Archive for September, 2005

Pinoy ako buo aking loob may agimat ang dugo ko…

September 12th, 2005 2 comments

Tatlong Pinoy, Tatlong laban, Tatlong Bagsak!!!

Sa muli ipinakita ng Pinoy sa buong mundo ang husay at galing nito sa boksing ng pabagsakin nila Manny Pacquiao, Brian Viloria at Rey Bautista ang kanilang mga kalaban kahapon sa STAPLES Center sa Los Angeles.

Manny Pacquiao stopped Hector Velasquez by TKO in the 6th round.

Fil-Am Brian Viloria (right) scored a first round knockout over Eric Ortiz to win the WBC Light Flyweight championship.

Rey Bautista (right) knocked out Felix Flores in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout.

Mabuhay kayo Manny Pacquiao! Brian Viloria! at Rey Bautista! Binigyan ninyo nang pag-asa at karangalan ang ating bayan.

Sana ang susunod na laban, laban sa mga TRAPONG ganid at gahaman…at dapat first round pa lang knockout agad ang mga lintek na pulitiko!


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It’s Football Season Once Again!

September 12th, 2005 3 comments

It’s UEFA Champions League Season once again. The UEFA Champions League 2005-2006 season Group Stage competition will kick-off on Wednesday, September 13,2005.

There are 32-teams in the group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each pool advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each pool enter the UEFA Cup Round of 32. The 2005/06 UEFA Champions League final will be played at the Stade de France in Paris as the competition returns to its roots in its 50th anniversary year.

My teams for this Champions League season are Real Madrid and Barcelona. This season will be the debut of a strong Brazilian reinforced line up of the Los Galacticos. Real’s new recruits, Robinho and Julio Cesar Baptista will add glitter to the starry team up of Ronaldo, Raul, Zidane and Beckham. And of course there’s also Barcelona, also led by Brazilian stars, Ronaldinho and Deco, which remains a favorite in the Champions League.

Too much excitement is promised by this footballing season. The UEFA Champions League season serves as a curtain raiser to the most awaited event of the footballing world – the FIFA World Cup which will kick-off on June 2006 in Germany. Immediately after the UEFA Champions League finals in May 2006, FIFA World Cup begins.

UEFA Champions League matches are shown in live telecast at ESPN and Star Sports Channels. In the midst of an ongoing political imbroglio our country is facing today, this footballing season will be a perfect respite.

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Not once but twice

September 10th, 2005 2 comments

My alma mater, the Mindanao State University (MSU) has never been free from political manipulation and control by those who hold power. Its mandate as an academic institution is always compromised by accomodations of vested political interests.

The term of office of the incumbent MSU President ends this month. Months ago, a search committee composed of academicians had been established to screen and process the selection of the next MSU President. Unfortunately, none of those shortlisted by the search committee, all highly qualified for the position, all competent academicians and alumni of MSU, fit Malacanang’s preference.

Instead, Malacanang has appointed Gen. Ricardo de Leon, recently retired Deputy Director General of the Philippine National Police, as MSU OIC President. Malacanang said that De Leon’s appointment is “temporary” and is intended only to cleanse MSU of alleged corruption and pave the transition for the next MSU President. When this temporary status will end only Malacanang knows.

There are no other educational institutions in our country where Generals have been appointed to the position of President. Malacanang has done this to MSU not only once but twice. Immediately after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, Malacanang appointed a General as MSU’s OIC President. Now, another General will take the helm of Mindanao’s premiere academic institution.

Malacanang has a weird way of carrying out a transition to MSU’s presidency. Until they find an able stooge, they pass the leadership of this academic institution to military officials. One can never find a classic example of militarizing an academic institution than this perverted practice.

Even if one has to believe in the rationale of cleansing corruption in the MSU system, appointing a General does not fit the equation. It is simply ridiculous, unless the university charter is changed and MSU is transformed into a new military academy. Cleansing corruption in an educational institution can be done by any qualified, competent academician. Why give the task of ridding corruption to someone coming from an institution which is itself riddled with graft and corruption?

Political appointments to key positions in the bureaucracy is Government’s prerogative. Everyone knows that this practice is meant to maintain control and perpetuate patronage politics and not for any other reason. Extending such practice to institutions of learning not only strengthens corruption in the system but corrupts the minds of the youth in whom we place our country’s future.

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Push your buttons

September 8th, 2005 Comments off

The present Political crisis besetting our country brings out the brightest and the dumbest comments you can get from people. I agree that everybody has the right to express his or her opinion, but getting opinions that are few bricks shy of a load can really flip my lid.

