MOMENT OF TRUTH

By: Ben Emata Tensions around the globe, by and among superpowers, are escalating and some of them even throwing insults and provocations against each other perhaps trying to prove who is who in greatness. The international audience that is utterly horrified watch intently as harsh words words fly high and threatening of bigger conflict each day. Some of my friends are asking me what is happening to some people who seemed tired of living in peace and tranquility over the years. Honestly, I am terrified too and each morning as I wake up, I rush to my laptop and see if misunderstanding and provocations are leading us to nowhere. I said nowhere because some influential and powerful people are losing good judgment that may end up in great trouble particularly military confrontation. Of course, at my age, I fear nothing and am ready to depart from here to the world unknown but I am concerned of the present generation who are young and have the right to enjoy the creation of the Almighty God. The battle in Marawi City concerns me so much because it has seemingly become a slaughter house for Filipinos. We kill each other and faces of innocent civilians are rattled with horrors, It is just horrible to listen to daily news which said more deaths each day and the displacement of evacuees especially small children who do not know the things around them. School year had just open and the young kids are badly affected as they do not know where to go to pursue their education. Problems on many aspects crop up each day...

GAMBLING AND LAZINESS

By: Ben Emata One of the things I wish our government should control is gambling. If you agree with me, our country perhaps is number one in gambling around Asia We have cockfighting on Sundays nearly in all towns; the “hantak”, the number games daily, the Jai Alai, the card bacarat games, the Casino games, fiesta gambling games, madjong sessions, etc. All these things help make our people lazy and poor. Many of us do not look for work because we can earn some money sometimes in gambling places. The problem is most of the time one is losing money and stay penniless the rest of the week. This thing brings problems in the home like quarrels with spouses, undisciplined children, lack of foods on the table, deprivation in the family and everything follows. Even school expenses for the young kids are utterly sacrificed or affected badly. Everyone of us thinks gambling is a good diversion from problems. It can improve health thus making people strong I may agree at times on such stupid proposition but the problem of cash is there and haunting all of us. It is even worse than anything. I would say that eight out of ten Filipinos who indulge in any kind of gambling are hard-up of money. On top of this is the other vices like drinking alcoholic beverages and excessive sleeping habits. Almost always a gambler is a lazy man like a dog who sleeps if not eating. A week-long cockfight usually is held during town and barrio fiestas. It is a daily affair when people conven for gams. I don’t know...