Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Does IBP speak with one voice?

I am surprised that today the IBP presented 2 full page ads presenting its position. Actually the first is the current official organization, through its Board of Governors, and the second is a group of former IBP National Presidents. Lets first present the first group position which can be read in a fullpage advertisement in the December 28, Phil Daily Inquirer A6.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines claimed that

1. the complainants (majority of the members of the Lower House of Representatives),signed the 57 -page complaint without reading and appreciating its ocntents and supporting documents, thereby violating the Constitution itself.
2. In instantly signing and elevating the complaint for Senate trial withou reading its contents and subjecting it to any discussion, the complainants violated due process and their own dutiy to make a determination of its sufficieny in form and substance and the existence of probable cause.
The IBP claimed that preliminary determination cannot be satisfied without actual reading and appreciation, if not discussion, of the complaint and supporting documents.
3. The impeachment complaint also failed to comply with the prescribed process in verifying its due execution. The complaint does not bear the certificate of acknowledgment by the House Sec-Gen as proof of his faithful compliance with the verification process.

The IBP claims that there are far more telling and serious defects in the substance of the impeachment complaint.
  1. The grounds invoked in the impeachment complaint subvert the constitutional guarantees of separation of powers and judicial independence, the first principles of the Rule of Law.
  2. The impeachment complaint also trifles with and violates the constitutional guarantee of protection of the law and due process, the first principles in our Bill of Rights.
In summary, for the guidance of the public , the IBP, through its Board of Governors, stands firm on its position that the impeachment omplaint run afoul witht eh Constitution in form and substance. The second group, still allied with the IBP, presented a manifesto, which they published in the Phil. Daily Inquirer, in page B2 of the same newspaper issue of December 28, 2011. In this manifesto, a group former IBP national presidents expressed their collective sense that the forthcoming impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona will be healthy for democracy! Here are some points from the manifesto:
  1. Not one in public service is a sacred cow.
  2. 2. We should recognize the primacy of the rule of law and respect the doctrine of separation of powers. This does not mean nor require that the Chief Justice be immune from criticism or impeachment.
  3. As Chief Justice, C Corona should be the first to strengthen te Supreme Court as an institution. The CJ abandons judicial statesmanship and independence when by official actions, he shows marked subservience to the person who appointed him Chief Justice. The SC will be a credible court of last resot only if it is a court of moral force.
  4. The President, as leader and father of the nation may and should speak in the strongest terms possible whenever the decisions of the Court of the actual official actuations of the Chief Justice no longer serve the best interest of the nation. After all, the welfare of the people is the highest law.
    Neither the House of Representatives be faulted. By impeaching Chief Justice Corona, it exercised its constitutional prerogative to initiate impeachment and and place the country on notice that the elected representative of the people are holding the Chief Justice accountable for his actions as specified in the Articles of Impeachment even as the poer to determine guild or innocence devloves upont the Senate.

The manifesto ends with the hope that

Let us come out of this experience as a stronger and better nation.

The manifesto was signed by the previous five national presidents of the IBP:

Raoul R. Agangco (1995-1997), Jose Aguil Grapilon (1997-1999), Arthur D. Lim (1999-2001), Teofilo Pilando (2001-2003), and Jose Anselmo I. Cadiz (2003-2006). The name of the current IBP national president Roan I. Libarios does not appear in the manifesto.

Based on my readings of these seemingly contradictory positions under the auspices of the IBP, the first advertisement delved too much on technicalities, which the Supreme Court in their rulings can either cite or ignore! . We are partial to the contents of the manifesto of former national presidents of the IBP.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Is Corona a politician or jurist? the unsigned 79 page reply.

We are wondering what to make of the 79 page reply to the Lower House of Congress charge of impeachement. Here are my first impressions: GMA swearing-in his formeer chief of staff and executive secretary.

The Honorable SC Chief Justice Corona, who has shown so much energy to protect His former patron, GMA or the President of the Republic of the Philippines, and to offer breathtaking legalized condonement of graft and corruption of former officials of the last administration for the lame reason of Executive Privilege!.

But the CJ is fighting back, firstly by hurling accusations back to the current President P-Noy, claiming that everything about the impeachment case was planned by the President, forgetting his own past actions of partiality to GMA. Of course He denied all charges in the impeachment complaint and moved for the impeachement trial to be dropped or dismissed.

