It seems that our Philippine soldiers are being made target practice by the MILF rebels. Why is there a cease-fire when the other side does not follow the rules anyway? And how do you get them if you cannot identify them anyway? It was an ambush. What are going to do? Are you going to arrest them and put them in a line-up na parang sa presinto? You cannot separate MILF rebels who ambushed them and those who did not. If MILF rebels ambushed them, then the cease-fire agreement should be abolished on the spot. Hindi naman isu-surrender ng MILF iyang mga iyan. Dapat all-out war na. Cease fire only gives the other side a chance to recover. Acease-fire agreement is advantageous doon sa natatalo kasi it gives them time to recover, regroup and re-arm.
If we make a deal with this MILF, what are the chances that this will be the last rebellion the Philippines is going to get from the Muslim side? Remember, we already signed a deal with the MNLF years ago. Then, this MILF came out and started a rebellion and now we are being forced to have an agreement with them. If we sign with them, the next group will not like and another alphabet group will take their place. It can be calle Muslim Autonomous Group of Mindanao (MAGM) or Muslim Majority Liberation Force (MMLF) even though they cannot win more than 10% of the vote during elections.
Top of the World
Finally, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 got a top prize. It has been called the world’s worse airport. It has been criticized for bad facilities, bribery to theft. Dante Basanta, terminal 1 manager said all the faults has been addressed already and that those criticisms are rehashed. He did say that the facilities has been upgraded but ironically, he failed to address the bribery issue. Hmmm...Bakit kaya? And he also did not address the security issue of people losing their items. More hmmm....Hay Naku. Now, it can be said, we are top of the world, hindi lang Asia.
Ganito sila ngayon, Ganoon ba ako noon?
Nang umuwi ako sa Pilipinas niton September, nakita ko kung gaano sila kagulo mag-drive. Sus Ginoo ni Roxanne na nakatihaya, ehe, mabuti wala akong nakitang nakatihaya sa daan na nasagasaan. Kgugulo mag-drive sa Pilipinas. Iyong red light, advisory lang pala, hindi compulsory na huminto ka. Minsan, pasahero ako, red light kami at pedestrian green, tuloy pa rin ang sinasakyan ko. “Hindi ba tayo hininto” tanong ko. Ganoon ba ako mag-drive noon? nanag makabalik ako dito sa Toronto, sago ng kaibigan ko na si Romy, “Ganoon ka magmaneho, nasanay ka na lang dito kasi.”
Madumi ang mga dingding
Iyong mga facade ng mga building, parang kadudumi. Sabi rin ng kaibigan ko, “ganoon na iyon bago ka umalis. Peroo hindi mo lang napansin dahil hindi ka pa nakakalabas ng bansa. Ngayong bumalik ka, na-compare mo na.” Makikitid din ang mga daan. Akala ko noon, malapad na mga daan natin. Iyon pala makitid. Sa daan namin, and width ng road is three cars side by side. Sa Valle Verde ng pinsan ko, two cars. If one car parks on one side, another car will have to park alternate, making the road a one-way street snaking left and right.
Relative ang price
If you earn money here, mura ang mga bilihin. Kaya nga nakakagulat kapag kino-convert ko mga fastfood price, may price na $2.00 Canadian. Complete na iyon. Iyon nga lang sa Jollibee, may combo na rice at paa lang ng manok. Dito, ang smallest meat ay thigh and leg, hindi ba? Doon, may paa lang ng manok. I guess, para may mura silang maibenta. Iyong iba naman na customer, kung iyon lang ang kaya nila, at least, masasabi nila nakakain sila sa Jollibee. Now, kung doon ka kumikita, siyempre, kahit gaano kababa sa iyo ang price, mahal pa rin sa kanila iyon.
Nang bumabayo na Pedring, may power outage sa lugar namin. Pumunta kami ng pamangkin ko sa Trinoma mall na katabi lang namin. Naghahanap siya ng fastfood restaurant na may free wifi. Doon, ok lang magtanong ka kung may free wifi. Sabi ko sa kanya, dito sa Toronto, tinatanggal na ng ibang restaurants iyan dahil nalulugi sila. Noon, lahat dito nag-offer ng free wifi. Pero napansin nila na people with laptops spend the whole day surfing and all they bought was a cup of coffee. She finally found one at Seattle’s best coffee. She was looking for an elctrical outlet also but all were in use. On man said who was with his family and using an outlet said, “malapit na kaming umalis.” So, we sat on a table beside them and waited for them to leave. “Salamat po,” sabi namin nang umalis sila at lumipat kami ng pamangkin ko sa mesa nila.
Sabi ni Mike Aprieto, ang pagpunta sa isang lugar sa atin is by memory at wala itong north, south, east, west orientation tulad dito sa Canada. Kaya doon, kapag nag-iba ang isang lugar, ligaw ka na. Lalo na ngayon, puro buildings at flyover na mga intersections, hindi mo na mare-recognize ang mga daan after 25 years.