Monday, July 27, 2015

HERE WE GO AGAIN

As usual:   Security is tight—very tight because left and right are thousands of commoners who are braving the sun and the rain, who are suffering from hunger and fatigue to demonstrate their dismay and disgust for the members of the royalty in the country having their annual gathering in the well arranged and awesome Congress Hall.  Security is tight—very tight because of some chosen and blessed blue blooded men and women arriving in their big and flashy cars with enviable well-trained and armed escorts.  Security is tight—very tight because exactly the same few aristocrats are being very respectfully lead to walk on the long and wide red carpet, with the much bejeweled ladies each exhibiting their one of a kind every expensive made-to-order gowns plus unique hairstyles.  This is the fashion show.  There is also the imported wines and very costly fancy meal prepared for them to drink and eat, to enjoy and relish.

As usual:  Their one and only royal supreme head delivering his heavenly speech about this heavenly achievements plus heavenly legacy. Socio-economic development has reached Cloud 9 (yet leaving millions of Filipinos behind to live under the bridges, to build houses by the canals, to sleep by the sidewalks).  So much food is produced,  so many schools are built, so  much work is available (but making millions of Filipinos seek something to eat from garbage3 cans, leaving children with no money to buy books and go to school, making parents leave their families and country behind as OFWs).  Power is plentiful, transformation is fast and comfortable (but again, electricity is expensive, roads are few and narrow, the trains on the ground and up there—never mind.)

As usual:  So many things are said for so long a time.  But the truth remains that there is a whale of a difference between what are but mere words and what are downright realities.  Words:  “Kayo ang boss ko!”  Reality: “Ako ang boss ninyo.”  Words:  “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap!”  Reality:  “Kung walang ipapanganak, walang mahirap!”  Are there new tiring hurrahs, new funny slogans, new futile declamations?  Is there some kind of a last testament that is credible and respectable—somehow?

The SONA is definitely not only an interesting and also very entertaining yearly event to watch and listen to.  How many are the claps made as well as how many hands remain still and silent?  Who smile the most with glee and who keep their faces long?  Whose names are mentioned and are therefore probable candidates for the coming elections?  Who wrote the speech and how well it did not tell the truth?  How many drinks of water are made by the script reader and why?


It’s good that it is the last SONA for the soon leaving man of the hour.  Would that he can last until the forthcoming election next year.  Would that the big and still growing number of angry and impatient opposition plus their fast increasing known and unnamed followers be patient enough to bear and wait.   

Friday, July 24, 2015

“GENDER-NEUTRAL” TOILETS




It was reported a week ago that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is scheduled to construct such qualified “Gender-Neutral” toilets in certain airports, nationwide.  According to the same report, there are three particulars specifically mentioned by the Agency that justify the distinct project and appear to be worth noting:  One, that the said facilities are meant for the use of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (LGBT).  Two,  that the same facilities are planned to be constructed outside the airport buildings.  Three,    that the constructions are expected to promote gender awareness.

The CAAP may not be either questioned or blamed for such a project basically intended to arouse respect not only for the difference of sexes as such but also to affirm the distinction among different sex-orientations.  It may not be denied that the said difference has eventually inexorable appendage to the human person itself.  So it is that while men, women, and children have their sexuality like that attributed to the animal kingdom, their fundamental distinction is nevertheless found in their respective individual human personality which is precious and whereto sexuality is appended.  In other words, due respect may not but be given to individuals with different human sexuality – all individual or group thoughts, feelings, plus arguments to the contrary notwithstanding.

It may not be however considered either insignificant or irrelevant to ask the following questions – without any malice or ill-will – in conjunction with the above-noted three particulars behind the project:  One, would the project not instead promote discrimination in the sense that the LGBT members would have their own distinct and separate toilets?  Two, would it really be in favor of the good name of the LGBT constituents to have the said facilities constructed outside the terminal buildings?  Three, would it be then proper to say that the said individuals are in truth and in effect excluded from the male and female genders?  Four, would the airlines then also be eventually told and expected to have three separate toilets for men, for women, and for the LGBTs?  Five, would the passengers be asked to identify their sexuality before embarking the plane in order to make sure that they go to the toilet specifically intended for their use?

