Saturday, November 17, 2007

Send in the Clowns

The past days, I’ve been following the news on the Batasan bombing which killed several people including somebody I know from the past and injuring many others but I couldn’t help but notice something---

ISN’T IT FUNNY OR IRONIC that whenever a tragedy or any cataclysmic event occurs, our government officials and politicians alike are scrambling on their heels in a mad dash to have their nonsensical piece of the issue and a shot at the so- called 15 minutes of fame?

Add the Police, Religious Leaders and every Juan & Juana de la Cruzes to the list too.

Here are just some of the examples of how these people can concoct theories that would put Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to oblivion…


The Gabriela women’s party Thursday said its representative, Luzviminda Ilagan, could have been the real target of the Tuesday night explosion at the House of Representatives, and not Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar, as the Philippine National Police had theorized.

In a statement, Gabriela pointed out that the PNP sketch of the blast site showed Ilagan’s van as “closer to the blast” than Akbar’s vehicle. It said “this should logically make” Ilagan and its other representative, Liza Maza, the “plausible targets,” especially because the latter’s vehicle was “almost identical” to Ilagan’s.


He said investigators should consider the likelihood that the explosion that killed four persons including Akbar and wounded 11 others (not 13, as earlier reported), including Ilagan and Negros Oriental Rep. Pryde Henry Teves, might actually have targeted the House as an institution.

“That should be looked into,” De Venecia said when asked in an interview if the bomb attack could have been directed at the House. “If there was a political message that was delivered, that should be looked.


"If you would think, why [a] remote controlled bomb and not [a] timed device? If I were the one [behind the blast], ibig sabihin may target ka [this means you have a target], you would explode the bomb when target is near," said Barias, noting that Akbar could have been the nearest to the motorcycle where the bomb was attached.

"We will also look into that possibility," said Barias when asked about members of the Magdalo as suspects.


"It is obvious that national security is getting worse and we have many reasons to believe that the government is making it so, as a premise for another crackdown against the critics of the regime, amend the anti-terror law and declare a state of emergency," KMP chair Rafael Mariano said.

According to Pamalakaya chairman Fernando Hicap, the group was not discounting the possibility that "agents of the state" were behind the blast.


Minority Floor Leader Aquilino Pimentel echoed Villar's reaction and said that the administration should “identify, arrest, and prosecute” those responsible so that the people's confidence on the state would be restored.

“[President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo] must be warned against doing a Musharaf, else more problems ahead,” Pimentel said in a text message.

Senator Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal called for “an independent commission to be formed to investigate this incident to avoid any cover-up or whitewash.”

“What is obvious is that this attack is part of a grand scheme. Is this part of the plot to divert attention on tomorrow's [Wednesday’s] impeachment hearing, the Senate investigation on the payola scandal tomorrow as well, and the ZTE hearings? We are not anymore safe. My sentiments go to the innocent victims and their families. Desperate moves indeed,” she said.


a. Methane is produced by rotting garbage. The Batasan is full of dirt and trash.
b. Methane is produced by shit, and members of the Batasan are full of shit.
c. Methane is produced in a septic tank. The Batasan is one big septic tank.

These only shows the inherent Kulang Sa Pansin (KSP) attitude, know-it-all character and inborn gossip in everyone of us, Filipinos not to mention our wicked sense of humor.

As a race we love to talk and talk and talk. And we love to speculate on everything and spin the rumor mill to kingdom come...

The tasteless attempts of politicians to ride on this tragedy to suit their agenda makes my blood boil and wished that the bombers should have planted the bombs to the two halls of Congress instead to erase these good-for-nothing bastards from the face of the earth.

It will be the day for rejoicing, imagine the Philippines without these shameless politicians hugging the limelight and pilfering our nation’s coffers dry for their selfish gains. Good riddance, huh?

We can dream, can’t we?

But this is just wishful thinking for it will never happen, not in my lifetime nor in yours folks since based on my experiences alone in dealing with these crocodiles and the Filipino people in all walks of life and I’m sure many of you have the same feelings about this thing, WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THEM.


Because We have a symbiotic relationship with them, and that‘s the painful TRUTH..

CHANGE will never happen as long as we continue to be indifferent to where our country is heading to and as long as we cannot put our money to where our mouth is, we will be at their mercy.

As long as we continue to be a nation of “talkers’ and not “doers” and a race of “Sobra sa Dada, Kulang sa Gawa“, they’re here to stay.

As a people, We are only good in words but not in deeds. We are only good in criticizing everything in our surroundings but in reality when given the chance, we will just go on with our business quietly and try not to meddle in the issues confronting our day to day lives. We have these notion inside ourselves, “Mahirap makialam, madamay pa ako.” And this is one reason why "real justice" will forever be elusive in the Philippines.

But if we really want something to change, we do need a REVOLUTION but not the kind that we have seen, experience and doing so far--

--A hollow Call for a change in leadership and system is not the answer nor joining the decades-old armed struggle can solve the rut that we are in as a nation and as a people.


…But it is always easier said than done.

So expect the world to continue to call our country as the sickest man of Asia and frowned upon as a race.

We just need to live with it and "enjoy" it in the process.

That’s life.

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