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An Inconvenient Truth

Iris C. Gonzales
Photo Credit: Iris C. Gonzales

On his recent 5-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis urged the Filipinos at all levels of society to reject every form of corruption.

Will the Filipinos heed the call? As much as they love Pope Francis, I doubt it.

Corruption is the grease that keeps the machinery of the country going. It’s condoned and accepted within the system. Diogenes who carried a lamp looking for an honest man was fortunate not to extend his search in the Philippines. He’d be grossly disappointed. Worse, his lamp would be stolen to hide the evidence.

In a climate where corruption is tolerated, politicians operate with impunity, stealing from the very people who have voted them in office. If they get caught, they don’t get incarcerated in actual jails. They get confined to a first-class hospital or placed in a detention center with special privileges.

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February 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm 5 comments

A Letter to Kayla

Kayla Mueller
Photo Source: ABC News

Dear Kayla:

It was with skepticism that I received the initial reports of your passing. Without proof of death, I was clinging to the hope that you were still alive. But now that your parents and the State Department had confirmed it, there’s nothing left but to accept the bitter truth.

The ISIS rebels had claimed that you died in a recent Jordanian’s air strike launched to avenge the death of their captured pilot. Since there’s no evidence to the contrary, I’d take their word for it.

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February 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm 16 comments

deflate-gate: it’s all about gamesmanship

deflate-gate
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it’s an issue that just won’t go away. i’m referring to what is now known as deflate-gate. a day before super bowl, it hasn’t lost its appeal. it has been a hot topic in the media and captured the interest of football fans all over since the afc championship game two weeks ago.

deflate-gate came about as result of allegations that the patriots had tampered with the balls that they used in the first half of the afc game. according to the reports, 11 out of the 12 of them were under 12.5 psi. official rules state they should be in the 12.5-13.5 range.

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January 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm 4 comments

Play Your Heart Out

 
The heart. It’s a funny thing. Yeah, it’s one, two, three, four chambers that pump blood through the body. But it does so much more. It pines. It sinks. It soars.

Bands have heart. Stories tug at it. Games send it racing. And each day is a chance to give every beat a meaning.

The heart wants a kiss to send it fluttering. And it wants it now. It wants break up songs, red-eye movie nights and late night creme brulee. And it wants heavy hearts, heartbreak, heart racers, heart-bursters and heart stoppers.

Sometimes the heart loves hating. And sometimes, the heart hates loving. But more than anything, the heart just wants to feel. There are about 2,500,000,000 heartbeats in a lifetime. You should feel every one of them.

-Full text of Google Play: Play Your Heart Out Commercial

 
The Super Bowl is one of the highly anticipated event on American TV. It’s not only for the game itself but also for its commercials. With ads going for $4 million per 30 seconds of airtime, They better be interesting enough to freeze people from their seats and postpone bathroom breaks.

One of the ads that fits the bill, I think, is the Google Play Your Heart Out commercial. I understand, many consider Google as the evil empire ready to take over the world by collecting, storing, and managing information aimed to control the way we think and live our lives. But that’s beside the point. The ad is really good. Don’t take my word for it. Just watch it and judge for yourself.

January 17, 2014 at 10:30 am 6 comments

really, pres. karzai?!


photo extracted from nbc nightly news video

a 10-year old afghan girl named spozhmai was forced by her elder brother, who is a taliban commander, to wear a suicide vest and blow herself up at a military checkpoint across the river.

when she found the water too cold, as the story goes, she refused to cross the river. this caused the brother to remove the vest from her body and to take her home where her father beat her up. she escaped in the middle of the night and surrendered to the local police in the morning.

upon hearing the incident, president karzai ordered the interior ministry to reunite spozhmai with her family after getting assurances from them in front of local elders that she would be allowed to live like a normal child.

i’m not supposed to pre-judge, but i wonder if pres. karzai made the correct decision on this matter. for somebody who doesn’t understand the culture, i think spozhmai is toast (pardon the pun) with or without the suicide vest. after all, she brought shame to the family for refusing to be a martyr. for her sake, however, i hope the president was right.

January 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

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