Monday, March 20, 2017

Senator Hontiveros Defends Leni Robredo Against President Rodrigo Duterte

The Filipino people are not surprised why Senator Hontiveros is defending Vice President Leni Robredo against the video she sent to the United Nations that embarrassed the Philippine president. 

Hontiveros defended Robredo from the recent video she released to the UN. She believes that UN should know the allegations of extrajudicial killings in the country. She said, "the world needs to know what is happening in our country. They need to know that the government's abusive and corrupt war on drugs has victimized our people and is tearing our society apart at the seams." 

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, a blogger and supporter of Duterte administration, he said that " the accusations of extrajudicial killings were made and delivered to the UN because the opposition seemed to fulfill their long-time plan B. It seems the plan B is to impeach President Duterte through the help of other countries and put Leni Robredo as a new president." 

This is a clear meassage of Filipino people that a majority of them have the support for the administration. It seems Robredo twisted the truth. Instead of telling the United Nations that many Filipinos wanted to eliminate the country's biggest problem of illegal drugs, she stated in the video that a lot of Filipinos are frustrated to President Duterte. Where is the truth and justice in this Robredo's video?

In fact, according to some news, UN Human rights body has rejected the request of the opposition to intervene the drug-war in the Philippines when its members have found out the positive outcomes as it promotes and protects the rights of innocent people to be more secured against criminals who are under the influence of narcotics.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, "Human rights body has done an investigation on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. I want to announce it here that the war against drugs in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is for the good of the people of the Philippines and it is indeed promoting patriotism and good governance." 

It seems to me that different plans and methods had already been done by Duterte's critics  to overthrow him in power, but they have failed several times. It seems to me that this Robredo's video that was sent to UN was one of the plots to impeach Duterte. But as I said, the opposition could not do something about it since the true public clamor is to  have a real change and end the country's problems of illegal drugs criminality and corruption that existed for many decades. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leni Robredo Continues To Embarrass President Rodrigo Duterte To The United Nations

One of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo, said to the United Nations that many Filipinos do not like the current administration because of the government's drug campaign as it violated the human rights of the people according to the recent comments of TV and radio host Erwin Tulfo.

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said that Robredo should help promote the Philippines to the United Nations instead of insulting the President Duterte to the United nations. Indeed, this is a huge disappointment and let-down  to a majority of Filipinos.

Mr. Dy added that if Robredo's motivation is really to help Filipinos to have a better future for the Philippines, she should have known that a lot of Filipinos already died due to the influence of illegal drugs in the country. Many criminals are drug users who often targeted young children and destroyed their future to have a better life.

Robredo said, "we are heartened that the issue of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines today is being discussed in an event such as this. To know that the international community's eyes are on us..."

The vice president continued to insult President Duterte to the United Nations by saying, "some of those who have told us that when there's crime, they normally go to the police,. Now, they don't know where to turn. Our people feel both hopeless and helpless -- a state of mind that we must all take seriously." 

Seriously, Ms. Leni Robredo? I don't think President Duterte will be scared of your extrajudicial accusation. I don't think a lot of Filipinos support you as well after you embarrassed the good reputation of the Philippines in front of the international leaders. Remember, illegal drug is one of the biggest problems of our country that you continued to ignore, and to eradicate drug abuse is simply to make our laws effective against users and pushers who seem to forget the rule of law in our country. 

The true human rights violators are not actually the government but those people who are under the influence of illegal drugs. I don't know why it's so hard for the vice president to understand this reality. As what Mr. Alon Calinao Dy quote said, "if there are no drug users and pushers, then no more criminals to be dealt with by the government. It is as simple as that."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Languages Can Be A Barrier But My Heart Doesn't Have To Be

My name is Alon Calinao Dy. I arrived in the US as an immigrant with my family last September 2016 to work as a registered nurse in one of the most prestigious hospitals in Texas under Passport USA recruitment Agency. I signed a 3 year contract with them. After that, I have to decide whether or not to stay at the same facility, depending of course if I'll be absorbed by the hospital.

When I started a new job as a registered nurse in the US, my first month into my probationary went bad as I had a poor evaluation mainly because I didn't speak well in English. I love to write but language barrier is a big issue that I almost lost my nursing job. My Filipino nurse preceptor told my unit director at the hospital that "Alon, could not follow simple instructions at work." When I was with my preceptor, it seemed like I had no issue with her.

