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Monday, September 10

My Thoughts.....Out Loud

The past few weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts on a lot of things but I'm dilly-dallying because I couldn't decide if I should post some not so good news/issues in my blog. This is supposed to be a blog on my family, friends, parenthood, child-rearing or my journal of activities. But I really can't help it. I should write here what I really feel on current issues. Oh well, I can't be sweet forever....So bear with my opinion, rants and ramblings....

  • toy recall- if Fisher-Price or Mattel (and other toy companies) have checked the quality and safety requirements of all their products before releasing them to the market, Mommies wouldn't be scared what will happen to their kids' health after they have played with such toys. Now they're saying even the Barbie play set are being recalled. My golly, my kids have those, should I worry then that the lead content of these toys can affect their health? What's next? Should we sue these toy companies if we notice that our kids are showing signs/ symptoms of bad exposure to lead?
  • formalin (formaldehyde) use- I don't understand why the manufacturers have to use formalin in making shampoos, candies and even baby blankets/ bibs and other consumer goods. Per studies, the use of formalin for human consumption can actually cause cancers. No wonder, ang daming me sakit ngayon, not just the cough-colds-flu thing. I've had a chance to talk to mothers (usually along the clinic's hallways) when I have my kids' monthly check-up, I am terrified to learn that a lot of kids have cancers. The pedia said, maybe from the chemicals they use daily (plus poor eating habits), such as air-freshener sprays, insecticides, etc. Ano ba yan, masama pala sa health, how come nasa market din? Not to mention lahat ng usok sa paligid...Panu na tayo aabot ng 70 years old nyan?
  • the Geraldine Palma rape-slay case- when I heard this news and saw the picture of a very pretty, healthy young girl (she's only 7) and very intelligent too, galit na galit ako. Nakakagigil....The young girl disappeared after school with her yaya. The alleged kidnappers called the parents and asked for ransom. Parents prepared the money and went to the meeting place. But these low-life creatures didn't show up. Days after, a suitcase was found floating in the river, with the young student inside. She was raped. Not content with that, sinakal sya ng kurdon sa leeg until she's lifeless. The parents offered a reward of P1M to those who can give info. on the horrible crime. The suspects are arrested one by one. It turned out, one of them is the boyfriend of the kid's nanny. The nanny, is also put on a wanted list after this development. My thoughts- I suggest the parents give the money instead to some "men" to finish the job. Or dapat i-firing squad ang mga rapist-murderers na yan sa Luneta para di na tularan ng iba. And before dalin sa Luneta, pahirapan muna gaya ng pahirap nila sa bata. Sorry, I am so emotionally affected with this case. Everyday, I watch out for new developments over the tv news. Paranoid na tuloy ako, I keep telling my kids what to do when they're out of the house, I even give security briefing to the household helpers and even to the schoolbus driver. Now, ok lang saken kahit isang helper lang basta mapag katiwalaan ko. Mommies should beware sa pagkuha ng mga maids/helpers. We should ask for NBI clearance, police & barangay clearance (and I also asked for x-ray clearance, before my kid had primary complex which she got from the nanny, eventhough the yaya looked so healthy).
  • the Cris Mendez' death- sabi nila pag sumali sa fraternity o sorority, mas marami kaibigan na tutulong sa pag-aaral. After school, sila rin daw tutulong sa members nila na umangat sa career. My eldest kid asked me yesterday, "Panu naging brotherhood yun Mama, pinapalo nila sa legs , sa braso o minsan sa likod yung mga gustong sumali sa fraternity?". She also watches the news. I told her, ironic nga mga fraternities na yan. Sasaktan muna nila, bago i-consider na brother nila. Swerte kung di sila mamatay from the hazing/ initiation rites. I have friends who are Sigma Rhoans (one is also a former Archon), they would skip classes in law school everytime me rumble. Some would hide muna, magpa-lamig daw....Di ko talaga maintindihan bakit sila nag-sasakitan? My thoughts- ma-karma sana those involved in the death of this young fellow. Kawawa mga magulang nya. Sayang, pa-graduate pa naman sana sya next year. Malamang papasok sya sa law school kaya sumali sa Sigma Rho. One lawyer-politician said on tv, panu sila (those involved) magiging lawyer, eh mga kriminal na sila...I hope UP officials should act on this case and prevent more senseless deaths among their students.
