Monday, June 14, 2010

In Dependence

(This column appears in today's edition of the Leyte-Samar Daily Express)

Hi there! It’s a new week. And we are days away to a new administration running the national government.

The nation recently commemorated the 112th Philippine Independence Day. It’s that day in our history which gave us another reason to sleep a little longer today. So, what about it? Each time that day comes around, I am reminded of what my Soc Sci professor asked our class many years ago: for the Philippines, is it really independence (thus the independence day celebrations and stuff)? Or In Dependence on what other countries has to offer; on what foreign investors has to offer; on what the international financial institutions has to offer. I can clearly remember how our class debated on whether Filipinos should be doing things for themselves by themselves or do we need to have these foreign investors, foreign government, multi-national corporations making sawsaw in our economic affairs. I think the solution (no, its was the winning side’s answer) was that that the problems of the land of Juan De La Cruz has grown so big (can we use the term leaps and bounds? Don’t take that seriously, just wanna make you smile this wee) that it’s impossible for Juan De La Cruz alone to do it. So is that line of argument still valid today? I dunnow, the last time I had a serious discussion (with some friends, otherwise it would have been an argument) on the issue, I did not miss the line about the Philippines not being able to do it alone, it was simply rephrased to “in this era of globalization, the Philippines cannot afford to do it alone.” I rest my case. And let us not even start discussing how our national leaders are doing their job . . .

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So, Noynoy is now President-elect. I like him, but please don’t say quitting smoking will lead to bad decisions. I’m hoping that Mr. Obama send his “Stop Smoking Kit” to the President-elect soon.

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Local events. I’m writing this column on Saturday morning. The Independence Day events in the city will include a short program at the Nijaga Park stage. The Sangguniang Panlungsod will honor Mr. Reynaldo Prudenciado, Jr. the CKC accounting graduate who placed 6th in the recnt CPA board exam. Expected to be present are the SP members led by Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino and Mayor Mel Sarmiento who will deliver his Independence Day message. The day’s events will be highlighted by the maiden performance of “Serapio: the Musicale.”

New President for Christ the King College. Fr. Marcelo Tubac, ofm was formally installed as the new CKC President. The Turn-Over Ceremony was held last Friday during the Eucharistic Celebration at the CKC San Damiano Chapel. Bishop Isabelo Abarquez was present during the ceremony.

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No Approved Therapeutic Claims. Nope, that line should read: Sec. Espie Cabral and her balls. The good secretary is into it again. I’m saying that line in appreciation to what she is doing. If only she can have a more aggressive campaign against smoking (I think I’ll have that in my next column). Anyway, what about this No Approved Therapeutic Claims chuva? (oops, sorry for that term, it’s so well, gay) it’s how some lawyers went to the extent of filing as graft case against the secretary for the simple reason that she ordered that that line printed on food supplement products - No Approved Therapeutic Claims – be translated to Filipino. I thought I wanted to share what a fellow blogger (www. heavenpurgatoryandhell. blogspot. com) had to say:

“…But let me commend Espie for sticking to what is right.

… The most recent stand of Espie regarding the voluminous herbal products that have plagued the local market is laudable. If you ask Filipinos if they know what "no approved therapeutic claim" means, I am willing to bet my balls that 8 out of 10 have NO IDEA at all. Espie's idea is simple and not even rocket science. Translate all the warning signs to Tagalog. Which means, that all herbal supplements or food supplements that carry the tag " No Approved Therapeutic Claims " under Administrative Order 2010-0008 must be translated to "Mahalagang paalala: (name of product) ay hindi gamot at hindi dapat gamiting panggamot sa anumang uri ng sakit".

The day right after this AO was released, an herbal company went ahead to sue Espie. They said that it did not go through public consultation and Dr. Cabral had violated the law on graft.
Graft??!?!!? The lawyer of that herbal company probably is a nincompoop that probably has dementia and has been taking too many herbal agents that his/her brains have simply disintegrated. Dr. Cabral is right - you don't need to go through public consultation for a translation! You mean to tell me that if you have a sign that says NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, you will need to go through public consultation just to say BAWAL TUMAWID? Come on. Gimme a break. (I had to delete the next lines. It’s kinda not proper for a publication of general circulation). My fellow blogger ended his take on the issue by saying: “I have always said, and will state for the record - that there is no greater fool than the fool that is fooled by a fool.”

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Sarah Geronimo in Live in Calbayog! This concert for a cause will be held on September 7, 2010 at the Calbayog City Sports Center.

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This is it for now. Have a nice week everyone! Ciao!

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