Lolong is dead, long live the lolongs

By | February 15, 2013

Lolong, the world famous crocodile from Bunawan, town of Agusan in the Philippines, is dead.
Aw common, stop shedding those crocodile tears! Lolong’s death is not the end of crocodilia. Crocs have been around for millions of years as its origins could be traced back to the ancient dinosaurs. They are here to stay.
And there’s no truth to the rumor that a necrological service for Lolong will be held at the Philippine Senate.
Yes, there are many crocs around not only in the legislatures of the Philippines, Upper and Lower, but everywhere and now it is revealed that the Senate of Canada is infested as well. Comparing crocs to human crooks would make Lolong look like a benign, harmless, creature patiently restful as it wallows in the murky part of the Agusan River as it winds through Northern Mindanao.
Ancient legend says that crocodiles cry to evoke pity and thus lure their prey. True or not such characteristic is similar to those of humans who have sweet words to gain sympathy and win over the gullible and suckers that American Phineas Taylor Barnum, founder of the P.T. Barnum and Bailey Circus, said are born every minute. These tears are fake tears, hence crocodile tears.
People who dupe the public by using community causes to raise funds without being clear where money raised go are similar to crocs evoking pity to lure their prey. Didn’t you notice that every time a calamity hits the Philippines, individuals and groups spring up like mushrooms after an early morning rain. Energized at the prospect of pocketing some change for their pockets these groups or individuals salivate at sight of your wallets.
In the most recent memory, if you recall, when Typhoon Ondoy wrecked havoc in the Philippines, fundraising campaigns were launched here in Toronto, including concerts by local artists under aegis of organizations claiming to be the community’s protector and advocate made true only in talks through seminars and press releases. How much was raised and how much was actually sent to and received by the victims is not known.
The report published in this paper by Carlos Padilla regarding unremitted proceeds of fundraising activities spearheaded by now Senator Jun Enverga in behalf of Kalayaan is only a symptom of this syndrome. Thanks to Carlos for blowing the whistle. It took Carlos over a decade to find his whistle and now that he did more courageous souls may come forward to tell tales of how they encountered Lolong-like creatures.
While the community pot is being stirred by these revelations, and maybe more to come, the stink in the Canadian Senate has created disturbance to the nation as well. The issues surrounding Senator Enverga and the issues faced by Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Mac Harb, Pamela Wallin, and previously by Senators Raymond Lavigne who resigned in March 2011 for breach of trust and financial fraud, and Eric Berntson in 2000 for fraud conviction, all point to the same thing, greed.
Indeed these are Lolongs in fine suits in the so called “Red Chamber” or the Canadian Senate. All appointed to their posts by their patrons and cronies in government. Appointed lawmakers, representing the people, in a democratic government such as Canada is an aberration. It has to be abolished.
While we wait for the Supreme Court of Canada to make a ruling on the constitutionality of the Senate as petitioned by the Harper government, whistle blowing must continue and encouraged.
Woe to those who say that those who blow the whistle and expose shenanigans are a bunch of ingiteros and have mentality of crabs.
If the dog barks at the robbers in the middle of the night should the master of the house beat the dog?
As you don’t answer that, for the meantime let’s mourn for Lolong. Lolong is dead, long live the lolongs!