The first time Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. ran for the highest position of the land, one campaign tool used was a movie “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” (Destined by Fate). Re-electionist Pres. Diosdado Macapagal had his own movie titled, “Tagumpay ng Mahirap” (Victory of the Poor), telling of the former President’s roots. The latter lost to Marcos, Sr. Story going around the movie industry was, Dadong Macapagal renamed his movie to “Mahirap Magtagumpay” (Difficult to win).
In the last barangay/SK elections, interesting slogans and tarp messages headlined candidates’ promises.
This one caught my attention: “ Maasahan, Malalapitan, Makatao. Sino ba diyan and Mauutangan?”
Overheard in a chat between students in our neighbor community high school,
Obet: My father went to prison for something he didn’t do.
Marion: What didn’t he do?
Obet: He didn’t run fast enough.
A candidate in an election is running for a position.
Many of the winners end up in jail for corruption if not other crimes using their newfound powers.
Now I understand why they call it running for a post. But they did not run fast enough.
When my youngest son was in grade 2, he came home one afternoon complaining, “My teacher doesn’t know a thing.”
Me: “Why is that?”
Son: “All she does is ask questions.”
Son: How much is the salary of teachers?
Me: About twenty thousand pesos a month.
Son: Why is she paid that much when we do all the work. We even have homework?
Me: Enough of the complaints. Lets do your homework. What are in the list of questions? Here is one: What is black and white and very hard?
Son: An exam paper.
My granddaughter is an avid fan of football. Oopps, not only a fan but she even plays in tournaments.
I was watching a play in their game at De la Salle grounds in Binan, I asked, “How can you possibly win this game?”
“The coach should send in the octopus,” she answered.
“Why is that? You have an octopus in your team?”
“Yes lolo, we need ten-tackles more.”
Back to my youngest son, he says “our teacher tells us local politicians are mostly fat and obese, the evidence of their greed. What is the average weight of a local politician?”
Me: “About a kilo and a half, including the urn.”
An airliner on its flight to Palawan got into engine trouble. Captain instructs the crew to have the passengers ready for emergency landing. Awhile later the captain asked the flight attendant if everyone was buckled in and ready.
“All ok here captain, except for one lawyer who’s passing out business cards,” came the reply.
A lawyer was offering his services to a very rich client. The lawyer was a Catholic and the client a protestant. The case was an accident at the expressway that involved millions in cost recovery.
Client: “Would you like to become a Jehovah’s Witness?”
Lawyer: “I’m afraid not,” explaining he was not in the accident.
“But I would still like to take the case,” he added.
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