Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sa Ala-ala ni Doña Victorina at Doña Consolacion

Mahirap yatang iwasan ang mainit na issue between Senyor Iskwater at ni Bianca Gonzalez and Co. dahil sa tweet na ito na isinulat ng latter-

Ang dami nating nagtatrabaho para makaipon para sa prime lot at bahay plus buwis pa. Bakit nga ba bine-baby ang mga informal settlers?”

Matapos ang palitan ng mga kuru-kuro nauwi sa palitan ng pang-iinsulto. Nagdatingan ang mga tagapagtanggol ni Bianca, at heto pa ako ngayon, nakikisawsaw bilang isang echoserong froglet.




Gusto ko sana mag comment sa blog ni Senyor Iskwater pero hindi yata kakayanin sa dalawang comment boxes. And besides, sa nakita kong mga nag comment, siguro mas mainam na ditto na lang ako sa aking corner, kung saan I’m safe. Hehehe! Sorry senyor, naduwag ako sa kanila.

Ang pangyayaring ito ay sobrang compelling. Nung nabanggit ito sa akin ng kapwa ko blogero at nasilip ko ang mga nakasulat, nahirapan akong matulog kagabi. I did some soul searching.

Dapat siguro natin himayin ang mga pangyayari at bigyan ng tamang sagot ang mga dapat na i-consider na tanong.

It’s hard to address the issue of poverty. I can’t make assumptions on how to alleviate it because I have no competence over it. But the dilemma is so apparent that it’s impossible for an average citizen not to have an opinion about it.

Unahin natin ang tweet ni Bianca.

Bianca argued that it’s not fair that THEY pay taxes and work hard while the poor are being pampered by allowing them to informally settle on areas they don’t own or are not supposed to be inhabited.

Let’s see how it’s unfair.

Bianca is working hard as a celebrity/journalist/some-perky-girl-in-showbiz-or-media-who-is-usually-worshipped-and-venerated-because-of-their-squeaky-clean-character-impressive-educational-background-and-being-a-probable-senatorial-candidate-in-the-future. With her looks and brain, she finds it hard to please people. That’s why she needs to work hard. Hindi siguro madali at masaya ang buhay celebrity. And take note- MAHIRAP PASAYAHIN ANG MGA PILIPINO.

And the government has the nerve to impose taxes on her because of her beauty, intelligence and sexiness, and her hard work?

In fairness, may utak si Bianca at kaya niyang makarating kahit saan.

At hindi siya nag-iisa. Sa bansang ito MARAMI ang MAY TRABAHO na KATULAD NIYA.

Sa kabilang banda, ano ba ang ginagawa ng mga informal settlers?

We have always associated poverty with lack of initiative and laziness. Kaya nasa isip natin na ang mga ito ay walang ginagawa. Walang kabuhayan. Mga walang pinag-aralan. Walang pangarap sa buhay. Maraming nagiisip na sila’y mga hampas lupang nagkumpol-kumpol, barumbado at mga walang modo, kaya sila mahihirap.

Believe it or not, many of those pampered informal settlers have humble work and odd but decent jobs. May mga labandera, katulong, houseboy, janitor, at kung anu-anong MADADALING trabaho na hindi gagawin ng mga hard-working tulad ni Bianca Gonzales and Co.

Wala ba silang vision or pangarap sa kanilang buhay? Kung tutuusin, pinilit naman nila sa magkaroon ng katuparan ang kanilang mga munting pangarap, kaya marami sa kanila ay nangahas pumunta sa Maynila. Many of them are trying their best to buy a handful of rice and some noodles to feed their family, and still dream of having their own home. But for now, they can settle with those rusty and rotting sheds. Marami talaga sa kanila ang nagsusumikap.

Mayroon naman na mga sugarol, tambay, puta, at walang pangarap sa buhay- mga nilalang na mayroon din naman counterpart sa aking social order, at sa social order din ni Bianca.

