Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Eagle has landed

Yes, the Davao Eagle has landed.
Photo via facebook.com/rodyduterte. Some rights reserved.
Photo via facebook.com/rodyduterte. Some rights reserved.
It’s like a dream which no Mindanaoan would like to wake up from. Or perhaps, to aptly put, it is a dream come true for the people of Mindanao to finally have one of their own as President of the Philippines. As Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said it, if it is God’s will for him to become president, then it must be his destiny to be one.
Like an eagle, Mayor Digong or Rody, as he is fondly called, soared high to look at the big picture, not necessarily to take the presidency as his prey, but to see what he can do for his country. He went around major cities to feel the pulse of the people as he also peddled the idea of federalism for the Philippines. Admittedly having meager means and limited machinery compared to his opulent opponents, LP-backed Sec. Mar Roxas and UNA-supported VP Jojo Binay, Mayor Digong embarked on a quixotic journey by tapping the grassroots which willingly fell not just to his charms but for the beads of hope for a better life he dangled for everyone to get hold of.
Read more at: The Eagle has landed



The united colors of the presidentiables

Source: Rappler

(The Philippine general elections may be over as they were held on May 9, 2016, but I would just like to share this poem I've written a while back for Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles.)
In a world that wants black and white
comes a sea of colors
for those who
seek the presidency, alright.
Binay is blue
white is for Poe
Roxas is yellow
Miriam is red
Digong is, too.
I beg to disagree
because my mind can see
a different set of colors.
Without further ado
allow me to do the honors.
Binay’s skin color is brown
but that we cannot malign
lest we make critics frown.
From racism we draw a line.
Take note, Binay’s PR guys took pride
in calling him nognog
which means black
and threw another word to describe him
and that word is “pandak.”
Hailed as the one
who catapulted Makati to its heights
but with his color
the masses he represents
because he claims, like them
he comes from humble descents.
Alas, after decades of being in power
he thought he lived on a bed of flowers
but came a string of cases
thrown at him like broken vases.
The serene blue has become tainted
we wonder now if victory can still be painted
for the boy scout from Makati
whose will to win
rivals that of the Illuminati.
For the rest of the poem, please read: The united colors of the presidentiables



Tunay na pagbabago?

Bago ang lahat, mabuti sigurong sabihin ko munang taga-Davao region ako. At alam nyo na parang by default kung sino ang sinusuportahan kong tumatakbong presidente ng Pilipinas. “D” para sa Davao, “D” na default at “D” para kay Duterte at hindi “D” for Donald Trump ha?
Photo via facebook.com/rodyduterte. Some rights reserved.
Photo via facebook.com/rodyduterte. Some rights reserved.
Oooopss…teka, teka. Wag ka munang lumipat ng page. Magbasa ka muna nang malaman mo kung ano ang gusto kong sabihin. Mamaya ka na mag-mura. Mamaya ka na rin humusga. Hindi ako nangangampanya; gusto ko lang mag-share ng napagmuni-muni ko. May isa pa kasing “D” akong sasabihin sa inyo. Okay ba, kabayan?
Sa kabila ng kawalan ng malaking makinarya sa pangangampanya, sa kabila ng mga maaanghang na salita nung una siyang nagpahiwatig na tatakbo bilang pangulo at sa kabila ng paggiging nag-iisang kandidato bilang pangulo na di nakaranas ng nationwide campaign, napansin kong tila unti-unting umuugong ang kanyang pangalan. Sa paglapit ng mga araw tungo sa araw ng election, tila ba dumarami na rin ang mga supporters ni Davao Mayor Rody Duterte.
Ang sikat na mga slogans nya ay “Tapang at Malasakit,” “Change is Coming” at “Tunay na Pagbabago.” Ayos ano? Yong una, parang sinasabing matapang nga pero may pusong mamon naman. Madumi nga ang bibig pero di naman nagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan dahil may malasakit sa mga taong nagpapakahirap magbayad ng buwis. Kaibigan nga ng mga Moro at rebelde pero kapayapaan naman ang long-term goal. Hmmm…pogi points lahat, sa tingin ko.
Eto ngayon ang gusto kong pagtuunan ng pansin. Change. Pagbabago. Padating ang pagbabago pag nahalal na pangulo si Duterte. Yan ang pinupuntirya ng mga think tanks ni Rody na nasa likod ng mga slogans na ito. Yan din ang unti-unting nagiging gusto ng mga sumusuporta sa kanya na hindi lang mga taga-Davao region.
For the rest of the article, please read: Tunay na pagbabago?



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