There’s nothing wrong with being poor, however being poor without preserving to succeed is another thing. The common struggle of Ormoc City’s commuters and drivers alike differs based on how each individual views each struggles respectively.
A lot of us are excited to experience again the fun of drinking overpriced beers on a weekend or spending our money on a lemon juice drink that’s contained only by a slightly bigger plastic glass than what we have at our home. For those who have gastronomical cravings, they either get the joy of buying too much oily foods or getting lost in foreign desserts with names that they don’t even know how to pronounce properly. It’s always like this in Quadro. But there’s another looming force of temptation so cunningly ‘copied’ from the idea of a man who created ‘Quadro’ –and that’s what we are going to talk about.
In an article written by Sydney Shahid in his Eureka! column in West Leyte Express dated May 15-21, 2017; he, yet again, wrote another Rizalian-themed article with a bold anti-Catholic and anti-Duterte rhetoric he entitled “How did PDU30 become president?*”
Shahid went as far as on the expletives of listing 11 elaborative comparisons between (a) how Rizal should be the epitome of a true leader and (b) why Duterte is a ‘coward‘ and isn’t befitting as the Philippines’ President. For the sake of argument, let’s agree to his opening statement which claims that “Duterte is a visionary but his methods [sic] of attaining the said vision is ‘utterly wrong’.”
Here comes one information known to all Ormocanons: the undeniable fact that the old Executive and Legislative (Sanggunian) twin buildings in the heart of the city were left abandoned for years. It, being a government asset reminds us of another simple fact coupled with the information that the government’s step to monetize this asset is simply plausible. It is in this economic concept that we weigh the chances of success and prepare for the possible losses that comes with the fluctuating economic possibilities.
At the time where the twin buildings were left abandoned, for the sake of argument, both were up for bidding for ‘three’ times to allow potential investors –local or otherwise– to open up a business by leasing the old Sanggunian buildings. Reminding us that a new revolutionary economic civilization was emerging and the political atmosphere of Ormoc was careening towards a new level of polarization to gain favors for self-interests, only to be made worse by Ormocanons’ political delusions. What could go wrong?
The thought however may seem otherwise foreign to someone who has unnecessarily locked herself into the narrative that only people who have foreign names would be able to establish a successful business in the city. She made it seem obvious in Ormoc that there’s always that malignant fear that prevents people from investing in something they don’t automatically see working. But what really drives a business to succeed? In a culturally stagnant society surrounded by local media persons who shames the city for utter incompetence and hypocrisy, one would assume that the common denominator of the local media and Ormoc City’s ‘business enthusiasts’ boils down to one thinking they have latched themselves onto: crab mentality.
Jealousy of Success
To prove Ormocanons that in the world of business one has to have the intuition and insight, which are the distinctive features of successful business enthusiasts, take a look at the success of (this does not endorse these two establishments) Lorenzo’s Cafe and Sutuwaki. One wouldn’t believe that both business establishments right now were once the abandoned old Executive and Legislative buildings.
See, the success of these businesses is unprecedented and the local media is jealous. These businesses are something people may have had anticipated in consideration with the risks that comes with investing on the old abandoned buildings even though these people lacks the thought of a systematic framework for understanding the clash of forces saturating the economic atmosphere of the city. On the other hand, the success of these businesses is most likely attributed towards the function of self-interest, wielded to assuage the feelings of personal culpability for economic perspectives and reinforce a business owners’ status for self-entitlement.
Lack of Business Insight
What has driven the owners of Sutuwaki and Lorenzo’s Cafe to grapple the risks of leasing the old Sanggunian buildings and start their businesses? Insight. The proof is obvious enough to prove the argument that most Ormocanon ‘businessmen’ lacks the insight to even think about immersing themselves to the seemingly foreign concept of ‘risk-taking‘, again, left the local media harping at the success of these businesses. The city has cultured itself in warring specialisms and has successfully drowned with fragmented political ideologies stuck in the very core of fine reasoning.
This ‘lack of business insight’ in leasing the old Sanggunian buildings is just a microcosm of the premise anchored on how much work the city has to do to encourage locals to invest. Moreover, this also adds up to the fact that the city is still latching itself to its inherently Filipino crab mentality. Ormocanons had, assuming that the inclusive dates written by Jimenea on her post were right, three years to snag the leasing deal of the old Sanggunian buildings, but what did they do? The fascination of how these propagating Chinese investors reaps the success of their businesses in Ormoc City right now could not abate the frustrating reality how their Ormocanon ‘competitors‘ are left with nothing but the remnants of a vision they have been dreaming of.
