February 2014


eastwind journals21 Feb 2014 07:30 pm

eastwind journals 93 – THE SEVEN COSMIC PRINCIPLES

THE SEVEN COSMIC PRINCIPLES
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-93
1
THE INNER BALANCE PRINCIPLE
inner balance is freedom
from fame and glory and ego
from insecurities and fears
inner balance is courage during crisis
inner balance is prayer and action all at once
2
THE EGO-SUPER-EGO PRINCIPLE
we are made up of two spiritual parts
the ego and the super-ego
the ego seeks its own gain
the super-ego seeks the gain of others
the ego and the super-ego are constantly at war
one seeks to love, the other to be loved
the ego breeds wars
the super-ego breeds harmony
the Lord nurtures our super-ego
and dispels our ego
3
THE LOVE PRINCIPLE
you can discover yourself
only by discovering another
for the other is a mirror of  yourself
and the self is opaque to you
look inward and get lost
look outward and discover
give and you are satisfied
get and you want some more
look inward and
you see total darkness
look outward and
you see blinding light
4
THE PEACE PRINCIPLE
war begins with grabbing
peace begins with giving
compromise breeds harmony
non-compromise breeds conflict
war begins when people
no longer talk to each other
peace begins when people
are open and listen
shout so you will be ignored
whisper so they will listen
listen to know the other’s view
before you give your view
5
THE WISDOM PRINCIPLE
taking the backstage breeds wisdom
taking the limelight breeds ignorance
meditation begins with no thoughts
confusion with many thoughts
too much effort, you miss the shot
no effort, you make the shot
too much planning, you miss your goal
no planning is sometimes the best plan
what the heart sees so plainly
the mind is often blind to
what the Lord hides from the wise
He reveals to little children
6
THE PERSPECTIVE PRINCIPLE
perspective is power
when you see on a clear day
you see who you are
if your heart is kind
you can see forever
you see better in darkness
darkness gives understanding of the light
forget about your eyes
see with your heart
forget about your ears
listen with your soul
7
THE ENERGY PRINCIPLE
do not resist flow with the wind
do not grasp touch lightly
learn the way of the wild flowers
they grow without working or spinning

 

eastwind

 

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CAN PEACE TALKS INDUCE WARS?
SAUDI MONOPOLY ON LABOR RECRUITMENT
TOWARDS A SPLIT – THE UKRAINE DILEMMA
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-92

eastwind journals21 Feb 2014 07:25 pm

eastwind journals 92 – PEACE TALKS INDUCE WARS ukraine dilemma SAUDI LABOR MONOPOLY

CAN PEACE TALKS INDUCE WARS?
SAUDI MONOPOLY ON LABOR RECRUITMENT
TOWARDS A SPLIT – THE UKRAINE DILEMMA
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-92
               
eastwind journals 92

 

By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

CAN PEACE TALKS INDUCE WARS?
As soon as the Philippine Government forged a peace agreement with Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), hailed by the international press as a milestone,  a bloody encounter between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a minor splinter among many, sparked the day after the agreement. Although the BIFF conflict spans many years, and some claim the recent encounter is not related to the peace talks, the MILF reported they tried to get the BIFF into the peace talks in vain. The other major faction, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which staged an even bloodier confrontation a few weeks ago, also had separate dialogues with the government. There is a dilemma in forging peace with many factions who do not talk to each other. An agreement with one faction makes the others jealous. That is how peace talks induce wars. The key to peace is co-existence and dialogue. The key to war is separatism, which discourages Muslim-Christian co-existence.
 
