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My top 4 all-time favorite Filipino government officials as of today

I am so happy because we have leaders like Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Noli De Castro, Prospero Nograles and Marianito Roque. Monuments should be erected and songs should be written in their honor. Streets, avenues and highways should be named after them. They should be praised for their contributions to Philippine politics, culture and society.

Leader No. 1. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The photo-op President. I am sure those retrenched workers from Taiwan who wanted an audience with her but got “a bagful of brochures” instead would be delighted to hear that she found 37,000 job vacancies in Qatar recently. That is really something Mrs. President. Hurrah! Just when we thought the country would be swamped with thousands of returning OFWs because of the global economic crisis, you found another foreign land that would gladly absorb them. You are really getting good at this Filipino brain and talent exporting business thingy, Madame. That is just what the country needs right now. The more Filipinos sent abroad, the better for the economy! I think, if Oxford would ever consider adding a definition for the acronym “OFW” in future editions of its dictionary, it should state that “OFW” is slang for “a THING or COMMODITY akin to electronic chips, computer parts or even dried mangoes, which can be exported, used and abused by the government as leverage for economic growth.”

Leader No. 2. Noli De Castro

The “Kabayan” Vice President—during the inauguration of a BPO facility in Pasay City—is so proud that “the Philippines has enough supply of educated English-speaking labor force”. Right on! That is also a must for a country that has a multitude of dialects. Forget the Filipino language, we don’t need that anymore. We need more English-speaking youths and more call centers. That is the enlightened path the Philippines should take in the 21st century. We should promote the country as a BPO haven so that it will be forever chained to the economies of the English-speaking world. Forget heavy industries and high local content manufacturing. BPO is the way to go!

Leader No. 3. Prospero Nograles

The Speaker. I almost broke my neck the other day nodding in agreement with Noggy’s proposal to remove the existing limitations on foreign ownership of land. This should have been proposed a long time ago. Come to think of it, why did we ever remove the rights of Spain or the United States to own vast tracts of lands in the Philippines? They should have been invited to stay to cultivate and develop the land for us. Bad Filipinos! Look at what you’ve done! Now, we have to lure back some foreigners again because we are hopeless without them.

Along with Noggy’s, the collective mindset of Leaders 1 and 2 is highly sound and ultra-clear. Actually, there is a mathematical formula for it. Here,

MORE Filipinos working abroad +
MORE English-speaking Filipinos +
MORE foreigners possessing Filipino land =

Very simple. That is not too difficult to comprehend isn’t it? Cool then! Now, let’s continue extolling Noggy’s virtues. On the issue of Charter change, he was quoted to say that, “Only members of Congress can vote on these measures and they may possibly be influenced by the public outcry. But the demonstrations on the streets and its leaders cannot vote for or against Cha-cha [Charter change]. It’s the vote of congressmen and senators that will count. Not the streets.”

Well said, Mr. Honorable Speaker! You are truly the SPEAKER of the people. Crush the puny minority! Majority wins! Authority rocks! The House of Representatives should not be bothered by anyone. Most especially, it should not care about the people who it should be “representing” in the first place.

Leader No. 4. Marianito Roque

The DOLE Head. He is my favorite Secretary in the executive branch because this guy thinks fast and has valuable foresight. Imagine, he was able to identify the Middle East as shock absorber for OFWs facing possible retrenchment. Not only that, he has also found Canada and Australia as promising OFW destinations despite the global financial crunch. He recently announced that Canada has issued 8,000 visas to Filipinos! Wow! I couldn’t count all of that using my fingers and toes! Well, need I say more about the brilliant secretary? He is a true marvel. I would be eternally indebted to Sec. Roque, if I were among the 8,000 selected to go to Canada. These Filipinos are so darn lucky because finally, they would be earning Canadian Dollars. More importantly, they would have better chances of acquiring Canadian citizenship, which would allow them to leave our sick and yucky country for good. Probably, take a relative or two with them at that. Why not? It is also a good way for the government to ease population stress in the country. Not to mention, these future ex-Filipinos would still probably remit money to the country anyway. That’s a win-win-win scenario isn’t it?



Adik ka rin ba sa American Idol?

Oo aaminin ko na sige na! Na-adik na rin ako manood ng American Idol. Nagsimula ito nung Season 5 nang bigla ko natipuhan saksihan ang mga audition episodes. Nakakaaliw naman talaga kasi makita ang mga wannabees na gumigimik ng kung anu-ano para lang magpapansin. Waepek rin naman! Kadalasan pa, sila itong mga sablay at sintunado! Kung bata-bata lang ako at nakatira sa US e malamang nag-audition na rin ako (hmmm ano kaya ang bagay na costume sa akin?). Pero heto, nasa kabilang panig ako ng mundo ngayon kung saan hindi uso ang American Idol. Galit yata ang mga Intsik sa mga Amerikano ewan ko ba. Hindi katulad nating mga Pilipino na kulang na lang e humalik sa puwet ng mga Kano para lang mangopya ng kanilang pop culture, mas magtangkilik ng produktong stateside, atbp… Kailan kaya mahuhugasan ang colonial mentality ni Juan dela Cruz?

Dito sa flat ko sa Hong Kong, walang cable channel na nagpapalabas ng American Idol kaya sa internet na lang ako sumasagap ng mga pinakabagong episodes. Ayun na nga, may Pilipino na naman sa season na ito pero natanggal din ngayong linggo. Magaling si Ramiele Malubay kaso mukhang mali nga lang yata talaga ang timpla ng mga pinipili niyang kanta bukod sa marami ring magagaling na ibang kalahok (Archuleta o Cook ang pusta ko) . Tuwang-tuwa pa naman ako kapag naririnig ko si Ryan Seacrest na pinipilit bigkasin ng tama ang apelyido ni Ramiele, “…here is Ramiele Maloooooobaay.” Parang nakaganti na rin tayo sa mga Kano kapag naririnig ko si Seacrest na hirap na hirap bumigkas ng Tagalog maski isang apelyido lang yun. Aba’y ang lagay e tayo na lang ba ang laging maghihirap mag-ingles? hehe.

Pero hanggang dito na lang talaga ang byahe ni Ramiele sa palabas na American Idol. Sigurado naman ako na taos-puso siyang tatanggapin sa Pilipinas katulad ng ginawa ng mga Pinoy kay Jasmine Trias. Ano kaya ang unang ‘commercial’ na gagawin niya sa Pinas palagay mo?


...sapagkat ang gobyerno natin ay may "cash cow mentality" pagdating sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers.

(Read On "Milking the Cash Cow")

...sapagkat ako ay isa ring OFW; may mithiin, marunong magisip at nagnanais marinig... Makabagong bayani daw... Sa totoo'y tampok na gatasan ng pamahalaan. (English)

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