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Cariño: Rainy Season

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Cariño: Rainy Season

Friday, May 05, 2017

WAS it last Tuesday and the day after when Baguio was drenched by afternoon rains? Yes, I believe so. They were not summer afternoon showers, but strong rains, sudden and surprising. Is the rainy season here? Yes.

I lay down to snooze last (Thursday) night, and fell asleep, to be rudely awakened by flying ants taking over the living room where I dozed. While it was too late to avoid their presence altogether by turning off the lights for an hour, turn off the lights I did, dashing from room to room to at least stop the ants from taking over the house.

The hour over, the lights on, I killed whatever was wiggling on the floor. I fought the urge to give them names as I did, haha.

My grandmother Juana, after whom my youngest sister Annette is named, used to say that the flying ants around signaled the onset of the rainy season. I’ve proven her right every year since I was maybe 10. So yes, the rainy season is here, and it’s here early.

It comes around as we learn that the brave and the beautiful Gina Lopez was not confirmed by the Committee on Appointments, such sad news. Makes us wonder who voted for and against the Gina. Since I succeeded in not naming flying ants I killed, I think maybe I’ve earned the nasty to name those of the CA who voted against. Here they are, for the day when we ought to remember their names.

Alan Peter Cayetano, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Ronaldo Zamora, Juan Miguel Zubiri. A TEACHER Party List, Rodolfo Albano III, Antonio Floirendo, Jr., Wes Gatchalian. Joel Almario (Davao), Roy Loyola (Cavite), Rosenda Ann Ocampo (Manila), Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu), Josephine Ramirez-Sato (Mindoro), Jerry Treñas (Iloilo), Abraham Tolentino (Cavite). Did they vote in favor of their constituents’ environment and thus, lives?

As we ponder that and put this column to bed, the rain: it pours.

Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2017.

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