On the bases of simple observations, what could be inferred while looking at the two business establishments above are its (1) success in being good businesses and its (2) impact to other business owners. For one, as I’ve reiterated above, the establishments are both situated at the heart of the city –all thanks to the abandoned old Sanggunian building– which could automatically be associated with more costumers. Now thissuccess doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a happy business for its competitors which drives us to item (2), the impact. Since the notion of risk-taking seems to be a foreign concept for Ormocanons, then the success of the above businesses will serve as an obvious reminder for them to start contemplating on their next business plans if they want to have the same success of the above businesses. It’s simple, really.
See, we don’t even have to have to acquaint ourselves with a deeper sense of logic here, just plain common sense is enough to make one take a step back and gather in contemplation to reconsider their options if they’re still busy building the foundations of their own success. We simply cannot cram the embryonic world of tomorrow into yesterday’s conventional economic cubbyholes because it just doesn’t work, at all.
Why am I not surprised to see Lalaine Jimenea’s post on her social media account last month again with her seemingly nonexistent gray matter? Power –salable and self-indulgent– has dominated her so much it affects her sense of reasoning which led to her posting her ‘thoughts’ into three seemingly scathing parts:
*”All improvements/renovations have been done by the lessees even without the consent of the City, in violation to the conditions of the lease contract. They have a paper trail asking for permission, but none that would show it was approved by the CMO. This happened in the years 2012 up to 2015.”
Assuming she understood the contract, isn’t there something that seems obvious with her statement? How is it possible that one could (a) violate the leasing contract when it talks about millions of money and (b) the nature of the type of transactions the leasing contract underwent? This is just to question how familiar Jimenea is with the regulatory and statutory agreements common to businesses, after all, she owns EV Mail.
Exhibit B on her ‘Thoughts on committee meeting on the Twin buildings’
*My thoughts: They don’t even let non-costumers park, what more of that?
Jimenea’s ‘thoughts’ are really flawed one has to doubt if they came from a sound mind. Remember, since the lessees have agreed to the terms stipulated in the contract that would also entail that the lessees have understood the necessary undertakings and requirements as a de facto evidence proving the lessees have understood the contract. Of course, in the world of business, you couldn’t really act complacent and blissfully ignorant when you deal with millions of money, could you?
Exhibit C of her ‘Thoughts on committee meeting on the Twin buildings’
*My thoughts: Dokie and Lito were shooed away even without finishing their coffees, what more of that?
Why does Jimenea’s post matter so much? Simple, she epitomizes the traditional subjective ‘journalist’ who banks into the one-sided rationality and forsaking the adherence of facts as bases of her ‘thoughts‘. She really doesn’t see reason enough to let her unprejudiced judgement take over and write something of more sense.
Her exhibit C is, obviously, a product of the emotional desire to assuage the burden felt by ‘Dokie and Lito’, not that I care who these people are, has largely overstepped her virtue as a writer.
It’s really bad to know that Jimenea’s use of her power as a writer and ownership of EV Mail is condescending, obviously caused by her own actions. She could have been more influential if she makes it a habit to detach herself with her perversion with the Gomezes and should start writing objective articles from both political spectra. See, Brave Ormocanon may not be mainstream but we sure as hell made it our goal to deliver unprejudiced articles for our international readers.
The success of Lorenzo’s Cafe and Sutuwaki is something one would have had anticipated. Imagine it being abandoned for, according to the ‘thoughts’ of Jimenea as I’ve stated above, three years –which should have been enough of a time to let insightful people think about investing in the buildings leased by the owners of the two establishments right now.
How convenient really it is for Ormocanons to harp about the success of the lessees of Lorenzo’s Cafe and Sutuwaki now that the “improvements/renovations” have been done. It’s really their fault for lacking the insight and intuition for not considering investing in the old Sanggunian building when they had the chance to snag it during one of the biddings. They only have themselves to blame for their own failure and their demise right now that they have wasted that chance. Even Lalaine Jimenea couldn’t deny the fact that it took efforts for the lessees of the buildings to renovate the buildings according to its purpose.
Lastly, as we see the emerging economic demands of this ever evolving city that promises an escape to an American style capitalism, Ormocanons are ought to accustom themselves in ideas that are capable of specifying multiple goals, weighting them, correlating them, and finding synergic policies that fosters sharp-edged accomplishments at a single strike. For as long as people let themselves succumb to the lack of insight despite how simple it sounds, they will always harp at the success of those who made it to the top, and it isn’t going to be a first time in Ormoc.
