It breaks my heart whenever I hear about how politicians and their families are living so extravagantly when they can’t even automate or at least digitize BIR’s RDO transfer procedure.

One day late last month, I traveled a total of four hours to process an RDO transfer, which took under ten minutes to complete–from queuing to signing, and lots of forceful rubber stamping in between.

I remember that because I just noticed an error with my date of birth on my Pag-Ibig MDF that wasn’t there before. I also don’t understand why they still don’t have my legal husband’s name listed as my spouse, although 1) I already requested to add that information before, complete with marriage certificate; 2) I am already marked Married; and 3) he’s already listed as a beneficiary, labeled husband.

I mean sure, we’ve been estranged for over two years and anything with his name in it would only sound good to me if “Obituary” were in it too, but we’re still legally married. I’d hate to have such an oversight taken against me and I wouldn’t want that to cause problems with loans, claims, or anything else I have to process with Pag-Ibig in the future.

I’ve tried changing the information online but it instructed me to process the corrections and present the relevant documents at a Pag-Ibig office. They reassured me, though, that I didn’t need to worry because I could just have an authorized representative do it for me. Great! The only thing I hate more than processing anything government-related myself is asking someone else to do it for me.

Take note, I don’t hate having someone else do it. I hate asking someone else to do it for me. Dyahe. Unless I had an assistant and my conscience were willing to negotiate.

That’s why the glorified robbers in public office have so many assistants. If you think about it, the assistants are investments. The politician steals and allots some of the booty to hiring and maintaining assistants. That way, he remains blind to the effects of his illegal activities and is able to keep stealing!

Boy, are these people smart.