The #WalangPasok hashtag “trends” on Twitter every now and then because it’s one of those flypaper “issues” that sheeplike Filipinos flock to whenever it rains.
Rain makes the news in the Philippines, apparently. Whenever that happens, Filipinos find it hard to decide for themselves whether or not to go to work or school. They’d rather wait for someone to decide for them.
So for a people so distrustful of their institutions, it is quite interesting that so many bozos in the Philippines get so hung up about when or if an official #WalangPasok announcement gets issued whenever it rains.
Simply looking out the window would have been enough to make such a simple decision. If the streets are flooded and traffic is at a standstill then, duh, don’t leave home. Manila is also quite predictable with regard to what happens when it rains. A five minute continuous downpour is usually enough to flood most Manila streets. So a good sign of trouble is, you guessed it, at least five minutes of continuous heavy rain.
There really is no reason why #WalangPasok needs to be such a big deal. Then again, in the Philippines, any bozo in a religious robe or a nice shiny suit can make a pronouncement and it becomes gospel truth.
Both men and women do it. The question is, who really gets offended? Perhaps many of the older “activists” who champion the cause of legislating against cat-calling are doing so on behalf of those who get cat-called a lot. Maybe it’s time the question of whether this practice is offensive or not should be directed to those who cop it the most — attractive women.
I asked a few and the common theme that emerged is that advances such as cat-calling are ok as long as the one making them backs off as soon as they receive signals that these are unwanted. Most agreed that when cat-calls are issued by an attractive person, it is often flattering. In fact, many admit that the worst thing about getting older is becoming progressively invisible to the opposite sex.
Perhaps then it is possible that those who are so hung up about cat-calling are those who don’t get much of it. That’s certainly an interesting thesis to explore.
In Yellowtard years, 2022 is just around the corner. Time is running out and galloping ahead faster and faster. Indeed the more the Yellowtards fail to find a charismatic leader to lead them to electoral victory when current President Rodrigo Duterte’s term is up, the more time is wasted.
It is quite evident their “vice president” Leni Robredo is not up to the task. With every word she utters, she falls flat on her face. It’s amazing indeed that her face continues to exhibit human features considering she’s used it as a shoe so many times.
Their once shiny hope, Mar Roxas, is a complete washout. Duterte’s win in 2016 is squarely on him. He failed to win votes for the Yellowtards even taking into account the voters his pal former Commision on Elections (COMELEC) Andy Bautista cheated out of the Yellowtards’ opponents back then.
Who will be the next great Yellowtard “hero” who will follow in the footsteps of Ninoy and Cory? Kris Aquino, perhaps? Why not? Kris had legions of showbiz fans.
Time is running out. Tick tock tick tock, Yellowtards. Find a leader who is winnable in an election, or perish. Again.
I earlier suggested to Richard Heydarian that instead of dismissing RJ Nieto’s opinion about Leni Robredo, he should ask Nieto why he thinks Leni is an airhead. While we are waiting for their exchange, I came up with my own list of why Leni comes across as an airhead to a lot of people:
(1) She doesn’t think before making a statement especially when it comes to issues against Duterte.
(2) She ignores irregularities that occurred during the 2016 Presidential elections just because she was declared the “winner” of the VP race.
(3) She keeps criticising Duterte and at the same time hopes for a better relationship with him.
(4) She doesn’t seem to realise she is a part of the government she is criticising.
(5) Her statements in Tagalog cannot be understood. They are incoherent and nonsensical.
(6) She says she doesn’t think about replacing Duterte or is not part of the ouster plan to remove him from office but she is encouraging the Opposition to file an impeachment case against him.
(7) She’s too dense. Duterte has already insulted her and ridiculed her but she is still all smiles and giggly like there is nothing wrong.
(8) She is still loyal to the Liberal Party despite strong evidence of their criminal negligence during their term in office. This can only mean she doesn’t think independently.
(9) She’s always attending ceremonial events for photo ops.
(10) She was already fired from her cabinet post, but she still acts like nothing bad happened.
It’s no surprised another cabinet member called her “boba” or stupid. There is enough evidence to support it.
At the moment following a bumper harvest of mangoes, the Philippines is gripped by an interesting problem. A huge surplus of this favourite fruit is crushing prices and threatening to further impoverish its producers.
The only hope is for Filipinos to do what they do best. Eat.
Eating the surplus mangoes is now being touted as the latest charitable deed — to dampen supply and uplift demand, as the thinking goes, and, it is hoped, pull up prices to the benefit of beleaguered Filipino mango producers.