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The whole narrative encapsulating the ideology of how President Duterte should act in public is the current fashion statement of the contemporary Filipino media agenda. In fact, this ‘agenda‘ has been spiced up by the country’s oligarch-owned media companies highlighting the latest ill-portrayed show of a curse-filled speech by the President calling out both ABS-CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer (Inquirer.net) for its ”lies” and for reporting “slanted” articles about him.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) however also issued an equally scathing response to Duterte describing his words as a “rant”, which is “incoherent” and “foulmouthed”. NUJP’s Secretary General Dabet Panelo further asserted in his statement:
“Sir, your curses and your threats cannot and will not prevent us, the community of independent Filipino journalists, from fulfilling our duty to inform the people as best we can of what is happening to our country, whether you agree with what we report or not,”
The President’s infamous string of cuss words is nothing new. In fact, even before he ran as a President, he showed no signs for a keen sense of ‘modesty’, which seems to be a sensitive subject for Filipinos, in some of his speeches. It shouldn’t come as a shocker if he pulled out another speech filled with cuss words to call out the national media for their style of reporting. Heck, he even cursed religious groups in the country, so what gives? However, Inquirer.net defended their legacy and took it to social media –which by the way earned some corrections from De La Salle University’s political science professor Antonio P. Contreras– to show the country that it has gained a lot of awards for its ‘honest’ undertaking in the field of information dissemination.
Now take the case here in Ormoc from an EV MAIL writer who used a different logic to hammer how he sees the current Philippine President’s latest media debacle. In his article, Marcos tried to explain the ‘complementary’ relevance of both the media and the government by attempting an exegesis of the latest media-government brouhaha.
“Media’s public role of news dissemination and reporting the various activities of the government and its officials for the general information of the people play an important function in a democratic society which cannot be dispensed with by the government, even by its highest official.”
Given that the above statement is perhaps right in an ethical sense of rationalism, then the fact that there’s nothing that could assuage the obvious damages of how these oligarch-owned media portrays certain politicians in a different pastel –especially in the case of President Duterte– could not be argued because, again, the obvious tone of their articles to create an image in a blank canvass is more subjective than what it intends to be. So to say that the opinions of these latte-sipping “journalists” could not be dispensed, well, the President just did it and using Ted Marcos’ logic, the President himself is a ‘Republican’ so he could dispense any news he deemed slanted which have been propagating from the Philippines’ ‘Democratic’ society.
Limited Sense of Parliamentism
In Marcos’ article, he added that:
“The importance of media in a democratic society is underlined by the term “Fourth Estate” identifying it. By the very nature of its work, media is considered adversarial in its relations with the government and its officials. But it is a necessary part of the media men’s work so that they will not be considered paid hacks of government.”
For all of what it intends to, the use of the word ‘adversarial’ counters Marcos’ statement that it is “necessary” for newspaper companies to be adversarial so they will not be considered paid hacks of government. I’m going to have to assume the fact that Marcos has a limited sense of Parliamentism here. Why? The fact that he thinks it is rather necessary to be adversarial just to not be considered a paid hack of the government is a dead giveaway that he’d rather write subjectively and will be willing to throw his identity as a writer rather than to write objective articles to help his readers mould an atmosphere foster productive thinking and to help create a society of free-thinking people on the plight of breaking intellectual malleability. It sometimes scares me when I see people writing like Marcos where they’d rather defy the whole concept of objective journalism to save their own graces. To give Marcos an example of a newspaper company that doesn’t fit into this “adversarial” category he bemuses rather oddly; the renowned The Manila Times will surely make Marcos reconsider his words because the news site surely speaks one thing: Truth. No ‘complementary‘ relevance to show which side is better and no ‘adversarial‘ arguments to prove which between the government and the media is the alpha. Objective journalism is just the legacy TMT have.
Le Grand Raison d’etre
Objective writing is just not a practice in this city. Obviously, EV MAIL is politically inclined to the Gomezes and to expect a fair sense of political individualism and a unique sense of self-reliant establishment are both a faraway thought for the newspaper business. As for Mr. Ted Marcos, a little isip-isip may come in handy especially when one gets emotionally glued to stories that damages the country and its, as he puts it in his column, democratic society.
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Religion plays a crucial role in the Philippines. Heck, it’s even quite amusing how most Filipinos are named after biblical figures. Then here comes drugs and Death Penalty; for a city like Ormoc which seems to be tightly-knitted to the vestibules of the dogmatic Christian religion, the idea of “killing” is obviously highly considered as one of “God’s” seven deadliest sin. However, as religious a Filipino might be, it is still unavoidable for them to deviate from the basic laws of social norms.
Take the case of a “druggie”. When they are so into the act of committing a crime, we have to remember that the brains of these individuals are totally hijacked by a cocktail of highly expensive illegal drugs that makes it virtually impossible for them to formulate higher levels of thinking at that specific period of time. So it is safe to say that these people are exercising a barbaric primal instinct that overdrives the common desire to conform to society’s normal ethical standards. This, then leads us to conclude that barbarism is at work here.
