Disclaimer: My family/clan is a known supporter of the “opposition” in our city. Me, I don’t care, I just type what I see, and mind you I’m not even a registered voter.
Short version: The ideas presented here https://nyvremzurc.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/why-the-conditional-cash-transfer-would-not-function-properly/
Here we are again, this nation’s capital region paralyzed, and since most of the businesses are located here, I believe it’s also safe to say that business we’re halted too, at least the huge “financial” businesses, meanwhile “local” business thrives in these times, from selling overpriced goods, pushing makeshift boats, and my favourite, professional relief goods queuer and snatcher.
Of course, this is the shining moment of our dear patron saints, ah I mean politicians. People will receive “relief goods” from them and stupidly believe it came from their own pockets.
As usual, the polarization is very apparent here in our place. If you look at the facebook page of the current administration in this city, you can city photo ops of their distribution of their “help” but interestingly, our “barangay” is nowhere to be found, as if it a nonexistent. as well as other “barangay” (BTW, barangay is the smallest administrative region/division in our country, maybe like a town or community.)
So what are the common those missing barangays from the photo ops? it’s chief executive (barangay captains) are not allies of the city administration. thus, not getting help from them. Funny, when the local government code of this land explicitly says that Barangay officials should be nonpartisans. But that’s a different matter altogether and that is the ideal world. I would also like to add that there is a funny thing that happened in our city last elections, everyone from the same party/group won except for the city’s chief executive. imagine what a chaos this place was then (actually until now) there is supposed to be a recount on comelec but somehow, even with the comelec’s authority, they cannot get those ballots. and after the voting on Corona’s impeachment, it seemed the noise has stopped as well. (this city’s current chief executive is a “wife” of a senator, and that senator has a sister in the senate as well.. Ah, I guess you now know where am I located eh?)
But sorry for digressing, what am I saying here? you see in local politics as I have said before, there is the concept of “Kakampi” (ally) and “Kalaban” (opponent) and that is very apparent here, where emotions are always high to the point that “It’s always personal” must be the motto of this country because people cannot accept objective criticism, and when you did that, they will automatically brand you that you’re supporting the other group.
And because of that, government services have become selective only to their allies. As I have said before, “when you are an ally, we’re good. but when you are our opponent. you’re fucked.” and that is exactly what’s happening to this city. distribution of that so-called relief goods has been selective as well.
But let’s leave it at that now, after 500 no substance group of words and I haven’t even started to talk about the two faces of Taguig. hah, but I guess that’s for next time.
Please don’t complain why it is flooding, we all have a part in it, and even I’m actively doing my part but you don’t…. and also you keep electing incompetent politicians…. ah, I’m tired of this
I haven’t even talked about how two polarizing “opinions” have been spreading since the flood, like why did the pumping station did not work? of course, the opponents of the current administration are blaming the administration. while the allies are saying something happened. see? even locally there is no unity, how can you even expect to rise when you are pulling each other down? what, pray to god? sorry to say, but praying does not do anything until you DO action. sheesh, this is really tiring.