SAUDI MONOPOLY ON LABOR RECRUITMENT
The Saudi government passed a law centralizing all labor recruitment to a handful of selected Saudi-based Mega-Recruitment Agencies (MRAs), which are close to the government, if not owned by government bureaucrats. Most of these monstrous MRAs have notorious track records in recruitment. A delegation of Philippine government and placement agencies representatives went to Riyadh for a ‘dialogue’ to air their complaints. But it is hardly a dialogue because the Saudis are not asking them but telling them. Although many feel there is room for negotiations, any appeal for amendment of the law is a tall order.  The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) says the law is vague in many areas, which can induce abuse and confusion. The monopoly is also predicted to reduce worker salaries by 20% to 40%. If one MRA handling 5,000 placements has a typographical error, the effect could be massive. Philippine placement agencies will also be selected to the detriment of thousands of others. The law can easily trigger havoc on a massive scale and will open the further exploitation of the already-exploited Filipino workers. The Philippines is the largest source of Saudi foreign labor, at present 1.2 million workers earning $800 million to $1 billion a year for the Philippine economy. Monopoly corrupts and absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

 

TOWARDS A SPLIT – THE UKRAINE DILEMMA
The Ukrainians in the west have progressed economically through ties with the US-UK-EU bloc. They want to retain this and will die for it. The Ukrainians in the east prefer to keep ties with Russia, source of valuable income from the pipeline that brings Russian oil and gas to Europe. They want to retain this and will die for it. The coalition government recently agreed upon will not solve but exacerbate the problem. It merely postpones future hostilities. Ironically, the US-UK-EU bloc is on the side of the Ukrainians in the west, but badly needs Russian fuel, especially in the harsh winters. There have been accusations that the bloc has been financing the violent protests. But there is a limit in rocking the boat because the Russians could sell their fuel somewhere else. Global demand is high. Are we headed for a partition? What happens to the pipeline in a partition? Without partition, Ukraine will have a protracted and bloody civil war with international support to both sides, just like in Lybia, Syria, and Egypt. Civil wars are no longer internal in an ever shrinking planet, that is why they are more bloody and leave civilians as ultimate victims. Can nations stop dipping their fingers everywhere?

 

Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
THE SEVEN COSMIC PRINCIPLES
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-93
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eastwind journals11 Feb 2014 03:54 pm

eastwind journals 91 – SUNSET GIRL taglish version

SUNSET GIRL
eastwind journals 91

 

An original screenplay
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Non-dialogue retains the English version.

 

NARRATION.
SI TERENCE AY ISANG SELF-MADE TYCOON, ISANG SUPER-MAHIRAP NA NAGING SUPER-MAYAMAN. SIYA AY KINKIKILALA SA MGA DYARYONG ‘THE OCTOPUS’ O ‘CORPORATE HITLER’. DIRECTOR NG ISANG MULTI-BILLION CONGLOMERATE NA MAY NEGOSYO SA TELECOMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, SHAMPOO, ICE CREAM, AT MARAMI PANG IBA. NASA OFFICE NA SIYA NG SEVEN OCLOCK NG UMAGA.
(Visuals – Tall building in Makati. Terence is gray-haired, in his sixties, quick tempered, bossy, vicious. He has an office as big as a volleyball court, a glass table as big as a billiard table, but nothing on it except a few papers he is working on and four cellphones. He is shouting at his staff who cringe and back away. Montage of telecom offices, computers, shampoo, ice cream.)

 

The sunset against the Makati skyline can be seen from the penthouse office of Terence.

 

Terence.
(There is a knock at the door.) Yes. Come in Lisa. I know its you.

 

Lisa.
(Nervously). Sir, nandito na po si Therese, yung bagong hire nyo.

 

Terence
Hi Therese. Welcome. Sit down. Sige na, Lisa. Salamat.

 

Lisa leaves. Therese sits without a word.

 

Terence
Mabangis ako, sabi ng karamihan. Deep inside, I am vicious. Natural sa akin yan. Wag ka sanang matakot.

 

Therese
Hindi ako takot. That’s a beautiful sunset.

 

Terence
Mukhang at home ka na agad. I like that. Walang at home dito sa opisina kapag nandito ako. At, ang tawag sa akin ng lahat ay ‘sir’.

 

Therese
Ayaw mo bang maiba naman nang konti? I mean, wala na munang ‘sir, sir’.

 

Terence
(A bit shocked). Whoow. That’s good for a starter. At bakit no more ‘sir, sir’?

 

Therese
Wala lang. Maiba naman. Hindi ka ba napapagod na ang lahat ay nakaluhod sa iyo lagi? It’s about time you meet an equal, isang kapantay.

 

Terence
Whoow. An equal. Wow. I could fire you right this minute for insolence.