  • the Garci wiretapping case- Ano ba talaga gustong gawin ng mga Senador? Alam na nating lahat ang issue na ito. Ang pandaraya nung 2004 elections. Alam na rin natin na me kakayanan ang ISAFP na makinig sa mga private conversations over the cellular phones. Nagsasayang lang sila ng oras at budget sa mga hearings nila sa Senado. Mas mabuti pang gumawa na sila ng batas o ipasa na nila mga importanteng bills na nakasalang sa Congress at inaalikabok na sa mga opisina nila. My thoughts- baka naman pumupustura lang mga Senador na yan para sa 2010 presidential election. Para nga naman, sila ang bida at popular sa issue na ito. Anu bang batas ang pwede pa nilang gawin para matigil ang mga wire-tapping activities ng ISAFP? At kung meron ng batas, me susunod ba naman? Eh ISAFP nga ginamit para mahuli si Sen. Gringo Honasan noong nagtatago pa sya. ISAFP din tumutulong sa pag tugis ng mga Abu Sayyaf. So di na bago yang usapin ng wire-tapping. Ok lang saken mag wire-tap sila sa mga suspected rebels/terrorists. Wag na nilang pag aksayan panahon, mga tawagan (phone conversations) ng mga mga trapong pulitiko natin. At yang si Doble, naku eh loyalty nyan sa highest bidder. Tahimik na naman yan pag me nagbayad ng mas malaki. Inamin nya before sa Congress na di sya kasama sa nag-wire tap. He just stole the tapes and sold them to the Erap camp. Now sa Senate hearing, sabi nya he was involved mismo sa activity. Liar! I know one person in this "project". He's godfather to my kid. He was sent to the States when the Garci issue was so hot. Way back, we know na, all the personalities they've listened to. All he said was, wala daw tiwala GMA's people ke Garci kaya nag-wire tap sila. Mali nila, tumawag ba naman si GMA eh, he he...Does it mean, di alam GMA the wire-tapping thing? So who ordered it? Anyway, maliwanag talaga me dayaan noong 2004 election. Me magagawa pa ba tayo? Maghihintay ba tayo til 2010? O hayaan na lang natin, tutal, wala namang matinong papalit?
  • the ZTE broadband deal- sobrang kakapalan mukha ni Comelec Chairman Abalos sa project (aims to inter-connect all gov't agencies in the country in a single broadband) na ito. Per DZMM (Ted Failon & Korina Sanchez' show) interview with him, he said he went to China lots of times to play golf with ZTE officials. And that, they paid for his trips. He even volunteered that his daughter Girlie is actually the friend of the ZTE President. I know Girlie from way back, She's a nice person. Magaling na negosyante at madiskarte talaga. Met her when I was doing consultancy work in the govt. So, totoo pala lahat ng nasa column ng respetadong si Mr. Jarius Bondoc (Phil. Star). Si Mr. Abalos pala nag broker ng deal na ito na hindi dumaan sa public bidding. According to Mr. Bondoc's source, $168M was paid to some gov't officials to approve this deal a month before the 2007 elections. I hope officials like former NEDA Dir. Neri and Finance Sec. Gary Teves would come out clean and tell the truth bec. according to reports, they were offered millions to support this project, but they didn't accept. This anomalous contract (which DOTC people said remains missing right after the signing by GMA and ZTE officials in China) should be cancelled immediately. Or this could be another reason for an impeachment offense for both GMA and Abalos...
  • the ERAP verdict- I think he will get the guilty verdict. That's what he will get with this plunder case....Ok lang sana to get his share from jueteng but to get the excise tax that's supposed to be for the farmers' benefit, that's another matter. Oh well, hirap talaga maraming mistresses and families to lavish their lives with so much luxuries. Bad thing though for sure, traffic na naman sa Wednesday here in Commonwealth and dami na namang rallies after. Anyway, I don't think they can stage another EDSA 3. My thoughts- he deserves it, bwahaha....Sana kasunod na yung nakaupo ngayon na sobra ding kurakot....That's all for now, folks. There, I let out my true feelings....Comments are very welcome....

