Monthly Archives: June 2012

Epikia for Pidol

Epikia (noun): A situation where one needs to break the letter of the law in order to achieve the spirit of the law; an exception to the general rule.

Ang mga batas ay ginawa upang magkaroon ng kaayusan, ngunit paano na kung batas din ang pumipigil sa pagggawa ng tama?

Sa tingin ko, sa kultura nating mga Pilipino, ang pagbigay ng nararapat para sa isang tao ay mas matimbang sa pagsunod sa proseso. Kahit sino sa atin ay babaliin ang isang proseso para sa isang bagay na sa ati’y mahalaga.

“Igawad na ang National Artist Award kay Mang Dolphy. Now na!,” sigaw ng nakararami. Pag-aaralan pa daw ang kanyang ‘body of work’ …pero sino sa atin dito ang hindi niya napatawa ni minsan? Nung bata ako, sabay-sabay kaming pamilya na kumakain sa sala upang manood ng John en Marsha. Ang sarap ng aming tawa, kasinsarap ng kare-kare ni mommy, at kasing-alab ng aming pagsasama-sama.

Sa isang bansang nagdarahop, napakahalaga ng ating kakayanang tumawa. Kapag sobrang seryoso ka sa pagharap sa buntun-bunton na krisis, baka masiraan ka na lang ng bait, o magbigti.  Napapamura tayo sa mga kabulastugan ng ating mga lider samantalang napapahalakhak tayo nang malakas sa mga patawa ni Mang Dolphy. Serbisyo publiko din talaga ang pagpapasaya.

Subalit may tatlong mahahabang stages pa daw na pagdaraanan for the award. Dapat daw sundin ang mga panuntunan. E nasa critical stage na nga ang tao, di ba? Paano na ‘yan?

May punto din naman ang mga may agam-agam sa pagbibigay ng naturang karangalan nang ura-urada. Kasi, ibig bang sabihin nito ay lahat na ng maghihingalong alagad ng sining ay gagawaran kaagad ng National Artist Award? Will this set a precedent? Hindi naman po sa ganun. Hindi taun-taon ay may isang Dolphy. Minsan lang siya sa isang siglo. At sa kanyang husay at katapatan bilang isang tunay na alagad ng sining sa loob ng pitong dekada, he has gained a right to be an exception to the rule.

Also, ang situwasyong ito ay bunga pa rin ng mga anomalya ni Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, pati na sa sektor ng sining. Noong 2009, hinirang ni Gloria na National Artists ang mga kakampi niyang sina Cecile Guidote Alvarez at Carlo Caparas kahit na may lubos na mas karapat-dapat sa kanila. Kinontra ng iba’t ibang grupo ang kanilang panalo sa Supreme Court kung saan ang kaso ay nakabinbin hanggang sa ngayon.

Maliban sa komedya, isa pang talagang nagustuhan ko kay Mang Dolphy ay ang kawalan niya ng yabang. Hindi niya ginamit ang lanyang kasikatan upang magkaroon ng kapangyarihan sa pulitika. Noong may mga kumukumbinsi sa kanyang tumakbo para sa isang posisyon, ang sabi niya: Madaling tumakbo, pero pano ‘pag nanalo? Hindi siya tulad ni Manny Pacquiao na pinasok na ang lahat sa labas ng ring: mapashowbiz, relihiyon, at pulitika.

At nang dahil sa lahat ng ito, President Aquino must make a brave decision on behalf of a most grateful nation. Ang kumontra, kilitiin hanggang maubusan ng hininga.

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Bilang parangal kay Mang Dolphy, narito, dear karikna, ang ilang mga jokes. Sana mapangiti kayo, kahit kaunti.  Hehe Continue reading

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As Rudy as it could get

I received a text message from someone thanking me for an article I wrote the other week.  It read, “Herdy, my son showed me your post, ‘Senator Fariñas.’ I am humbled by your kind words. Thank you so much! All in God’s time!!”

I did not know how to respond to the message. Should I have said, ‘You’re welcome, sir’? But I was only expressing my thoughts, speaking out loud about the best senator today we should have. So I put off sending a reply, and then I got busy with a lot of things, including the opening of classes and the reprinting of The He(a)rd Mentality which is now sold out in bookstores.

But the other day I got a call from a Capitol staff, asking me if they got my number right. The congressman wanted to confirm, I was told. Then I received another call from the politician’s son, checking if I received his dad’s message. Shortly after, the congressman sent another message of thanks, to which I finally decided to reply: “My pleasure, sir. Will you kindly inform us when your schedule is not so tight so we local writers and bloggers can host dinner for you soon?” It was three in the afternoon. He replied right away, inviting us for dinner that very night, and insisting that he hosts it. He said he’d invite our colleagues from radio as well, lest he be “accused of favoritism.”

So we found ourselves at the Golden Cow Restaurant in Laoag (original location was at their house in Brgy. Barit, but there was a paint job going on) for a night of spirited storytelling and sharing of insights by arguably one of the most revered politicians in the country today: Congressman Rodolfo “Rudy” Castro Fariñas, he of the Corona impeachment fame.

Apparently, it was the first time Fariñas was talking to the local media regarding his experience in the successful removal of the chief justice from office. There were, dear karikna a lot of amusing “off the record” tidbits I could not share with you, but based on them, I could surmise the following: Continue reading

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Senator Fariñas

photo from interaksyon.com

Never have I been as proud of my congressman as today that I no longer want him to be my congressman. Given the rockstar status he currently enjoys, he has clearly gained a national constituency that should not be ignored.

Considered as the ‘bazooka’ of the prosecution in the impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona, Congressman Rudy Fariñas delivered the closing arguments in a language and manner the masses could understand but with no less strength and sophistication needed to sway even the brightest legal minds. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who has gained the respect and admiration of arguably all Filipinos who watched the proceedings, couldn’t help but remark, “Nalaingka unay” (Sobrang galing mo). That both Enrile and Lito “Ben Tumbling” Lapid admit that it was Fariñas’ summation speech that won them over to convict the Chief Justice is a clear indicator that he will make a good senator of the people—across all social classes.

In his speech, Fariñas underscored the glaring inconsistencies in Corona’s testimony which was well rehearsed, well scripted, truly dramatic, but in the end a monumental flop. The word “palusot,” a trending word in Twitter here in the Philippines and worldwide last May 28, will surely be associated with the Congressman for a long time. I can already imagine campaign slogans like, “Kay Fariñas, bawal ang palusot.” Continue reading

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