This in no way means that the project “Gender-Neutral” toilets are offensive, discriminatory, or in any way out-of-order.  This is simply intended to advise the CAAP to think again – and again.  Instead of “gender awareness and sensitivity”, there could be precisely gender discrimination and ridicule that could come about due to its supposedly distinct project.  It is said here and there that there should be in fact no less than six separate toilets, viz., for the males, the females, the lesbians, the gays, the bisexuals, and the transgenders.  The problem with this option is who says who is what, who checks who is really who, who then tells one to go where?  And what is the penalty if someone goes somewhere else?  This is complicating life more than it already is.    

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GARBAGE IMPORTATION




We import rice although we are a rice-producing Country with rice-eating people.  We even import garlic, onions, etc., etc., while we have thousands of hectares of good soil to have them planted according to our needs.  But on the other hand, we export people.  We also export drugs.  And yet, we likewise import big gamblers.  We import apparently throwaway planes and downright rotting ships.  But yes again, we export women in person for the pleasure of amoral men, as we also export girls via the internet for the joy of sick and sickening lusting men around the globe.

Lately, as some kind of climax to our strong and consuming importation spirit and drive, we had the callousness to import even garbage.  Yes, rotting and rotten garbage from a foreign country.  So it is that as of now, it is not even certain that the Philippines would not actually become an importer of even sickness  to experiment with it and import cadavers even to bury in our land.  What a sick and weird thought!  But the way the Country is going and the manner public authorities are acting, there seems to be nothing unthinkable, nothing undoable.  Reason:  Money, money, and more money.  The health of the people – never mind.  The goodness of the soil – never mind.  The integrity of the people – never mind.

So it is that now we have nothing less than imported garbage in terms of some sizable 55 container vans from Canada.  The Canadians have garbage and they dislike it.  They even hate it and definitely want to get rid of it.  But to their big surprise and great joy, they found out that there is a strange Country – headed by a strange administration and controlled by strange individuals – where no less than big businessmen are also big importers of practically anything they can make money from.  And so it is that nothing less than Canadian garbage was in fact imported and accordingly kept until it could be surreptitiously buried somewhere,  somehow.  The germs it  will nurture and scatter in the soil and in the air, never mind.  The possible deaths it could cause, never mind.  The children it will infect and make sick, never mind.  The possible deaths it could cause, never mind.  After all, there is money and much money that will go from one pocket to another – among those directly and indirectly involved in the disgusting venture basically on account of avarice, covetousness.  Good will?  What on earth is that?

No.  The Canadians are not the culprits for having their own garbage, for hating their sight and smell, and for therefore wanting to dispose of it as much as possible, for desiring to get rid of it  the sooner the better.  And lo and behold!  There came to the fore certain individuals from the Philippines who signified their readiness to haul it – for a fee.  So it was that they eventually had the branded Canadian garbage loaded in big shipping containers, have it transported to a Philippine harbor, have it stored there no matter how long – until other individuals appeared ready to have it for burying here and there, likewise for a fee.

Meantime, the government  people concerned are still holding conferences on what to do with the imported garbage:  Who are the local public officials willing to welcome the garbage for a fee, have them buried in their localities for a fee and thereafter keep quiet for a fee.  Interesting!