 

Therese
(Calmly and with a smile.) Sige, no problem. Kaya ko yan. Gusto mong umalis na ako? (She stands up.)

 

Terence
Whoow. Teka, teka, maupo  ka. (She sits down.) This is getting better and better. You are interesting. Ilan taon ka na?

 

Therese
Nineteen. Believe me, it’s good to talk to an equal for a change.

 

Terence
At ano ang posisyon mo rito sa opisina?

 

Therese
Sabi nila assistant to the third assistant secretary raw ako. Sabi nila you hired me because kelangan nyo raw ng isang ‘sunset girl’ to help you relax at the end of the day. Madali yan. Kayang kaya kong magpa-relax ng iba. And I hate office work. Kaya ko kinuha itong trabahong ito.

 

Terence
At magka-pantay tayo?

 

Therese
Oo. Ang pagkakaiba natin ay – ikaw mayaman, ako hindi. Lamang ka roon. Pero matanda ka na at ako bata pa. Lamang ako roon. Mukhang patas lang tayo, wouldn’t you say? Mamatay rin tayo isang araw. Baka mauna pa nga ako sa iyo.

 

Terence
At ano ang sekreto mo para magpa-relax ng iba?

 

Therese
(Shrugging her shoulders) Hmm, ewan. My smile, the way I talk. I’m just me.

 

Terence
(Leafing through her biodata). Hmmm. Summa cum laude, Boston U. Top of the class. Marine biology. Alam mo bang over qualified ka?

 

Therese
Hindi naman. I minored in Banking and Finance. You could use me. Aside from sunset duty, magaling ako sa finance. Wanna try me?

 

Terence
Isang katutak ang tauhan kong kaya ang finance kahit tulog.

 

Therese
E di sa sunset na lang tayo..

 

Terence
Kinuha kita dahil top of your class ka. Pangalawa, your personality test shows you’re an intellectual rebel. Magandang kombinasyon yan. Kelangan ko nang isang bright kid na makakausap ko at the end of the day.

 

Therese
Tungkol naman saan?

 

Terence
Anything. Corporate, business or even philosophy. Kelangan ko rin ng isang hindi yes-man, isang hindi korporasyon ang kultura, isang rebelde, isang tabula rasa. You know what tabula rasa means?

 

Therese
Terence, may I call you Terence?

 

Terence
You already did.

 

Therese
Terence, wag mo naman akong insultuhin please. We just met. Sabi mo summa ako, right? Why ask a stupid question. Tabula rasa. Kelangan mo ng isang pure of heart, hindi pa nadungisan, walang bias, no scars, right? Isang makakausap on any topic under the sun, right?

 

Terence
Bulls eye.

 

Therese
Gusto mo ng isang intellectual rebel. Sawa ka na sa mga VPs mong takot sa iyo at lumuluhud sa iyo.
Napaligiran ka kasi ng mga yes-people, bright man o bobo.

 

Terence
May mga bright boys naman, pero tama ka. Ang una mong kelangan gawin ay magbigay ng first impression mo sa akin.

 

Therese
Una, hindi ka naman talagang mabangis. Nagkukunwari ka lang most of the time. Palagay ko insecure ka lang deep inside, na hindi nakikita ng iba.

 

Terence
Nakikita mo ba?

 

Therese
Hindi ako sure. Nararamdaman kong may soft spot. Tinatago mo yon dahil takot kang ma-diskubre ng iba. Dahil mahuhubaran ka. You did not mind my insolence. Yun yong soft spot mo. Desperado kang makipag-usap sa isang ka pantay mo. Gaya ko marahil. Pero, pwede ring takot ka sa mga kapantay. Medyo complikado. Threatened ka sa akin dahil sinabi kong pantay lang tayo, and yet you welcome it. Desperado kang may makausap.

 

Terence
Teka, teka, ginagawa mo akong defensive.

 

Therese
E di wag kang maging defensive. Sa tingin ko may dahilan kung bakit naghahanap ka ng ‘sunset girl’. Alam mong kaiba ako sa mga sekretaryang nakapaligid sa iyo, dahil ako, I don’t care. Hind mo ako hawak sa leeg gaya ng iba. That’s a nice feeling for me, and for you also, di ba? Gusto mong labanan kita, I mean, for a change.