The Chief Justice mistake was that people would be quiet about how the Supreme Court works, but He will get the shock of his life.

This only shows that the honorable Chief Justice is a studious politician in disguise and deserves to step down. Do it now, CJ Corona, do it for the good of the country, do it now as that other neer do well Ombudsman Gutierrez who has seen the evils of her ways!

We would like to have a copy of the Honorable Chief Justice Corona 79 page reply!

And what is unusual and shows how unprofessional the Honorable Chief Justice is, the reply does not look official at all. For He did not affix his signature! What does this mean? It can be declared defective!

to be continued,... your comments are welcome!

More reading:
GMAnetwork: Look who is talking

For the contents of the (75+ pages) reply , click on Jun Pasaylo: Corona answer to impeachment complaints.

House: CJ reply weak!

Corona asks Senate to dismiss impeachment complaint

Monday, December 19, 2011

Will Sec. Robredo teach the LGU executives how Bicol region prepares for Weather disturbances?

In the news Mayor: CDO not warned about Sendong

Most typhoons from the warm pacific land first in the Bicol region. Yet we seldom hear of great loss of lives from this region when typhoons pass over. Maybe the high frequency of typhoons have made them well prepared and aware of the destruction.

The government executives of the Bicol region do not rely on the official weather pronouncements of the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.! Instead they rely on the accessible Internet to obtain the most recent weather data. This is not a damnation of the PAGASA which does not enjoy the required support from the governement, but the local governmetn executives are just being practical!

Secretary Robredo should have his department hold educational seminars for LGU executives for he was once a mayor of a Bicol city.

Another region which do not depend much on the PAGASA is the Batanes region. Their houses with thick walls and small windows and climate awareness have virtually made the region virtually TYPHOON PROOF!

Our main blog has an automatically generated weather page: Please visit Weather Page. It includes satellite views of the Western Pacific, in the visible and IR region, typhoon warnings, predicted weather disturbance tracks and isobaric maps from the JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Center); Hongkong Observatory, HKO; Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and various National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let us learn from tropical storm Sendong!

I openly suggest to Pres. Aquino to authorize a study be made with recommendations to prevent future tragedies as what happened to Cagayan de Oro city.

The report, to be under the auspices of DOST and relevant public offices, shall be made public one month after the study authorization is announced. It should include the tracking of the storm, the state of preparedness of cities and specific suggestions on the prevention or amelioration of the damaging effects of a storm like Sendong.

An update, an FB friend EJ commented:

The tragedy of Sendong and all the other storms, minor or major ones that hit the country are beyond our control but the effects and impacts of these storms could have been prevented if only, we as a nation have stricter implementation of our environmental laws. Our laws on mining and quarrying most especially needs review and this is a challenge for the presidency of PNoy.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Senator Miriam Defensor's views on the incoming impeachment trial.

All statements are from
published on December 13, 2011.

We just reformat with some headings to make it more "palatable" and to summarize the intended points.

  1. The House move to transmit the impeachment case to the Senate was proper, despite the speed of how it was done. We have an impeachment case!

    Each House is the master of its own rules and procedures. The House or Representatives is not under the Senate. The House has to devise its own rules. This is consonant with the rulings of the Supreme Court. As long as those pre-arranged rules of procedures are followed — just because some people think it was done in too much of a hurry — it will not necessarily affect the validity of their proceedings. Apparently, these rules were followed, and so the transmittal to the Senate is proper.

  2. The Senate is prepared for the impeachment trial, re the Ombodsman case

    In the case of the Senate, I believe we are already prepared for the impeachment trial because we have hit the books already, a few months ago when there was a proposal to conduct an impeachment trial against former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. So we already had our caucuses and closed-door sessions to talk about the procedures to be followed. Once these procedures are agreed upon, they will bind all the members of the Senate. I have only two concerns.
  3. Difficult to separate politics from the impeachment trial
    The first concern is this: I don’t really know how we can keep a proceeding in both natures: the nature of a political proceeding, and the nature of a criminal proceeding. It is very difficult to decide on legal bases a political question. Inevitably, every senator will have his own political biases, and it will take a very high degree of strength of character to rise above the personal political biases and adhere instead to the rules approximating the Rules of Court, which we already have. So that is for every senator to decide on his own conscience.

