Monday, February 18, 2008

Matatalino. Matatapang.

So technically, I had no class today.

My ArtStud professor didn't show up. I am excited for our field trip to Sagada this weekend ( quit trying to force me to go Sarah..:P I might suddenly change my mind..:o haha).

My Accounting professor, Emilia Boncodin, former Department of Budget and Management Secretary, had this interview with Korina Sanchez in her office, and came out 3:30pm or so. She just ended up telling the class of what they talked about (after some persuading we did). All the while, I was outside, listening in to what they're saying. (The interview can be seen right now, 6pm at ANC, they have replays late in the evening)

She explained to us the procurement system of government, where it is open and transparent. She blames it on us, Filipinos, because we let this thing happened. We weren't "extra extra extra to the infinity" careful.

She told us that "ang mga pinag-aaralan ninyo, mga binabasa ninyo, wala 'yan. Those things you'll learn if you go into the bureaucracy." What she can say is that, "never second guess the bureaucracy." She's angry at those people who keep on criticizing the government, the bureaucracy. She continues by saying, "you don't know what it is to be in the bureaucracy. Unless you actually been in the bureaucracy, you don't have the right to say those things."

She also said that she's sympathizing with Secretary Neri. She knows that he's a good man, but right now, he can't really get out of it already. "He boxed himself in."

She didn't sign the plea of the past cabinet secretaries, calling for the present cabinet secretaries, undersecretaries, etc, to resign. According to her, "they're barking up the wrong tree." Others shouldn't suffer for the mistake of one, or the few. "Wala naman silang kinalaman." She adds, "You know, there are a lot of good people in government. The sad thing is the ones who're not good are always the ones being seen and featured."

She ended by saying that "someday, you will make that choice." You will have to choose "one way or the other." There's no neutral. You have to choose. I really love what she said today.

On a lighter side of things, a lot of people noticed my shirt, and commented that it's nice, and they want one. It's from Pepetee. I now feel that the 300 I spent, was kinda worth it. :)

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