Bad manner and wrong conduct

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ROLLY G. REYES

ROLLY G. REYES

Driver: Sir, why do we need death penalty when somebody is being killed everyday?

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Me: (looking the other way and pretending to be asleep)

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – when you ask the police to pursue a robbery suspect, you have to shell out money for gasoline of their patrol cars.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – when someone dirt-poor dies, lights inside the church are turned off. All lights are on when the dead is rich and important. With Mass officiated by parish priest and his complete staff.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – when a driver is caught under the influence, the drunk driver castigates the arresting officer and threatens him to a fistfight.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where families secure loans just to serve sumptuous meals to guests. With buffet style and bottomless drinks, guests are further given wrapped goodies to take home.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where you see weddings and baptisms with 12 or more pairs of sponsors.

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“Sa Pilpinas lang” – where videokes are switched to maximum volume and heard by the whole barangay. And out of tune singers always attempt to mimic the likes of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – when somebody needs something from the municipal town hall, one looks for a relatives or friends inside to avoid lining up.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where somebody tries to pull a fast one to get ahead of a long queue and gets mad when confronted.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where one laughs whenever somebody slips or fall crossing the street.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where drivers are color blind and see all colors of traffic lights as one color – GREEN.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” – where cashiers seem to be reluctant in giving customers their change.

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“Sa Pilipinas lang” -where motorists always follow an ambulance or a firetruck to take advantage of the speed and get ahead of the others.

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My point in these “sa Pilipinas lang” messaging is that we should never expect a change in government if we refuse to change our values for the better.

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I denounce the US Embassy’s way of keeping the money of applicants whose were denied visas. This is the kind of image that portrays our “brothers” as unfair while a lot of first world countries are given visa free status. Do they need the money? Their operational expenses are sufficiently and officially budgeted by the State Department. $160 charged to an average of 700-1,000 applicants daily? Thank you, Big Brother!

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Nations under the European Union normally have “separate foreign policies.” Somehing new is ONE country having “separate foreign policies.”

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The way it’s going, the creation of a “What The President Meant” office under PCO is imminent.

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PRRD’s Communication Team could have clarified quickly that an independent foreign policy is about “the pursuit of a well balanced diplomatic relations” with ALL countries and that will involve opening up new frontiers to improve our trade relations with our Asian neighbors departing from our previous image of pursuing a predominantly West-leaning foreign policy. (And it should include not only China, but also Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia and others.)

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We Filipinos should create and determine our path and not expect others to do it for us. Roads offered may be paved but we surely have to pay for it one way or the other. Sure we may trip along the way, suffer cuts and bruises, but our arms will be free balancing our own weight without being led by others to reach the destination we seek. Such is honor, such is dignity and such is Filipino.

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Mad rush to progress can dilute our inherent uprightness. Our ethnic brothers survived centuries with basic needs and were able to preserve the nobility of their character.

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It is amazing to see relief goods packed with DSWD logo on it without the usual yellow ribbons marked all over the boxes.

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I really feel better now knowing that that there are less crimes committed than before. Troublemakers are now more restricted in their behavior for fear of immediate arrest. Police should be commended but reminded to curtail abuses in their own ranks.

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Again, I would like to point out that Secretary Martin Andanar’s job is not an easy one. He is a hard worker as I have known him all these years. It is just that many unneeded distractions make his job more complicated. I really wish he will focus more on gains than devote sizeable time for clarification or interpretation. Negatives die naturally when the public sees that gains are being generated by swift and no-nonsense approach to deliver the goods promised. Of course this can only be done if DU30 surrounds himself with competent people rather than randomly picked officials among friends or acquaintances.

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Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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  1. I challenge you to expose the names of incompetent officials surrounding DU30. Unless you don’t have balls, I guess you will just ignore this challenge.