14 comments:

momoftwo said...

My heart goes out to the family of the girl who was raped and killed. Siguro dapat din pa background checks nga prospects yayas and maids. Kaka praning nga.

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

rowena said...

Hi MOMOFTWO, thanks also for the visit. Until now, paranoid pa rin ako. Sana mahuli na yung yaya asap. Baka me mabiktima na naman sila.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Rowena. I feel strongly about the Geraldine Palma case. It broke my heart when I first watched about the sad and terrying fate of such an innocent girl. I also had grim thoughts about the culprits going through a terrible ordeal before getting the final death sentence. I just couldn't believe how those people could be so heartless and so cruel. It made me angry thinking they did those awful things to that child. I rarely watch the news these days but I can't help following the case of Geraldine and hoping she will get the justice she deserves.

lady cess said...

yeah, it's been very sad these past weeks, we all need to exert extra effort to keep our sanity :D cris mendez story saddened me the most. i first read the story in pdi and my heart bled for hs mom. his pictures show that he was a decent young man, full of life, tapos pow! ganon lang, he's gone in the most senseless way.

rowena said...

Hi Rachel, I also pray that her family can cope with the loss. I watch the news daily and can't help talaga to react so strongly with this case.

Hi Cess, you're right, the news nowadays are so depressing and some are even shocking....Sometimes, I even dreamt of these horrible things. Hay, if I could only turn off the tv for the whole week...

auee said...

Rowena. sige ilabas mo lang :-)
This is your site you should be able to freely vent your frustrations, too di ba?

My God ngayon ko lang nalaman yung development sa kaso nung rape case. I agree with you. In cases of child abuse, I would condone vigilante groups to hunt those a*holes down.

re: sigma rho
The University should expel / suspend all the resident members. All for one, one for all. PERIOD.

Julie said...

I feel strongly too about all the things you wrote, esp with the little girl and Mendez because their lives were taken away from them. So much grief and so many things to think about. Yes, we become paranoid, its like these are just ordinary circumstances. Kakalungkot.

rowena said...

Hi Auee, thanks for the advise. Been thinking about posting my true feelings on some issues but am having second thoughts. At last I had the courage to do it. Re: Sigma Rho, as of today, nobody wants to speak out and tell what really happened and who were involved in the hazing. Cowards. They don't deserve to be called Sigma Rhoans, a disgrace.

Hi Julie, these happenings are really depressing. I think I need to see a shrink, seriously, to keep my sanity.

Gina said...

This is the reason why I don't like reading the news most times. Nakaka-depress halos lahat ng news. Very tragic ang nangyari kay Geraldine Palma.Ang bigat sa dibdib. Same with the Chris Mendez case. And I'm sure, countless more.. Napapatanong ako , what is this world coming to?
My heart goes out to victims of crime (that includes the families left behind).
Ang dami nang cases ng death from hazing, bakit kaya prevalent pa rin yan? The perpetrators should be brought to court and meted out heavy punishment. Sana ito na ang last .
Hay, Rowena..All we can do is pray that we will have the strength ,peace of mind and optimism that someday, all these evils will cease to exist.

rowena said...

Hi Gina, sad & depressing mga news nowadays here in Manila. You're right, all we can do is pray and pray harder for a better world for the kids. I remembered watching Luchie Cruz-Valdez (of abs-cbn news)in one talk show, saying that parents should not let the kids watch the news. Baka nga naman ma-trauma sa mga balita...

noemi said...

The society revolves around us that's why we can't help commenting on these issues. One can't help but make our own opinions on this matter. Feelings are never wrong and most often they are fleeting. Your feelings belong to you. It's great that I can read your thoughts on these issues.

rowena said...

Hi Noemi, thanks for taking time to read my thoughts on some current issues. I can't help it kasi...:-)

Bugsybee said...

Hi Rowena!

There are a lot of things to be worried about but there seems to be a single thread tying up all these issues: greed - either for money or power. :(

There's another hot issue coming up that involves the Dept of Education and the future of Philippine education. It's the multi-billion peso plan to use the internet purportedly to connect all our public schools. That's good except that there are many other concerns that must be addressed first. Example, lack of school rooms, desks and other infrastructure and even teachers in hundreds, maybe thousands, of our public schools.

Sorry for the long comment. Thanks for visiting my blog.

rowena said...

Hi Bugsybee, thanks for the visit and I don't mind the long comment. In fact, I even liked it when readers took time to express their views on my posts. You're right, the cyber-education project is a lot of crap. Am sure lots of pockets would be enriched if this project pushes thru. I've dealt with DECS before when I was still doing consultancy work for some of our Senators, and I know how those people play esp. on big budgeted projects. I agree with you, what we need are more classrooms, more qualified teachers and more appropriate books. How can our poor Pinoy students from the boondocks use the internet? O hayan, ginanahan tuloy ako magbigay opinyon....