So in Bianca’s point of view, compared to us, these people had it easy. To Bianca’s opinion, they’re not working hard. The labandera is not doing the laundry hard enough. The houseboy is not breaking his back enough. The tindera is not living an honest existence. Or those scavengers swarming on heaps of trashes are not doing anything to uplift their status in life.

To Bianca’s opinion, it is unfair that we who have the capacity to produce wealth and have the chances to reach higher places in the social hierarchy, are being obliged TO FULFIL OUR DUTY TO THE COUNTRY BY PAYING TAXES, while our fellow citizens in the slums are exempted and tolerated to do anything illegal, such as being a helpless poor parasites. Bine-baby pa ng government.

Hmmm…. It’s not fair.

Somebody commented that there should be the rule of the law. There’s a law that tells us all that informal settlements are illegal and those who practice this should be punished by the law. The provision is clear and has already been established. Even my faith compels me to adhere to what the law said. It is unfair that one citizen is burdened by his duties while others are living in a quasi-anarchic lifestyle.

Is it fair? The answer has been provided by the law, and no one and no opinion can overrule that.

I’d like to quote what Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said in an interview- “Sometimes extra legal factors come in. It is inhuman of you not to consider the extra legal factors. But in weighing these extra legal factors, it should be the legal factors which should dominate. Because if you take into consideration the extra legal factors in arriving on your decision you would not be true to yourself.”

Bine-baby nga ba ang mga iskwaters na ito ng gobyerno?

Our government was born out of the union of democracy and the will of the people. Its purpose is to let the voice of the people be heard, embody the ideals and aspirations of the people, promote common good, and secure the regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace.  

The government has the duty to castigate social errors regardless of their status in life. However, it should not penalize the poorest because of their poverty. In fact, it must be there to help them and to uplift them from their poor state.

To say that the poor is being pampered is quite outrageous given that they are driven out of their shacks, transferred to another location with no guarantees of being employed, no insufficient institutions to educate their children or even guide the helpless settlers. They will be given Conditional Cash Transfers, though they haven’t got the capacity to pay back.

If for an average college graduate in our country finds it difficult to get a job, then difficult is not even the word to say for those who are poor.

One should not expect so much from them, since they have none. Yes, houses are given to them like they were for free, pero matapos ang ilang buwan, magugutom ang mga iyan o mangangailangan ng perang pang gastos sa iba pang pangangailangan. Ano ba ang immediate solution nila sa mga ganyang problema? Ibenta ang bahay na ipinagkaloob sa kanila at bumalik sa iskwater na libre, at least may pera na para mabuhay sila sa mga susunod na buwan. Oo mayroon mga gagamitin para sa bisyo at mga walang kwentang bagay, pero hindi ibig sabihin niyan na ang bawat iskwater ay ganan, the way hindi ko sinasabing ang lahat ng may pera, may kaya at may pinag-aralan ay katulad ng magiting na si Bianca.

Keep in mind also that this administration and even its predecessors committed themselves to solve the issue of poverty and to give them attention. Yes, they need more attention than you Bianca. You are from a prestigious school. You know better that these people are helpless, and for them to reach your level somebody must give them a push, a way to start again in life, something that would give them an advantageous situation for them to pursue a better life and a home they can buy from hard-earned cash. Your university was supposed to make your mind broader and more understanding and compassionate.

Now let’s see how the Defender of the Poor, Senyor Iskwater, reacted. Was it legit?

The law, human ethics, and Filipino delicadeza provided that no person of whatever socio-economic status, gender or sexual orientation, political affiliation or religion, or of any opinion deserve disrespectful remarks.

I wouldn’t say that he bullied Bianca. How can you bully somebody who seems to have the upper-hand (hard-working tax-payer, venerated super sexy celebrity, intellectual, lady with a large number of followers, and philanthropist)? From what I’ve seen, many readers, friends and anonymous, all ganged up against Senyor.

He posted a clamorous entry to rebuke Bianca. And many in the blogosphere expressed their fury and hatred for daring to insult Her Venerable Lady Untouchable Who Holds the Ultimate Truth and Opinion on Squatters.
It was quite under the belt. I would be a hypocrite if I say I didn’t like what he did. Ganyan din kasi minsan ang ginagawa ko dito sa blog.

