Disheartening

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


THE saga continues on the witch hunt by the Aquino government against politicians that are not allied in the ruling political party and also have a dark secret that can be conveniently used legally against them.

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. voluntarily surrendered because of his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam, as so to Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, that for the second time, he has to be arrested in another corruption-related case.

Next will be Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, that for decades he has been in the government and politics since the Marcos era, it will be his first time to be seriously implicated in the case involving billions of peoples’ taxes.

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But with Enrile’s brilliance and expertise, it will be a big wild goose chase. He may be old but the “wisdom” he has can still be lethal especially in the dynamics of the Philippine justice system.
While we are at this point, let us not also turn a blind eye on the Aquino administration’s allies. It cannot be discounted that the wide-scale pork barrel scam is without getting the hands of Aquino allies dirty as well. This is not new, only that the whole grandeur of this corrupt scheme started to surface last year during President Noynoy Aquino’s term and validates the urban legend on how some lawmakers spend their Priority Development Allocation Fund allotments. We will see more episodes this week, so stay tuned.

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I am blessed this year, indeed and I could not wait for holidays and special days to thank the universe and the divine for all these very ripe harvest of labor.

Last week, we made a commercial production shoot for a government agency in Camiguin and this week for another private company doing a featurette with their community involvement in Digkilaan, Iligan City (and there are more ahead already calendared).

It was wonderful to see and feel the rural life, as you witness the slow-paced kind of living in these places and its people, but above all, it’s the natural beauty of the place that has me captured and get mesmerized (because it was my first time visiting there).

But on these visits there came a realization, where all my previous visits in other places in the country have also synced-in: Philippines is still, and will always be a magnificent country – until you will
learn the internal politics of things and how it is governed.
Sometimes, I’d rather watch at every sunset of the day and enjoy the natural wonders each of these places have. Sometimes, I’d rather not start a conversation to the locals for it might leave to opening up discussion on politics and governance because sometimes it’s disheartening to learn things that you wish not to know.

But over these sad stories is hope. A hope that seeing these children in the communities may take a path that is not as dismal as ours, it may not be that friendly and accommodating, but the least is by finding faith in them that they will lead us justly (very idealistic I know, but I’m still hopeful for this to happen).

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 25, 2014.

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