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Flags and Buffet

There was a time when “buffet” referred to food. It meant –“Eat All You Can.” Lately, aside from food buffet, new forms have developed.

We have the “Loans Buffet” – “Borrow All You Can.” Especially from China.

And we also have the “Plunder Buffet” – “Steal All You Can.” Especially if it is the money of the people.

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Perhaps in anticipation of Independence Day, there are a lot of flags hanging all over the Baguio’s central business district. But maybe it’s the wrong flag.

Are we really independent? Have we not become a protectorate or province of China? Shouldn’t we be hanging the flag of the People’s Republic of China instead? That’s the flag waving over the West Philippine Sea.

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In 2016, after initially rejecting it, Bob Dylan, was awarded and received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Among the songs written by Bob Dylan, was one entitled “The Times They Are A-changing.” This was written in 1964 and during those heady days it was considered an iconic protest song and an anthem for change.

Because we found it relevant, we quoted from the song as the opening statement of a thesis we wrote in 2016, to complete our masteral studies at the San Beda Graduate School of Law.

Last week, the Bob Dylan song was reworded and updated by Jimmy Fallon for his “The Tonight Show.” The way Fallon rewrote it makes it relevant to the present times in the U.S., and maybe even in the Philippines.

Except for some changes we are reproducing the new version:

The Times They Are A-Changing (2018)

Come gather round people wherever you roam;

And admit that our country don’t feel like our home;

And that silence speaks louder than those who condone;

If a tweet to you is worth favin’;

Then lift up your voices and put down your phones;

For the times they are a-changin’;

Come women and men who hashtag LabanPinas;

And believe me when I say that we believe you;

For weak is the man who calls truth “fake news”;

Time’s up, our silence we’re breaking;

Well, the times they are a-changin’;

Come children protesting throughout the land;

Who are taking a risk by making a stand;

And before you shout out that they should be banned;

Listen to what they are saying;

Perhaps they’d rise up if you reached out your hand;

Well, the times they are a-changin’;

Come journalists, writers who report the facts;

And brandish your pen to fend off his attacks;

Look past what he says and look at how he acts;

The fire and fury is raging;

For his words can hurt, but your words can fight back;

Rappler, they aren’t a-failin’;

The times they are a-changin’;

Come leaders who bully like Internet trolls;

We’ll curse you with four-letter words “love” and “hope”;

For we will go high even when you go low;

The order is rearranging;

For you have the power, but we have the heart;

The times they are a-changin.’

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