One already gets a daily dose of stupid opinions from TV and the newspapers. But take a stroll round bloggosphere and you get an additional dose of such stupidity.

I can’t help getting upset when I read posts or comments like:

“dapat itigil na ang mga rali nakaka-istorbo lang sa traffic”
“Huwag nang mag-people power gulo lang yan at nagsasayang lang ng panahon”
“let’s move on with our lives”
“kami dapat ang mas may karapatan dahil nagbabayad kami ng tax hindi yang mga maiingay na nagrarali na wala namang mga trabaho’t hindi nagbabayad ng tax”
“hindi na tayo umaasenso rali pa ng rali”

To hear comments like these coming from Mike Defensor, Toting Bunye, Chavit Singson, Raul Gonzales, The Prospero’s Pichay and Nograles, Joe de Venecia, FVR and the rest of the GMA cabal, is at least tolerable because it’s their job. They’re being paid for their natural talents of being stupid to defend their Queen. Or from businessmen who doesn’t really care if the President is a SOB or the bitch herself, as long as the President is their SOB, or their bitch.

But it’s sickening to hear such comments from average individuals who consider themselves “educated”. From stuck-ups who suddenly loves GMA because he got caught in a traffic at EDSA caused by an anti-GMA rally. As if traffic is not a daily calamity in Metro Manila. From people who suddenly felt they’re above the rest simply because they pay taxes. As if they’ll pay taxes voluntarily if it’s not automatically deducted from their salaries. Besides, don’t they realize that even if one doesn’t pay his individual tax, like everyone else, one is still taxed by the Government in many other ways? From people who think that the reason for all these mess are the rallies and not GMA. As if it was not through a Peoples Power that GMA was able to grab the Presidency. As if it was not due to Peoples Power that we enjoy our freedom today.

I don’t know if this is just a display of utter hypocrisy or naivete. Perhaps it’s just plain and simple stupidity. In our country you can get elected to anything, as long as you get all the fools on your side. That’s why we dont run short of stupid politicians because there are more fools in our country than there are people.

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New Species found in the Philippines

September 7th, 2005 5 comments

“As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.” – William James (1842–1910)

Scientific name: homo crocodylus
Scientific name: homo boa constrictor imperator

Their various local/common names are:

Abalos, Abante, Abayon, Ablan, Abubakar, Albano, Alfelor, Almario, Alvarez (Antonio), Alvarez (Genaro), Amante, Amatong, Amin, Andaya, Antonino, Apostol, Aquino (Rey), Arbison, Arroyo (Iggy), Badelles, Banaag, Barinaga, Baterina, Bersamin, Bondoc, Bravo, Bueser, Bulut, Cabilao, Cagas, Cajes, Cari, Carlos, Carmona, Castelo-Daza, Castro, Celeste, Cerilles, Chatto, Chavez, Chungalao, Clarete, Codilla, Cua (Guillermo), Cua (Junie), Cuenco, Dadivas, Dangwa, Datumanong, De Guzman, de Venecia, Defensor (Arthur), Defensor (Matias), del Mar, Diaz, Dimaporo, Dominguez, Domogan, Duavit, Dumarpa, Dumpit, Durano, Dy (Consuelo), Dy (Faustino), Ecleo, Ermita-Buhain, Espina, Espino, Espinosa (Edgar), Espinosa (Emilio), Estrella, Falcon, Figueroa, Firmalo, Floirendo, Fua, Garcia (Albert), Garcia (Vincent), Gidaya, Gonzalez, Gozos, Gullas, Hizon, Ipong, Jala, Jalosjos-Carreon (Cecilia), Jalosjos (Cesar), Jaraula, Javier, Joaquin, Joson, Kintanar, Lacson, Lagbas, Lagman, Lapus, Libanan, Macarambon, Madamba, Magsaysay (Eulogio), Magsaysay (Ma. Milagros), Malanyaon, Mangudadatu, Marañon, Mercado, Miranda, Mitra, Nantes, Nepomuceno, Nicolas, Nieva, Nograles, Olaño, Ortega, Pablo, Pichay, Puentevella, Puno, Ramiro, Real, Remulla (Jesus Crispin), Rodriguez, Roces, Romualdo, Roquero, Salapuddin, Salceda, Sandoval, Seachon-Lanete, Silverio, Singson, Solis, Soon-Ruiz, Suarez, Sumulong, Susano, Sy-Alvarado, Syjuco, Taliño-Santos, Teodoro, Teves, Tomawis, Tulagan, Unico, Umali (Aurelio), Uy (Edwin), Valdez, Valencia, Vargas, Velarde, Veloso, Villafuerte, Villarosa, Violago, Wacnang, Zamora (Manuel), Zalcita, and Zubiri.

