Dear politicians: soon it will be February. You DO know what that signifies, right? What do you mean, "three months till elections?" And why are you drooling?
by Alan Robles
There was no escape for Joseph Estrada. Last month, government authorities hounded the disgraced national leader/convicted criminal, backed him into a corner and finally served him what he had coming: a pardon.
Yes, that's right. On October 25, a scant 43 days after being convicted of plunder, after zero days spent in jail, Erap was free, his rights restored, his record wiped clean.
It's events like this that make you wonder, what was it all for?
One of our neighbors works abroad as a seaman, and we always know when he's in town. He throws a big party, an all-night celebration featuring lots of food, lots of guests and lots and lots and lots and lots of noise.
Did I say "lots of noise"? Kindly excuse the weakness of my descriptive powers. What I meant was "mind shattering explosive bursts of hideous sound strong enough to split boulders and cause the resulting pebbles to bleed."
After I obtained the police report of my February 17, 2003 Walgreens arrest (for using a "counterfeit" $100 bill which turned out to be genuine), I learned the identity of San Francisco police Sgt. Jeff Barry. I then connected the dots and tied our last unpleasant encounter in 1995 to his conduct in either directing me to be arrested or in allowing it to happen when there was no "probable cause" to do so.
In his Inquirer column the other Sunday Randy David likened our country to a Philippine Air Lines aircraft. He wrote: “Our country is an aircraft, and its name is Philippine Air Lines. We are its patient passengers. This plane is long–delayed for a host of reasons – a bomb threat from nowhere, a malfunctioning engine that has seen better days, chaotic procedures, and a crew that is too timid and too uncaring to explain the situation to the passengers.”
Several years ago, Philippine Long Distance Company mailed to its subscribers a flyer announcing the launch of the EasyPay Scheme, which allowed a subscriber to pay his phone bill at an accredited bank near the subscriber’s place. The flyer said “You don’t have to go out of your way…there’s less hassle. Fast, easy, and assured phone bill payments. Only with PLDT EasyPay.”
My last column “Woeful State of Telecommunications” in which I chided Destiny, Inc., the Internet server, the National Telecommunications Commission, and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, drew quick response. The day after the column appeared, NTC arranged a meeting between Destiny and me. At the meeting, the Destiny Customer Care Manager committed to personally take care of my Internet problem. There has not been any serious interruption of service since then.