by Foreign Eyes
My view is that the Philippine people are fighting two wars simultaneously. The first is the war on drugs. The second is against the muslim terrorists in Mindanaweño. Both wars should be prosecuted vigorously to purify the country and to restore peace and harmony. (NB. I am a member of a facebook group advocating the death penalty in my home country).
Just as the only sane solution to the muslim separatorist/terrorist war is to vigorously pursue and exterminate them in “live fire exercises” till they cannot affect the next generation. So also the same strategy should be pursued in the drug war. The Philippines seems to me being undermined by the “fifth column” of western liberalism and humanistic thoughts where western societies are degraded by individual rights and freedoms. I think that I must agree with the apostle Paul and the President (Romans 13:4) that the Philippines state “does not bear the sword in vain” to protect the people. However, the implementation of extermination of these twin scourges leaves a lot to be desired. Both wars, seen to an outsider, seem to be run by bureaucrats and the KPIs are missing.
The western liberal democrats are a collection of individuals grouped as a society. My view from the two wakes which I have attended this week is that the Philippines is a society composed of mutually supportive individuals. The Philippines must maintain its society by eliminating the twin cancers of drugs and terrorists.
By Foreign Eyes
There are many laws that introduction of the new extravagant jeepneys. The shortsighted law ordering their purchase and phasing out of the older individual iconic idiosyncratic and inexpensive models with the new A/C high tech front loading first world minibuses.
The law counterbalancing the jeepney introduction law is “the law of unintended consequences”. The unintended consequences are the following but not limited to them only:
- Fares must increase to cover the purchase price of the high tech mini bus pseudo jeepneys.
- Old jeepney owners will suffer a big financial loss as obsolescent.
- Running costs of the new extravagant “white elephant” jeepneys will be higher. This includes fuel costs to run them and their A/C units in Filipino summers.
- They do not meet first. World disabled access standards. Western buses can “kneel” on their airbags to allow better access for the disabled, infirm and the elderly.
- Trip times will be longer as fare payment will be consecutive with payment occuring before driving. Now payment occurs concurrently embarcation and disembarcation will take longer as it will be harder to load and unload people and freight.
- Alternative transport modes will become more competitive with tricycles and grab being lower in cost that the “first class” new jeepneys. You only have to look at airlines to see the seat ratio between first class and economy class or observe the rise of “no frills” carriers like Cebu, Scoot and Air Asia X” to see that in the provinces 6 people on a tricycle is both cheaper as a whole and much cheaper pro -rata.
- No more tourist brochures showing Philippines colorful jeepneys. This law is a solution devised by a soulless beaurocrat without a B.Ec.
By Foreign Eyes
Attending the Mardi Gay parade in Sta.Cruz today, March 11, 2018, during the day 2 celebration of Anilag Festival 2018 I was struck by the similarities but mostly by the differences in how lesbians and gays are viewed in Australia’s gayest city— Sydney and in a provincial capital like Sta. Cruz.
To an outsider, who is very familiar with the increasing acceptance and normalization of LGBTQI in Australia to see how far behind the Philippines is in accepting non binary straight people as 100% human is a step back 25 years in time.
In 2018 gay people can legally marry. In 2017, Australia voted to legalize SSM (Same Sex Marriage). 5 years ago the Parliament granted them full equality before the law. Gays and lesbians have for many years been able to foster children. IVF clinics treat lesbians and gays as “normal” applicants for assisted reproduction. Online internet sperm groups are mostly populated by lesbians and straight sperm donors. Birth certificates in Australia can have both mothers (in lesbian couple) as parent 1 and parent 2. 7 years ago a gay sperm donor was removed from his daughters birth certificate and replaced by the mother at the time of conception.
At the Mardi Gay Parade I only saw drag queens and a gay accepting church group. Gays and lesbians are accepted within families. However, full civil acceptance still seems years in the future.
By Foreign Eyes
Australia like the Philippines has a shortage of blood donors (whole blood, plasma and platelets).
In Australia at the Australian Red Cross I can continue donating plasma till my 81st birthday. I am an experienced donor with 325 donation as at January 2018.
When I went to the Laguna Red Cross-Sta.Cruz to start my blood donating life in the Philippines I was told that I was too old as Filipinos must stop at 60 yo.
So Australians have better blood or are we tougher that we can donate for 21 more years than Filipinos? Or have arbitrary age limits been made by bureaucrats in the Philippines?Or does the Philippines have so many donors that they can afford to retire them early?
The answer that I was given for this age anomaly is that Filipinos die younger so they might need their own blood.
Personally I think that the 60 yo age limit is some bureaucrats lucky number in an illegal lottery.
By Foreign Eyes
People often say you’re Australian you must be rich! But as my foreign eyes look around at the adults visiting friends to play cards, marjong or just to chat and gossip. I think how different it is to Australia. We don’t know our neighbors, we only visit if invited. My son-in law once told me “don’t just call in if you want to visit, first ring and make sure it is convenient!” Filipinos are poor in cars, travel, houses, cloths and many material things. They are richer that western people in human friendships and connections.
This connectivity starts at the cradle with a village raising each child. Filipino children have few western trappings of Affle once. No ipad, no xbox, no thousands of dollars of lego, no internet games which need additional dollars to upgrade to the next level. They like the adults have a busy social life of hopscotch, thong-tossing, bike riding, chasing and tag.
Filipino kids do not suffer from obesity like Australian (western) kids. Who are poisoned by too much processed packed prepared sugar laced food. I have observed two body morphologies in Filipino kids, skinny and solid but no obese sedentary kids.
I look around and say have I come to a poor country or rich country. I think the answer is not a poor country measured properly.
By Foreign Eyes, B.Ec.
Understanding how the last two electricity bills from FLECO were calculated is in the realm of magic. It is easier to understand the square root of minus one than to understand the power usage and the Statement of Account (SOA)/Invoice.
The SOA show unrealistic power reductions of 86% or 93 KHW from the highest bill to the current billing a neighbor’s bill. Mine only showed 27% or 61 KWH reduction for the highest month to the current month.
I have been told by my neighbor that this is a rebate for past high charges. If this is so then it is operating on black magic voodoo accounting.
- Power usage has not changed by this amount.
- Prior over pricing should be repaid or credited against accurate accounts.
- Who audits and certifies these bogus Statement Of Accounts/Invoices?
By Foreign Eyes
Jesus says to evaluate the cost before starting a project (Luke 14:28-30). Is this the story of the stop-start road from Brgy. Binan through Cabanbanan?
Big machines come and punch holes in the existing road, then they go home. A few months later more big machines come and dig up the ruined road, then they too go home A few months go-by then men come and put up metal-form work to hold the concrete of the new road. This form works it for a while as a start testimony to inertia.
Finally, a short stretch of concrete island. And the whole painful process is repeated at another seemingly random stretch of roadway.
Meanwhile in the real world of jeepneys, tricycles, trucks, cars and people we sit and wait in long queues. Drivers turn their engines off. A mute testimony to Jesus words.
Perhaps the saddest part is the large sign that sits blanky mute advising the progress of the stop-start road. The road starts then stops. Traffic stops then starts then stops again. People stop. Start and allow extra time to sit stationary in queues. Jeepneys do one or two less trips per day.
Tricycles dodge and weave around the ruined old road.
Perhaps if the the road planners knew Jesus words the Australian acronym would not apply —6 P’s: Proper, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.