We are nurses, we are not less.

Just in case the news skipped your notice Mr. President, thousands of our skilled Filipino nurses are now leaving the country not because they want to touch the snow in London, not because they want to visit Santorini in Greece, not because they want to date a handsome and hunky Caucasian or a rich Arab woman, but because our system forced them to do so.  Our callous disregard to their rights made them to believe that they are second-class healthcare workers. Verily, our nurses suffer the lowest possible indecency a country can inflict to its professional workers. And they have valid license from the Professional Regulation Commission. They are required to have an accumulated CPD units, but when our nurses require the same good treatment from this government, what do they get? — Nothing!

Again, I’m sorry to speak about this, but I can’t sleep seeing my fellow nurses suffer. I am not working in a hospital but my heart is still beating for my profession. My heart is still beating for the Nightingale in white, in blue and in scrubs. Allow me to speak for them.

I don’t blame you Mr. President that you are currently focusing on “War on Drugs”, but as a form of request, can we give equal attention to those who fight alongside with you inside the hospitals, the fences of communities, penal institutions and healthcare centers?

How can we possibly heal the country if our healers are wounded themselves?

How can we miraculously rehabilitate this archipelago if our nurses are now starting to fly abroad?

Currently, I’m envious about the attention you give to “Jeepney Modernization”. In my mind, “lucky are the jeepneys, for they will be modernized soon”, but pain are for our poor nurses who will still be living and working in areas where modernization is not part of the plan.

Make no mistake Mr. President, our nurses are still living with healthcare technology which placed themselves in the brick of danger.  These are competent and intelligent Filipinos who passed the board exams.  In fact, we cannot even provide them with  adequate soap and alcohol for their hand sanitation, N92 masks for personal protection, and heavens sake, we don’t pay them with dignity.

Before it’s too late Mr. President, I would like to invite your attention to this maladies enveloping our Filipino nurses. They deserve to experience the “change” that you promised during the election season. Or should I treat this as another form of fake news?

#Mutya

 

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Official Statement of Mutya on the rejection of DSWD Secretary Taguiwalo

I am disheartened to hear the rejection of the nomination of Sec. Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. While the Commission on Appointments serves as one of the mechanisms of the legislature to check the appointments of the Executive branch, it miserably failed to appreciate its core mandate which is to ultimately serve the Filipino people especially those who have less in life, supposedly by accepting worthy and honest officials for this vital governmental post.

The rejection is a strong counter opposing message contrary to the universal platform of this present administration which is CHANGE.

The President is not to blame but the regressing political mindset enveloping our government.

The ultimate victims here are the poor and disadvantaged Filipinos who expect the best services from the government.

#Mutya

Mutya debunks government’s illogical anti-porn measures. 

 

The Philippine government’s move to ban porn sites in the country quoting Republic Act 9775 or the “Anti-Child Pornography Law” is illogical because not all porn sites contain child pornography.

The government’s overgeneralization and faulty understanding stem from the report that Filipinos spend the most time in watching pornographic materials in the internet.

I believe that the government has no business in banning pornographic materials from the internet, especially if such materials fall under  adult-content classification which requires stronger conditions to access.

Banning porn sites for the purpose of preventing exhibition of contents perpetuating child pornography is the weakest possible measure a government could introduce.

Instead, the government should have explored more realistic measures and controls like establishing a more sensitive search and filter engines that could prohibit minors from accessing porn sites, stronger and active surveillance schemes to report any child pornographic contents and most importantly, tougher penalties for violations committed under the Child Pornography Law.

While it is convenient to say that banning porn sites in the Philippines is the cure to end child pornography, yet this measure will end up in Pasig river because the proposed intervention is undemocratic, weak, illogical, and unpractical.

This measure only sugarcoat the government’s failure to curb the increasing rates of child prostitution in the Philippines.

#Mutya

Hotel Del Rio pleads guilty, Mutya extends forgiveness.

Emotionally traumatized Mutya on Wednesday received a call from the resident senior manager of Hotel Del Rio in Iloilo City after the former lambasted the well-acclaimed hotel because of its unbelievable incompetence that resulted to “breach of his privacy”.

The aggrieved blogger drafted a 5- page complaint urging authorities to investigate the serious mishap. In insurmountable disbelief after waves of social media pressure and criticisms, Hotel Del Rio contacted Mutya and promised to conduct an impartial investigation.

