Archive for February, 2006

Picture Perfect

February 28th, 2006 3 comments


Call it coincidence, but this photo taken by Reuters, strikingly captured a scene that conveys a subliminal message on the essence of GMA’s state of emergency. Police (or soldiers) walk past a billboard of the movie Close To You, as they position themselves close to some TV stations. The Police said they’re there to guard these vital installations.

Just recently the Police raided and virtually closed down the Daily Tribune simply because it doesn’t love GMA. The Police also just gave a warning that they will close down or take over radio and tv stations and newspaper publishing houses who do not follow a set of standards provided by, well the Police. The Police are now busy closing in to arrest suspected destabilizers, coup plotters, or just anybody they imagined to be not a member of the GMA fans club. Funny thing is that the Police are now moving quick to arrest all, imagined or real, enemies of GMA but they can’t arrest Joc-Joc Bolante. Or, say, can they arrest Cory Aquino, Col. Ariel Querubin, Cong. Peping Cojouangco, Boy Saycon, Bill Luz, Jejomar Binay, all members of the minority bloc in Congress or members of the opposition in the Senate, etc? That remains to be seen.

Back to the Photo, yes, it is a clear picture of what Proclamation 1017 is all about. It puts the entire military and the police, “Close to You”, to arrest you or close down your business, if you do not love GMA.

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The Same Banana

February 26th, 2006 Comments off

monkey_with_banana.jpgProclamation 1081 and Proclamation 1017 are almost identical that even the Chief of Staff of the AFP fumbled on it not once but twice.

Gen. Generoso Senga declared in a dzMM radio interview, “This morning, I issued a guidance to all commanders down the line so they would know the guidance in the implementation of Proclamation 1081, as well as general orders we received from our commander in chief.” Earlier, asked about the implementing guidelines he issued during a command conference earlier, Senga referred to “Proclamation 1081” as he enumerated the guidelines.

Senga or any enforcer of Proclamation 1017 might from time to time commit the same mistake, but they can just correct the slip by simply shifting to the correct numbers. But perhaps Senga is not mistaken afterall because he knows that, to use a military parlance, “it’s the same banana”.

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February 25th, 2006 7 comments

Now, the nightmare begins.

1. Professor Randy David, a sociology professor at UP Diliman, together with Ronald Llamas, President of Akbayan Partylist and lawyer, Atty. Argie Guevarra were arrested by plainclothes policemen in a rally commemorating the EDSA revolution 20th anniversary that was violently dispersed by the Police yesterday. The three were released by court porsecutors due to lack of evidence on the charges of sedition filed against them.

2. Former Senator Gringo Honasan together with other individuals mostly RAM members were charged before court for complicity in the failed Coup de etat (read: the Oakwood Mutiny). Gringo et al were charged of a crime that happened three years ago. His house was raided by police yesterday. Gringo is now nowhere to be found.

3. The office of Tribune, a known opposition newspaper, was raided by the PNP and its properties confiscated.

4. Congressman Crispin Beltran of the militant Anakpawis Partylist has just been arrested by the PNP in Bulacan.He is charged with a sedition case filed against him in 1985, a period when everyone else who is fighting the Marcos dictatorship were labeled rebels.Congressman Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna Partylist eludes arrest.

5. Police arrested today retired General Ramon Montaño while he was playing Golf in Cavite.

Who’s next? The count continues…

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Spot the Difference

February 25th, 2006 3 comments

Try to read this,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, XXX , President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested upon me by Article _, Section _, Paragraph _ of the Constitution, …, in my capacity as their commander-in-chief, do hereby command the armed forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well as any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to all the laws and decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my direction

and this,

NOW, THEREFORE, I XXX , President of the Republic of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested upon me by Section _, Article _ of the Philippine Constitution … in my capacity as their Commander-in-Chief, do hereby command the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to all the laws and to all decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my direction

Now, which is Proclamation 1081 (Proclaiming the State of Martial Law in the Philippines) and which is Proclamation 1017 (Proclamation Declaring the Philippines under a State of National Emergency)?

Where lies the difference?

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The Lost Galacticos

February 22nd, 2006 2 comments

I am a true blue Madrista right from the start, but after having witnessed this season’s Real Madrid’s miserable performance, I now have doubts about my chosen side. Last night’s match between Real Madrid and Arsenal showed me how the once great Los Galacticos had already become the Lost Galacticos.

RealvsArsenal_framed.jpgReal Madrid was beaten by Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, humiliated right in their very own Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The man of the match, Arsenal’s Thierry Henry registered the only goal with less than two minutes played of the second half, leaving three Madrid defenders trailing in his wake before firing low past Iker Casillas.

Besides their goalkeeper Iker Casillas who was made busy doing his job, the only person that has shown hyperactive performance during the match was RMadrid’s new coach Juan Ramón López Caro who kept on springing out from their bench and into the pitch’s sidelines. The rest of team displayed a shameful performance. Robinho performed like he’s still in the under 19 league by playing an ineffective and frustrating football. A lot of Becks pinpoint cross fell into empty space with no one on the receiving end while he himself also wasted Real’s best two chances in the first half. Ronaldo played like an empty uniform while his compatriot Roberto Carlos looked like he was just running back and forth in a 100 meter relay competition. While Zidane, well he’s already old. And as what is slowly becoming a pathetic trademark, RMadrid’s defense looked like a sentry guarded by boy scouts against an onslaught of a marauding army.

Ah well, RMadrid’s performance bored me to sleep during the closing minutes of the match. Unless they make up on their rematch during the second leg of round 16, it’s going to be Adios Lost Galacticos for me.

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Rocking the Palace

February 20th, 2006 Comments off

An explosion rocked Malacanan Palace at noon today.The PSG immediately downplayed it by saying that the explosion didn’t come from any explosive material. Only minutes after the explosion the PSG had already theorized that the explosion might have been triggered by a lighted cigarette thrown into the garbage box that has some chemicals compacted inside it. This theory was affirmed later on by Mike Defensor after an emergency meeting with the Presidential Staff saying it was a lacquer thinner that caused the explosion. Earlier on Mike Defensor blamed destabilizers planning to oust GMA as perpetrators of the bomb explosion.

The group Young Officers Union New Generation (YOUNG) and the Reformist AFP (RAFP) issued a press statement claiming responsibity for the Malacanan bombing. The group said that it is the start of a series of explosive protest they are going to launch till GMA steps down. As expected, Malacanan downplayed the group and their bomb threats.

Usually it is not so reassuring when government starts to downplay threats. On the contrary, it gives us more reason to speculate that something must indeed be brewing. We might be facing quite an interesting EDSA week ahead of us.

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Belated Bday bash

February 20th, 2006 Comments off

We decided to give Maia a belated birthday bash yesterday in our house. It was a simple kiddie party with balloons, party hats, loot bags and of course her bday cake all adorned with images of her favorite Dora the Explorer. Maia was ecstatic and obviously enjoyed her party attended by her friends from our subdivision, her cousin Hope, her ninang Machu’s kids and the rest of my clan.

It was her first party yet Maia played the perfect hostess by hopping from one table to another as if to entertain her visitors individually or just checking on them to see if they’re being taken care of.

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