Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lea Salonga, "Paraiso"

Heto ang katotohanan: habang tumataba ang bulsa ng unanong Commander-in-Corruption at ang malabigoteng Erap aka Commander-in-Theft, eto ang kalagayan ng mga simpleng mamamayang Pinoy. 

It is a slap across the face of humanity and human decency for the "leader" of the Philippines to go on a diplomatic tour across the globe with a 400 person entourage. Seriously, it's okay for the wives of the Congressmen to accompany the Presidential midget on these so-called "business trips," but their little vacation should not be paid for by the national treasury. 

The rationale for staying at expensive hotels and having lavish meals is usually, "Oh, what would people say if the President of the Philippines stayed at Motel 6?" Saving face, in other words. Newsflash, Unanong may Nunal: Alam na ng mundo na mahirap ang Pilipinas. The only way for you to "save face" is to use the money you spend on your travel entourage on your citizens. Your husband does not need to enjoy another kilo of lechon--mukha na nga siyang lechon, eh, sa kakakain ng baboy. Politicians', policemen's, generals' pockets do not need to be more padded than they already are, but senior citizens--regular na mamamayan--need healthcare, clean water, and food.

 So pwede ba,  Ginang Nuno sa Punsoy y Tianak, maging tao ka naman?

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--Albert Schweitzer

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