Gloria has a dream

“I want to create high-paying jobs here at home so that Filipinos no longer need to go abroad for a job. I want overseas work to be a career choice and not the only option for a talented man or a woman in search of a better life.” – Gloria Arroyo, Laoag City, Miss Laoag City Pamulinawen pageant night, Feb 12, 2007 Asia Pulse and Reuters.

Once, I wrote something like this in my old now dead blog but I specifically said it was only a dream, nothing more and nothing less.

Actually, there is nothing wrong with what you said – it made me feel better at least for a while. There is nothing wrong dreaming big dreams either. But hey, dream your dreams and dream as you may when you are asleep not while you are in front of camera or in front of millions of Filipinos.

Hello! Garci are you listening?

I am not a genius. I am not an economist either. I am nobody but I know what are true, real and pure hallucinations.

For how can you do this daunting tasks when for a long time now, our country has not gotten out of the boom and bust cycle. How can this happen when your congressmen and Senators are busy with their own personal agendas? How can a government without credibility, riddled with institutionalized and endemic corruption and inefficiencies, accomplish something grand as this for a short period of time when three real presidents before you failed miserably?

Yes you are dreaming. Remember last year, you sent envoys to different countries to sell our human resources and also last year after the Lebanon problem, you want to make our domestic helpers as super maids.

Words are cheap and so are lies and hallucinations. I bet my ass, nothing will happen because you are ass-ing(?) around again.

I pray that with almost 3 years left till the end of your term in 2010, a grand miracle would really happen. I wish it would come sooner. I am getting tired of being called a modern-day hero. I want to be in my home with my wife and kids.

And I want my country back!

Please do not think and feel that I do not appreciate your kind words and concern for us OFW’s just because I am always talking like this and blogging this way. To tell you the truth and as(s) a matter of fact, I am very thankful to you. To show how thankful I am, here is something for you, our Filipino youth and from me. I am sure you will like it.

Here is for Gloria and the crazy Filipino politicians from the Filipino youth and me.

Shame on You!
Shame on you all! Shame on you all! Shame on you all! Stop playing with our country and our future! Give the future back to us! Photo by Maya.

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28 Responses to “Gloria has a dream”

  1. 1 Culture Shiok! March 25, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for sharing your insights at Culture Shiok!

    There are a lot of things not in place for Philippine tourism.

    Not part of Gloria’s dream….

  2. 2 myepinoy March 25, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I do not know why the government is not keen on maximizing the potential of our tourism industry like that of other countries. This sector alone could bring billions of dollars.

    What else could I say?

  3. 3 annamanila March 26, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    This is a topic I avoid. It makes me sick, depressed, hopeless. You know I have been writing speeches. Thirty years ago, “on the verge of economic take off” is in (almost) every speech I write. Now I have dropped that phrase. That take off has never happened and probably will never happen with the kind of governance we have, have had, will have. I hesitate to indict the character of our people. But it’s not just GMA.

    Ay naku. Sorry this is the first time I visit here and your blog is so provocative. And I hesitate to skip it because it’s the one staring at me on the face.

    I know it makes you sick as OFW to be at the receiving end of blandishments. But still you’re one of the lucky ones — materially. Oh nothing is simple is it? You gave up a lot too. Ay naku. Kawawang Pinas.

  4. 4 Shari March 26, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Now that’s coming from someone who delivered a speech in graduations promoting the outsourcing of workforce. Nyeh. How hypocritical. And how quickly she changes her tune.

    No one has to be a genius to notice everything that’s been going on in the country. Hindi rin kelangan matalino para sabihing hindi umuunlad ang buhay nila. We are the Filipinos, to whom the public figures in the government have sworn to serve and protect. And we have the right to point out the mistakes/shortcomings of the administration. There’s a world of difference between numbers and reality; one thing that the gov’t has blatantly disregarded.

    And really, overseas work is a career choice. The Filipinos can choose to stay here, work their asses off, but still earn nothing; or they can choose to go abroad, get homesick, miss their families, but still earn enough to sustain the basic needs of their family. Either way, they still live. It’s just a choice of wanting to live like a rat, or wanting a better life.

    It’s funny. The people who are always blamed/accused for corruption and/or abuse are the ones she oh-so-proudly praise. Instead of actually looking into the accusations and investigate her cronies, she defends and kiss their asses back for supporting her. It’s sick. But then, Filipinos have always had this concept of “utang na loob”, so I guess that accounts for something. Those who have helped her in the past to get to where she is now are the same ones she’s helping and covering up.

