Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers

On turning 72

Sep 5, 2022, 11:42 PM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


First few days of this month, I notice my FB flooded with birthday greetings from many of my FB friends.

Interestingly, my senior male friends took a day off from office. But many of my senior female friends took a year off, they won’t tell their age.


This month, I turn 72. In those years were celebrations and lessons. The roller coaster ride to 72 years old.


One important lesson, be nice to people before you make your first million, After that, people will be nice to you.


In the news, PNP says, index crimes went down 11.67 percent in first 2 months of President Marcos, Jr.'s administration.

At the ground, anxiety has hit the roof over reports in media of big crimes like kidnapping and small crimes like holdups.

Who do we believe now?


Here goes the quote. ”If you see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil… you’ll never be popular in a cocktail party.”

I agree. Outside the cocktail party, you could be the PNP.


Talking of bigger crimes outside of those committed by people running our government, in one birthday party I attended in Quezon City, I was seated next to a banker friend.

“I hear, you’re looking for a cashier,” I whispered to my seatmate.

“Yes my bank is,” he replied.

“I thought you had just hired one last week,” I retorted.

His answer:

‘We did, she is the one we’re looking for.”


Pres. Marcos retains Devanadera's expertise and brings her to Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

My friends in the energy sector consumer protection front are happy at this turn of events. “But we’re, at the other end, sad for CDC stakeholders.”


Babe’s Eye View of Ambassador B. Romualdez, a regular column at the Philippine Star, tells about the importance of the Commission on Appointments (CA) in a democracy.

It provides the needed checks and balances in the operations of the three branches of government, the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.

Said to be one of the most important group in Congress, the CA has to power to approve or reject appointment of officials in the government. In the previous administration, the CA rejected at least two nominations to the Cabinet.


The CA listens to people’s thoughts on nominees to these positions. They do hearings where citizen legitimate oppositions are given time to be explained in a public hearing.

I had my chance to speak and be heard some years back on my opposition to the nomination of a cabinet member.

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