Inayan! One word to rule them all

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2 years ago

Inayan is a common expression that you will hear here in the mountains of the Cordilleras.

A single three-syllable word (i-na-yan) that sums up the golden rule and that also includes nature, human and animals. This is already in our veins, part of our culture that should always be nurtured, remembered and applied.

We say "Inayan" to warn others not to do bad or evil, to respect others and nature too. This is to remind us to be mindful of our actions and words.

"Adim ar-aramiden sa tay inayan." Don't do that because for it might harm you.

We would always be told that when we were kids. The adults may not give us the reason why. Although we vaguely understand that "inayan" is bad, we still follow what was told us.

Which then brings me to my post in noise about what happened to our electric cooperative.

As much as I don't want to take sides because I don't know the whole story, what the appointed General Manager did was unforgivable.

I tried to read as much as I can about the issue but it's really full of toxicity that it just makes one feel sad really. We are a peaceful-loving people but too much is enough.

Some said that the previous GM had a case pending in court but he did not like to step down. There were talks of harassment, employing relatives in high positions, etc. Don't quote me on that for those are just what I have read in social media. I just want to know how this all came down to such chaos and rocked this peaceful city.

Then came this attorney which was appointed by the national agency to be the new GM. However, according to the guidelines of the national agency, GMs should be chosen by the board. What the national agency can do is to forward their recommendation and still the board will decide if that person is qualified or not. This attorney has no experience at all about electric cooperative. She was not there when the recent typhoon hit the city which caused disruption in power to some areas because of destruction brought about by the typhoon. Who were the ones doing the job restoring power? Until now some areas still have no power because work had to be stopped.

The supervisor of the national agency and the supposed new GM then stormed the office bringing with them police to assist them so that they can takeover the management of the electric company by force. That was the last straw.

The whole process from selection of new GM up to that force takeover had been questionable. Inayan!

The people have had enough and decided to take matters into their hands to stop this abuse.

The mayor of the city intervened and had been in talks with both the parties. The people rallied in hundreds to show their unity and stand against abuse.

Some were questioning the act of the mayor. Why did he intervene? As the steward of the city, should he just stand and watch? This is an issue that affects everyone including him. He did the right thing to do what needs to be done in his power to settle things peacefully.

During the rally, the GM appointed by the national agency together with her team, evacuated the place without a fight.

Except for one person who is now a laughingstock.

He was a former employee who hit someone with his fist and tried to escape only to fall and injured himself. Some of the police who were there to make sure peace is maintained surrounded him to protect him. It was photographed and circulated in social media. For if they did not do that, things would have escalated and things would have ended badly especially for that guy. He was brought to the hospital for treatment.

Now here's another kicker. His team exaggerated the story. The attorney posted the photo and captioned that the rally was not peaceful for those who were against them beat some people. They even issued a medicolegal certification stating the injuries sustained by the guy which was according to the attorney as an effect from his beating when in reality it was self-inflicted injury. There were witnesses, photos and videos to prove that they were spreading lies. Even the address of the hospital on the certification was wrong. It was obviously fake. Their whole act had been a joke and they are the ones looking like a fool.

This is a lesson to us all that we should be aware of what is going on around us for there are issues that affects us whether we like it or not. Just because you think it does not directly affect you, think again. We should be vigilant for there are those who will abuse their power.

Use the power of social media to warn others of such acts but be careful still. Think before you click.

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Warn, so that others won't make the same mistakes made in previous times.

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2 years ago

Indeed. Let this be an example to those in power that when a community unite, they are a force to be reckoned with.

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2 years ago

A community is composed of individuals living inside it..so as a citizen, we should be aware of anything happening around us even though it doesn't affect us. Because it might affect the whole community in the future, and that includes us.

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2 years ago

That's it. Protect your community like your protect your home and your family.

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2 years ago

ohhh grabe ung abuse nila... pati medical certs nafake pa!

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2 years ago

Ou kaso iba un address un hospital. Malamang pati un doctor na pumiram dun peke din.

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2 years ago

One mistake could really mess up everything we've worked so hard for, it's time to be aware of what is around us, to avoid that can be averted in the community.

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2 years ago

That's right. The community should come as one and not bow down to greedy people.

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2 years ago

The manner you handle your mistakes matters a lot. It can become an experience if handled we'll.

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2 years ago

That's right. Your character is revealed that way.

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2 years ago

One mistake could really affect many things and carry several consequences. As a citize of a particular area , it is really a must that we should be mindful in what is happening around us.

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2 years ago

True. Like a domino effect.

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2 years ago

Yeah I saw it on the news but was too busy with kiddo..Hope you will have a new GM soon and maresolve na po yung issue sa electric company..

