Excuse Me Ma’am, You Seem to Have Your Church in My State

Former lawyer of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Jo Aurea Imbong has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education for incorporating sex education into the curriculum.

“We have examined the modules being used by DepEd and found that it promotes family planning, reproductive health and demographic development in subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English.”

Heaven forbid.

UPDATE: DepEd backs down.

Are Kapampangans getting ready to flee?

In May, the 2nd District of Pampanga elected President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the House of Representatives.

Now, a report from Sun-Star Pampanga shows more people from the province applying for passports than any other in the region.

“Of all the seven provinces in the region, Pampanga has the biggest volume of passport applications. The number of applications we process from the province comprises about 70 percent to 80 percent overall,” Florentin said.

A simple sorry would have been fine, Pampanga. There’s no need to leave like a drama queen.

This probably won't happen either

But what?

Here’s a cheerfully confusing Father’s Day headline from the Inquirer: “Girl survives massacre but finds a father and a name.”

But what, Inquirer?

But carabaos?

Call me a stickler for words meaning what they do but doesn’t it suggest that ‘yeah, the girl survived the massacre and then more shit happened’?

Metro News: Gay alerts people to freak accident

Well, all right. The actual headline on ABS-CBN news was “Army sergeant dies in freak accident in Taguig,” but there was nothing really freaky about what happened.

A guy has an argument with his wife, walks out, and is run over by a black van. It was surprising, but not freaky by any standard. If the guy had been run over by a Jaguar…driving a Tamaraw FX, then that would have been freaky.

In fact, what’s most striking about the story is this statement from Staff Sgt. Ronnie Natividad, the victim’s buddy and fellow soldier:

Nasa loob kami tapos may narining kaming lumagabog. Sumisigaw iyong bakla, sabi niya may nasagasaan daw. Paglabas namin nakabulagta na siya dyan. (We were inside when we heard a thud. The gay man was screaming that someone had been run over. When we went outside, he was already sprawled there.)

Who was this ‘bakla’ and how does he figure in the story? Why did S/Sgt Natividad have to specify that the witness was gay? Was the witness the one they found sprawled on the ground? Was it the victim?

Is this going to be the last show?

This is hard work, this work that we do.

Indolent Indio has always tried to use our dwindling wit and condescending commentary to raise awareness of society’s ills and the quirks of Filipino culture. And it has been a great ride so far.

But sometimes, we have to ask ourselves: how much influence do we really have over these idle islands?

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Poverty: a numbers game

Remember all those street urchins and various poor people you see on the streets begging and selling sampaguitas?

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