  4. On the lack of trial experience for senators who are not lawyers
  5. My second concern is this: many of the members of the Senate are not lawyers, or if they are lawyers they have not had any trial experience and had no professional experience with the Rules of Court. So basically, many of them will be depending on their legal consultants.
  6. Texting or consulting constituents during the impeachment trial look improper, it should be banned.

    My fear is, if these senators do not study in depth the legal problems involved, or just find it too incomprehensible, it will be their legal assistants who will, in effect, decide the case. There is nothing we can do about it, but I hope that, at least during the caucuses, we will adopt a rule that will prohibit the senators from receiving text messages or other types of messages during the trial. You don’t want to see a trial judge in any regular trial court in the country consulting his text messenger or any device to see what is the advice of his consultant. I noticed in the last impeachment proceedings that this was done by certain senators. I thought that it was very unseemly that they should receive guidelines from their consultants even on questions to propose to the witnesses or the litigants involved. So, I hope that does not happen.

    Those are my two concerns: 1) how to keep objective and even-handed in a considerably not strictly judicial and not strictly political but quasi-judicial and quasi-political at the same time; and 2) the non-lawyers or non-practicing lawyers might repose too much confidence in their own legal consultants. Otherwise, I think the Senate is already prepared. Chief Justice Corona will start just like any litigant with a presumption of innocence and — as in any criminal case — the burden of proof is in the prosecution, meaning to say the House of Representatives acting as the prosecution or the fiscal. One other concern of mine in the impeachment trial, and possibly the most important of my concerns is this: we know that there are different levels of evidence or proof required to certain cases. In a civil case, for example, the level of proof is substantial evidence. In a criminal case, the level of proof required is proof beyond reasonable doubt. That is why it is very difficult to convict in a criminal case. Now what will be the level of proof in an impeachment trial? Will it be substantial evidence? Proof beyond reasonable doubt? Clear and convincing evidence? Satisfactory evidence? There are so many kinds of evidence involved. In other countries, sometimes the senators or whoever performs the role of judges cannot agree with just one level of proof and therefore would just throw it back to the senators or judges to decide on its own way what level of proof will be. One senator might apply the level of proof of substantial evidence and therefore convict or redeem on small evidence or insignificant amount of evidence. One senator may apply another standard — the standard of proof beyond reasonable doubt — and therefore acquit because it is very hard to prove. Remember that in a criminal case, even one or just one-half of a reasonable doubt is already sufficient to acquit them. So the chief justice standing trial will be limited to all the rights that are extended to other citizens in his place. What is your advice to the non-lawyers in the Senate? Oo, sana mag-aral naman. Sana naman intindihin kung ano ang proseso ng impeachment. Hindi iyong pakursunada: kursunada ko ito kaya i-acquit ko o I will vote the person guilty. Merong mga nuances diyan.

  7. There are many technicalities involved!, The Rules of Court should be followed!

    There are so many technicalities involved in an impeachment case. For example in the opening of the second envelope, I was demonized because I voted against it pursuant to the Rules of Court. Noong buksan nila, wala naman palang laman na incriminating against the accused. So you see the strength of public opinion might sometimes be misled simply because of ignorance. I hope that this will not happen in this case.

President Noy should give immediate comfort by his presence in CDO.

President Noynoy should visit the flood ravaged city of Cagayan de Oro soonest and not after the Christmast December 25 day.

Head of states who are on state visits, usually go home soon after calamities or unusual disturbances affect their hone nations.

People warm up to a leader who shows genuine concern and affection to his constituents in their hour of deepest need. It is good that the secretary of national defense will visit today Sunday to oversee assistance operations.

President Noy should also issue a strong stand on illegal logging.

The national and local governments should offer FREE burials to the victims of this recent disaster.

The original news of Pres. Noy making a late visit to CDO generate a lot of negative backlash in the Facebooking World.

Friday, December 16, 2011

NANGGIGIGIL? or A clueless Chief Justice?

A clueless Chief Justice?

Chosen by some people as best quote in the speech of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:

"Hindi ko po maintindihan kung bakit NANGGIGIGIL ng husto sa akin ang mahal nating pangulo, magmula pa po sa kanyang pagkaluklok sa pwesto"

Oh really? After ruling the truth commission to be unconstitutional, our beloved honorable CJ does not get it! Now, the SC has virtually stopped the government in its tracks to prosecute grafters and corrupters in the GMA administration. In other words, it has legalized the massive graft and corruption in the GMA period.

