A fickle government

It’s not our fault if this government keeps changing its mind not only about PPP contracts but even holidays, so stop texting and emailing us already to complain about Malacañang’s decision to make Nov. 17 and 20 non-working holidays but declared that the Nov. 18-19 breaks will be dependent on the discretion of private companies.

While poor working stiffs like us are still pouting over the sudden change, businesses especially those in the business process outsourcing sector are heaving a sigh of relief because that means they will not have to pay double salaries for those who will have to report for work anyway. Businessmen have been complaining about sudden unannounced holidays that wreak havoc on their production schedules and their budgets, so this new development is very welcome for businessmen.

So whatever plan you have made for those previously declared holidays that have just been undeclared, forget it. Those of you who have booked flights or made hotel reservations (staycation or otherwise) in anticipation of a looong break and have filed corresponding vacation leaves for Nov. 16 and 17, well tough luck. That should teach you not to rely too much on this government with a fickle mind, which likes calling you “boss” but in reality thinks very little of you. Like one very disappointed crony of ours said, “asa ka pa kasi.” So there.

(Liberal) Party all the time

How come only Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has issued a statement over that birthday party in the residence of Laguna representative Benjamin Aggarao?  Pabilo is demanding that the president issue an apology in keeping with the principle of command responsibility over the lewdness that happened but here’s an unsolicited advice to the Bishop: Don’t hold your breath, Father.

Command responsibility is an alien concept to this administration—just look at what happened with the Mamasapano tragedy. True to form, President BS had refused to apologize for the twerky event, saying he had nothing to do with it. Not surprising, because “sorry” seems to be the hardest word for this president, who didn’t even utter an apology for the botched bus hostage rescue situation in Luneta  that resulted in the death of several Hong Kong tourists – despite the fact that he knew what was happening and he even appointed his buddy, then DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno (not the singer!), to be the guy on top—and not the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Not surprisingly, ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas appears clueless about the incident despite the fact that he administered the oath taking of new LP members and was still present when the emcee announced that the Playgirls would be performing later. Had Pontius Pilate been alive, he would have been very proud and would have told the LP guys to “party pa more!”

The tsinelas factor

A lot of people are disappointed with Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo who finally gave in to the intense pressure applied by Malacañang to say “yes” and agree to be the running mate of Mar Roxas for the May 2016 elections. Never mind that she probably wasn’t even anywhere near the radar screen when the LP was trying to recruit Grace Poe to be Mar’s VP—perhaps thinking they could cow her into agreeing because of the residency and citizenship issues that are being used now by certain factions to disqualify Poe as a candidate.

Before Poe declined the “offer,” Mar and company were all praises for the lady senator but the minute she declined, the attacks escalated with some even claiming that Grace has strayed from the daang matuwid. Lucky for Poe, because that infamous twerking number has made the LP the butt (no pun intended, really) of jokes—daang matuwad, daang ma-twerk.

Robredo doesn’t seem to mind though that she is coming across as an afterthought or a replacement candidate. In her acceptance speech, she said she dedicates her efforts to Filipinos especially the slipper-clad who are on the fringes and at the bottom rung of the social ladder. That allusion to the tsinelas of course is powerful because it evokes images of her revered late husband who was usually clad in the lowly footwear of the masses—the rubber thongs or slippers worn by ordinary Filipinos.

Hmmm… Let’s see if the tsinelas factor will improve the numbers of Mar Roxas. Does this mean he will adopt a new persona again, this time as Boy Tsinelas—clad in slippers going around barangays during campaign sorties? He should have plenty to choose from since his wife always distributes slippers wherever she goes.


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