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Saturday, August 24, 2013
LET'S talk baboy, pugad baboy.
To borrow from Pol Medina's cartoon strip Pugad Baboy, I liken the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Malacañang to a pugad baboy. Except for a few, most of them are fat, fast and furious but stink to their bone.
In pugad baboy, swine always quarrel, scratch each other and outdo each who will get the largest meal in every feeding time. They love to be at peace with each other and love to sleep when full. After a while they dispose their waste wherever they want to. Even if they get a bath or wash up, they still stink 24/7.
That's also the life in the bigger pugad baboy, the Congress, Senate and the Malacañang.
Pork is the chief reason why so many want to run for a seat in Congress or Senate. Pork and countless perks of the coveted seat is also the driving force why they spend so much just to grab a seat.
When in Congress, most are present when budget and pork are up for deliberation or approval. When their pork and perks are threatened, they make a lot of noises in and out of the halls of Congress. After they get their share of the pork, they rarely attend sessions as life somewhere, especially with so much pork in their pockets, is more interesting than the boring sessions in Congress or Senate, what more with the boring facilitation by the speaker, the majority and the minority leaders.
In between legislative sessions, they are so busy going around, or trying to appear busy, but not on explaining and institutionalizing their laws and resolutions, but in looking out and dealing with various government and non-government institutions for the implementation of their so called hard and soft projects, common among them, waiting shed in isolated areas, school buildings, educational supplies and books, donations to civic causes, road destructions and repairs, bridges and footwalks, public CRs, fertilizers, and what have they.
Without them noticing it, the people are unaware of the many laws they passed, and are often more interested on how they can get financial or project support from their congress men and women and senators.
No wonder, the senators, especially the congress men and women, are looked upon as promoters of subservience, dependency and mendicancy. Instead of being instruments in building a national consciousness and culture truly Filipino, they have become symbols of corrupted power.
Malacañang too is no different; it is even worse, as the President possesses the biggest pork in billions in the entire lawmakers and executives with strict confidentiality in the way he spends the people's money.
In the guise of acting above board, Malacañang and PNoy are using their political powers to dispose the pork to those who toe their line, and ride on their whims and caprices.
PNoy's declaration of support for the scrapping of PDAF or pork barrel is meaningless as it is just a disguise for his more sinister plan to control the pork for his and his party's political ends. It was also his subtle attempt to pre-empt the projected big mobilization against the pork and corruption on August 26.
With these, there is no better tagging for them than Pol Medina's pugad baboy -- a swine's nest, where on one hand, it exposes their useless adventures and stinking character , and on the other hand, polarizes them with the contempt and hatred of the people towards the crooks and tyrants.
Every time we smell a distinctly foul odor in a community we quickly remark "may pugaran sg baboy sa palibot", or when on the road, "seguro may truck nga kargada ya mga baboy".
Swine's odor is indeed strong that even nearby villages could still get irritated by it. In fact, its waste is second top most material (human waste is the top) for processing and generating methane gas. Methane gas can be used for cooking fuel, or for power supply through conversion to electricity. The technology is called biogas system.
Yet why do people love to eat pork when no matter how one cooks it, its distinct smell is still present? Why is pork always a part of food menu in practically all occasions, fiesta, birthday, wedding, baptismal?
You ask the congressmen, senators and Malacañang because I’m sure they know better.
Oh my goodness, I want to have a good meal of native chicken for this week end till August 26.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 24, 2013.