As one wag says, Chief Injustice?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The President, SC, Legislature needs a crash course in Ethics!

This first appeared as my FB status!

The people who needs a crash course on Ethics, from time to time, badly are the President, Chief Justice and the Senators and Congressmen. This brouhaha should not have started if Madame GMA did not appoint a man RC who was

Chief of Staff
Executive Secretary

as her choice for Supreme Court Chief Justice. It is obvious that there is conflict of interest at the start unless you are so blind.

What is sad is that the Chief Justice built an image of the SC as a protection racket for the grafters and corrupters in the GMA administration in cahoots with the Ombudsman under MG, a very familiar person to the First Family.

Now the SC is under much closer scrutiny and should be more cicumspect and avoid senselessly charging with libel people who dare explore its hidden chambers.(Shadow of doubt: Probing the Supreme Court).

Merry Christmas everyone, lets party and lets us BEHAVE. Who needs a course in Ethics??! everyone.

Reflections ...

I asked a number of lawyers who frequent our courts, how they view the impeachment of the Chief Justice, and the result of my survey is hardly surprising. Four in one say they abhor the indecent haste in which the indictment to impeach the Chief Magistrate of the land was reached by the House of Representatives.

The President of the local Integrated Bar, has expressed his dismay saying it undermines the independence of the Judiciary, the last bastion of democracy.

In the welter of emotional voices speaking discordantly on this issue, lawyers take an entirely different tack. This is expected because like priests, they stick to the sacraments of legalism, which they alone have the exclusive privilege to speak, and to offer in the altar of justice, presided by the judges who are of their own kind. It is no wonder they are called Members of the Bar, for there is a bar that exclusively separates them from the layman. Lawyers intercede for the cause of their principals, like priests intercede for the faithful. The judge is the high priest who finally decides the conflicting claims following the rigid legalistic liturgies. It stands to reason that judges would suffer pain from the lash of unjust criticism, more so when made by one who is not a member of the bar. Of course criticizing judges is a favorite pastime of the lawyers, but at least they do it in private, (certainly not in front of the judge) akin to an acolyte gossiping about the bishop.

For a lawyer to be a Judge is a different thing. Whereas, as an advocate he could argue pound for pound, fight back, or be on the offensive, as a judge he must remain silent, cold, even passive and detached as demanded by well entrenched tradition and judicial propriety.

Judges are not supposed to defend their own decisions, in the bar of public opinion, and engage in editorializing their views. This makes them vulnerable. But judges are not beyond criticism, in the light of free speech. As I look at the past temperament of the High Court, there were instances when it has disciplined journalists, lawyers and litigants for their undignified, scathing commentaries and criticism viewed as an affront to the dignity of the court.

Somehow this extremely conservative tradition and punitive intolerance of the magistrates seemed to project the image that they are little gods with the power to strike down those who criticize their conduct or their decisions.

The point is, freedom of expression is not absolute and while the court or the magistrate is not beyond criticism, it expects a great modicum of courtesy and moderation.

This in a nutshell is the culture in our courts which need to be understood if one were to intelligently engage in the current public debate.

The Justice who got away.

I only knew, today, an honorable Justice of the Supreme Court involved in the plagiarism case, a case where the SC court embarassed itself by issuing a contempt of court to the U.P. Law faculty has actually a pending impeachment case in Congress.

According to the news, the Congress committee handling the case is running out of time and may be forced to drop the case.

Practical considerations may justify this development, but we also ask the Honorable Congressmen to expedite any work, not only in legislative work, but also in impeachment cases, which Congress must initiate as enshrined in the Constitution.

We need to know quickly the truth of the matter, a cloud of doubt is enveloping on the Justice concerned. A stigma has been attached, which can only be removed if the said Justice is declared innocent of this silly but serious crime of plagiarism.

We want our august members of the Supreme Court to be beyond reproach and as a first measure restore the credibility and honor of any Justice put under a cloud of impropriety.

We suggest that this be tackled after CJ Corona case.

Futher reading:

1. House abandons Justice case

2. GMANetwork: SC clears fellow Justice in plagiarism case

The Supreme Court has absolved a member of the bench who was accused of plagiarizing portions of a controversial ruling on World War II comfort women, explaining that the attributions of the allegedly plagiarized material were merely “accidentally deleted" by a court researcher! Who the court researcher was, was not divulged. We should have a notarized oath that such silly mistake was done.

