The Frog, The Scorpion and The Philippines

Have you heard the story? A scorpion wanted to cross a river but couldn’t because he can’t swim. He found a frog, then asked him to carry the scorpion across the river. Knowing the destructive nature of the scorpion, the frog hesitated. He asked, “how do I know you are not going to sting and kill me while I take you to the other side?” The scorpion is smart and skillful with his words. He said “I would be too grateful to kill you, it wouldn’t be fair at all for me to harm you in anyway. Besides, I will die if I do that”. The frog believed the scorpion, so he carried him on his back trusting that the scorpion will keep his promise. Midway through, the frog felt a stabbing pain on his back. In the corner of his eyes he saw the scorpion pulling his stinger out of his back. “You fool! Why did you do that? Now we’re both going to die!”  The scorpion responded as they started to sink. “i can’t help it, it is in my nature.”

Now, think of the Philippines. Think of the coming elections. Think of the candidates… Make sure you don’t have a scorpion on your back.

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“Honorables”

welgaThis is not a metaphor, this is an irony!

In order to be called honorable in the Philippines, You either cheated in the election, lied to your constituents or stole from the people or all of the above. You have to know how to feign dignity to hide guilt when dealing with the people you lied,cheated to and stole from. What makes people aspire for the “honor” of being “honorable”? Power and money, so much of it that spouses and children, believe it’s the right thing to do, thereby breeding future batches of “honorables”.

Here is the funny thing, people know most “honorables” are guilty of lying, cheating and stealing from them and yet they fall in line, push their way and excitedly shake the hands of the people who cheated, lied  to and stole from them. And yes, they vote for them.

Isn’t this the worst irony of them all?