Manny Pacquiao Unites Pinoys?

Let’s all admit. Election rules are mere suggestions.

Take Pacquiao for example. Yes, he’s a great sportsman. I can say with conviction that he is the sole entity that can stop a whole nation (well, maybe 99.9%) just to witness the fights (or their delayed telecasts.)

But how do you separate the boxer from the candidate? Doesn’t it strike you that the fight was scheduled right before election month? I think it’s just logical to think that Pacquiao running for congress has been a long term plan. Somebody feeds ideas in his head and before you know it, Manny believes he can be a congressman. Pffft.

Who gives a rat’s ass if he hasn’t read a bit about representing a district as a duly elected public official?

No one dares to scream that the fight (its promotion and the whole nine yards) has undeniably given Pacquiao an unfair advantage over his opponent during this election season. Why? Because he’s Pacquiao. Because he gives the nation a reason to celebrate in unity. At least for a while. Because he gives the Pinoy a reason to feel good about being Pinoy.

I even read how some officials monitored the commercials. How moronic is that??? The whole thing is about Pacquiao for crying out loud! Sheesh!

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I just wish people, particularly those in the South Cotobato – General Santos district, know when to separate Manny the champion boxer and Manny the congressman hopeful.

Or am I asking too much?

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Did Solis even had a chance against Pacquiao?

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Parents’ Sympathy

I can’t believe the parents are seeking the dismissal of charges against Ducat and Carbonell. Their children were threatened to be blown up with an unpinned grenade! I’m sure they’re all thankful that their children will be getting the “free” education that Ducat demanded. So that makes everything okay? It’s one thing to believe in the “crusade” of Ducat and empathize with him. But it’s another to let him off the hook. Obviously, it was a mistake to drop the charges when he took some priests hostage. Should he be allowed to get away again?

If that person doesn’t get persecuted, it sends the message – a wrong one! – that it is okay to put the lives of other people in danger AS LONG AS it is for a worthy cause. It sends the message to the whole world who watched the hostage drama that psychotic people like Ducat need to threaten the lives of others and violate the laws just to “send a message across.” I’m sorry but this “little” incident will not fix our country’s problems with education.

How irresponsible and selfish of those parents! More than anything else, this group action of the parents not only shows that they have sympathy for people who threaten their own children but clearly states that they are willing to put their children’s lives in danger for “causes”! Their children were almost blown up for crying out loud! Whether Ducat did or did not have the intention of doing so does not diminish the fact that over thirty six lives were put in peril by such extreme actions. It’s like feeding the children to the lions!

Providing education for those handful of children are mere temporary solutions. It’s like giving candy to a crying kid. We all know how deep our educational problems are. June is just around the corner and we’ll here about them soon enough. Again. The real problem is people who unwittingly vote idiot officials into office time and again. If there’s any one who needs real education, it is not the children. It is these kind of adults, the kind who shows compassion for wrong doers and who gets persuaded with by candidates with freebies and fancy commercials.

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Lastly, it’s funny to see how people easily sympathize with these people. It’s funny how seemingly noble causes soften the hearts of the many even though fact of the matter is the act is criminal in nature.

Is it really in our culture to side with the underdog? Is it really in our culture to be so stupidly forgiving? I would blame politics and government for all the social problems, but I’m beginning to think that religion has A LOT to do with it as well.

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Holy Week Traditions

Our family has always spent Holy Week doing what most traditional Roman Catholics do this time of year. No, not go to Boracay or Baguio or Batangas. I think those kind of activities are for the upper-middle classes and beyond. Holy Week starts with the Palm Sunday and we usually attend mass at Sto. Domingo church along Quezon Ave. I am never sure why we have to travel all the way there when we could attend mass a the village church. Then during the holy weekdays, we attend pabasa at a relative’s in Dimasalang. The adults take turn reading/reciting/singing the verses which narrates the event towards Christ’s death and resurrection. Holy Thursday is the day reserved for Bisita Iglesia. For each church that we visit, we would take turn reciting one of the fourteen (then it became fifteen sometime during the 90s). Good Friday and Black Saturday are spent at home and fun-related activities are prohibited by parents. They say that when Jesus is dead, no one will protect and save us if something untoward would happen. And on Easter Sunday, there’s the traditional Salubong. Two separate processions – one is of Jesus and the other is of Mother Mary – would start out from two locations at around 4am and they would eventually meet up at the village church where the easter mass is celebrated.

But in recent years, we sort of outgrew these traditions. Holy week is still somewhat commemorated but not in the very traditional way that we grew up with. Recently, I have always thought that we as a family have outgrown or stated to outgrow these traditions. I am not sure if it’s because of the hellish work schedule (we children are growing old) and parents developed their own ways of celebrating Semana Santa.

Or maybe, it doesn’t mean so much anymore.

The way I see it these days, it’s just supposed to be like Christmas. Roman Catholics tend to be extra nice and good during these kind of seasons. But when the “celebration” is over, it’s back to old ways and attitudes, which are far from being holy. It’s not supposed to be that way. The spirit of giving (during Christmas season) and the spirit of humility (during the Lenten season) are meant to be lived out on a daiy basis. They are not “modes” that we shift into during specific times of the year only.

It’s just sad how some people are bent on keeping up with traditions during the Lenten season, when they act like assholes and bitches the rest of the year.

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