The ponente of the above decision was not divulged.

3. Wikipedia entry It is amazing that Wikipedia is publishing an article about persons of importance in its pages. This should be a further incentive for politicians, judges and even the President to be circumspect on their performance. The future generations will have the resources to know what happened!

Who would not get mad with GMA and her brand of corruption and patronage politics?

GMA now has a neck brace and is confined at Veterans Hospital. Yet even in advanced coutnries such as the USA, being aged but on death row will not save one from the execution!

Some blogger did a list of the "crimes" of GMA and we are thankful we are freed from extra work. We spread the list so everyone who reads it seriously will somehow appreciate the scope and breadth of legalized corruption during the gma administration.

Future work: reformat the list so the ammount involved with the total is shown.

1. NBN ZTE Scandal
2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)
3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)
4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)
5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)
7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning
8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)
9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)
10. Extra Judicial Killings
11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
12. General Garcia and Other Military Men
13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)
14. Northrail Project($503 Million)
15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)
16. NAIA-3
17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)
18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare
Administration (OWWA).
24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
25 Bishop’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift
26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to
May this year.
30. 600, 000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore
Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged
the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.
31.Dato Arroyo wife bought the condo unit for $570, 000,
70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the
luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177
California St. in upscale downtown San Francisco.
31.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of two franchise bills
70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the
luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177
California St. in upscale downtown San Francisco.
31.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of two franchise bills
32.The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising
expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009,
which went mostly to ads for Arroyo’s achievements.
33.The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and
Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million,
even though only P222.488 million was appropriated for it under the
national budget.
34.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies
35.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial
killings of militants
36.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino
37.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig
38.- Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.
39.- Midnight appointment of an Arroyo, RENATO CORONA, as SC Chief Justice
- 200+ other illegal midnight appointments


I am thankful to the friends of AH for posting the list in Facebook.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If it is not Midas Marquez who ordered a judicial holiday, who did it then? The world wonders!

All is not well with out judicial branch, one of the three co-equal branches of government.

We all knew that court employees trooped to the Supreme Court in defence of and display of sympathy to the Honorable Chief Justice Renato Corona. Someone in the SC has issued some texts hinting of a court holiday (be in the office but do no work) and strangely no one is going forward to admit that such an order was given out (no one did it realy!).

The SC spokesman Midas Marquez denied on television that he issued a court holiday, but he cannot deny that he has sent text messages to higher local court officials. YOu cant charge him with perjury as he was telling the TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

So it is possible that in the confusion of the interpretation of the text messages, people of the courts system simply took the rest of the day off, not only to show solidarity for the embattled CJ but also took an opportunity as one can say to visit the malls.

The world should not wonder! Only and only in the Philippines. Who cares who ordered a judicial holiday?? :)

The practical effects of the Supreme Court decisions under the honorable Chief Justice Corona

  1. Their moral right to cite anyone in contempt of the SC has diminished. I am reminded of the U.P. Law School faculty case.

  2. People like bloggers are having a field day questioning the morals and ethics of the SC (esp. CJ Corona). In my blog I will stick to the non-personal aspects which unfortunately is almost impossible to do. Just the fact that his Honor was a former Chief of Staff. Ethics has gone out of the window.

  3. No laws can be broken but still the spirit of the law, Justice, has been violated.

  4. We have the spectacle of the CJ charging Aquino of creating a dictatorship. This is a weak and a personal response, something our CJ would realize by now.

  5. By associating the attack on the CJ as an attack of the whole Supreme Court, the CJ himself is the one sending a chilling effect and fear on the judiciary. The latter should not be afraid.

  6. Damage has been done to the noble institution of the Supreme court. It is now pictured as having legalized the massive graft and corruption of the previous GMA administration.

  7. The eggregious reasoning of "executive privilege" smacks of condonation of massibe graft and corruption and obstruction of truth and justice in the case of Neri.

  8. The damn controversy has ruined the festive Christmas season. we can blame Pres. Noy for starting this, and CJ Justice for providing the reason!

  9. This has awakened a lot of people to be more vocal and enter into debates which the latter(who hates entertainment?) delve low into personal attacks, arrrogance and worse even threats of physical injury or murder.

  10. Their flipflopping of supposedly "final" decisions has diminished the image of the sC as the last stop of judicial process and has the unpleasant effect of projecting an image that they can be "bought".