After 24 hours, the management of embattled Hotel Del Rio finally admitted that the petition filed by Mutya is meritorious to wit:

  • That Hotel del Rio failed to provide safe transport from Iloilo International Airport in Sta. Barbara to Hotel Del Rio.They contend that somebody informed them that there was changes in final flight schedule yet, they could not still wash their hands and feet from liabilities because it was their duty to validate the information.
  • The receptionist of Hotel Del Rio failed to exhibit acceptable demeanor fitting for a service provider of a three-star hotel.
  • The receptionist of Hotel Del Rio issued a wrong room type for Mutya and company. To be specific, she issued a matrimonial bed instead of a twin sharing and desperately argued that matrimonial bed could be divided into two. “How can you divide a mahogany bed?”
  • The receptionist of Hotel Del Rio issued an erroneous key card to a VIP guest that resulted to serious breach of privacy of another guest.

Despite the quantum of inconvenience resulted from gross negligence, Mutya respectfully withdrew his complaints after seeking guidance from humanitarian and religious principles of humanity.

He even prayed to the Senior Manager not to extinguish the involved receptionist, instead she should be subjected to a serious disciplinary procedure tantamount to her actions and must receive a refresher course on customer service if not, sent back to college.

Softened by the apology coming from a fellow Ilonggo, Mutya abandoned heartaches but reminded Hotel Del Rio about the possible implications of the bilious actuation.

He even emphasized that while he can forgive the horrible experience, he could not easily forget and that he is morally bound to protect future guests to suffer the same crucifixion. Thus, he urged guests to fight for their consumer rights all the time.

Finally, for Mutya, he accepts that he is only human and shall not overextend his power to judge the fate of any person. He leaves this decision to the higher being to ultimately decide.

Invoking Romans 12:17-21, “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” thus Mutya accepts the apology of Hotel Del Rio Iloilo.

Furthermore, he rejected the offer of the hotel for a complementary stay.

#Mutya

Mutya mulls filing complaint vs. Hotel del Rio Iloilo

No amount of fancy accouterments will cover the anguish I personally experienced with Hotel del Rio. Their lowest of the low costumer service is an affliction that brings pain and itchiness to me. The “terrible” experience was an affront to the sweet culture of the city. I declare Hotel del Rio a miserable place even the ghost will feel aghast.

FACTS:

  • December 8, 2016, Mutya and company travelled for Iloilo via Philippine Airlines, flight PR 2141, with 8:15AM as time of departure and expected time of arrival at 9:30AM.
  • The same flight as stated above arrived Iloilo International Airport at 9:40AM.
  • Hotel del Rio as the contracted accommodation for Mutya and company FAILED to send its transport service.
  • Hotel del Rio is a well-acclaimed hotel in Iloilo City.
  • Mutya and company rented a van instead.
  • Upon arrival at the Hotel del Rio with address at MH Del Pilar St, Molo, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo, the receptionist FAILED to offer courtesy to Mutya and company.
  • The receptionist FAILED to identify Mutya, she issued a wrong reservation sheet.
  • The receptionist FAILED to acknowledge their INCOMPETENCE and implied that the failure of the transport service was the fault of the guest.
  • Hotel del Rio issued a different room type, instead of having two beds, they provided a matrimonial bed and insisted that it can be separated into half.
  • Hotel del Rio gave a key card to a different person assigned to a room of Mutya which led to the breach of privacy.

Hotel del Rio is UNRELIABLE.

The stubborn and arrogant receptionist argued that someone called her saying that Mutya and company will arrive 6AM instead of 9:30AM thus she sent the driver to the airport three hours before the expected time of arrival. Her argument was so inflammatory that it led to a loud altercation. Instead of extending an apology, the receptionist insisted that the we, costumers were wrong. Well, she erred.

Her antipodal alibi miserably failed because the stated time of arrival of the plane was 9:30AM and not 6AM and as a competent service provider, they should have called Mutya and company to confirm changes in flight schedule. It is clear that her reasoning was at the apogee of logic, it was beyond the reach of natural human experience.

It was evident that Hotel del Rio comfortably slept while Mutya and company suffered the pain of uncertainty. Hotel del Rio failed to validate the information which are vital to ensure the safety and convenience of their guests. Mutya was deeply disheartened by the apostasy of Hotel del Rio.

Hotel del Rio is unbecoming of an Ilonggo

Iloilo is known as the city of love but the receptionists failed to manifest the aura of a true Ilonggo; her face was appalling.

The receptionist including the guards failed to “smile” and say “good morning”—a standard in any hotel. They treated their guests as strangers. They failed to connect. Their arrogance was fuming from their very, very dark and seemingly atrophied cerebrum. It can be inferred that their brains lack oxygenation when they misidentified Mutya with another guest—a grave offense. Again, they failed to apologize.

