Friday, July 03, 2015

GAMBLING IN THE REPUBLIC




Not long after his assumption of office, no less than the President himself – the Head of State, the Chief Executive, the Commander-in-Chief – was asked to please take a look at the practically national vice implanted and promoted by the illegal numbers games of the infamous  jueteng in Luzon and the Visayas plus masiao in Mindanao.  Being a markedly corrupt and corrupting  agenda – and wherefore officially held illegal – that nonchalantly cheated the gamblers and fattened the Gambling Lords, that corrupted many local public officials and numerous policemen as a matter of course.  The answer of the now still sitting highest public authority in the Land was fast and clear:  “It is not my priority.”

For the President himself to state as a matter of course such a stand on something illegal, predatory and vicious was not only unexpected but also surprising, intriguing, and scandalous as well.  But now, it has become crystal clear.  Contrary to all expectations of the then impressive oratory of “Matuid na daan.” – strange but true – the same highest public official proves to be a great patron of gambling himself.  So it is that Pagcor is practically all over the land.  So it is that ParaƱaque and Pasay have become official gambling sites such that a special highway is even being readied  to make it easier and faster for foreign professional gamblers – some of whom are said to be money launderers – to go to such luxurious gambling places.  It is expected that more impressive official and luxurious gambling sites are in the making.  Below listed are some of the “Illegal” and “Legal” more known forms of gambling in the Country.

Alpor.  Beto-beto.  Biyaya.  Bookies.  Kara y Krus.  Dice.  Ending.  First Ball.  Forty One.  Forty Four.  Hataw.  Last Two.  Loteng.  Lucky Nine.  Monte.  Pares-Pares.  Partida.  Pula o Puti.  Pusoy/Pusoy 2.  Quadro de Jack. Sakla.  Salisi.  Suertres.  Tupada.  Video Karera.  Etc. etc.

Baccarat.  Bingo.  Big and Small.  Black Jack. Craps.  Cockfight.  EZ2.  Faigow.  Genuine Pairs.  Horse Racing.  Lotto.  Pontoon.  Roulette.  Slot Machines.  STL.  Stud Poker.  Super 6.  Etc., etc.

Just for the record, gamblers are not exactly honorable and respectable, trustworthy and dependable. Reasons:  Gambling is synonymous with greed, avarice, covetousness.  Gambling promotes the mentality of chance, cultivates the disposition of dependence, foments the trait of indolence.  Gambling leads to corruption, addiction, shamelessness.  Gambling  exploit  gamblers, can even destroy their profession, their families included.  Gambling is a social curse, a moral cancer, a danger to sound ethical standard.  Gambling is a vice that degrades the person, undermines his moral standing, erodes his social bearing.

By the way:  Where is the Pagcor employee who made public a CCTV footage of a gambling high public official?  Where is the movie-star Pagcor financier who was betrayed by someone supposed to be a partner, a supporter, a protector?  And so many other “Where?” “Who?” “Why?”     

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

“Regime of incompetence, aimless leadership, large-scale corruption, selective justice, and indifference to the poor.”




Many negative perceptions, consequent comments and evaluations have been made about no less than the now too long five-year governance of the present administration.  Numerous lamentations have been expressed about the ways the supreme administrator thinks and the means he then adopts to do or undo what he wants or does not.  Quasi-infinite number of deep dissatisfaction and repeated dismays have been noted on both the non-performance as well as the ill-performance of the Chief Administrator.  But nothing tops the above-cited evaluative corporate perception of the same reality by someone who personally knows rather well the subject person concerned at close range.  While the said evaluative judgment may be dismaying and revolting, it is actually along the maxim that “Truth hurts” – hand-in-hand with another saying that “The truth shall set you free.”

The following crisp and well-descriptive phrases about the Chief-in-Command are not made by someone ignorant whereas they are objectively glaring and true – in line with the common knowledge and conclusion of thinking people in general – notwithstanding all declamations to the contrary, e.g., “Kayo ang boss ko.”  “Matuid na daan.”, etc., etc., etc.:

Regime of incompetence.  This explains why there are people who say and insist that together with being a Filipino of the right age and required residency plus the knowledge of how to read and write, candidates, specially for national public offices, should also pass the required psychological tests.  It is said that tests are undergone by those concerned in the Judiciary.