Again, as provided by human and divine laws, writing something like that is not acceptable and we are guilty of such questionable behaviour in the blogosphere. And it shouldn’t be endorsed.

HOWEVER….

Knowing Senyor’s background, it’s quite hard not to reply in such manner.

It is true what Senyor’s haters say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. EVERYONE. And if Bianca thinks that the informal settlers are a sting to the progress of the capital or to her eyes, she has the freedom to say so, but she’s not the average jerk who can get away with foul opinions.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions but it doesn’t mean that he has the license to belittle the helpless and the paupers.

She’s Bianca Gonzalez. The squatters look up to her thinking that she’s advocating their cause and that she’s compassionate enough to know how they will feel.

Naturingan pa man din UNICEF goodwill ambassador. As an ambassador, one must be very careful what word to use and be very considerate of the people he represents. Well, there you go.

Her tweet was a curse of treacherous words, revealing the hypocrisy of all that has been documented and photographed and televised. And everyone knows the sentiment of someone who was betrayed, someone like Senyor.

She maybe entitled to her opinion but no law has sanctioned her to belittle or categorize squatters as social parasites that are dragging down our society. What she’s saying is that such people of her own blood and flesh do not deserve any kind of help because it’s useless.

If that is the case, then why not create labour camps like that in Auschwitz during the Second World War and systematically eliminate the burden of HER society group?

Pero hindi natin gagawin iyon dahil alam natin that we have the moral and social responsibility to help these people.

Bianca, of all people, should know better that they who are in that immaculate caste of hers have this moral and social responsibility, and should be considerate and compassionate. Philanthropy, charity work, coddling the poor- call it whatever you want, but the ethics of man and of heaven compel us to reach out to the helpless.

 You what, the thing with the poor is you can deprive them of food and water, shelter and employment, but never dare deprive them of their integrity and don’t even think of humiliating them by making them appear as the ultimate cancer. It crushes their soul. It will eventually prompt them to disregard any law from the king and from heaven, and that’s when you Bianca should fear for your life.

Haven’t we learned from the past? Have you seen whey there were rebellions? Why did the Filipino people fought against colonizers? Have you even considered why many historians, artists and patriotic writers despise your likes Bianca?
I’m not saying that Senyor’s action was right. It is wrong. But you really can’t expect us to react otherwise. I know how it feels to be treated like a social cancer. I am a foreigner in a different land at lahat ng kamalasan ng bansang ito ay ibinubuhos sa amin. We are constantly harassed and ridiculed.

Dito masasabi ko talaga that we were pampered. Maraming lahi ang bine-baby talaga dito. Maraming nagrereklamo. Pero whether it is the communist or fascist, both now that they need to help us, and even the poor. In fact, hindi nila pinapayagan ang mga katagang binitawan ni Bianca. Kung malalaman pa nga ng mga Italian authorities kung paano tulungan ng government natin ang mahihirap eh siguro they will be appalled, and yet kay Bianca eh bine-baby na agad yun.

It’s quite a shame that there are still many who are willing to defend Bianca’s side.

Maraming nakakaunawa kay Bianca. Maraming tatayo sa katuwiran ni Bianca.

Kami? Si Senyor? Para marinig niyo pa ang daing nila at ma-realize na nakakainsulto ang sinasabi niyo, he needed strike her very person.

Bakit ba kailangan magalit si Bianca?

Oh I get it. Naiinggit pala siya sa mga tulad ni Senyor.

Huwag kayong mag-alala. Paninindigan nila ang kanilang mga binitiwang salita. Nangyari na yon sa ating nakaraan. Nangyari na din yan sa ibang bansa.

Sinisigurado ko sa inyo na mangyayari yan, hindi man ngayon, hindi man bukas, ngunit sinisigurado ko sa iyo Bianca, kakayanin nilang panindigan yan sa hinaharap.

Ngayon balikan niyo ang title. Maala-ala niyo pa kaya?



