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We The People Have Spoken

You're Fired

It’s all over but the shouting. The most contentious presidential election in recent memory is history. Although it’s not official yet, former Vice President Joe Biden won and President Donald Trump lost. Based on the projection released by the Associated Press today, Biden has secured enough electoral votes to capture the presidency.

To his credit, Trump had fought the good fight until the end. He held rallies covering up to five states in a day. I find his stamina and energy amazing considering that he’s just recovered from Covid-19. Sometimes I wonder if his getting infected by the virus were fake. As a master showman, it does help fit his narrative that it’s not as serious as the media and the health experts want us to believe.

Some may attribute his loss to the coronavirus pandemic that it’s still going on with no signs of abating. So far, it has infected over 9 million Americans and caused almost 240,00 deaths. Its economic impact is also staggering with business shutting down and many people losing their jobs.

As an incumbent, Donald Trump could have used the pandemic to his advantage by leading a united front in response to the crisis. But his divisive style of leadership has failed to keep everybody on board. In addition, he has continued to rail against science and health professionals who disagree with his optimistic view that “it’s rounding the turn with or without the vaccine.”

I’m glad that Trump has been denied a second term. The way he has handled the pandemic reflects the other aspects of his presidency which he treats more like a reality show. It’s all about himself and how it would benefit the Trump brand. As a result, his main concern is to make himself look good and serving the country becomes secondary if at all.

Being a sore loser, he discredits the election results. He has filed Hail Mary lawsuits claiming that he has been cheated out of a victory. Without providing any evidence, however, it’s not going to get any traction. At best, his legal maneuverings could only delay the inevitable.

We the people have spoken. Joe Biden won fair and square. On January 20, 2021, he’ll be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2020 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Haircut in the Time of Covid-19

Cutting My Own Hair

After taking a shower I stood naked in front of the mirror and realized it couldn’t wait any longer. It wasn’t about the beer belly. Rather, it was about my hair. After more than two months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had grown to the point of no return. I badly needed a haircut.

However, much as I wanted to see my favorite barber, I couldn’t do it. Barbershops and salons aren’t considered essential businesses, so they are ordered closed indefinitely.

If you’re desperate, I’m sure you can find somebody willing to defy the order and cut your hair. But is it worth the risk? Being in close contact with your barber puts you both at risk of spreading the virus.

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. It can force you to invent or find ways to get out of your predicament.

I found my eureka moment when I came across this YouTube video teaching how to cut your own hair.

The instructions looked very easy to follow that I decided to buy a hair clipper set and give it a shot.

Wahl Hair Clipper

After searching online, I ended up getting the Wahl Color Pro Cordless Rechargeable Hair Clipper & Trimmer – Easy Color-Coded Guide Combs – For Men, Women & Children – Model 9649. It’s a hot item right now with its price ranging from reasonable to the ridiculous that it pays to shop around. I got mine from Amazon last week for $33.61.

After some trepidation, I cut my hair for the first time using the instructions from the video. It took 20 minutes and surprisingly I was quite happy with the result. It wasn’t as good as my barber could have done, but it will do during this time of the pandemic.

I suggest that you try it too. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. Your hair will grow back.

May 26, 2020 at 9:03 am 8 comments

Dead Woman Walking

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It was with a sigh of relief that I received the news that last week’s execution of Mary Jane Veloso for drug trafficking in Indonesia was postponed. This was after an appeal from Philippine President Benigno Aquino was granted to enable her to testify against the woman who allegedly duped her into carrying 2.6 kilos of heroin hidden in her luggage.

Veloso is among more than 80 Filipinos in death row around the world mostly for drug-related crimes. As drug mules, they succumb to the thrill of free travel and easy money transporting illegal drugs from one country to another.

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May 4, 2015 at 10:58 am 5 comments

Philippine Corruption at a Glance

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It used to be that the Philippines was at the top of the heap. In the 50s, it was second only to Japan in East Asia. Those were the good old days. A decade later and decades that follow, it began its spiral downward. In 2014, it’s ranked 114 out of 125 countries in the Good Country Index published by Simon Anholt based on 35 data points mostly provided by the United Nations.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out how it happened. Political corruption did it. Wikipedia defines it as “the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”

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April 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm 11 comments

Only In The Philippines

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

In a little more than a year, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines will complete his 6-year term in office. His critics, however, can’t wait for his successor to be elected. They want him to step down now. It doesn’t help that his approval rating has gone down to its lowest level since he assumed the presidency, according to the latest survey.

President Aquino isn’t perfect. But it’s his stance against corruption that made him many enemies. He has put former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as well as three popular senators in detention for plunder. It could only be expected that their allies will try to throw everything at him including the kitchen sink.

If President Aquino is forced out of office, he’ll be replaced by Vice President Jejomar Binay. It’ll be a nightmare for the country, a step back in the fight against corruption, bringing it back deeper into the dark ages.

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April 14, 2015 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

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