On another case, let’s say one of your immediate family member is a victim of a druggie. Automatically, because human as you are, your first reaction to such a brutal action is grief and to nurture your reptilian instinct for a planned retribution.
Revenge. It feels good right? Especially if you’re overdriven by your emotional desire to exterminate that “druggie’s” life by making him feel the pain of his own actions towards you and your family. In this case, revenge is –by its very nature– entirely selective and just a function of personal perspective. However, according to the laws that governs the land –the only limiting force that separates you from that “druggie” – you are not permitted to commit an act, i.e. murder, whether intended for emotional pleasure or not.
So here comes the inception of Death Penalty –the ultimate hope of those who wanted revenge for their lost loved ones. But is Death Penalty entirely plausible for those who wants to be emotionally satiated by revenge? Apparently, the city’s District Representative –Lucy Torres-Gomez– thinks so. Since Lucy’s decision is so mainstream today, here is my cent to help Ormocanons see light in her decision for approving the re-imposition of capital punishment.
It’s not going to come as a shocker to me if the coven of the city’s Jesuits blasts their horn with the intention of ostracizing the Gomez family from entering the city’s Catholic Church; of course, given the fact that the Gomezes are devout Chatolic family. After all, the church has the absolute power to do so, right? But is it really worth it for the city’s Catholic Church to call out Lucy Torres with her decision for voting YES to Death Penalty? I don’t think so. Just because she decided to agree with the re-imposition of capital punishment doesn’t automatically associate her to that of being an “Antichrist” or being an “un-Christian”. Think about it, just because someone doesn’t give a beggar an alm doesn’t automatically mean he’s “not generous”. Sometimes, it’s more like a case of “self-preservation” where that someone has to tend to his own needs first rather than tending to others’. In this case, he’s trying to weigh his options after formulating reasons as to why he shouldn’t help the beggar first.
The above analogy, as I’d like to believe, has the same analogy Lucy Torres used after weighing the conditions of the situation in front of her –that is the rampant distribution of illegal drugs; after all, Death Penalty is heavily anchored on drug related cases. Again, just like the above analogy, what Lucy Torres is doing is merely preserving the common good of her people. It doesn’t come new to me when a woman like her will rather protect her people, even if that means using the extreme of measures to do it, and will rather act fierce in a situation that could escalate into a large scale disaster. Of course, Lucy knows better than to waste the vote of Ormocanons and of course, she’s also aware of the fact that the bastion of one of the country’s biggest drug cartels is only less than an hour drive from Ormoc. So to say that Lucy Torres is somewhat delusional in her decision to approve the re-imposition of capital punishment, then you have an issue of not seeing things the way we are seeing it.
The city’s Catholic Church should not play the good man here just because they’re seeing this as an act of Human Rights violations. The church should not keep a blind eye to the cruel reality that the victims of these feared druggies, though it might sound cruel to say this but, were not saved by the word of God. It’s time for the church to take a small step back in order to get a good grasp of how the situation was during their “intervention” from the state’s decisions. Now, it’s time for the church to let the state do it’s job by protecting the people from further damaging each other just because the church has been meddling from the state. It’s time to make a wise choice.
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Brave Ormocanon might be the city’s only website openly criticizing the condescending hypocrisy which is circulating in the city’s political veins. It is the website’s bold legacy to highlight the narrative of how politics have been and has been conducted in an unpopular society full of politically illiterate fools and a specie hell-bent into the seemingly popular belief that Ormoc City, had the chance to prosper under the holy hands of its previous political masters. That narrative might probably work before where Ormocanons were still kneeling and butt-kissing their hacienderos, thus, leaving them swallowing anything that their slave mentality shoved down their throats. Sadly, that’s not entirely the case in a generation where street revolution is just lurking behind the dark confines of technology.
Last year’s election that hammered Richard Gomez into the position he so seemingly enjoys right now is the same “revolutionary” spirit the evolved Ormocanons have acquired from decades of slavery and idiosyncrasy. Or perhaps, they’re still the same specie, just lured into a cart full of other screaming hypocrites who could not wean themselves off of vote buying, er loyalty. Whatever the case may be, it still resulted to Richard Gomez sitting right now.
Unsurprisingly, Gomez did proved something: being worthy of the votes he bought out of political fashion –and Brave Ormocanon is not foolish enough to dismiss it. Not entirely blaming all these politicians for being so adamant and desperate in their measures to woo the people into voting them because as appalling as it sounds, vote buying is the only effective technique that our politicians have been using for generations.
Now that Gomez has established quite a few remarkable success in Ormoc City’s geopolitical features, it simply begs to be seen that behind all the power-show façade of our politicians that has tarnished the true virtue of politics; there are still people like Richard Gomez who are willing to change something for the better. To Richard Gomez, we will keep looking out for you. Kudos!
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