Wearied reformer

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    ‘There seems to be no way for Morales to dismiss the accusations against him and other top state insurer officials especially after he stated that there are still 5,000
    active members of Philhealth aged 130 years old who are still alive and that he is unable to verify otherwise.’

    RETIRED Brig. Gen. Ricardo Morales was a persevering reformer in the military until his principles began to be eroded gradually by the hostility and indifference of the AFP leadership. Tens of millions of pesos and a flashy lifestyle did not interest him. But as he got older and weary he started to see things differently.

    It was probably during the investigation of the multi-million dollar heist of Gen. Carlos Garcia and his children when Morales finally gave up his quest to reform the military. As part of the AFP task force probing Garcia for violations of Articles of War 96 and 97 or for failure to declare his full assets and liabilities and for money-laundering, Morales was repeatedly ignored by top officials of the AFP and the Ombudsman.

    After Defense Secretary and former AFP chief Angelo Reyes committed suicide, apparently crumbling to intense political pressures on the plunder case against Garcia, the odds became truly overwhelming for Morales and his family. Morales is not entirely to blame for his descent into alleged massive corruption at the PhilHealth.

    It would take so much of him to come clean and risk being charged and sent to prison. The system had simply enslaved him and walking away is no longer an option. There seems to be no way for Morales to dismiss the accusations against him and other top state insurer officials especially after he stated that there are still 5,000 active members of Philhealth aged 130 years old who are still alive and that he is unable to verify otherwise. (They had been around during the Cry of Balintawak led by Bonifacio.) He broke his moral compass which used to light his way as he traversed “the road less traveled.”

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    Solita Monsod once spoke before UP law graduates and railed against excellence and its downfall. Many outstanding students have proven themselves quite well in their professional work but have virtually turned away from their moral calling to be upright and shining examples to their countrymen. She would cringe at the “success” of nurturing this brilliant mind on how to amass wealth and fortune.

    This former SSS top executive had graduated valedictorian at the Manila Science High School in the mid 1980s and finished BS Math at UP in three years, obtaining the highest grade point average at that time. He completed his Masters and PhD by age 24. He engaged in insider trading in cahoots with a fund manager of SSS by illegally investing the members’ money and earned huge dividends.

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    When friends seem to be dying one by one there is less reason to cling to the things of this world. It’s good to be prepared for the other life that surely comes. Good friend and kumpare Apolllo Arellano just passed away due to complications caused by a major stroke.

    He was the director of the famed sit-com “John ‘N Marsha” on Channel 9 starring Dolphy and Nida Blanca. He was a worthy successor to Ading Fernando, the show’s director and its very gifted comedy writer who suddenly passed away at the height of the popularity of the program. Fernando was one of the TV industry’s outstanding comedy producers and directors, as well as the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions.

    Arellano would sustain the top ratings of the multi-awarded “John ‘N Marsha.” He was also the assistant director to the illustrious Johnny Manahan in the action/drama series “Alab ng Lahi” that portrayed the life and times of our heroes.

    He and his wife, Fe, who was the esteemed merchandising manager of Channel 9, later resigned from the TV network to help put up and manage one of Indonesia’s largest TV networks.