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By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
AT FIRST you would thought it’s sexually titillating when you imagined someone is lying in the darkness or a room in a very dimmed light, and sweating due to the heat of the night, but if that will happen everyday then it’s not going to be sexy at all.
We just entered the peak of summer where temperature rises like we are in a desert, something Filipinos are not used to, in fact we may be entering the clout of a “Super El Niño” as some weather scientists would establish, which the world had felt between 1997 and 1998.
And in addition to Mindanao, we have the rotating brownouts that would last at least four to six hours. Power distributors can do so little about this, as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is apparently has little so say about this recurring phenomena.
What could be the reasons? Water levels on watersheds are dropping in Mindanao? Potential coal-fired power plants waiting in line to justify their existence? Political pressures and hefty kickbacks? There is
money and economic flows in every town and city at stake and people are suffering behind all these agenda.
As of this writing, I was bathing in my own sweat since it’s blackout again and in a race between my typing speed and my laptop’s battery life, but inasmuch as possible. I lessen the complaints about this staggering heat. It’s our fault in the first place to have our climate gone crazy at fast pace.
But the power crisis is a little worrying. Funny, however, that The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie features Spiderman’s nemesis Electro and New Yorkers gone crazy at the absence of electricity, Filipinos were luckily more patient despite having hardships to pass through these tribulations.
On second thoughts about the hot weather, sometimes it’s better to be this way than being consistently paranoid of Low Pressure Areas and storms that may later cause flooding and landslides. While the heat is at its best, this should give us more time to prepare for the rainy season.
In every situation, there are business industries that will flourish.
The hot weather is in and it is expected that anything can literally cool people will get the bigger stakes especially the malls, beaches and refreshment outlets. Don’t belittle coffee shops, they also serve cold coffee. And as response to the power blackouts, you might want to consider buying candles or, if you have the budget, buy solar panels, power banks and even generator sets.
An official statement reads that “the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Zamboanga-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi condemns the latest killing of a community-based journalist in Bongao, Tawi-tawi just a day after the observance of World Press Freedom.”
“Richard Nadjid, 35, married and a father of five was gunned down the night of May 4, 2014 near his home in Bongao.”
This is just another day in the lives of media practitioners here in the Philippines. It’s getting normal as the number of deaths increases while the justice system is plagued with deafness and impunity.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 07, 2014.