    Tourism is one of the things being developed by the government, but let’s face it: although a lot of people are glad that they’d have a chance to earn lots of money when tourists arrive, there are some who are a bit hesitant to exploit the beauty of our country. Shempre there will always be an environmental implication here. Or maybe even a raise in the crime rate. Mahirap din isipin yung iba, pero believe me, the Philippines is doing its best to promote the country for tourism.

  5. 5 bingskee March 26, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    i think she could be a better actress. at least when she’s one, no one will take her words against her. tsk tsk her eyesight is starting to fail, and she is suffering from memory loss. too bad that her ailments are equally affecting us, the Filipinos.

  6. 6 myepinoy March 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    annamanila: i too tried my best not to blog about this type of things (i almost stopped blogging) however, i am just a normal human being that belongs to the animal kingdom who can not help the urge to scratch that itchy part of the body.

    I agree that she is not the only problem. We too share the guilt.

    I think that we are the subject referred to by Herbert Simon when he coined the word satisfice and satisficing. Our language has an exact word for satisficing. That is “Pwede na“.

    Indeed I am lucky but there are so many OFW’s who are not like me. We have made one mission before for distress ofw’s and mind you, your heart will bleed. Their helpless and hopeless situation makes you hate more those crazy politicians and inutile government officials. Grabe.

  7. 7 myepinoy March 26, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    bingskee: the problem is if she is an actress, she will end up as a politician also.

    So, let her be the president now and be an actress later. LOL

    I have a question. Do you think we will be better off 10 or 20 years after she is out of office?

    PS. my condolences and prayers to you and your family. Hope you are coping well.

  8. 8 myepinoy March 26, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Shari: well said.

    Thanks a lot, you made it easy for me to write my comment on your comment.

    I just hope that most if not all our youth think the way you do and not like Tim Yap.

    As regards to doing things, there is a difference in doing the best and doing it right. If tourism damages the environment then I would rather have no money from tourism at all.

    BTW: how is your (TABAK) music album doing? I hope I can buy copy on my vacation. (O baka pwede makahingi na lang… biro lang. ha ha)

  9. 9 verns March 27, 2007 at 8:42 am

    yeah..its all talk…hayyy

  10. 10 myepinoy March 27, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Verns: Yes, you are right.

  11. 11 Shari March 27, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Hehe, if only the youth wasn’t so much problematic when it comes to their love lives, they’d worry about politics too. 😉

    The problem is with tourism is that we have no guarantee whatsoever that the fears of those who are afraid of it wouldn’t come true. You know how patronizing Filipinos can get when it comes to foreigners. The Filipinos still have this inferiority complex that puts priority to the foreigners over their own fellowmen. Kaya nga much attention is given to the Subic Rape Case, because the militants are afraid that the gov’t will acquit the alleged rapists just to preserve the US-PH ties. Concerned kasi tayo masyado sa tingin ng iba sa atin, kaya ginagawa ang lahat to make them comfortable and never complaining kapag sila pinagsisilbihan natin. I’ve seen this behavior too much that it’s finally become a reality na lang din.

    The TABAK album has been released last year. May second installment na, pero sinusulat pa ang mga awit. 😉

  12. 12 Sidney March 27, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    “I pray that with almost 3 years left till the end of your term in 2010, a grand miracle would really happen.”

    I don’t want to be a pessimist but I don’t see” great” leaders at the horizon.

    Concerning tourism: you can’t have it all. If you want to create jobs and get income from it you have to accept the disadvantages of tourism.

  13. 13 bingskee March 27, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    only if there will be politicians with integrity who will take the seats… kelan kaya? kelan kaya?

    by God’s grace, the pain and the dreams about her will go..

  14. 14 myepinoy March 27, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Shari: So you were saying that this problem of the heart is the problem. ha ha ha.

    Do you think inferiority complex has to do with it or just plain and simple money matters (the green bucks).just go to pagsanjan falls and you’ll know that this is all about money. If you are a local tourist, in all probability, you are the last in their list especially if there are lots of foreigners around. Dahil mahina daw mag tip ang mga Pinoy o walang pera. he he he.

  15. 15 myepinoy March 27, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Sidney: That is not being pessimistic. It is the sad reality in my country.

    Just like in any types of businesses, there are inherent advantages and disadvantages but if manage properly, panalo pa rin.