Hotel del Rio is UNSAFE

Mutya was taking a bath when someone opened the door; it was a high ranking official whom Hotel Del Rio gave access to the room without permission. The guest saw Mutya naked. Upon investigation, Hotel Del Rio, mistakenly issued a wrong key card to the guest. It was unforgivable that warrants this bluster. Hotel del Rio breached my right to privacy.

RECOMMENDATION

Because of this, Mutya will file a serious complaint to the hotel accreditation agency of Hotel Del Rio and same copy will be furnished to the Department of Tourism and the Local Government of Iloilo City for their own review. Now that Iloilo is at the brink of progress, the city can’t afford to have such dishonourable service. The hotel doesn’t deserve to be at the heart of Iloilo City.

 

Mutya to Solons: Stop playing as Gods

To reimpose death penalty in the Philippines is futile. Death penalty is not an effective deterrent to crime. It only worsens the injustice felt by Filipinos.

Lawmakers should first consider fixing the criminal justice system in the country before moving to reimpose the capital punishment of death. It is worrisome how the lower house comfortably disregarded the present scenario where the poor are easily incarcerated compared to the rich and the powerful. The reason is simple, the poor can’t afford good lawyers, while the rich can afford a herd of (judges).

Justice can be denied in the Philippines either by cunningly slowing the wheels of the proceedings or by coercing through bribery or threat the supposed to be just and impartial “Lady Justice.” 

These lawmakers failed to fully comprehend the equation. They seemed to immediately jumped into conclusion that death penalty is the ultimate solution. They erred. 

In the desparate attempt of this administration to cleanse the society, while it is considered a sweet music to hear that the government is serious in eradicating crimes, it is frightening to notice the pattern of violent tendencies rooted from the frustration of the executive department. Yes, this is a terrible change. 

We understand them. Same as what the administration is trying to accomplish, we also want a just and safe society but I strongly enunciate my dissent to exercising again this ‘barbaric’ measure given how biased justice in our country, of course, with due all respect to the judicial branch of the government. 

What our country needs is a much rigid and stronger criminal justice system which will provide equal protection and due process of law to all Filipinos especially the disadvantaged.

The Congress must be realistic enough in setting the standards of the offenses punishable by death, because believe it or not, granting that the bill becomes a law, a quorum will be soon impossible to achieve because congressmen will be the first team in the death row. 

Death is not the solution, if not used properly, death penalty could become a weapon to divide the nation, cause havoc and uncertainty, silence the opposition for them to play as Gods and Goddesses. 

#MutyaPH 

Mutya seeks for termination of NAIA 3 officer

The application of any rules and regulations should be unbiased especially when it concerns safety. In our airports, officers are tasked to check the contents of the luggage of every passenger to prevent any belligerent acts while in flight.  However, these rules are deemed useless if the assigned personas have preconceived bias, thus they are unable to render fair measures in line of their duty—a detrimental trait in any facility such as of an airport.

Last November 28, 2016, 1PM, (the Manila International Airport Authority can review all their CCTV), I have to catch a 2PM flight to Cagayan de Oro. Following all the protocols, I submitted myself to the last inspection. However, it was in fact, a fiasco to humiliate me.

The lady, wilfully, capriciously, with ill-will and personal malice commanded me to remove my laptops inside my bag. I have two laptops in a two separate bags that time.  She even raised her voice and she said and I quote “Gamitan mo yan ng tray!”, I replied, “You don’t have any tray at all, then I raised my eyebrows.”

I don’t mind undergoing all the necessary security checks but during that time , only I suffered such inhumane and abusive procedure. I was contemplating, how did she decided to choose me, am I too foreign to her? Did I insulted her perception?, But one thing for sure, I was more human than her. I was more caring, I was more passionate. But my forgiveness has limitations.

The Manila International Airport Authority should raise their standards. Excellent service starts in every security checkpoints. I have experienced admirable conduct in some airports but this one should not go unnoticed.

The lady in NAIA violated all the canons of good conduct for a government official.

If X-Ray machine can only scan bad character, I’m sure the machine will keep on beeping and beeping all day, showing her bilious mind.

I am praying to the Metro Manila International Airport to dismiss this lady. I have her name, and I will send a formal letter of complaint to your office.

The rules must be applied to all and not to selected few. She overstepped, she exercised grave abuse of discretion. She must be punished.

#MutyaPH