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Anti Planking Bill of 2011

Never really been a fan of planking. Once my own 2-year-old daughter did something similar to planking and I found it funny and amusing.

I did not teach her to do it but it was something she probably saw on TV. If she decides that she likes doing it, just for the heck of it, I will not stop her, just as long as it is not done with stupidity in such a way that she will expose herself to harm.

Yesterday there was a transport strike in the Philippines and some members of the militant groups who participated used planking in their protests. They used it as a means to redress their grievances. They planked on the roads thereby causing obstructions to motorists.

In response to this, Rep. Winnie Costelo of Quezon City proposed Anti Planking Bill of 2011. This immediately caught the ire of netizens and it was even a trending topic worldwide.

For someone who studied the laws of the Philippines, I am aware that we have many inutile laws in the country. And here comes another one…

I find the bill preposterous not because I feel its trivial. I just think that there are far more important matters that merit the attention of our Honorable Congressman.

The bill does not provide clear criminal and/or administrative penalties. It calls for the corollary drafting of implementing rules from the DepEd and CHED. That in itself for me is absurd. It again seeks material time of these two offices in order to curb planking.

While I understand the sentiments of Rep. Costelo that there are dangers attributable to planking during rallies, it doesnt necessarily call for a specific law that would penalize it. We already have existing penal laws that can address this in case the planking is deemed alarming to others. And if these activists bring harm to themselves by planking, its their call and they subjected themselves to it. But I do not think it is that serious a matter for a lawmaker to instantly address.

The country needs more concrete laws that will address serious problems. I cannot even begin to enumerate our problems (it requires one post per problem ). And honestly, planking is the least concern of any Filipino.

The RH Bill, though certified urgent by PNoy has not been passed into law yet. Some also pushes for Freedom of Information Bill, the Divorce Bill and the review of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. These matters surely weigh more than planking, don’t they?

Having lived outside the Philippines for almost a year now, I have seen that there are major flaws in our laws and in their implementation.

So please Rep. Costelo, focus on these first. We hope that you can focus your time and attention (and the country’s resources!) to more important matters than planking.

All About Blogging

According to Wikipedia, a blog:

(a contraction of the term “web log“) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The personal blog, an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual, is the traditional, most common blog. Personal bloggers usually take pride in their blog posts, even if their blog is never read. Blogs often become more than a way to just communicate; they become a way to reflect on life, or works of art. Blogging can have a sentimental quality. Few personal blogs rise to fame and the mainstream, but some personal blogs quickly garner an extensive following. One type of personal blog, referred to as a microblog, is extremely detailed and seeks to capture a moment in time. Some sites, such as Twitter, allow bloggers to share thoughts and feelings instantaneously with friends and family, and are much faster than emailing or writing.

Informative, huh? There is quite a discourse on blogging in the net and all of them help one, like me, in their quest to blogging. I have always liked the idea of blogging and its benefits to one’s mind and soul. The first time I learned how to blog was when Friendster introduced blogging. If I remember right, the first time I tried to blog was after I passed the Bar Exams. I was looking for a job and was bored to death with my life.

After that, there was not much I learned about blogging except that it is an online diary in which you can blurt out your sentiments. When my cousin Rainier died, that is when I blogged extensively about how the bereavement felt for me. When I started working, I tried Multiply and found that the site was more “blog-friendly” so to speak. I enjoyed blogging there and blogged about my life, my sentiments and all that blah blah. There were few friends who read my blogs and that felt fine for me. Sure I have tried Twitter, but for a talkative person like me, microblogs are just for random thoughts.

For several years, I just read blogs of different people. I find them informative, entertaining and inspiring. That is why I started with my WordPress account. I am still not adept with tinkering the widgets and all the other stuffs around here, but slowly I am learning. I am sure that almost no one reads this blog (for the simple reason that no one knows its existence! ugh!) I am still unsure whether to brag to my friends and family about this blog, or keep mum about it. I kinda feel that this is my personal space under the sun, but I also want others to see this and know about my blog. Hmmm. I am one confused little person. I guess I belong to the definition of Wikipedia of Personal Blogs. I take a lot of pride in my blog posts although no one seems to read them. 😛

Since writing has always been my frustration, as I have always wanted to learned its formalities, I feel that blogging is one good way of harnessing my skills. I want to keep on writing and learn more about it. And on the side, I want to earn from it (oh, yes!). There have been offers before to write in some small-circuit newspapers but negotiations have not pushed through. So, blogging is one way of making my dream come true — becoming a writer. The good part is, no one edits it out or no one scolds me about the topics.

In  the days to come, I intend to blog extensively about all sorts of topics. I am just digging inside my brains topics I can make use of. So for now, let me contemplate. And tomorrow, I shall write again. 😉