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Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Chacapna: The ‘flower vase’ superintendent and his ‘flowers’, epilogue.

Half Naked

OUT of the Blue – teens in the middle 90’s sense the love track, irresistible. But there is something unusual about the band; was it “Michael Learns To Rock” or “Michael Rocks, To Learn”? Be as it may, only the first two lyrics appear meaningful, “I was almost about to lose my faith, I was still dreaming, fair (or fear) it was too (or to) late”. And before reconciling this with the epilogue, let me put to rest the way Judas out folded the words, “fairness and equality”.

Judas spent all his proceeds in the sale of his portion at the Eden garden. By gathering people regardless of tribe, he spells out barely the two words and across time, it compiles into books reworded by various thinkers in different format. General Chonard of the northern army even translated this into “Achi yu man fufukuchan nan kawis, ipiyas yukod”. Having nothing left in the far away land, only his resumed hunger, Judas saw one unusual fruit bearing tree tied with a swing. He took the swings knot and climbed the trunk. On top of the blue skies, he prayed: “Piyan kun ondawak ale”. If there is Divine justice, let it roll, show me the sign, please forbid me to take the fruit of this toxic tree. Then, Judas slips among the branches and by fate, the knot rolled on his neck.

And so, Superintendent Rico asked Sora how the MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses) be mined of its treasures. The latter responded: let me call on Rema, who was the best of her kind in the Research department, to give us the key to the mines of MOOE and SEF (Special Education Fund). Rema took advantage of the call, and in her parlance: we need to inject our dummy and dumb screening committees in every public school, armed them with webs of difficult requirements against teachers who would like to do research. Because of this more than red tape laden requirements, no one will really be interested to do research.

But don’t worry in case I will be objected in that requirement, I can easily reason out that it was, for quality sake. In reality our goal is to control anyone who dares to gather the points.

Speechless, Art and Sora grinned and in chorus, replied: Rema, we are not interested in your brilliant idea of running the Research department whether heedless or by crook, just give us the key. Rema in mind taught of it exactly and said: there are so many keys in this division and essentially to choose the key holders and to arrive at that position, they need research points. To do this, we assemble the “midnight research committee” whose magic wand can fabricate research output in one night. With that, any administrative officer, principal or head teacher of your choice can be selected, whether lackluster or dim-witted, so long as it blends to your preferred colours.

Trembling in fear, Superintendent Rico of the mountainous city reinforces his flower vase nature; he envisions the rise of the DepEd mafia.


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