Medical Center Hospital, Odessa,TX

At the same day, my unit director talked to me at his office. He said that my preceptor complained about my poor performance because of language problems and that we should go the next day to Human Resource Department (HRD) so that I could speak with the director. He frankly told me that based on the evaluation, he was reluctant to put me in his department.

I had never been more scared in my life than what would happen to me after the conversation with the HRD director. I thought I was about to get fired at work. I thought my unit director didn't like me at all, as what I expected. I almost burst into tears, thinking that I had two dependents, my wife and a 1-year-old baby girl who depended on me. I could not sleep well at night during that time because so many thoughts running through my mind. I asked myself, "how could I pay my monthly apartment, electricity, car insurance, vehicle, and daily needs of my family if I have no work?"

At first, I was frightened when I talked to the HRD director. I thought she would pull out the contract. But she was nice to me. I told her my concerns at work. She admired me for being honest and said that the reason why I was there at her office was to help me. Because of the good reputation of Filipino nurses  at work, I was surprised she told me that at the beginning it is natural for newcomers to have language problems. She said that my unit director would give me another two weeks to improve my communication level and other issues at work otherwise he would withdraw the contract. She also called my PassportUSA agency to inform what happened.

I had learned a helpful tip from my nurse friend Lilienthal Bhomz Filio that I should not be shy. I talked to my unit director and told him ways to become better at my job. I asked him to give me another preceptor that would evaluate me. He gave me a good and knowledgeable preceptor, Arwin Covero, who had a lot of patience to teach me. I was challenged to exert more effort and tried my best  to go the extra mile. With the support and help of other Filipino nurses in the unit like charge nurse Malou Garcia and co-workers Lourdes Bernas, Samueljon Hiponia, Nenita Estrella, Norman Verdeflor, and others, I had an outstanding evaluation from my preceptor who helped me all along.

The next time I talked to my unit director. He told me that he admired my positive outlooks in life. Despite what happened, he said "the truth is, Alon, I like you because you are a humble person. You always show respect to other people and you are honest to yourself. If you assume that you know everthing, I probably recommend to quit your job. But You did a good job." 

I said to my unit director that though I worked a number of years in the Philippines, Saudi, and Kuwait, I never fail to always ask questions about the things I do not know. He agreed to what I said and told me it was "better safe than sorry." Asking questions does not mean a lack of confidence, stupidity, or a person does not study. In fact if I ask questions to other experienced nurses, I feel like it makes everything safe including the safety and welfare of the patient.

Now these are importants I learned in life: 

  • Though things don't always go as planned, do not forget to thank God, look for support system and positive people who always believe in you.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions if you do not know something. Be honest to yourself. Just like what I said, asking questions does not mean a lack of confidence, stupidity or you do not study.
  • Show respect to other people. I haven't always agreed with people who say that you should always follow me because I'm your BOSS. Mutual respect comes first when you show it to yourself before to other people around you. A simple rule, if you are a disrespectful person, others will not respect you at all.
  • Acknowledge the problem. Let some people help you. It makes me proud to say that I work in a hospital like Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, where many nurses are willing to help someone like me who has language problems.
I know that some patients have a hard time understanding when I talk. I love my work and help the sick. This is I'm going to say to my challenges in life, LANGUAGES CAN BE A BARRIER, BUT MY HEART DOES NOT HAVE TO BE. 

My Filipino nurse friends in the US

The truth is, there is no permanent nursing job in America as employer can terminate you for some reasons, so one must be ready at all times. Earn and save money for future use.

To be a registered nurse in the US is difficult because big responsibility lies with you such as making life-and-death decisions aside from working tirelessly.The best thing I can do is to give my best shot, pray, and find a support system. 

I'm so lucky to find these Filipino nurse friends at Medical Center Hospital (MCH) in Odessa, Texas who shared their skills, knowledge and expertise to me. It gives me an opportunity to be more informed, confident, effective, and assertive at work.