This highlights the problem with Philippine industry. There is no downstream industrial chain strong enough to sustain demand for mangoes and other agriculture produce — which is why Filipino farmers are poor. In this specific case, there is no other way to dispose of surplus mangoes beyond marshalling 100 million Filipino mouths to the “heroic” task of munching into these otherwise delicious fruit.
Though there are downstream processing industries that produce derivative mango products like, well, dried mangoes, these don’t contribute enough demand to keep prices afloat. Mangoes are also difficult to export raw, because they are highly perishable and require expensive refrigeration.
In short, Philippine industry is too lame to support its own producers. So to all Filipinos issue that all-too-familiar call. Kain na!
Even then Princess Elizabeth did her bit to contribute to the war effort. As a young woman, the future Queen of England was a qualified mechanic and driver of heavy vehicles.
Today’s “woke” “activists” for their part issue shrill cries of outrage over proposals to mobilise millions of young Filipinos to the service of the nation. They preach about sacrifice and even dying for their country but, unlike Elizabeth, fail to walk their talk when called into the very service they pontificate about.
What is even worse is that they make demonisation of the Filipino soldier and police officer a cornerstone of their flaccid “activism”.
The whole problem with men according women the respect they deserve is a problem of upbringing. Most adults are products of their upbringing. Raise them to be disrespectful and they grow up disrespectful.
Indeed, implementing a law that specifically targets cat-calling completely misses the point.
For one thing, the act of cat-calling as being disrespectful is debatable to begin with. Some women find it offensive. Others find it flattering. Those who do find it flattering have to live in silence with that unpopular opinion in the snowflake society we see today.
Second, cat-calling, from the perspective of it being supposedly “disrespectful”, is just a small component of a larger landscape of ingrained lack of respect in Philippine society. No statistics are readily available, but I’d hazard a guess that people who habitually cat-call are also people who are predisposed to litter and piss on public walls and streets. The point is, creating an ethic of respect for others is an initiative that is a lot more complex than simply pandering to snowflake “activism”.
The new law to penalise cat-calling will simply drive the behaviour underground and will not solve the real problem which is Filipino parents not doing enough to teach their kids to habitually do the right things.
It was plain stupid of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to enter Chinese territory after criticising China heavily and even going as far as filing a case against President XI Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC). If she really hates China and how it is run, why does she want to spend her holidays there?
What do you expect the Philippine Government to do, force China to allow Morales to enter Hong Kong? But that is exactly what some people are calling for…
But the Philippines also has a rule against foreign activists who speak ill of the govt. Remember how Sister Patricia Fox got deported after engaging in illegal activist activities? Why should China treat Morales any different? Morales is considered a threat to China after she filed a case against Pres Xi Jinping.
This incident proves all Yellows from the low ranking foot soldiers to the top generals are not very smart. Carpio-Morales is one of those yellows who despise China but can’t stop going to HongKong, eating Chinese food and buying products made in China. Carpio-Morales must be feeling humiliated. That’s what she needs – humble pie. China should take note of all anti-China advocates from the Yellow crowd and ban them from entering their territories.
Opposition senatorial candidate Florin “Pilo” Hilbay sucks at campaigning, which is why he is now losing the race. He does not even have a track record of being a good administrator. All he has are promises to go against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies. He’s not being smart. Duterte still enjoys a high satisfaction rating. One doesn’t speak against a leader who is still popular if one wants to win an election.
Ako ay batang Tondo. Number 1 sa Bar Exams, pero hindi ako nagpayaman
So what if he is from Tondo? He makes it sound like it’s Sillicon Valley. So what if he was Number One in the bar exams? It didn’t help him win the cases he tried to defend. So what if he didn’t make himself rich? Nothing wrong with getting rich the honest way anyway. He’s a loser.
Why does Hilbay think a candidate has to be poor or “pro-poor”? The people actually need someone successful to look up to as a role model. If he thinks being simple is the only formula needed to get voted in, he is wrong. Besides, he is not simple. He had to have a celebrity girlfriend to validate himself.
Hilbay probably thinks having a celebrity girlfriend will help him win in the coming election. That is also evidence that he is a traditional politician – someone who relies on image instead of his policies for reform.
In other words, it was all about him. Hilbay didn’t have anything to offer the people. He thinks saying he is awesome is good enough to be elected a senator. The voters should be careful and make sure a narcissist like Hilbay doesn’t end up in a position of power.