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wilfrido david
wilfrido david IF ONLY we could be granted what we wish for, life would be great. The fairy godmother dispenses wishes to those who truly deserve it, and the genie in the bottle does it indiscriminately, though with no more than three wishes, regardless of what you make out of your wishes granted.

Wishing, for all intents and purposes, is daydreaming. Collectively, our favorite wish is winning the lotto, even if we don't buy a ticket. I dare say, it is a universal, generic dream borne out of utter helplessness and frustration in not being able to rise above our lot.

What we fail to realize is that you can have your wishes come true without the help of the fairy godmother or the genie. Or even just your rich uncle.

First, you must work in government, have friends in the right places, will to do your bosses' bidding, have a knack for camaraderie, look unfazed when confronted with adverse situations, be nonchalant when accused for malfeasance, keep a poker face when found lying, make eye-contact with whistleblowers, smile when hit below the belt, and present a brave front as if intimated by your wife's questioning when you come home late. Combine all these character traits and you are guaranteed to survive a senate blue-ribbon investigation unscathed.

In following the government investigations, beamed to the world via satellite TV, I can only imagine how our countrymen abroad can explain to their friends what gives. Is graft and corruption dismissed in the Philippines with a grain of salt or has it become a lifestyle?

Indeed, can this be rationalized before the world court? Aside from our personalities who are recognized internationally in sports and entertainment, we are known for corrupt leaders in government (from the presidency up to the lowly office worker).

It does look like our representatives' duties have been reduced to investigating monkey business in goverment, instigated by either whistleblowers or disgruntled (doublecrossed, shortchanged) participants in the very cases brought to the authorities' attention.

How many cases are still unresolved? The backlog is as long as the pending petitions in the United States citizenship and immigration services, where, at least, cases are being processed, not relegated to the trash bin. Now that our military officers are in the spotlight, do we really think that something good will come of this? I will bet my bottom devalued peso that nil, zilch, zero, nada, walang mangyayari. After the initial palabas, with the usual palusots, spoken in hesitant, broken English or high-falutin', misapplied terminologies by so-called prominent lawyers, people will remain in the dark (as is the usual outcome).

Will someone in the investigating panel(s) enlighten us as to the just resolution of the NBN-ZTE deal which was nipped in the bud? Lawsuits resulted from the case, and we only have Jun Lozada to show for it! Hello, Garci? Apparently Garci has not been paying his telephone bills and is unable to answer GMA's frantic call. Want a good deal in fertilizers? Look for Mr. Bolante! How come an undersecretary was able to acquire sportscars, found in his backyard and garage, on his government salary? Whatever happened to the alleged election fraud where a masked witness was bandied about like a celebrity. What about the Comelec official who ordered those outrageously expensive ballot covers which are now rotting in government warehouses?

Back to our generals, who can separate the guilty from those still unnamed in the scandals that threaten to blow out of proportion and give a blackeye on the Philippine Military Academy whence they all came? We have never made much of "pabaon" until it assumed an altogether new meaning. Coming from a poor family myself, a pabaon of fifty centavos to school was a windfall then. But 50 to 100 million pesos in pabaon could buy multiple houses abroad, which is a wise investment, until exposed by a whistleblower. No doubt these newly exposed scandals will incubate and then die a natural death in the congressional chambers where investigations, just like the inquiry on jueteng, are all for naught.

We should not expect too much from all the grandstanding, because it is all "ningas cogon." Here today, gone tomorrow. All we can do is burp from indigestion and grimace from the unpleasant aftertaste.

As for your wishes, you have to take the right steps, perchance they might come true. Rags to riches rarely ever happens. Instant success and/or wealth involves a lot of gumption and being in the right place at the right place plus an uncanny ability to recognize opportunity when it comes a-knocking on your door, and also a thick skin about which your dermatologist can do nothing.

[About the author. Wilfrido David first retired as Computer-Analyst from the Ayala Group of Companies. He immigrated to the US in 1985, worked there for another 25 years in the Medical Field (Medical Lab Tech), until he retired for the second time. Sometime ago, he was involved with FAANM (Filipino-American Association of New Mexico) as correspondent-contributor-writer-editor, publisher—all rolled into one. He says about that stint, "I ran out of energy, patience, and money but kept on with my duties until the next set of association officers were voted in." The earliest writing he did was for his high school paper in Holy Angel University. His present writing derives from the perspective of a Filipino expat in the US who faithfully keeps up with what's happening in the home country, as gleaned from his Filipino channels on DirecTV, aside from CNN and HLN.]

-Posted: 7:18 AM 2/12/11 | More of this author on eK!