August 31, 2016 before leaving the Philippines

When you read about my article entitled The Long Wait is Finally Over With Immigrant Visas To The United States which I wrote before coming to America, it's true that my family is my life and my true inspiration. That's the reason why I am able to endure hardship in life. The only reason why I am standing here today is because of the love and support they gave me, especially when I see the beautiful smile of my little girl.

It's hard to see goodbye to your loved ones in the Philippines, especially on the part of my wife since this was her first time to live in a country far from her family as she was with her parents all the time. It's hard but it's incredibly rewarding when I think about the people who prayed for our safety and wanted to make sure we were OK. Thanks to all their prayers and good wishes. 

My advice for the new nurses who are coming to the United States, be honest and be humble. Ask questions. It's true that the pay for nurses here is pretty good, but first, ALWAYS think the safety of your patient and protect your license. If there is a medication order coming from a physician you don't know or doubt about it, clarify it immediately. 

Think that a patient's life is more important than what the doctor would comment about you if you cannot follow his order. Don't worry if he gets pissed off. Let him repeat it till you understand. Don't assume you know everything. Like what great philospher Socrates said, "the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Online Survey: Have You Ever Felt The Change Under The Duterte Administration?

By Alon Calinao Dy: I am convinced that a lot of Filipinos would agree with me that a real change is happening in the Philippines right now except those corrupt politicians, CBCP, oligarchs, and Human Rights advocates who said that it's been a reign of terror under the current administration. 

These critics have been blaming President Duterte all along for all the extrajudicial killings in the country. Many biased Philippine media did this to our beloved President, so it is better to read credible blog as this to avoid being brainwashed by paid media.

I don't think President Duterte would kill innocent people as what his critics would try to portray about him. Ever since the president said that this war on drugs will be a bloody war as these criminals are armed and dangerous that they would rather fight to the death than being caught. If this is the case, expect that criminals would rather die than be taken to prison alive. 

Many people know even those high-ranking government officials that there are alleged involvement of Philippine National Police generals on drug trade. So as what President Duterte said before, these killings could be attributed to drug syndicates who would rather kill their gang members than leaving any evidence that would expose their true identities.

A few years ago before President Duterte finally decided to run for president, I wrote an article entitled reasons why I support Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and it made me realize that I supported and voted a right leader who would bring back the trust of the people to the government and the one who would do anything for the welfare of the country and for the Filipino people. 

The good news is that a majority of Filipinos have so much respect to the president, even though the Philippines being a Catholic country, many of those I asked and interviewed say they are praying for President Duterte and the country rather than believing to what CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said against the present administration.

I'm sure a lot of Catholics show deep frustration about the leadership of CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas because of being a faultfinder against the president, but don't worry about it since their opinions regarding the current situations of the country do not matter anymore. 

Whenever I hear criticism from bishop Villegas and other yellow senators, I don't take it personally and I find myself smiling that one of my readers had asked me, "hey Alon Dy, what can we do to stop these critics of President Duterte?" I replied, let them exercise their freedom of speech but do not believe things easily, simply because you have read or heard it.

So the online question: have you ever felt the change under the Duterte administration? What do you think? Like more than 16 millions of Filipinos who voted President Duterte, I pray not only for the present administration but for all Filipinos in and outside the country that the kind of unity we all have been waiting for will come true.

Yes, I felt the change under the Duterte administration. But I think change is hard to achieve without unity, and people should change for the better and change their wrongdoings. The only way to start the process of change is to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them and improve yourself.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV Promises To Go After President Rodrigo Duterte After His Term

After what happened to Senator Leila De Lima who is an alleged drug protector and is involved of the proliferation of illegal drugs not only inside the New Bilibid prison but in many parts of the country, according to some reports, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is now alarmed that he might be the next target because of his alleged involvement of corruption and receiving money from oligarchs to destroy the image of President Rodrigo Duterte in the public.

Trillanes is known to be a loudmouth and is trained to be a critic coming from the yellow administration where he made baseless accusations against Duterte that he had millions in his BPI bank account. 

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said, "Trillanes seems to be angrier and attacks Duterte again, this time his attack seems warning President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful after his term because he will go after him according to social media posts."

The deadly warning of Senator Trillanes went viral to all over social media posts after the senator seemed like he's been hiding secrets that he was paid to destroy the good reputation of the president.