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The Lowest House

September 7th, 2005 1 comment

Malacanang hailed the outcome of the Congress plenary as a demonstration of our political maturity. Indeed, our “honorable” Congressmen and women has shown us how they matured from being crooks into human crocodiles and boa constrictors. Congress showed us how it can smother truth by twisting law and manipulating numbers. How it can preserve the will and power of a tyrant not by pieces but wholesale. How it can justify a lie and make crime an exemplary deed for good governance. For Malacanang it is a sign of political maturity when lies become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

We saw how GMA allies one after the other recited their mantra, ad nauseam: rule of law, majority rule, flimsy arguments about conspiracy to oust GMA, putting an end to division, political bickering and moving on to economic recovery. And they casted their votes, 158 of them junking the impeachment complaints against GMA. All 158 of them never saw any reason why GMA should be impeached. All 158 of them believed GMA never cheated. All 158 of them believed that by absolving GMA unity will be achieved and the political and economic crisis of our country will be solved. Instead of giving GMA her day in an impeachment court, these “honorable” men and women opted to immediately absolve her by scrapping the impeachment complaints on grounds of technical insufficiency.

They have presented flamboyant legalese, exercising elocutions by abusing latin maxims and inventing even new words like “dinkyfied” and introducing alien concepts like “prejudicial questions”. But not one among the 158 “honorable” men and women has the faculty of understanding things by using common sense. You have a President admitting a lapse in judgment, an act that most likely can result to a criminal offense. You have Garcillano fleeing and hiding, an act that can only be interpreted simply as running away from guilt. You have the tape that says it all, even if it is not, by law, acceptable as evidence in court. But this is not a matter of legal procedures, it is a political question anchored upon moral grounds. How can they not see these? Their common sense must have went ahead of them to a vacation abroad courtesy of Malacanang.

Congress has finally interred the impeachment case against GMA. Together with it they have buried truth and all that is left of my faith in our system and its institutions. What can we expect from the government now? The very body that is tasked to make laws are the ones twisting the law to hide the truth and deny justice. According to Gloria Steinem, “Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren’t, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.” This might just be what’s going to happen next.

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Stand and Deliver

September 4th, 2005 1 comment

Here’s the Unity Statement of the Bukluran para sa Katotohanan forwarded to me by fellow blogger MLQIII. I’m posting it here to manifest my agreement and solidarity.I enjoin my countrymen who can read this to do the same.

Starting Monday, September 5, 2005 when Congress deliberates the impeachment of GMA till GMA steps down, let us unite, stand and struggle for truth.

Your stand can make a difference.

“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Men to Do Nothing” –Edmund Burke

Statement of Unity
Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan

We come from all walks of life, from different political, cultural, and economic persuasions, different points of view. But in diversity, we find a cause for unity. That cause for unity is our common objective to secure the truth.

We all seek the truth. We want the truth to come out. And yet every means for seeking the truth has been frustrated; every avenue for arriving at the truth has been blocked; and every opportunity to find the truth is being closed.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s response to our call for the truth has been to suppress evidence, hide her accomplices, engage in a grand cover-up, sow fear, foment distrust and use every instrument at her disposal to encourage division among our people.

We will not be divided in these critical times.

We say with one voice, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must go. For the good of the country, she must go. For the sake of our nation’s future, she must go. For the preservation of hope as a motive force in our national life, she must go.

We are united by the belief that this crisis must be resolved in a manner that is peaceful and democratic. Without the truth, there cannot be peace; without the truth, there is no genuine democracy. The truth must set our nation free.

Unite for the truth. Demand the truth. Defend the truth.

Kami ay ang Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan.

AKBAYAN Citizen’s Action Party,Ateneo Concerned Faculty and Youth,Bangon Pilipinas, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Be Not Afraid, Black & White Movement, Citizens for TRUTH (Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Trust, Hope), Citizens for Truth, Resignation, Impeachment, or Ouster (C4T), Coalition for National Solidarity,Counsels for the Defense of Civil Liberties (CODAL), De La Salle, FPJP Movement, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Interfaith Movement for Truth, Justice and Genuine Change (IFM), Kilusan ng Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME), Laban ng Masa, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Peoples Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy (PAG-ASA), Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Reporma, Union of Muslims for Morality and Truth (UMMAT), United Opposition (UNO), Unity for Truth and Justice, UP AWARE, UP Diliman Student Council (UPD USC), White Ribbon Movement, Women March, Youth DARE

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