 

Terence
Do you feel my despair?

 

Therese
Obvious buhat ng pumasok ako rito. So let me be your sunset girl for a week. Kapag hindi mo magustuhan, fire me. If I don’t like it I resign.

 

Therese stands up, goes to the wall, pushes a button, and a mini-bar appears. She puts brandy on two goblets and gets two glasses of iced water, puts them on a tray, and places it on Terence’s table. She turns to him.

 

Therese
May I join you.

 

Terence
Stupid question. Dalawang baso dala mo.

 

Therese
I know. Brandy. Iced water on the side.

 

Terence
Sinabi siguro ni Lisa ano ang gusto ko, at kung kalian.

 

Therese
Pagdating ng sunset, sabi niya. She is a good girl. Alam niya ang mga pangangailangan mo. Cheers.

 

Glasses clink. They both approach the window and look at lesser Makati skyscrapers silhouetted against the now-deep-red horizon. Terence hands a pair of binoculars to Therese. Therese sees a dove against the sunset.

 

Terence
Kahit wala akong ibigay sa iyong finance and market data, sa tingin mo dapat kong bilhin ang Daily Globe? Tingnan ko nga kung ano ang sasabihin ng utak mong tabula rasa summa cum laude.

 

Therese
Para que mo bibilhin. You have everything. Gusto mo lang ma-satisfy ang iyong greed. Oops, I don’t mean to be rude. Wag na greed, ego na lang. I mean your …. your …. (Pause). Sige na nga. Wag na tayong mag-plastikan. Prankahan na lang. It’s your ego and greed, Terence. I am sorry to say. I mean, anong gagawin mo sa isang newspaper company, para ilagay ang litrato mo sa front page? Para ilabas ang iyong image? Ang iyong power? Fame? Over-projected na ang iyong image. Nasa cover ka ng Time Magazine three months ago, at Fortune Magazine  seven months. Ilang beses ka nang naging cover, what, six times in the last what, four years?

 

Terence
Seven times. (Laughs uncontrollably) Now I feel good.

 

Therese
You feel good na hinuhubaran ka ng isang teenager na hindi mo naman ka-ano-ano.

 

Terence
Yes, feels good. Hindi ako nagkamaling kumuha ng isang sunset girl. So ano ngayong ang gagawin ko, miss sunset girl?

 

Therese
Kelangan bang me gagawin ka? Hindi ba pwedeng ihinto mo na lang lahat ng obsession mo, addiction mo? Stop acquiring. Stop merging. Stop this obsession for your empire. You’re busy but you’re bored. Excited ka buong buhay mo, pero dumating na ang panahong hindi na exciting. Boring na. You are addicted to it, parang morphine para sa kanser patient. Kelangan mong mag-detoxify. You need to go cold turkey.

 

Terence
If I drop everything, I will get bored.

 

Therese
Hindi naman, kung meron kang imagination.

 

Terence
Alam mo, ten minutes pa lang tayong nag-uusap, and for the first time, and you’re changing me, my life. Amazing.

 

Therese
Yon ang ginagawa ng mga sunset girls. Ipakita ang sunset.

 

Terence
Matagal na akong na-asiwa.

 

Therese
Alam ko. Binasa ko ang maraming articles tungkol sa iyo buhat nang tinaggap ako ng office mo. I can see through you. Para ka lang nasa loob ng kulambo, Terence, pero nakahubad. Lahat nang glory na nasa harap mo is nothing to you. Walang kabuluhan sa iyo. O ano, di ba?

 

Terence
Nakatatlong psychiatrist na ako nitong huling dalawang buwan.

 

Terence breaks down without shame, the Octopus, the Hitler sheds tears for the first time in a long long while. Therese gets the bottle of brandy and fills the two goblets to the brim.

 

Therese
Yup, that’s the first step. Tears. Very medicinal. Sige, umiyak ka, lumuha ka. Ilabas mo lahat.

 

Terence
This is not the way to drink brandy, Therese.

 

Therese
Sorry. I’m getting carried away. Okay, okay.

