Siraan Everywhere

So may sakit ako these past few days, at sabi ko I will be actively posting why VP Leni is my president pero di ko na nagawa. Minsan, napapabukas ako ng FB pero dahil sa memes na sinesend, not actually for the news.

Pero ang lungkot na ‘yung mga ibang kampong nagsabing “walang siraan,” “respect my decision,” etc., sila rin naman ang may caption ng “Leni inodoro,” “Leni lugaw,” “ina niyo, basta ampon ako,” at iba’t iba pang paninirang puri. Anyare sa sinabi ninyong “walang siraan?” Hindi ko man maintindihan kung bakit n’yo iboboto ang isang kandidato, karapatan n’yo ‘yon iboto . . . demokrasya, e. Pero siyempre, not without posting something like this para puwede pang pag-isipan.

Hindi rin naman shielded doon ang supporters ni VP Leni. Alam ko rin naman na may ibang nagpupush sa kanila na ‘wag na tumakbo si Ka Leody, Isko, and others, na hindi rin maganda ang tunog sa ‘kin.

Pero grabe, ano? O, ako lang ba ‘to? Parang lahat nakatuon sa kanya. May ibabalita tapos may mga blog na magko-compute na kesyo hindi totoo na 4,000 vehicles ang sumama. And I mean, if this computation were true, nada-drag nang nada-drag ang name niya.

Gusto ko siyang manalo. Bukod sa mga accomplishments niya, parang ang sarap na mag-“in your face” sa lahat ng kritisismo sa kanya pero hindi siya tumitigil sa pagtulong. Hindi ba iyon naman talaga ang gusto nating pangulo? ‘Yung nakikinig. ‘Yung kahit anong batikos, nakatuon sa trabaho. I mean, last I’ve heard, active ang team niya sa pagtulong sa mga nasalanta sa Ilocos. Personally, kapag ako ginanito, baka mag-mental breakdown na ako. Di ko ma-imagine ang pagtitiis ng mga anak niya t’wing sinisiraan ang kanilang ina, ano? They look so genuine, so concerned.

But to all fair, di ko rin gusto ang nanay narrative. Share ko lang. Ayoko ng tatay narrative kay Digong, e. Minsan, sa isang office setup, weird din ang “we are family here.” Haha, ewan. Kumbaga, may abused families kasi? May families that are still very authoritarian (and as an Aquarius, ayoko n’on, lol, Di ko alam kung may sense pa ‘yung sinasabi ko). I mean, gets? I want a transformative leader that will not only inspire their people but move them to move, kumbaga. Pero gets ko rin naman na metaphor ‘yon. Hahaha. Preference ko lang.

Haba ng sinabi ko. 10:00 a.m. pa lang, ghorl. Good morning.

Still Frustrated Over Matters I Cannot Control

Some establishments are beginning to remove hazard pays from their employees’ salaries, as if the battle with COVID in the Philippines is already done.

Note that some employees are still not allowed to use public transportation due to safety reasons (e.g., in some food establishments). I heard that some even have an alternate schedule, meaning an employee could only go to work for two weeks in one month (one-week work, two-week rest). I understand why this is necessary, but I hope owners would not take away the pay that serves as a minimal “pampalubag-loob” to our frontliners who are risking their lives for their families.

And then there are people who prioritize dumping white sand into Manila Bay, allowing hundreds of people to gather the area as if there were no fucking health risks. Yes, I am questioning the gatherers’ decision to visit, but more importantly, the event wouldn’t even happen if DENR and other concerned authorities did not use “tourism” as an answer to the country’s problems.

Ano ba, ano ba, ano ba? Where are their priorities? Sigh.

Ugh “Forever the Dirty Supporters”

I logged in on Facebook to check for writing jobs but immediately deactivated after I got distracted by posts under news articles. Iba talaga ang mundo ng Facebook, ano? Isama mo pa ang mga relatives ko who keep on sharing Marcos and Duterte stuff (pero kapag babasahin mo, alam mong hindi credible dahil mali-mali ang grammar) via private message⁠—yes, grabe the effort⁠—maybe with the intention of “enlightening” me. I just ignore them. I answered them once, but they kept on throwing statements like “kamay na bakal na ang kailangan ng Pilipinas,” “maganda at tahimik ang Pilipinas no’ng panahon ni Marcos,” “minalas lang si Duterte dahil tumapat sa pandemic pero best president talaga siya.” Hay. Nakaka-drain. I just ignore them already. Dahil parang nakikipagusap na lang ako sa pader. Some are not paid trolls. There are people who will still be okay with this regime, sadly. May nakita akong “I’m not protecting Duterte, I’m protecting the nation,” even though this person is clearly defending the incompetency of this administration. Minsan nakaka-tempt sumagot, but at this point and they still support the current administration, it means that they stand with Duterte’s philosophy: discipline through fear. And is that wrong? To us, yes, and that there is an alternative, which is effectively done by some authorities like Mayor Vico Sotton and Vice President Leni Robredo. But to them, no. Siguro gano’n ang kinalakihan nila, and they believe that this kind of discipline made them “good” people. This is how they are educated, and only if they are able to step on the shoes of the poor and the hungry will they be enlightened.