Aimless leadership.  This is but the natural outcome, the logical result of someone blind leading the wide-eyed.  The liability of aimless leadership is anchored on the sad fact that the person concerned is instead led by favored individuals and/or cheer leaders with their respective interests and different concerns. The common tao – never mind.

Large-scale corruption.  Something must be basically wrong with the thinking process of someone who actually feels and claims that his leadership is the paragon of honesty and integrity when he is actually inspiring the standard practice of graft and corruption on the part of his close and/or needed followers.  This is a good example of self-deception.

Selective justice.  Although the individual concerned thinks he is some kind of justice incarnate, the truth of the matter is that, among other disturbing realities, there is still existent and operative some kind of a national famous or infamous dictum of “KKK”, the members of which are immune from justice.  Justice is for others to worry about.

Indifference to the poor.  Someone born from an aristocratic family, belonging to a hacienda lineage, and thus having a sense of nobility and a tenure of immense wealth, finds poverty an irrelevant phenomenon.  So it is that the poor do not make sense.  What is really important is oneself – consciously or unconsciously.

Monday, June 29, 2015

“SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” - DAW




Through many official pronouncements made by the dying administration, through different second-the-motion by its well-paid surveys, all of them repeatedly and continuously sing one and the same song: The Philippines is now enjoying not simply any kind of economic growth but nothing less than a categorically “inclusive” one, and the Filipinos wherefore should be now convinced that it’s really “more fun in the Philippines”.

Never mind the families living by and sleeping on the sidewalks – whom a Department Head in fact exerted much deliberate effort to hide for some days from the sight of a visiting Guest.  Never mind the children begging in the streets, trying to sell withering flowers.  Never mind the so many number of people living under the bridges, by the canals, in pushcarts.  Never mind the women selling their bodies plus the children selling their nakedness in the internet.  The vanishing administration feels it has done so much for the people of the Philippines such that it is looking for successors who will continue its de facto pitiful and impoverishing rule.

More.  Never mind the trains – up and down – that run and stop every now and then as a matter of fact.  Never mind the roads that refuse to be repaired.  Never mind the abundance of flooding while drinking water is threatened to lessen if not vanish as a matter of course.  Never mind the cost of power that is on and off.  Never mind the imposition of taxes from birth to death.  Never mind the privatization of public utilities.  Never mind the ever increasing national debt.  Never mind the murderers, the rapists, the hold-uppers.  Never mind the thieves with and without uniforms, with and without honorable titles.

So it is that more than anything else, there is the repeatedly and loudly proclaimed “Inclusive Socio-Economic Development”.  If such were true, this should be but the concrete and palpable over-all effect of the main industries promoted, affirmed and confirmed by the on-the-way out administration – such as the following:

Filipinos as Export Commodities:  Never mind the dangers – practical slavery, fatal diseases, death sentences – of OFWs.  It’ OK to have families divided, separated.  What is really important is how much dollar remittances they send to the Philippines to keep the Country economically afloat.

Gambling Industry:  This is one big money-making industry – decidedly and continuously built by the amoral administration – patronized by local and foreign official gamblers, by big money launderers, gangsters not included.

Drug Manufacture:  This is practically an open secret – with the not really surprising revelation that no less than some 9 out of 10 Barangays are drug infested in terms of manufacture, distribution and/or use.

The above social diseases and national shame are foreseen to be the detestable legacy of the administration that is on its way out.  The in-coming one better not be but its devoted successor.