 

Therese goes to the bar and pours tequila into two small glasses. They gulp it instantly.

 

Therese
Hindi ka matutulungan ng psychiatrist, Terence. Hindi nila kayang makita ang kalooban mong tinatago mo. They do not understand what makes you tick. They just want your money.

 

Terence
And do you know what makes me tick?

 

Therese
Oo naman. Sunset girl ako, di ba? Nalaman ko agad pagpasok ko rito kung sino ka talaga. Daig ko ang isang katutak mong psychiatrist. Kaya nga hindi ako takot sa iyo. I’m sorry to say.

 

Terence
So ano ang dapat kong gawin, Therese, sunset girl.

 

Therese
Hindi mo magugustuhan ang sasabihin ko.

 

Terence
Pwede ba?

 

Therese
Okay. Dederechohin na kita.

 

Terence
Wait. More tequila.

 

Therese
Now you’re talking.

 

She takes the bottle of tequila and fills the glasses. They are emptied instantly. She pours again. But just as Terence is about to have a second gulp, Therese pulls the glass away.

 

Therese
Wait, wait, wait. Makinig ka muna.

 

Terence
Okay. What?

 

Therese
Get rid of your empire. Pamigay mo. That’s the only way you get out of your rut.

 

Terence
My empire a rut? You’re kidding.

 

Therese
Yes, your empire a rut at nalulunod ka na.

 

There is silence. Terence yanks the glass from Therese and both down the tequila.

 

Therese
I mean your sixty eight right? Nasa pre-departure area ka na. Tell me, hindi mo ba naisip na baka malapit ka nang mamatay? Ooops. Hindi ko dapat ata sinabi yon.

 

Terence
Okay lang, Therese. Yan ang sinasabi ko sa aking mga psychiatrist. Sasabihin lang nilang hindi totoo yon. Mga hipocrito. They just want my money. Iniisip ko ang kamatayan nitong huling apat na taon.

 

Therese
Alam mo ba ang ibig sabihin ng sunset?

 

Terence
Death, kamatayan.

 

Therese
Takot ang mga psychiatrist mone pag-usapan ang kamatayan. Baka masisante sila. Ako hindi takot.

 

Terence
Ikaw lang ang unang nagbanggit ng kamatayan sa akin.

 

Therese
Sunset girl kasi, di ba? Aanhin mo ang isang katutak na gintong hindi mo naman madadala pag yumao ka na? Benta mo na lang ang kalahati. Give it way kahit kanino. Do you believe in God?

 

Terence
I do. I do.

 

Therese
Kung nasa pre-departure area ka na, makinig ka sa sinabi ng isang Jesuit saint, si Francis Xavier. Sabi niya, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his immortal soul.”

 

Terence
Ano?

 

Therese
Aanhin mo kung matamo mo ang buong mundo, ngunit mawawala mo naman ang iyong kaluluwang walang kamatayan.

 

Terence
Iniisip ko nga yon kung minsan, burn my empire. Pero hindi ko kaya. Hindi naman ako si Nero, no? At anong gagawin ko pagkatapos?

 

Therese
Two key words, Terence – ‘profit’ and ‘immortal’. Ginamit ni St. Francis ang corporate word – ‘profit’. At kinompara niya ang iyong walang kakwenta-kwentang empire sa immortal soul mo, ang iyong kaluluwang walang hanggan, na hindi mamamatay. Imagine, forever. E yung empire mo, mamanahin lang ng mga anak mo, na mag-aaway muna kapag nahawa na sila sa iyong greed. Contagious ang greed, alam mo ba?

 

Terence
Coming from my sunset girl, I have just made a decision. Thank you, Therese. Siguro magtatayo ako ng isang foundation para tumulong sa mga mahihirap, yung mga walang sariling bahay. Tutulng ako sa mga disaster victims. Hindi pa huling magbigay sa Yolanda victims sa Tacloban. Ano sa tingin mo?

 

Therese pours more tequila. They down it in two seconds.

 

Therese
Kahit ano, as long as it’s not for you. Kelangan para sa iba. Yan ang sekreto. Kaya mo bang magdasal tayo ngayon?

 

Without a word, Terence falls to his knees, facing the sunset.