Monday, July 20, 2015

“OUR COMMON HOME”




“What is happening to our common home?”  This is an apparently simple question.  The answer thereto however is not only profound but also quite intricate as well as disturbing.  With the help of renowned scientists, respected environmentalists plus a number of orthodox schools of ecology, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical – a formal and official letter addressed to the world as a whole, irrespective of race, color and creed – titled “Praised be to You, my Lord” (24 May 2015).  While sincere and profound gratitude to the Good Lord is expressed for His gift of earth as a whole to the whole of humanity as the latter’s “Common Home”, much lamentation too is in order and thereby clearly expressed.  Reason:  The people are gradually and continuously destroying nothing less than their one and only “Common Home” while forgetting  that in doing so, they are likewise doing nothing less than pitifully destroying their own elves.

So it is that instead of a home where a family finds its shelter and safety, its food and rest, the human community precisely suffers from want, disease, death well-included, precisely in their own “Common Home” called “Earth”.  The air they breathe is poisonous.  The water they drink from it is unsafe.  The food they produce and eat is not only little in quantity but also questionable in quality.  So it is that their  “Common Home” has instead become a common danger not only to them but to their posterity as well.  It is easy to deny this truth.  But then, such is but a deadly falsehood.

 Man has become his own enemy, his own killer even by the serious and continuous pollution he causes, by his throwaway culture, by his destruction of biodiversity, by the challenge of ecology and climate he slowly but certainly  causes.  Hence:  “The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women,  but because human life itself is a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement.”  (Op. cit., n.5)

When the exploitation of nature by man himself is ill-done, then no less than humanity itself risks in actually destroying it – and thereby likewise takes the risk in becoming the subject-object  of the destruction.  This is not really unlike someone making poison, surrounding himself with poison and eventually poisoning himself.  Needless to say, such actuation is against reason and ethics as well as contrary to faith and morals.  In other words, the destruction of one’s “Common Home” ultimately means his own self-destruction in due time.

It is not only right and proper but also necessary and wherefore mandatory to know and remember that the now frequently heard term “Ecology” means that branch of biology that deals  with the relation of living beings/things to both their environment and to each other.  So it is that the good of one is the blessing of the other and what is bad for one is bad for the other.  Translation:  Would that humanity take good care of the environment so that this in turn would take good care of humanity.  “GOD… Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the cause of the weak and care for this world we live in.” (Idem, n.246)    

Friday, July 17, 2015

MARRIAGE




1983 Code of Canon Law
“The marriage covenant by which a man and a woman establish  between themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children...”(Canon 1055 par. 1 CIC)

1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines
“The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution.  It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception..” (State Policies, Section 12).

1988 Family Code of the Philippines
“Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life...” (Title 1.  Chapter 1, Article 1)

Such is the intrinsic nature an inherent finalities of marriage based on Natural Law, on Canon Law and on Civil law.  So it is that marriage as a spousal, conjugal and parental life rests anchored on nature, on ethics, on morals – irrespective of the race, the color, and the creed of those concerned.  Personal opinions, personal convictions, and personal options cannot and may not change the objective substance and finalities of marriage.

Assuming that common perception, public opinion, political motivation say otherwise, the innate substance and intrinsic nature and objectives of marriage remain the same – anything and everything to the contrary notwithstanding.  There are realities in the world which are beyond the mere desires and designs of humanity  to change – such as the difference between a boy and a girl, between a man and a woman, between marriage and all other different human relationships.

It is not  a secret that the incumbent Head of State – with the blind support of his well-rewarded allies specially in the Legislative Department – has three much desired and favorite legislations since his assumption of Office:  Population Control.  Divorce.  Same Sex Marriage.  All these are directly or indirectly against the nature of marriage.  While the first is already a law under the guise of “Reproductive Health Law”, the second and third are itching to eventually become laws.  Never mind what the Family Code provides.  Never mind what ethics says.  Never mind what morals affirm.

It is but a big blessing for Filipinos that there are still politicians in the Country who have functional conscience, who still defend and care for what is right and proper.  But woe to them and to their Country for paying sizable salaries, big fringe benefits, plus many other personal luxuries to certain politicians, specially in the regional and national levels, who are definitely amoral in their thinking ad pursuant agenda.  They are the living curse of the Philippines.