Greed and violation of law

The people in the villages are hungry for juicy red meat while pundits work the clock to hide the 80 percent largess they gave themselves. Apparently Da Boysis owe villagers one big and juicy steak dinner but their icebox is empty. The new salary doesn’t kick in until the end of the second week of this month. Big problem, braddah!

Be it ham, ram, bull, beef, deer, or goat, just something raw and red. The village folks want a taste of that juicy steak Da Boysis would eat in mid-January. Why not, “we are people too,” declared Magoo.

“The crummy 5 percent they threw at us is still 75 percent less than their 80 big ones,” he noted. “Did they forget that basic cost is skyrocketing as to ignore the hardship we had to take because of their negligence?”

The thought of being slammed out in the campaign trail for their purposeful violation of the trust of “we the people” had them praying the rosary backwards while biting their filthy fingernails. By now, the bone soup at the pantry is getting cold. What about the steak dinner the villagers wanted to taste?

Da Boysis did everything except avoid the dictates of the law, e.g., the appointment of the salary commission that must come from without the legislature. The appointment came from within.

The law requires using the composite price index to determine percentage increase. They looked up the ceiling and picked out the number 80! Wow! Lawmakers violating the very law they approved? Isn’t this a self-corrupting act?

Triniste: Guaha `nai hagacha`yu` mañogñug gi sisonyan triste piot ya inakompapaña silensiu todu oriya-hu. Sige pa`gu de hu dibina haf` gaige na fina` mensahe guine na chinatsagag-hu.

Tat tihu satba na asuntog-hu lau gai inaguaguat i lumuluñu` na sentimentog-hu. Kau guaha destrosiu na ira para u tafan finatoigue? Kau sentimentun un` dañkulu na suette? Tat puntan lañget yan sasalaguan ti hu fatoigue humusga este na siñiente.

Ilegña dispues i hagahu, “Na kontentu hau sa` mafnas todu chathinassomu gi Matsu pa`gu na sakan”. Mas ha yalaka` chathinasog-hu! Infin, hu aksepta ya bai nañgan ñaihon haf` na suette mamamaila`.

Uma`afana` dos malañgu gi hatdin hospitat pot chenot korason. Ni unu malagu` dumeskute haf` sessu pinadesisiña. Ilegña i unu, “Gigon un` huñgang-yu` matai-yu` ensegidas”. Umadiñgu ni hoi` ni goi`.

Pa`gu i dos `adet daibites sige lokue` umachatge kulan mediu konsuelu. “Ai, sis hekua` haf` na nina`ye hit chenot ruskete. Estague` pa`gu na gigon iridau hit i para uma-utot ensegidas”. A` saina!

Mattu un` lahe gi sagan mañagu (maternity ward). Finaisen ni infetmera kau mapotge-gue`. Ai na grasia. Era para u bisita i asaguaña ni mandeskatga. De dios!

`Nai hahala halum un` dikiki` palagse`, finaisen ni peskatdot, “Man-mañgge mañainamu?” Era, ume`edañkulu ya puru basulan dikiki` mangagadun gi haguetña.

Este i peskan liliku` achu` (peskan dohdu) bonitu ma`atan ginen kantun tasi. Kulan mohon megai un` pachichiñko` ya mamakat un` rikohe kinine`mu. Dispues de trenta minutus un` bira hau halum gi inai, seru. Estaya lumi`uf hau kadu` prefektu peskadot.

`Nai sumugu`yu` manbisita gi un` tiahu pa`gu ha susufan i tininun lemai. Esta lokue` masa kadoña guihan. Ha kombidayu` para bai` chochu. Ilegña, “Kadu hau”. Era ilelegña na para bai` sopasyu` kadon guihan. Sigeyu` chumaleg ni sasañgaña. Dispues de haspog-yu` machum sikos-hu.

Un` afamau na bulerun New York Yankees umasoda` yan un` amku` ni sessu bumisita i plasan bola achog taya huegu. Finaisen kau sisiña ha` che`chu` kasamientu. Ineppe, “Ai ihu, kulan telefon. Guaha `nai madiliñgdiñg guaha `nai inipus silensiu”. Ai na grasia i dos.

Sige un` amko` ha lasa apaga` asaguaña gi ha`anen kompliaños i biha. Ilegña, “Ai este hagas man-ñge`hu…” Sinablasus tatte, “Hmmm! Yahu lumi`e haf` para un` chogue”. Magpu gotpe i kompliaños!

Un` tiempu, maseha haf` chenotmu mana`e hau APC para un` gimen. Ni achog mattun pot kanset pat TB siempre mana`e hau amot APC. Lamegai dispues tautau-ta man-mamadese matai reñihion pot manadan amot APC. Ilegña si Magoo na ti debi sa` este i APC “Amot Para Chamorro”. Dios mihu Iku!

Gi finagpu` gera, ma-introduse kesu gi natibu gi amotsan oga`an. Mañge` na na`ye yan pan. Sige ma-usune makanu` manadan kesu. Uttimoña, kontodu habun paupau mapika ni sesi` kobiettu ya makanu`. Tat ti bobo`an sekosña! Dios mihu!

Gi duranten setmoña, mamaisen i o`bispo gi manhosme misa kau manmanhoñge siha as Yuus. Todu humatsa kanai niha. Dispues manfinaisen kuantu giya siha manlistu para umadalalag i Saina gi finagpu` misa. Ni unu humatsa kanaiña. Dios mihu! Ai, puru ineppen suspechosu na konbiniente!

Un` amku` guiya mana`e para una` fan liliku` man-ma`gas i Navy antes. Mafaisen kau guaha famaguona. Ilegña, “Two Saipan, two Guam and three sleeping in the cementary”. Dios mihu! Era i tres mangaige gi simienteyu man-matai.

Hayute` i jues huyuñg todu kausan ti sumaga gi “stop sign”. Mamaisen i man-aresta na polisia haf` guaha. Ineppe ni magasña, “Ilegña i jues lache i matuge` pot ti sumaga i draiba gi “spot sing”, era stop sign. Dios mihu!

Taya` mas mañge` na mukus ayu `nai kamakate hau pot mana` pinite. Dispues un` lotge mas umesalau `nai malasa apaga`mu para un` para. Esta un` papañot mames mikosmu ni duru milalag. A`saina!

Megai `nai hu pesa pineduñg liñguahe. Lau esta pa`gu ti siña hu pula` sustansian finu` un` amiguhu ginen iya Filipinas, “It depends for you”. Dios tiampare!

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John S. Del Rosario Jr. | Contributing Author
John DelRosario Jr. is a former publisher of the Saipan Tribune and a former secretary of the Department of Public Lands.

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