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Flooding, Politics, and You.

Agosto 11, 2012

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/

Long Version:

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.

P.S.
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

P.P.S.
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.

4 mga puna

  1. hello, snake.. yes, medyo ganyan pa nga yata pagdating sa implementation sa local, diluted ang good intention ng national level policies – humahalo at nananaig ang priorities, biases and partisanship ng ruling parties and dominant leaders. mas nabibiyayaan ang mga kakampi ng nakaupo, medyo… palagay ko, hindi lang iyan sa Taguig kundi sa maraming parte pa ng bansa… ^^

    ang nakikita kong pangontra or dosage para ryan is for people, especially ‘yong mga nangangailangan, to get a bit more involved in local politics, to organize into groups and to solidify their ranks para makasali sila sa decision-making. kasi, the middle class people, di naman masyadong nakikialam sa lokal unless sila mismo ang tatakbo at magpapahalal. so, the best bid ng mahihirap is to organize themselves and make themselves heard and recognized.😉 hello!


    • I agree, pero may kulang po. “Education”, unfortunately, malabo po yan sa tinatakbo ng ating bansa ngayon.

      Ah ewan, medyo pagod na rin talaga ako sa bansa na to. hahaha, nakakalungkot mang isipin, ayoko mang maging ganun, pero hindi ko alam. pero ganoon talaga nararamdaman ko.

      Katulad nga po ng komento ko doon sa isa, may mali, siguro sa pagiisip, o kung sa anong bagay na hindi ko alam.

      Maraming salamat po sa paglimbag ng komento🙂


      • ahaha, it is perhaps easy to be cynical lalo pa pag di participating ang isang tao sa local politics. why not try joining a local organization, make some plans and steer people into action. if one is or we are, simply making observations from the armchairs, medyo madali talagang magreklamo, manghinawa at manlumo… ^^

        things are actually different once you go to the grounds – meet actual people, solve actual problems and implement actual projects. mag-iiba ang perceptions mo, negative and positive. you would see that people are not that indifferent, not that ignorant and not that callous, as in… and your biases will likely soften or, at least be situated.

        di ba sabi, pag gusto mong ma-rule ng mga taong mas inferior sa iyo, you would shun politics? pag may gusto ka namang ipatupad or ire-direct, you enter the fray, ‘ika nga, para makita mo kung made ka from different and sterner, mas tuwid na stuff or ganoon din lang? hayon yata… hello!🙂


      • yung second paragraph, nadagdagan na naman ang curiosity ko sa iyong identity.

        Pero di ko itatanggi na ang expertise ko lang talaga eh mag reklamo, totoo naman siya. (warning, expect self serving or simply just “palusot” sentences next) kaya lamang eh, 1. sino naman ang makikinig sa isang high school dropout na katulad ko? bukod pa doon, local organizations? like? karmihan lang ng nakikita kong organization may self serving interests din, (leftists, under politicians, etc.) pero pwede ko rin naman siyang ilagay sa isang umbrella term na “tamad lang ako”

        it’s just that, for some reason hindi na ko naniniwala sa system of governance. para bang “the institution is made for self preservation” pero broader topic yan eh na siguro masasabing root ng pagiging “indifferent” ko. (mahilig kasi ako sa “conspiracy theory films” as people would call it)

        pero para paikliin, pwede ko tong ipasok sa isang sentence lahat ng ito eh. “Kung ayaw niyang tulungan ang kanyang sarili, bakit ko pa siya tutulungan?” the joke’s on me though.

        Saying that, katulad ng sinabi ko po sa iyong blog, psyche. way of thinking. How many times na nakakita tayo na nagsasabing wala silang pera o makain pero may cellphone sila? Status Quo, ironic though. while I don’t like it. I my “indifference” makes it as well.

        P.S.
        Siguro kung nabubuhay si Jose Rizal ngayon, kinasusuklaman na niya ko dahil may nabasa akong quote umano niya dati na parang hindi dapat sisihin ang less knowledgeable sa nangyayari at mas malaki ang kasalanan ng may may nakaka alam pero walang ginawa tungkol dito. But then again, what can I do? isa pa, I’m not knowledgeable myself🙂

        and sobrang haba na ewan ko siguro incoherent na, iiwan ko nalang yung dati kong tagline sa blog na pinlagiarize ko galing sa isang nobela na hindi ko naman nabasa😀. “You know what I’d do? I mean if I had my goddamn choice? I’d just be a catcher in the rye and all.”

        So yun, maraming salamat po sa pag iwan ng makabuluhang komento. for sure pagiisipan ko po ng matagal ang iyong mga sinulat.🙂



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