Filipino Government Passes Bill Against “Filipino Time”

In yet another example of misplaced priorities, the Filipino House of Representatives recently passed a bill to force all government offices to display the official Philippine government time or PST (which presumably stands for Philippine Standard Time).

Given that Filipinos are notorious for being late, with the common joke being to add at least half an hour to the agreed time, it might be a step in the right direction, but given all the other issues the Filipino government must deal with, like Mayon Volcano erupting at any moment, or the horrifying massacre of innocents in the southern Filipino province of Maguindanao led by a mayor intent on maintaining power, one wonders what the government is really focused on: micromanaging things it can control versus issues that it has virtually no control over that are actually important to people’s lives.

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Efren is a 30-something queer Filipino American guy living in San Francisco. In the past, he was a wanna-be academic even teaching in Asian American studies at San Francisco State, a wanna-be queer rights and HIV activist, and he used to "blog" when that meant spewing one's college student angst using a text editor on a terminal screen to write in a BBS or usenet back in the early 90s. For all his railing against the model minority myth, he's realized he's done something only a few people can claim--getting into UCSF twice, once for a PhD program in medical sociology which he left; and then for pharmacy school, where he'll be a member of the class of '13. He apologizes profusely for setting the bar unintentionally high for his cousins. blog twitter
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