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2 years ago

We still have the former GM reinstated until his case is decided upon.

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2 years ago

I hope everything's gonna be okay soon.

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2 years ago

This is an eye-opener fo r me too...usually I don't care about the news and don't even atted barangay meetings...this made me realize that being vigilant is better than knowing nothing about what's happening around you

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2 years ago

Concern ng isa, concern nating lahat. Ganun dapat. Pero wag naman un maging Maritess lang :D :D

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2 years ago

hahahah yun din...may iba kasi na sumsubra na ang pakikiusyoso

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2 years ago

You are indeed right, because we are not affected doesn't mean we shouldn't know what happened or what is going on around us.

Well, as for the story told, and like you said you wouldn't take sides because you weren't there to know exactly what happened but when a particular word comes out from one or two or more persons then there is a truth in it.

Evil is bad and good is better but in all, we shall reap the labour of whatever we sow one day.

The mayor did the best thing he could ever do and that was by intervening to stop the issue from escalating and becoming worse harming innocent lives in the process.

An interesting lesson from the story.

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2 years ago

Truly apathy is one of the reasons that kills humanity. We should be more concerned about others in a kind way :)

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2 years ago

As a Tagalog, akala ko talaga mura ito. Or expression ng inis. Well tama ka. Di porket di tayo affected eh dea na din. Tayo tayo lang din makakapagsolve ng mga problema.

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2 years ago

Hehe sabi nga din ng ibang nagcomment :)

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2 years ago

Unfortunately, abuse of power is not punished in many parts of the world, and they use it to mistreat people. What this manager did was to aggravate the situation instead of improving it, that's how bad politicians are.

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2 years ago

That's right. As what you have said before, those in power will help those who are in power as well. The weak and the poor are neglected.

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2 years ago

First of all I thought you're cursing words lol. But yeah you're right. I actually don't care about my sorrounding today. I didn't watch the news nor read what's happening I just care about myself because I am already contented and happy. But despite all that I should stay vigilant and be aware of what's nees

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2 years ago

I didn't realize that until I saw comments about it :D

That's right. We should be more aware of what's happening in our locality at least.

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2 years ago

That happens here too, people for convenience often don't worry about the news or what happens around them. And there are always those who are willing to abuse power, and that affects us whether we care or not.

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2 years ago

We shouldn't wait until it happens to us or to our loved ones. We have to do something before it does.

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2 years ago

People with power always do the same thing, they manipulate social networks. Also in my country these stories that you tell are happening and many are not interested at all because they have nothing to do with it.

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2 years ago

It's something when we know about it but it's a lot different when it happens to us.

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2 years ago

Kala ko kung ano na yung ng inayan hihi now i know :) .. Ako bilang isang mamamayan aware ako sa aming lugar kung ano na nangyayari kasi mas maigi nang may alam kesa sa walang alam .

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2 years ago

Tama yan. Dapat maging informed tayo :)

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2 years ago

Mahirap ng ma misinterpret yung "inayan" Hahaha Alam naman natin ang mga taong may kapangyarihan lang ang may alam sa bawat galaw san mang lugar hehe tayung mga walang alam lalo na aki, eh sabay sa agos nalang wla naman talaga tayu magagawa eh hays

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2 years ago

Oo din hehe.

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2 years ago

Well I think this happens everywhere it not new at all

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2 years ago

True. Abuse happens everywhere but we should not be mum about it.

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2 years ago

Greed corruption and nepotism are still rife everywhere kuya.

This "He was a former employee who hit someone with his fist and tried to escape only to fall and injured himself" made me laugh though!

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2 years ago

Really, he was a big joke!

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2 years ago

Akala ko mura. Hahaha. I am not familiar with that word at all. At least now we know.

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2 years ago

Ahaha! Ngayon ko lang narealize :D

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2 years ago

Crazy me, I thought you're saying a bad word the moment I saw "Inayan". Sorry po hihi

Anyway, I agree with you Kuya that even we're not included nor affected, we have to be aware of it and warn people. One mistake can ruin everything.

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2 years ago

Hehe di ko agad narealize un na mejo masama pala pag sa Tagalog :D

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2 years ago

Okay lang Kuya hehe

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2 years ago

Ako rin eh. Hahaha.

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2 years ago

It signifies that we must be careful of our mistakes because one mistake would carry a big consequence.

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2 years ago

I couldn't agree more :)

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2 years ago

These political issues are always in picture in all places globally. Here also we have. Good to learn another new word Inayan.

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2 years ago

I agree and that's just sad. For as long as there is greed, there can never be peace.

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2 years ago