 

Therese
Teka, teka, wag kang lumuhod. Relax ka lang sa upuan mo, tapos i-ikot mo paharap sa bintana. (Terence does so obediently. They see the sunset in the Makati skyline.) Okay, now, magdarasal ako para sa ating dalawa. Maupo ka lang at makinig. (Pause) Lord, turuan mo po kami ni Terence kung papanong magbigay sa iba. Especially Terence, Lord, dahil mas marami siyang kayang ibigay.

 

Terence
Go on, go on.

 

Therese
Tapos na. Alam na ng Lord kung ano ang hiling natin. Hindi na kailangang explain pa. I have to go. Gabi na at lasing na ako.

 

Terence
Can I take you home?

 

Therese
No, no. Dyan lang ako nakatira three blocks away.

 

Terence
Pero lasing ka.

 

Therese pours more tequila.

 

Therese
Gusto kong maglakad pauwi pagkatapos ng napagandang sharing natin. I like you. I enjoyed it terribly being your sunset girl. Sige na, at napapaluha ako. For the road?

 

They empty the glasses.

 

Terence
O paano, bukas uli, sunset girl.

 

Therese
Ewan. Hindi mo na ako kailangan. Nabigay ko na ang sunset mo, di ba?

 

Terence
Kailangan tulungan mo ako ipamigay ang empire ko.

 

Therese
Kaya mo yan. Tutulungan ka Niya (pointing a finger upward). Magaling Siya dyan. Wag mo lang kalimutan magdasal sa Kanya. Hindi ako magaling sa mga ganyan. Bye. (She heads for the door.)

 

Terence
Teka, teka. E kung hindi ka na babalik, kunin mo ito.

 

Terence, drunk as he was, had a hard time writing the cheque. He had to tear the cheques the first two tries. Finally, he handed a crumpled cheque to Therese. Therese pocketed the cheque without looking.

 

Terence
Hoy, basahin mo yung cheke.

 

Therese
(Stops at the door and reads it). Nagbibiro ka. I can’t take this.

 

Terence
You’re doing me a favor. Take the damn cheque.

 

Therese
(Sobs and leaves). Hindi na ako babalik.

 

Terence
Pumasyal ka minsan, kung gusto mo.

 

Therese
Maybe.

 

NARRATION.
NAKABILI SI THERESE NG ISANG MALIIT NA BEACH HOUSE SA BATANGAS, AT ISANG SECOND HAND NA CHEDENG. BUMILI RIN SIYA NG MALIIT NA BAHAY SA ILOCOS, NA KUNG SAAN SIYA LUMAKI, PARA SA KANYANG INA, NA INAALAGAAN NG KANYANG SISTER. AT SI TERENCE NAMAN, INGGIT NA INGGIT SA KANYA, KAYA BUMILI RIN NG BEACH HOUSE KABILA LANG NG KAY THERESE.
(Visual – beach house, Therese driving old Mercedes Benz, another house in Ilocos, her sister giving a massage to her mother inside the house, Terence’s beach house near Therese’s.)

 

Therese
Sinsundan mo ba ako?

 

Terence
Nope. Sinusundan ko Siya. (pointing at the sky).

 

Therese
Oh. How nice. So pareho tayong papunta sa Kanya.

 

NARRATION
SIYEMPRE NAMAN, ANG BEACH HOUSE NILA NAKAHARAP SA SUNSET. LAGI SILANG NAMAMASYAL SA BAYBAY PAG SUNSET. UNTI-UNTI, ANG EMPIRE NI TERENCE AY LUMIIT, AT MARAMI SIYANG NATULUNGAN. UNTI-UNTI, ISANG KAIBA-IBANG EMPIRE ANG NAMULAKLAK SA KANYANG KALOOBAN, MAS MALAKI PA SA DATING NYANG EMPIRE. NAMATAY SI THERESE NUNG 22 YEARS OLD SIYA. SI TERENCE NAMAN AY NAIWAN DAHIL MARAMI PA SIYANG KAILANGAN IBIGAY, SABI NG LORD. NAMATAY SIYA NUNG 89 YEARS OLD SIYA. KUNG PAANONG HINILA NG ISANG SUPER-BRIGHT SUPER-REBEL NA TEENAGER ANG ISANG SUPER-YAMAN SUPER-TARAY NA GURANG PAPUNTA SA LORD, YAN ANG ATING STORYA.
(Visuals – beach house sunset, silhouette of Therese and Terence walking on the beach. Graveyard for one dissolving into for two at the beach house. Sunset. Music. Credits)