We will expound on these later but meanwhile let's enjoy the Christmas season, food! friends! and of course remember the mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ.

President Benigno S. Aquino's accusing public speech against the Chief Justice

We have presented Chief Justice Corona's fighting speech in the original language Tagalog. Aside from waiting for an official translation, we now present the "infamous" accusing speech, translated to English, of Pres. Benigno Aquino during the National
Criminal Summit

Our gathering this morning is an opportunity to further assess the strengths and weaknesses of the present criminal justice system, and to come up with new and timely initiatives concerning the delivery of justice. We say timely, because of recent headlines in newspapers and on television, in which the entire country has witnessed the complexities of the duties of our clerks of court, our lawyers, and our judges. There is no doubt as to the gravity of your task. Your decisions and the steps you take have implications integral to our democracy. Because of this, it is important to reflect on Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution: Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them. I remind you of this now because there was a point in our history when it seems we have forgotten this. During martial law, justice was not directed toward the welfare of the people, but rather to cater to the whims of a single person: the late President Ferdinand Marcos. My own family was a victim of this: My father was court martialed, but the verdict had already been set even before the trial commenced. With a court made up of magistrates, lawyers, prosecutors, and witnesses all appointed by the accuser—Mr. Marcos—the dictatorship exerted all efforts to skew justice and run roughshod over my father’s human rights. He did no wrong, and yet he languished for seven years and seven months in jail, while those in power feasted on the national coffers. They took away Justice’s blindfold, and tilted its scales toward their own interests.

Now, as President of this country, I have a sworn duty: preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. And part of my mandate is making certain that what transpired during Martial Law does not happen again, and ensuring that anyone who so much as attempts to repeat the same offenses is held accountable.
This is why, from the moment I assumed office, we have been laying the groundwork to get to the bottom of the allegations of corruption against the past administration: from the fertilizer scam, which ended up fattening only the pockets of a few officials, to the ZTE deal, which allegedly resulted in the abduction of witness Jun Lozada; from the allegations of fraud in the 2004 and 2007 elections, to the many other acts of corruption that we want to shed light upon.
We started by creating the Truth Commission, which was supposed to look into the alleged widespread acts of corruption during the past administration, and to hold those responsible for them to account. We had no other purpose for this than to address past wrongdoings as quickly as possible. But we all know what happened: The Supreme Court said that the formation of the Truth Commission was unconstitutional. From the onset, obstacles had already been put in our path.
It is within the COMELEC’s duties to make certain that our elections remain fair. So it is but natural that they ask for the assistance of the DOJ in investigating the allegations of cheating back in 2007. The formation of such panels is not uncommon, and yet once again the Supreme Court is questioning it. They are also questioning the legality of the warrant of arrest issued by the Pasay Regional Trial Court to Mrs. Arroyo.

Also, note this: The Supreme Court handed down the TRO together with certain conditions. But not long after that, they themselves admitted that the conditions need not be met for the TRO to be in effect. How baffling of them to include conditions they had no plans of seeing fulfilled. We have been following all the right processes, and still we are being accused of picking a fight. May I ask: who in their right mind would not be suspicious of their true intent?
This is not the first time we were perplexed by a ruling of the Supreme Court. According to Article 7, Section 15 of the Constitution, “Two months immediately before the next presidential elections and up to the end of his term, a President or Acting President shall not make appointments, except temporary appointments to executive positions when continued vacancies therein will prejudice public service or endanger public safety.” But we all know how Mrs. Arroyo insisted on appointing the Chief Justice. He was appointed, not two months before the election, but a week after. According to the law and one of their previous decisions, the Supreme Court ruled that the President could not appoint any official two months before an election, except for temporary appointments to the executive position. But they turned their back on their pronouncements when Mrs. Arroyo appointed the Honorable Chief Justice Renato Corona—in a position that was not in the executive branch, but of the judiciary. The question now is: is the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution?
Another decision we have trouble accepting concerns the creation of districts in Congress: Article 6, Section 5 of the Constitution states that every district must have a population of more than 250,000. The problem was, there were areas that could not achieve this number—such as Camarines Sur, which has a population of about 176,000. When I was still in the Senate, as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government, I questioned the creation of this district, though the Supreme Court only junked the inquiry. The question now is: If the establishment of a district no longer relies on population, on what basis, then, will lawmakers rely? Does this mean that we continue to have rules on the creation of cities, but we have none for provinces or districts in provinces? I commiserate with the new Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Senator Bongbong Marcos: I wish you good luck in resolving this problem; I tried my best to do so in my time.