30 comments:

  1. In fairness sa haba ng binasa ko (na kina-aliwan at tumulong sa akin maunawaan ang naging argumento nila) hindi ko na nga naalala ang title! Hehehe :)

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  2. Grabe Mr tripster. You make your point awesomely.
    Saludo ako sa yong knowledge and wisdom. Touched my heart. Really worth reading every word. Hope mabasa ni Bianca. Naka relate din ako kasi natira din ako sa squatters area before and I am a froreigner sa bansang tinitirhan ko din.
    Continue writing your thoughts for justice.

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    1. thank you mommy joy! You're so dear to us bloggers. Hindi ako makapaniwala na galing ka doon. Pero tingnan mo nga naman. God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud. Look at you now. Hay nako, si Bianca naman. No comment.

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  3. Ang title? Hahaha kaya pala ganun. Pero kahit. I hate bashers. At gusto ko yung first post ni senyor.ayoko na nung 2nd at 3rd. Pointless na. Nanghahamon na kasi at provoking.


    Pero lab ko pa rin si senyor.xempre PBO sya at nagawa nyang ihayag kung anomang saloobin ng isang iskwater. Di nmn lahat ng iskwater mga parasites.most of them walang option sa life.

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    1. True, and people like Bianca who have a great social responsibility must create options for people like them, and that's not by making them appear as the ultimate social cancer.

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  4. Actually yung title ang immediate na pumukaw ng aking atensyon. Yun nga lang sinira ng post na to ang galing ko sa pagmu-multi-tasking. I need to finish the movie I'm watching before I can comment here lol.

    Tapos kinailangan kong may online dictionary para malaman ko kung ano ba yung mga "quasi-anarchic" echos na yan ha ha! Hindi ako nag nose bleed dito Tripster! Nung sinisimulan ko syang basahin nagkaron ako ng hemorrhoid at bago ako matapos - dumudugo na sya! lolz (pasintabi sa mga kumakain)

    Sinundan ko sa lungga ni Senyor ang palitan ng kuro-kuro (hanggang sa bastusan) ng delikadong topic na eto at matinding pagpipigil ang aking ginawa para wag mag-comment, Yun ay hindi dahil sa ako'y natatakot but ayoko lang sabihing "nakiki-ride"

    Sabi ko nga kay Senyor hindi ko kilala si Bianca Gonzalez. Kay senyor na post ko lang sya nakilala at nagulat ako na ang "kontrobersyal" na tweet ay galing pala sa isang "UNICEF Ambassador"? Pag nagkaron nga ako ng time aalamin ko kung anong kwalipikasyon at job description ng isang "UNICEF Ambassador" Kasama ba ang pagte-tweet ng ganoon?

    Wala akong masabi sa pagkakahabi mo dito Mr. Tripster! Napakaganda.Parang ako naman ang hindi makakatulog (lolz). Ibinalik mo sa aking ala-ala ang isang pinaka-magandang obra. Hanggang ngayon ay nagmumuni-muni ako at ini-imagine na habang nagnanakawan ng tingin si Crisostomo Ibarra at Maria Clara, sina Doña Victorina at Doña Consolacion ay nama-maypay sa kani-kanilang mga bintana habang nilalait ang mga indio sa kanilang paligid.

    Noong pinag-aaralan ko pa lang sa high school ang Noli Me Tangere ini-imagine ko lang kung anong pagmumukha ng mga donya na eto. Ngayon may ekasaktong mukha na sila sa aking isipan. Ngayon hindi ko lang ini-imagine na sila ay namamaypay lang, nagte-tweet na din sila.

    Mabuti na lamang at hindi ako nabuhay sa panahon nila. Kung hindi ako'y mamasukan bilang kasambahay ni Kapitan Tiago at magpi-prisintang magluto ng tinola sa oras na sila'y bibisita. Hahaluan ko ng maraming pamurga ang tinolang sa kanila'y ihahain.

    At kung nung panahon na yun ay may twitter na, palagay ko mas mainam pang i-follow si Sisa!

