“The problem with people of low esteem is that they cast strong people as villains. The crab culture in which the Philippines works is, after all, a culture of low self-esteem that is not surprising considering how people have largely been pawns to greater interests from the Spanish, the Catholic Church, the Americans, the Japanese briefly, and forever by their overbearing, corrupt, me-first dynastic landlords, warlords and archaic autocrats devoid of any compassion toward people beyond their dining room tables.
“The problem with people of low self esteem is that they don’t see themselves very well. They are in a daily state of delusional denial. They think they are smart, and normal.
“So the President of the Philippines, who seems to me to be a degree beyond insecure and operating in a realm of applied vengeance, sees the US as a villain, laws as a villain, socio-economic health problems (drugs) as a villain, and any critic as a villain. Even if they make total sense and are of high character.”
Source: “Every Filipino for himself!!!”
This can’t be any more true:
“What is baffling is the Office of the Ombudsman’s failure to grasp the seriousness of the situation and the crucial nature of the role it was asked to play to defuse the crisis. Instead of humoring Mendoza by issuing an order reinstating him to his job, it sent him instead a written promise to review his case within 10 days—as if its overriding concern at that crucial moment was the preservation of the integrity of the judicial process rather than the preservation of the lives of the hostages. We don’t need a lawyer to tell us that an order issued under such circumstances carries no binding effect. But this didn’t seem to matter to the Office of the Ombudsman. It insisted on being legally correct. It makes one wonder if people in such high offices, lost in the rituals of their limited functions, can still think like sensible human beings.
Just as infuriating was the behavior of some people from the broadcast media during the hostage crisis. Where lives are at stake, as in an extremely volatile hostage standoff, one expects media to defer to the judgment of the police. One does not need an explicit protocol for media behavior under such conditions to know that no one, not even a media person, should get in the way of police work. You cannot invoke the public’s right to know as a justification to freely approach or communicate with an armed gunman who is holding hostages at gunpoint. Not even if it was the gunman himself who initiated the communication or demanded the media’s intervention. This is not just a matter of ethics. It is what a commonsensical orientation to law and order requires of all citizens.“
— Randy David, “Madness and accountability,” PDI
Higher electricity sales and increased power rates buoyed power distributor Manila Electric Company’s (Meralco) consolidated core net income by 135% in the first quarter.
“Meralco on Thursday reported that its consolidated core net income for the first quarter jumped to a hefty P2 billion from P800 million during the same period in 2009. Its consolidated net income for the same period soared by 127% to P2 billion.
“The company’s consolidated revenue increased by 34% to P61.1 billion, helped by an increase in its customer base and significantly higher average pass-through costs.”
— Meralco’s Q1 consolidated core net profit up 135% to P2-B
OK, OK, so Meralco has to pass on to consumers the power generation increase posted by its suppliers, but pray, tell, why pass on the distribution increase in April when electricity is sorely needed by customers and amid 2-hour rotational brownouts:
Apart from the increase in generation charge, Meralco customers would also have to contend with the reflection of Meralco’s ERC-approved distribution charge increase.
The increase, which was granted under the performance-based regulation (PBR) scheme, was approved as early as December but would not be passed on to consumers until this month. This particular increase amounted to almost 27 centavos per kWh.
The PBR scheme allowed distribution utilities such as Meralco to charge rates based on projected investments and operating expenses related to electricity distribution.
— PDI: Power Down, Rates UP
On Facebook: Protest against MERALCO electricity price hike
This usually dire coverage of Manila by CNN offers small comforts to someone who lives in a high rise or whose one-story office building sits right beside the bay.