Friday, June 26, 2015

CLERICO-PENAL DISCIPLINE IN THE CHURCH




It is not a secret but neither is it a well-known fact that the Church all over the world has her own Penal Law in order to discipline the erring Members of her own Clergy – noting well that the term “Clerics” include not only Deacons and Priests but also Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals.  Said Penal Law which is basically about the imposition of disciplinary punishments, is but an explicit and official admission on the part of the Church that though gifted with holiness as a whole, the universal ecclesiastical community nevertheless has certain Clerics or members of the Clergy who for one reason or another, violate any of the Commandments of God and/or the mandates of Church Law with duly appended penal sanctions when in fact disobeyed.

It can be said that among the more known clerical errant acts, those against continence and/or contrary to celibacy are their more commonly known moral aberrations.  Among many other obligations, Clerics are bound to abstain from carnal acts (Violation of Clerical Continence), and from conjugal ventures (Violation of Clerical Celibacy).  And among the grave penalties for such serious misdeeds is Dismissal from the Clerical State of the Cleric concerned.  In short, means that the individual concerned  is punished by his mandatory expulsion from the ranks of the Clergy.  Wherefore, the same individual may no longer exercise valid and licit ministerial acts.

Recently however, Pope Francis formally made a new normative penal provision that is both relevant and impressive.  The said provision is clearly intended to emphasize more not only the ethical but also the moral imperative of having disciplined clerical authorities in the Church.  In the past, it is the standard practice that Priests who err by commission against continence and/or celibacy are penalized.  And rightly so.  But now, the Pope himself made a signal categorical option that is duly translated into an official penal provision specifically in conjunction with Bishops.

In so many words, while Bishops remain subject to penal sanctions  when they themselves  engage in immoral acts, now Pope Francis issued the new official penal provision that Bishops are now likewise subject to penal sanctions when they fail to do what is right specifically in conjunction with erring members of the Clergy under their respective territorial jurisdictions.  So it is that now, Bishops incur the pertinent ecclesiastical penalty not only for doing wrong themselves but also for not doing that which is right as far as the members of their respective clergy are concerned.

Reason:  When Bishops do not correct the erring members of their Clergy, this is a sin of omission which can  readily have the following negative effects:  First, it can scandalize  the lay faithful in their respective ecclesiastical jurisdictions  who look up to their Priests with respect and reverence.  Second, it can scandalize the other members of their own Clergy who are living their commitment according to their best.  Third, it can scandalize the Seminarians who are taught about the dignity of the Priesthood that they have to live by when ordained as Priests themselves.  Conclusion:  Mabuhay, Kiko!  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“POLITICAL INSANITY”




Thus a well-known and highly respected jurist  described – if not in fact defined – the political system in the Philippines.  If such a pitiful as well as painful reception of “who” are the politicians, “what” is politics, and “how” is political life in the Country were summed up by someone ignorant of Philippine politics and/or irresponsible in his expressions, then such a depreciation of local politics would not be that pitiful and painful, not that altogether disheartening and insulting.  To say that the people of the Philippines are governed and ruled by force of “Political Insanity” can be considered as the summit of their misfortune.

The said Philippine insanity in politics could in effect be caused by the following Filipino political shameful and painful misfortunes:

Big political parties differing but in names.
Their members are in substance the same in personal interests and dynastic preferences.  They differ but in political titles, colors, symbols.

Political candidates who know how to read and write.
Never mind the personality constitution and character make-up, competence, and integrity.  Popularity is enough.  Sanity and honesty – never mind.

Rule of guns, goons and gold particularly on the occasion of elections.
Well-funded by political candidates, they are the three “Gs” that kill, maul, buy electoral support, take advantage of the poor and the fearful.

Customary vote buying by political candidates.
Considering as a rule that poverty and freedom do not co-exist, poor people sell their votes to buy food, have some clothing,  continue living.

Standard cheating in vote-counting.
Those in-charge of having the vote cast and counted, instruct others and/or use machines that give them the wrong counts.

Institutionalized graft and corrupt practices in government.
Graft and corrupt practices have become synonymous with Philippine politics – through government officials from the local to the national levels.

Over-all power of the Executive Department in the use of public funds.
The Power of the Sword feels not only omniscient but also omnipotent.  Congress is at its beck and call.  The Judiciary is careful of its decisions.