    Hindi ko naranasang maging si "Bianca Gonzalez" ngunit ako'y nagbabayad din ng buwis, nagungupahan habang nagsisikap magbayad ng hulugang property (ang sakit sa bangs nyan). Hindi ko rin naranasang maging iskwater tulad ni Senyor. Hindi ko alam kung saan ko ilalagay ang sarili ko sa "TUNAY NA PAKSA" na pinagmulan ng usaping eto. Ngunit ang natatandaan kong bilin ng aking tatay -"Kung ikaw ay nakaka-angat tumulong kang mag-angat. At kung ayaw mo naman or wala kang kakayahang tumulong huwag kang mang-apak"

    Haay... tara kanta na lang tayo!

    ♫Sinong dakila? Sino ang tunay na baliw?
    Sinong mapalad? Sinong tumatawag ng habag?
    Yaong bang sinilang, na ang pag-iisip hindi lubos?
    O husto ang isip, Ngunit sa pag-ibig ay kapos♫

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    1. Pambihira. nakaka overwhelm naman ang comment mo. Nahawa ka na nga sakin. hahaha! In fairness, ikaw lang ang nakaalala sa understatement ng title. Nice! Salamat!

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  5. wow! mahaba nga! amp well ganda ng point mo
    at kung mababasa ni bianca to ewan ko lang reaction nya!
    nagenjoy ako sa post ni senyor na yun at na disappoint ako kay bianca

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    1. Nako maanghang talaga ang mga salita ni Senyor. PEro yun talaga ang masarap. Spicy and tasty! hehehe!

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  6. Case closed! Eto na yon eh! The arguments of Mr. Tripster said it all! Ang galing! Hanga na naman ako! Na may pahabol pang mahabang comment kay Ms Balut!

    Eto na yon!

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    1. Ahaha! Parang Korte Suprema lang? Hahaha! There's no such thing as balancing an opinion especially when the poor and minority are being bullied by some extravagant spawn of a sexually festive woman.

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  7. as so crush you na tlga mr.tripster! ang galing mo! yung title? lemme go back.... hehehe.... i think ang issue na to at ang issue ng missing 10 billion pesos ay kasama sa mga bagay na dahilan ng kalungkutan ko.....

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    1. Crush mo na ako. Kaya mula ngayon susulatan na lang kita at hindi na ako magpapakita. Dahil kapag nakita mo na ako eh mawawalan na ako ng admirer. hahaha!

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  8. it's a battle nga between two people I'm religiously following. Kaya Senyor, wag kang magtampo kung di kita makampihan ng buo. you know, there are gray times. It's not always black and white.

    At para naman kay Mr. Tripster. thumbs up! pero there are some parts I don't agree with. I think this is a matter of opinion differences. we may attack each others comments, pero sana maiwasan natin ang mga ad baculums. hihi

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    1. It's not really about an exchange of opinion. Kailangan niyo rin maisip na si Bianca Gonzalez has a status different from any other Filipino. At lahat ng sinasabi niya could affect other people and the way they treat the minority.

      Kaming mga walang pinag-aralan at hindi nakatungtong sa mga pinagpipitagang pamantasan ng bansa, ano sa tingin mo ba ang kaya naming ilaban? Kung simpleng opinyon lang, eh kakayanin kaming ibaon sa lupa ng mga rebuttal ng mga iskolar ng bayan, ng mga atenista at taga UST.

      Hindi naman kayang abutin ang level nila, pero tao kami. Kahit batas hindi kayang pagpantayin kami at si Bianca.

      We attack a person because that's the only way justice will be served in our favour, lalu na kung kami ang offended part.

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    3. It's about doing what is right and just. Wag gawing excuse ang pagiging mahirap at hindi nakapag aral sa mga sikat na paaralan. Ako man hindi ako mayaman hindi rin ako nakapag aral sa mga sikat na paaralan nung college. kung tutuusin itatanong mo pa sa akin kung saan matatagpuan ang school ko nung college pero excuse ba yun para hindi gawin ang tama at nararapat?

      excuse ba yun para mag squat ako at gumawa ng ilegal?

