acts of defection

all systems go for anawangin, zambales later this saturday with my AMCI friends. ogie and i are guests to B2K2’s outing, and i am admittedly quite excited. i saw pictures of the beach, and they’re very pretty.

however, PSI’s batch pasaway! is having its own outdoor camp later today in manabo, the same mountain i was just at the other weekend. and so my decision to push through with zambales has prompted my batchmates to call me a defector. well, there are few things that really irritate me, and one of them is people who do not follow through; guys who are big on plans, but even bigger in changing them at the last minute. this is precisely the same reason why i went to sagada alone, why i went to batanes alone. because the best laid plans are made better when you stick to them.

after weeks of futile invitations, i’ve decided to look for activities of my own. and i incidentally found this AMCI thing. too bad the manabo invitation came after i had said yes to my friends. but assuming i hadn’t planned on going to anawangin, i’d still think twice about going to manabo, because i don’t much like big crowds. not that this trip is going to be intimate. AMCI is known for sending fleets to the mountains, and in this group alone, there are already more than 30 of us. our group is the biggest, with 14, and my tent will be filled to bursting, with 6 guys.

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at the office the other day, i was going through the records of one case which is taking me to tuguegarao next week for 4 days. suddenly, one of the regional officers pays me a visit to ask about my itinerary, and serendipitously (and also suspiciously), one of the parties phones him, and he hands me the phone. this is part of our conversation:

party: e bakit ho ba mag-coconduct pa kayo ng inspection, eh nanalo na nga ako dyan sa kasong yan. hanggang malacañang, na-uphold na po yung desisyong pabor sa akin.

me: kasi nga po, meron pong appeal na na-file sa opisina namin dun sa dismissal ng protest. ngayon po, gusto po naming i-resolve na yung kaso, at kelangan pong makita namin yung kasalukuyang kondisyon ng lupang pinag-aagawan.

party: eh meron ho akong certification na filed out of time yang kasong yan. at forged pa yung mga pirma.

me: hindi pa po natin masasabi yan ano, kasi yan po ay contention nyo lamang at wala pa kaming ruling dyan. kahit ganun pa po, sa ilalim ng konsepto na equity, pwede ho nating isantabi yung mga technicalities in the interest of justice.

party: eh matagal na ho itong kasong ito eh, nabigyan na nga ako ng subdivision plan, tapos, eto, bigla nyo na lang tinanggap yung appeal. nagkalagayan yata kayo dyan.

me: eh kung ganun ho, e hindi ko ho natikman yun dahil bago lang ako dito.

what an asshole this guy. for that, i’m already leaning towards the other party. accuse me of corruption will you!
dude, mukhang ang kausap mo ang naglalagay. i'd assume the mere fact the party mentions it so openly, that the party has resorted to it. alman, from your conversation with the party, i get na subdivision developer siya. were the protesters farmers or farm workers whose land was converted from agricultural to commercial use? baka may illegal land conversion involved pa diyan? just speculating, hehehe. :)