 

eastwind
eastwind journals06 Feb 2014 11:55 pm

eastwind journals 90 – MERALCO BLAMES ALL EXCEPT ERC

OFW CARTEL LOOMS / Meralco Blames All Except ERC

 

By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

eastwind journals 89

 

BREAKING NEWS
OFW CARTEL LOOMS
Dole Sec Baldoz to Saudi with 17 Agencies
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-89

 

OFW advocates are in panic over the rumored trip of DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz together with a select group of more than a dozen Philippine recruitment agencies, many of which are reportedly fronting for Arab owners. They will allegedly sign an agreement which will pave the way for a centralized super-agency to handle all placements to Saudi Arabia. If DOLE is in the forefront, is this then a bilateral Saudi-Philippine agreement? There have been no consultations with the OFW community, which may make any bilateral agreement illegal and open to a court case, where Malacanang and DOLE are the key respondents. There was a similar attempt in 1995 by a firm called SANARCOM, which failed due to massive protests from OFWs.

 

The perceived impact in the view of the OFW advocates is the rise of an “OFW Cartel” which will corner the multi-billion Saudi placement industry, resulting in 1) lowering of salaries dictated by the cartel by as much as 20% to 40%, 2) centralization of all recruitments into a select Arab-owned Philippine agencies subservient to and part of the cartel.

 

Already, there is talk of the mobilization of a mega-rally to stop the signing in Saudi Arabia of the bilateral agreement, which will trigger the formation of the OFW Cartel. The cartel will result in the dramatic decrease in OFW remittances to the Philippines, which would in turn have adverse effects on the Philippine economy, since labor export is the largest dollar income of the Philippines. We have about 10 million OFWs worldwide earning about US$24 billion a year. Saudi has the third largest of 1.5 million OFWs translating into about US$850 million to 1 billion a year. Saudi Arabia has an ongoing mammoth infrastructure mega-project of a staggering $437 billion or almost half a trillion, which would need tens of thousands of our OFWs. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

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MERALCO BLAMES ALL EXCEPT ERC
IEC Defends Meralco
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/02/eastwind-journals-90

 

eastwind journals 90

 

By Bernie Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

During the hearing last February 4, the Supreme Court chided Meralco, saying it should not be scared of the ERC. Meralco blamed everyone else for the rate increase – the open market (PEMC / WESM), the power suppliers (GENCOs), the transmission firm (NGCP), all except the ERC and itself. If Meralco says one bad word against ERC, it is dead. To Meralco, everyone is a bad boy except itself and ERC, its partner in crime of illegal automatic increases TROed by the Supreme Court. On the February 11, Supreme Court will put ERC is on the chopping block.

 

When a dog is cornered, it fights back with fangs from a frothing mouth. Meralco thus gives a threat that if the illegal increases are not permitted, there will be more brownouts, especially this coming summer. The Supreme Court points out that Meralco does not have to play bad boy and still get its pie.

 

IEC Defends Meralco
Columnist Boo Chanco brought out the argument of the global oil industry in defense of Meralco. Boo posted a summary of the findings of the International Energy Consultants (IEC) which essentially says Meralco does not have the highest rates in Asia. The reply is simple. First, it does not matter if Meralco is in first, second, or third place. What matters is the rates are VERY VERY HIGH, and the last increase is THE HIGHEST IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY. That should be enough to quiet the defenders of Meralco. Second, IEC represents the interests of the global oil industry, and Meralco is their client. It is just natural for them to be biased for Meralco. It is another PR counterpoint from Meralco, but I am sorry, it won’t work.
 
In fact, consumers may be paying for IEC consultancy to Meralco. Meralco has a “regulatory reset consultant” charged to consumers. There are dozens of other invisible items charged to consumers.
 
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