Sunday, February 10, 2008


Manila's Filipino-Chinese community is in an uproar over the insensitivity (or is it just plain arrogance?) of a government official in uttering remarks that were considered denigrating to Chinese in the Philippines. With the uncouthness of an uneducated barbarian, he successfully angered a community that considers itself as historically part of Filipino lineage ... a community that has contributed so much to the evolution of Philippine economy.

To consider his remarks as anything other than "racist" would in my opinion be at the very least, patronizing ...
More correctly, it would be - being blind to the emerging "untouchable" arrogance that some believe political power has conferred upon them ...

This - after not so long ago - when a ranting venemous senator of the land accused the same community as having "invented corruption" ...

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ...
(These two "servants of the people" deserve a couple of Shaolin chops to the neck .... hai-yahhhhhhhh)

All this is part of an ongoing national tele"nobela" complete with an unbelievable plot of power, money, greed, corruption, crime, adventure, and comedy - a tele-series of sorts that has the nation glued to television sets, radios and broadsheets
The Philippines is indeed an interesting place to be in these days ...

What are we to do?
What can the lowly hordes of us who are simply ordinary citizens do?

We could complain but our national history has shown that we might be threatened with technicalities of the very law that we thought was in place to protect us...;
We could ask our elected "representatives" - the voices of the people, those we voted into place to protect us, to actually protect us ... but they appear to be pre-occupied with "pursuing " other things";
We could run to the media - even as they legalese themselves out of jail , survive assasination attempts, or hurdle the libel cases that are strewn across their paths to the truth - but we would only be heard for as long as the story sells;
We could congregate and shout to the high heavens, enumerate our frustrations with life, or voice our desire for change - but we would have to be ready to face the consequences of being thought of as committing rebellion or some similar subversion.

Or we could simply be Gandhi ...
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
Change from within
And wait ...
Wait till the slow momentum of the inevitable defines the history of tomorrow.

The nation is as usual ... divided.
So what else is new?


Speedcat Hollydale said...

The world is going mad, no?
Our US brodcastes have been anything but tasteful. Seems that our society has lost so much.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

You are so right.
Where has all the breeding gone?

The world is mad.
Thank God for golf .... :-)


Sidney said...

I think most of those plots & deals are made in the golf clubs, aren't they?

In my point of view it is business as usual... ;-)

What about a good meal and a bottle of red wine? ;-)

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

Hahaha - yes -life is as it always was.
Time to refocus on food and wine


bong c said...

masarap kumain. pero lalong sumasarap kung pulitika o ang opposite sex ang pinag-uusapan habang nagkakainan.

these are interesting times. the political pot is a hot pot. an essential ingredient, the support of the middle class, missing during the "hello garci" and "state of emergency" crises was very much in evidence at the makati rally yesterday.

but while the pot is simmering, it has yet to boil over. we shall see in the coming days. will another credible witness come out in the open? will there be a second batch of the Hyatt 11?

sundan ang susunod na kabanata.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

Yes Bong
"Makibaka -huwag matakot"

Remember those days?
We were in the streets for much less than what is happening today.


rita : ) said...

man-alive, dagul! what in the name of hot bananas is going on over there? sheesh. gone for a week of holiday, missed your posts... then, all these? oi-la-la!

all i can say is, "if all else fails, there's always red zinfandel." HAHAHA! oi... (brunello or amarone, for me. hehehe)

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

These are interesting times for us.
I'll drink to that ...