws. None of those get resolved. It is sad that our legislators have years in office, but our laws never seem to change. We still have a lot of grey areas. The administrative branch does not even fare any better. While I applaud some cities for their discipline and progress, some local government units do not deliver as expected. Many people are still disappointed.

To be fair, whatever stagnant state we are trapped in now is not entirely the fault of politicians. A huge part should be placed on voters as well. If Filipino voters really take the election process seriously, I don’t think they’d be too careless in voting for certain people. Vote buying is still rampant. I hope that we realize that the money we get from selling our votes during elections is nothing compared to the next few years we have to endure if we happen to let the wrong person win.

I’d have to think that our country tops the bill when it comes to having the most actors and celebrities turned politician. I am not saying actors have no right to public office. I am just saying that while some of them really do want the good for the people and really want to help the country, it is not enough to run for public office. Everybody wants to help, but not everybody who wants to help should run for office. Let’s leave the politicking to those who have been trained well enough.


Expired Marriage?

January 12, 2010

As liberated as I am, I still remain conservative and idealistic about some issues in society. I am not embarrassed to say that. One thing that I have conservative views on is marriage.

For me, marriage should be a priviledge. It should be a priviledge for people who have prepared themselves for a married life. In a perfect society, all marriages would always work out and couples would stay together and grow old together. But we are not in a perfect society, and our status now is the closest that we can get to being perfect.

Recently, a women’s party-list group proposed for a 10-year expiration on marriages. I am not going to mention the name of the group because this is, after all, a personal blog. Yes, I get their intentions, and I know that they mean well. I just don’t support it.

Personally, I think it defeats the purpose of marriage. When people get married, they vow to God and their families that they will stay together for the rest of their lives. What’s the purpose of those vows if you can just get away from it all after 10 years? What’s the point of trying to make a marriage work if, at the back of your minds, you know that you don’t have to be stuck with it for life?

Yes, there may be so many marriages these days that do not work out and end up in separation. But there are also people who really wait for the right time, who really prepare themselves for a lifetime of commitment, and who really stay together and remain happy. My problem  with the proposal is that it generalizes marriages as one big problematic scene that needs an expiration date to end the misery.

I have nothing about the party-list who initiated this proposal. I totally empathize and understand wherever it is that they’re coming from. But I will never support this cause. I apologize if I offend anyone, but this is just what I believe in. A marriage is not just a legal obligation. It is also a commitment that you make in front of God, and while earthly laws may treat marriage differently, its sanctity never changes with Him.


Pound For Pound

January 11, 2010

The country’s most popular athlete, Manny Pacquiao, has been in a lot of controversies lately. I am not an avid fan of the man, but I am happy whenever he wins his matches with other boxers. I am proud of him because he is a Filipino, and he has achieved so much and has represented the country well.

However, I don’t think he should be an actor. Let’s face it, acting is a craft. You’re not supposed to get into the business just because you’re popular or rich. Some people are very good actors. Leave the acting to them. I think Manny should just focus on the one thing he is best at: boxing.

Also, I think Manny should take care of his family more. The issue linking him to another woman is not healthy. This not only ruins his marriage, it also affects the life of his children, his family, and his wife’s family. If he has not done anything wrong, he should say so. Being utterly quiet about does not help because it only adds fuel to the fire. Look at how big the issue has gotten now.

As for running for public office, I still think it’s not a good idea. But I am not in the position to say so. Only he can say if he is ready to serve the country. As we all know by now, our country’s politics has become a tired an sick joke that everybody plays. I think that only those people who are genuinely willing to be servants should run for office.

For the Manny fans, don’t get anoyed yet. This blog is not just about dissing your hero. I also want to praise him for his incomparable boxing skills. He is a man of great courage and determination. Everybody idolizes him. Everybody roots for him whenever he has a match. This is exactly why he should take very good care of his reputation. It would be such a waste if he continued winning titles but not be liked as a person by his fellowmen.

Two months from now, Manny will be facing another formidable opponent in the boxing ring. His name is Joshua Clottey. I would have loved it if he was fighting Mayweather. But I guess some fights are not meant to happen. Yet. Like all other Filipinos, I will still hope and wish that this will be another victory for Manny. Aside from that, I’d still be looking forward to the day he faces Mayweather at last.

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