It’s barely a week on the new year and here I am ranting!

The commentaries on the news about totally banning the firecrackers on New Year’s Eve had been deafening. The discussions about this environment unfriendly and health hazard tradition had been exhausted, and yet, each end of the year, I find myself closing all jalousies and sealing all holes with wet cloths, so the fumes would not penetrate my home.I used to turn on the air condition, the only time of the year that I do so, but with the Meralco bill eating up most of our monthly budget, I opted not to, and hoped that we’d not suffocate with the carbon dioxide coming from three humans and two canines. We survived, am glad. Ha ha. No thanks to Meralco.

I am fine, actually. I was enjoying the cold mornings and taking care of my wards. January is a relatively quiet and serene month. The cold air must have something to do with it. Look, even the birds are chirping and swinging all day.

I would not have minded the commentaries and simply switch off the radio button, or totally unplug that low tech gadget, per advise by Meralco, who, the company makes it appear, is supposedly concerned about our humongous electric bill. Thanks for the TRO, however temporary, our suffering will be postponed for a later time.

But the news about SSS raising our premiums effective this month blasted my auditory nerves like a time bomb. How dare these SSS people play on our savings! How dare they have the audacity to play on our very lives.

I listened on…. SIGH. Somebody please administer garrote on these vultures. They mismanage our money and now they want us to contribute more. SHAME on de Quiros et al, not once had I been to an SSS office that I was not led to a labyrinthine processing.

Hope this news prospers for the better:–philhealth-contributions-043640295.html

Probe sought after hike in SSS, PhilHealth contributions
A resolution was filed at the House of Representatives which seeks to probe the increase in membership contributions sought by the Philippines’ pension fund for private employees and the country’s health