Monday Morning Coffee

For the past 3 years, when I buy meat at the local Taguig “talipapa”, I am so amazed at how the local prices seem too unreal in certain periods of time. I mean, prices fluctuate depending on four things:

1. Pig Disease (+ price)
2. Christmas, New Year, and Lent (+ price)
3. Secretary Yap visiting the local markets for inspection (- price, until he leaves)
4. Pig surplus (- price until more pigs grow up)

Now the current market price of pork is between P160 to P180 per kilo. Luckily I buy from some vendor who cut out her connection with the transportation middlemen and gets her meat direct from the hog raisers, and sells her pork to P120 to P130 per kilo, which is at the most a P60 reprieve for average Joes like me.

Lately a congressman pushed for lower meat prices due to low farm gate prices. Rep. Nicanor Briones of the AGAP party list pushed for it due to the necessity of the people for lower prices on commodities, which is by far a better proposition than most of his colleagues this past two weeks. Currently the hog gate prices are between P85 to P75.

It’s hard for most of these idiotic vendors to swallow the fact that they must lower the meat prices – I mean, when the hog price goes up, their selling price goes up too, but when the hog price goes down, they don’t want to lower theirs. It’s like corruption at the lowest level possible. It’s extremely hard to find honest and intelligent vendors, much less both at the same time. And since there are chemically-enhanced synthetic pork cubes out there, many Filipinos are slowly forgetting the natural real taste of pork, and kids get used to prok cubes.

Hopefully Rep. Briones’ proposition be heeded by the local authorities to enforce a lower meat price on markets.

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Senators Lacson and Roxas are now trying to get an inventory of prisoners qualified for executive clemency to find out if such privilege were being accorded fairly to rich and poor inmates.

Frankly, they don’t need to – the list of the previous pardoned people are all of the rich people. Erap was the first, the richest, and the quickest. Second was Manero, who owns lands in the Visayan region. Third was affluent Teehankee.

It’s obvious that the rich people in prison are stamped with the words “URGENT – IMMEDIATE ATTENTION” while the poor inmates are classified like low-level recess dossiers waiting for the paper shredder.

The “executive clemency” premise is flawed right from the very beginning, it is the BIGGEST loophole in the entire penitentiary system, undermining the judiciary and the people’s trust.

Hey Gloria, who do you think you are, God? Pardon your own bitchy ass if you want to, but please, for the love of everything good and just, stop your fucking clemencies. You don’t have the right anymore due to the fact you pardoned three rich assholes in a fingersnap, but there are over hundreds of prisoners waiting for clency and you don’t give a damn. I’d rather spend my vacation at the Sahara desert rather than meet this jumped-up Gloria bitch.

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GMANews.TV reported an hour ago that one lone winner netted the top PCSO Lotto P131 million jackpot.

Congratulations. I’ve got one word for you after you deposit your money in a bank: RUN. Before crooks, relatives and would-be relatives steal your money away.

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A new teacher was getting to know the kids by asking them their name and what their father did for a living.

The first little girl said: “My name is Joan and my Daddy is a postman.”

The next child, a little boy said: “I’m Randy and my Dad is a mechanic.”

And so it went until one little boy said: “My name is Johnny and my father is a hardcore erotic striptease artist in a gay club.”

The teacher gasped and quickly changed the subject. Later, in the school yard, the teacher approached Little Johnny privately and asked if it was really true that his dad danced nude in a gay bar.

Little Johnny blushed and said, “No, he’s really GMA’s executive clemency consultant, but he’s too embarassed to tell anyone about it.”

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~ by lancelotreadman on October 13, 2008.

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