  16. 16 myepinoy March 27, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    bingskee: yes you are right. Added to that, we need leaders who use their heads to lead. Leadership demands ideas because people follow someone when they are convinced that it is following a certain course for their good and not to hell.

    Yes, in God’s grace and in due time everything will be okay.

  17. 17 sexy mom March 28, 2007 at 3:28 am

    politics is also an issue that i am not comfortable with. but it’s part and parcel of our lives. it is the very reason why we are left behind. “political will” has become a cliche.

    at the back of my mind, i feel that what is happening to us is not the making only of pgma. who voted for her in the first place, who voted for our senators, our congressmen! yes, we can say that there could have been manipulation. the filipino has certainly time and again proven its being docile. walang pakialam. you know what one of my friends said? it needs 2 revolutions/2 civil wars in order for the filipino to be set free from this current predicament. we are getting nowhere.

    we’re having another election, what now? whoever are placed in position will repeat the same mistakes. whoever are in the opposition will want ways to bring the current leader down, be it erap, pgma, or whoever is next.

    it seems we are hopeless! we easily get tired. after EDSA, what? there were dos, tres…

    and i pity the fragmented families, parents have to work overseas, leaving kids in the care of extended pseudo families. we could go on and on and on…but are we going nowhere?

  18. 18 angelblush March 28, 2007 at 6:26 am

    im not for or against pres. gloria or anything… but i dont think its only her who has a problem… everybody played a part.. in this big PHILIPPINE play we are in… everybody is responsible. no one is to be blamed…

    i guess for me its alright for Gloria and pretty much ok for her to dream in front of the public.. and whatever it is… she is trying… although maybe not too hard.

    Philippines has a big future…. if only people would believe… if only ALL the PINOYS will agree it will. How can it succeed, if half of the country doubts? How can it be…. when even it is just a DREAM no one believes it can happen? It’s like wanting to open a store and believing it will FAIL.. di pa nag-uumpisa…Lugi na..

    It’s not just politicians who can control the country you know… we have our hand as citizens as well. We shan’t depend on the politicians who have their OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS…

    if only.. if only.. everyone in this country.. AGREES to end all the hard trials, poverty etc….. there is power in agreement.

    sheesh. dont mind me.. im soooo positve… believing Philippines still has a chance.. -_-

    nice post. 🙂

  19. 19 melai March 28, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    pareho na lang kamo silang magsayaw ni tessi oreta kasi di sila pasadong aktres sa panlasa ng bayan.

  20. 20 myepinoy March 28, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    sexy mom: an American friend once told me you get what you deserve. With your comment, i am inclined to believe he is right.

  21. 21 myepinoy March 28, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    angelblush: I agree. And that is what we need – agree to end the hard trials and poverty, etc..

    But then again (i will repeat), we need leaders who use their heads to lead. Leadership demands ideas because people follow someone when they are convinced that it is following a certain course for their good and not to hell

  22. 22 myepinoy March 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    melai: sige sasabihin ko. iba iba naman ang roles ng artista di ba? so, pwede rin sila.

  23. 23 bw March 29, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    I might sound sour grapes but I don’t think Gloria or any human being for that matter, or even the Pope for all he’s worth, as infallible as he is, can reverse the fortunes of our beloved Pinas in a 6 year term 😦

    Where is the much needed money going to come from from? We all know that in the most prosperous countries like the U.S. for example, TAXES -not only from corporations but mainly from the common tao, fund the prosperity bandwagon. In short, if every one has a job and PAYS say 30% of his earnings to the government in form of income tax, then we may have a good chance of coming out of the grave. It is troubling because MOST of the people in Pinas who clamor for change don’t even pay taxes! These are the people to buy and sell things, drive pedicabs -those engaged in the underground economy!

    Can export earnings and corporate taxes fund our way out of poverty? Not a chance. If politicians return back the money they stole – could it cover up for the shortfall? Not enough. Whay can’t people get jobs nowadays? It’s because there’s JUST TOOO many of us. If people think population explosion isn’t an issue and poverty is simply the result of poor mismanagement and corruption, then we are cheating ourselves. Population explosion is one that would decapitate our economy in the next 10 years. I have more to say but suffice to say that a leader won’t achieve much if the dynamics of the house is in pitiful shambles 😦

  24. 24 myepinoy March 31, 2007 at 1:14 am

    bw . The dynamics is in pitiful situation because our leaders do not have the political will to institute the much needed change. Like what you have mentioned about population explosion, how many times they avoided doing the right programs because they were afraid of the other powers who call themselves the light of Filipino people.

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