The week thus far

Holy Week has ended but the Pinoy’s passion continues. Here’s my recap of big events that have happened recently.

A rice shortage is about to foment street riots. but the Arroyo government is solving it by lying about the problem. Prophets of neoliberalism and globalization should be made to explain why this happened, because it was they who have refused to abide by a policy of self-reliance and it was they who wished to make us hostages of the so-called world market and global supply and demand. Among these pricks, of course, is Mrs. Arroyo herself. In the meantime, prepare for the time when rice prices reach P40 a kilo.

President Arroyo also won the Supreme Court battle royale over Romulo Neri’s claim to executive privilege. But at what cost? By destroying the independence of the tribunal? Ain’t the court the only sensible government institution left — and like some Midas From Hell, Gloria Arroyo touched it and turned it into shit. House Speaker Prospero Nograles admits the SC ruling has “defanged” Congress and seems not to care about the powers of Congress in the supposed system of checks and balances.

Jose Melo took his oath as chair of Comelec. Ho-hum. Boring. The police has yet to solve the murder of the former Comelec law department chief last year by apprehending and prosecuting the killer/s, but assailants have killed his successor, just outside or near the Comelec premises.

Former President Aquino is in sickbay and the nation is immediately down on its knees. If Gloria gets downed with flu, there will be rejoicing, I tell you. But seriously, I have this quarrel over claims that Tita Cory’s ailment will supposedly impair the protest movement. Hello!? Are there commentators and reporters some kinda nuts? Haven’t they heard about dialectics? Yes, Tita Cory may be seriously sick now but did she ever say that she won’t at all be joining or in fact leaving the street protests and the Holy Masses she has been offering? No. I am certain that if she calls again for protests and does it from her sick bed, it would be more powerful and more convincing than the old Tita Cory. I think Senator Nene Pimentel also fell into this flimsy reasoning or “analysis” that only the likes of Ignacio Bunye can concoct and be satisfied with. For starters, read the reaction of Eduardo Ermita. Nagmamalinis po ang lolo niyo.

Several smaller, yet annoying things:

First is the festering (?) problem besetting Metrobank ATM customers.  I hope its already solved or else, Metrobank will make BDO and BPI so very happy.

Second, Globe Telecom is finding itself in serious competition with Sun Cellular for providing the lousiest services especially on Friday nights. Like its hard to text, impossible to load up, and can’t accept calls. No signal. When you try to contact Globe people, they blame you for sending too many text messages. O di ba? The problem started in Jan. but continues until this month, I think. No wonder, more people are on Smart.

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