June 17, 2024

As a self-professed proud mama’s boy and self-confessed lover of women (in a legal, respectful, appropriate, non-bastos and Christian sense, of course), this near-sighted Ibaloy writer is of the sincere belief that whatever a man can do, a woman can also do and maybe even better.
I read somewhere that women leaders are also reported to be less corrupt than their male counterparts and have more compassion in serving their constituents. Whether this is true or not, is anybody’s guess or experience in dealing with elected and appointed leaders of both sexes. So there.
Anyway, being the blessed, lucky and fortunate son, brother, husband and father of lovely and intelligent women, I hope and pray that any discrimination and violence against the alleged “weaker sex” (maybe in physical strength only) be eradicated in our beloved archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos since it is supposed to be a predominantly Christian nation and claims to be civilized.
Better yet, any discrimination and violence of any kind against anyone should be stopped or at least decreased to the barest minimum. I have to grudgingly and sadly agree that there is no such thing as a perfect society, after all, as long as imperfect human beings are involved. Oh how I wish Adam and Eve did not take a bite of that damned apple. There would never have been a Putin. Oh, well.
Just an aside: How come most Pinoys continue to elect leaders who are usually corrupt, inept, self-serving and the like? Aren’t we sick and tired of being described as the ‘Sick Man of Asia? Aren’t we sick and tired of being ruled by members of political dynasties? Sadly, I guess not. As my late father’s favorite song goes, “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be.” Oh, well.
By the way, my dad, Atty. Gabriel Pawid Keith, will turn 89 in heaven on March 30. We love and miss you so much, daddy. Happy birthday!

Bitten by a dog or a cat? May free rabies vaccine para sa inyo for the whole month of March. Just go to the ABTC room of the City Health Services Office T. Alonzo from 8 to 11a.m.

Here’s “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams: “so much depends/ upon/ a red wheel/ barrow/ glazed with rain/ water/ beside the white/ chickens”

Let’s end with a prayer: “Please fill my heart with peace. Let peace return, O Lord please bless our hearts with love, our minds with rest, our bonds with unity and trust. Help us to kneel now at your cross. Let peace return, O Lord refill this place with gentle words until this home becomes a sanctuary, a harbor safe, a hopeful retreat. Amen.”
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.