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    4. Ano muna 'yung baculums? Para magamit ko sa next post... Kakatamad mag-google eh...

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    5. it's way too late na makabalik ako dito. everything's said and done already. so I won;t comment anythig regarding this matter any further.

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  9. bakit ba kasi bobo ako sa ingles..

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  10. pero anu't anuman, parehong may punto 'yung dalawang panig.. parang 'yung the rich vs the poor lang dati.. pero hanggang sa panahon ngayon na parang wala naman nang pakialamanan.. bumira lang kasi si bianca na ikinasaktan ng maraming taga-iskwater..

    sa tingin ko, ang pinakamahalaga eh magsikap na lang 'yung mga mahihirap, at gumabay na lang 'yung mga mayayaman.. malasakit na lang sa kapwa, ba.. hehehe

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    1. tama ka dun sa sinabi mo. marami naman mahihirap ang nagsusumikap. Ngunit sa kakaunting mayayaman na yan, at mga nagpupumilit yumaman, bibihira pa sa kanila yung may sense of responsibility para gabayan ang mga mahihirap.

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  12. pagkatapos ko mabasa ang post na'to e hinanap ko kaagad yung post ni senyor iskwater regarding the issue. pareho nga silang may point kay binawi ko na lang nauna kong comment. hehe.

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    1. Natakot ka ba at baka ikaw ang maging target ng mga haters? hahaha! Joke lang!

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  14. This is simple.

    What is the most important stuff/thing that you have/possessed? Let's say your security... ok fine let's make it a tangible one. uuhhhmm, Cellphone? Laptop? Ipad? Kahit ano sa isang yan or sabihin na nating lahat, i'll get those things to you without you knowing it. Once you find out that I have your stuff.. and you're getting it back but I won't give it to you no matter what you say, you even offered similar items but much cheaper like cherry mobile or a notebook instead of laptop and those cheap tablets but still ayaw ko ibalik sayo...

    What would you feel?

    Same thing happens with the informal settlers. kahit bigyan man sila ng relocation site take note may kasama pang pera yun kasi yun ang idinidikta ng batas? tama naman si Bianca.. sobrang pabor na ng batas natin sa mga informal settlers like di pwede sila paalisin ng walang relocation site plus money (as far as I know may pera dapat) pero bakit hindi sila umaalis? Yung iba aalis nga sa mga tinitirahan nila at tatanggapin ang relocation site pero anong gagawin nila? Ipapa-rent nila sa ibang tao yung binigay sa kanilang bahay at lupa tapos babalik na naman para mag squat. Do you think that's fair? Do you think there's justice in there? Yan ang tunay na nangyayari at pumapaloob sa issue ng informal settlers hindi pa kasama diyan yung mga maliliit na bagay kagaya ng pagtatapon ng basura sa ilog.

    Isa lang naman ang pumapaloob sa tweet ni Bianca that was not literally mentioned, bakit sa kabila ng sobrang pabor ng gobyerno sa mga informal settlers eh nandiyan pa rin sila? hindi sila nawawala?

    Bec of poverty? poverty should NEVER be an excuse nor a HINDRANCE para sa wealth ng isang tao. Ayan na nga eh may relocation site na may pera pa pero anung ginagawa nila?

    Para naman sa blog post ni Senyor. Siya, bilang isang blogger masyado siyang nagpadala sa emosyon niya na iniiwas iwasan ng isang manunulat lalo na kung ang paksa ng isusulat mo ay tungkol sa socio-political issues. Hindi rin tama na tirahin ng personal si Bianca. Tinira siya ni Bianca tungkol sa issue ng informal settlers sana tinira niya si Bianca tungkol sa batas. I am not against senyor but what am trying to say is what he did was never right.

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    1. kaunlaran ba? paano sila uunlad o ang bansa kung sila mismo hindi marunong sumunod sa batas?

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    2. Hey Sir, andami mo ring alam noh? i-blog mo 'yan! Kaysa naman flooding ka...

      Ang kalat mo, just like Iskwater... #IShouldKnow

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Sige, sakayan niyo ang trip ko....