Independence Day came with a memo directing us to attend the usual ceremonies. As these things go, the memo had the unspoken "or else" masked by the usual bureaucratic jargon and went on to prescribe the attire for the activity.
Permanent employees are supposed to come in in their Monday uniforms while those on job-order status had to be in "casual" attire.
Naturally this raised quite a stir on those whose contracts hinge on things other than performance. Some quibbled, some fretted, some made plans to raid the ukay-ukay stalls. Exasperated at having to deal with gripes in varying tones and degrees, someone stood up and proclaimed the (not quite as dreaded) bottomline: you have no choice.
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