Sunday, March 18, 2007

Well, well, well ...

In the words of my call center trained girlfriend - "well, well, well ... look do we have here?

No big surprise for many of us. The headlines validate what we Filipinos already know, but have come to quietly accept, and are unwilling to do anything about because it might rock the stability of our own boats. Surviving this trickle up (against gravity) economy and its progressively unreachable cost of living for the middle class and the poor , is enough burden already. You expect us to do anything about this ourselves???? To fight the establishment? To fight status quo? Today when to oppose is like inviting a bullet to the head and a place in a mass grave. Didn't we vote for "representatives" who were to fight that war for us? Where are they?
I wonder ....

Mid-term elections are just around the corner. We have another chance to do the right thing or to validate the immensity of our own foolishness. If we can't ensure that the winners win ... then we deserve to be stuck with a bunch of losers.

Support the Pinoy

Three contractors are bidding to build a national road.

One is from the Philippines, another from Germany and an American. They go with a government official to examine the road site.

The American contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says. "I figure the job will run about 200 million pesos: 100M for materials, 50M for my crew and 50M profit for me."

The German contractor also does some measuring and figuring,
then says, "I can do 300 million pesos: 125M for materials, 125M for
my crew and 50M profit for me."

The Filipino contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers: "1.2billion pesos- gawa agad yan". The official, incredulous, says, "Ano, hindi ka man lang nagsukat o nagcalculate - alam mo na agad ang presyo !! - Paano yon??"

"Easy lang yan bosing" the Pinoy explains, "500million pesos para sa iyo, 500million pesos para sa akin ... o tapos ipagawa na lang natin yung kalsada dun sa Amerikano"...

Siempre panalo ang Pinoy sa bidding dahil nationalistic ang opisyal at gustong sumuporta sa kapwa Pilipino. Mabuhay .....

(The above story never happened. It is just a joke ... in case you didn't think so)