Year after year on June 12, we Filipinos go out and celebrate Independence Day. Of course, it's true that not all of us go out and celebrate. Some of us stay home and watch TV instead. But the point here - the premise which allows us to pad this article to the correct word length - is, have we ever bothered to ask ourselves what it is exactly we're celebrating?
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I was with some friends last night, one of whom is a staunch supporter of Roman Romulo, Congressional candidate in Pasig City and son of Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo. Asked why her entire family was supporting Romulo, she answered unabashedly, "Because he can help my family." I did not find it necessary to pursue the point but my husband was persistent.
"Will it make a difference to the residents of Pasig City who wins?", he asked her.
Imagine you're an extraterrestial being who's just landed in this planet, in this strange place called Manila… hey! Why are you running back to your UFO? You were frightened by what? A small, loud and nasty creature? Oh that? That's only a newspaper publisher! Generally harmless as long as you leave him alone to talk about himself.
The bad news is there's going to be a coup. The good news is it's going to be headed by Gringo Honasan.
If the key to success is failure, then the 55-year old Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, ex-colonel, ex-fugitive, inveterate coup plotter, should have earned success many times over. For some reason it keeps eluding him.
I don't vote anymore. Not since the 1987 Constitution was ratified. It's disenchantment with the law and politics. I've decided that true democracy is an ideal and is unrelated to the form of government we have today. A government of the people, by the people, for the the people. But who are the people? The teeming masses who voted for Joseph Estrada?
Pyramids are usually associated with Egypt, but the Philippines has discovered it has them too. The most recently unearthed one cost P25 billion and was built by ten thousand dupes.
They built the monument to greed, egged on by arch priestess Rosario Baladjay, who promised fantastic returns on investments in her company, Multinational Telcom Investors (Multitel).
First-time visitor to Manila? Forget "mabuhay!" Remember this instead: "Ang init!"