Perhaps, Trillanes is sending a strong message to President Duterte that he should be careful next time around. Perhaps, Filipinos should know more about Trillanes that he might be deadlier than the president. Perhaps, most people don't know that he is scared more than ever. Scared people are more dangerous than criminals because of their desperate move. 

I've noticed that Trillanes is trying to put an image to Filipinos that his life is at risk against Duterte when in fact all these years he's been trying to put a good man down. Because of a majority of Filipinos who support the president, it's difficult for Trillanes to execute his bad intentions against the tough Duterte.

Socrates Villegas Has Called President Rodrigo Duterte 'A Corrupt Leader'

Archbishop Socrates Villegas has called President Rodrigo Duterte as the new face of a corrupt leader in the Philippines. He said that the usual face of corruption that Filipinos know is stealing from public funds. 

Villegas said, "killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Killing people is corruption."

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said, "Archbishop Villegas has closed his mind that 'killing is a crime... no matter what the intention' even if it means saving many innocent lives that are easy targets by these criminals."

Mr. Dy added, "that is why we have government's rule of law in order to maintain peace and order in our society but if the Church continues to argue with it then the so-called separation between the Church and the State does not appear at all." 

I want to return these questions to the Archbishop Villegas: is asking for donations using the name of God and for personal use not a form of corruption? If killing criminals to save many innocent lives is crime and corruption, what do you suggest to reduce violent crime in the country? Can you open your eyes wide to see women being raped and murdered, children being aborted and killed by older people, being victims of armed robbery, being victims of pilitical violence, and so on? 

"In fact, using the name of God for personal political agenda is worst," Mr. Dy said. I have a question for you, is it God's will or is it your personal political attack to President Duterte that's why you called him as the new face of a corrupt leader? I don't think God has ever told you this. I just could not believe that a highly-regarded priest as you would provoke fights and quarrels among our people. 

I don't think Archbishop Villegas applies what he said to churchgoers to love and forgive your enemies or other people. It keeps me wondering why you could not find forgiveness in your heart on Duterte cursing Pope Francis over traffic during his visit a few years ago, when in fact the president already asked for forgiveness to Pope Francis as it did not really mean to hurt or disrespect him. 

I don't even understand why Catholic bishops get involved in politics when in reality they are not politicians but only want to influence them. Is it because annointing religious leaders is all about influence and politics as well? In fact, there are many deserving priests who have the right character and integrity but are not given an opportunity to lead the Catholic church in the Philippines. Is it because the most obvious reason that politics exists everywhere even inside the Church? What can you say about the hypocrisy of some Catholic priests and other religious leaders?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Manny Hits Back Senator Leila De Lima And Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Senator Leila De Lima do not agree each about the plan for the government to restore the capital punishment in the country.

For Pacquiao, “on a personal level, I can forgive. However, the heinous crime of drug trafficking is committed not just against a person but against the nation. Drug traffickers deserve death penalty,” he said.

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said, "I think Senator Pacquiao is right when he said that drug traffickers deserve death penalty because he considers their acts heinous crimes. I don't why both De Lima and Bishop Villegas oppose to reimpose the death penalty when these criminals go unpunished and continue to kill innocent people."

Villegas made Jesus Christ, Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio as the examples of innocent people who were killed by death penalty, but when people would think about the long history of capital punishment and ask this question: who executed them? Mr. Dy believes that those people who killed them were among religious people or what we called priests.

Religion was so powerful organization before that it claimed so many innocent lives. I am not blaming everything to the religion but I think the influence of the church in a society is vitally important for people especially among churchgoers who have ample time to listen to the sermons of Catholic priests and other religious leaders. What they hear is what they believe. 

I don't understand why there are so many smart people out there who easily believe to the opinions of religious leaders even without fact checking, for as long as they say "this is what God..." Using the word God who said something like this is in fact ain't the right thing to say. I think that's what you said but not from God. In Proverbs 14: 15, it said "fools believe every word they hear, but wise people think carefully about everything."

I personally believe that Senator De Lima is accountable for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country as a drug protector as what others would call her. I don't think she is a political prisoner as what the CBCP President Socrates Villegas would defend her. Senator Pacquaio and President Rodrigo Duterte have a political will to stop heinous crimes and revive the death penalty, others have remained silent and said nothing about it.