We remain respectful of the separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive branches. We have no intention of encroaching on their duties, disregarding their rights, or tarnishing anyone’s reputation. But we need to remind ourselves of the bedrock principles of our democracy. We in public service owe it all to our Boss, the Filipino people. We are here only to serve the people, and to serve our fellow Filipinos with utmost industry and integrity.
Now, if there is one public servant who thinks he does not owe his countrymen—who, after all, is the wellspring of our power—but a patron who had snuck him into position, can we reasonably expect him to look after the interests of our people?
I do not have a degree in law. But I was brought up with a clear view of what is right and what is wrong; of what is just, and what is corrupt. I stand firmly in my belief that justice cannot be steered toward the whims of magistrates. Not even lawyers and judges can treat the law as a toy to be fiddled with or juggled according to what they desire.

Allow me to reiterate what I had mentioned earlier: the power of the Supreme Court, the President, and Congress all emanate from their single Boss: the people. Therefore, we should only favor and fight for the people’s interests. I swore to preserve and defend the Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. I have no intention of violating my sworn oath; I have no intention of failing the Filipino people.
It is my obligation—it is everyone’s obligation—to remain focused on a single direction, under one unifying aspiration: to serve and uphold the interests of the nation. To all those who stand shoulder to shoulder with us along this straight and righteous path, have faith: So long as we are on the side of what is right, we will not back down from any fight. And so long as the people are behind us, we will triumph. Let us not let them down.

Thank you.

This public speech was copied from We don't know the original source of the English translation.

Here is another link to the President's speech: GetrealPhilippines.

Finally I found the original source, which I will finally attribute the copy above. How is that for transparency??!!

We are at a loss whether public speeches are protected by copyright or bloggers are free to copy them literally freely.

The speech of Chief Justice Corona

What our embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice said (Tagalog language)


Isang mainit at mapagpalayang hapon po sa ating lahat!
Tunay na hustisya, kadakilaan ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman, at kalayaan ng hudikatura,
tatlo pong prinsipyo na nagbibigay sa akin – sa ating lahat – ng lakas at tapang na harapin ang hamon at pagsubok na bunga ng masamang pulitika.

Sa isang iglap, nasampahan po ako ng isang impeachment complaint ng mababang kapulungan na kontrolado ng Liberal Party ni Ginoong Aquino at ng kanyang mga kaalyado.
Sa sobrang bilis, parang wala po yatang naka-intindi o nakabasa man lang ng halos animnapung pahinang reklamo o habla. Isang daan, walumpu’t walong kinatawan ang basta na lamang lumagda rito para isulong ang aking impeachment. Kinikilala natin ang proseso ng Saligang Batas para sa mga reklamo laban sa mga miyembro ng Korte Suprema. Ngunit ang hindi natin kinikilala ay ang pag-abuso ng kapangyarihan at proseso para samantalahin ang lahat ng paraan, makapagtalaga lamang sila ng sarili nilang mga mahistrado sa Korte Suprema.

Itong impeachment ay dala ng kasakiman na magkaroon ng isang Korte Suprema na kayang diktahan, na nakukuha sa tingin, at magkakandarapang ipatupad ang kanilang bawat hiling.
Tila yata’y napipikon at hindi sila makapagtalaga ng kanilang punong mahistrado kung susundin ang ating umiiral na Saligang Batas. Kaya pati ang inyong lingkod, hadlang daw sa kaunlaran ng bayan at pagpapatupad ng mga ipinangako sa kampanya!
Pasadahan po natin ang mga walang katuturang paratang ng ating mga magigiting na mambabatas. Walo (8) po ang hinain na paratang laban sa akin. Kaagad, makikitang dalawang uri ang bintang na nilalaman nito: sa isang banda, ‘yung mga reklamong tumutukoy sa mga personal kong kilos, at sa kabilang banda naman, ang mga reklamo na tumutukoy sa mga opisyal na pagkilos o hatol ng Korte Suprema.
Mariin kong itinatanggi ang mga bintang na may katiwalian sa mga pansarili kong kilos. Hindi po totoo ang sinasabing ayaw ko raw ilabas ang aking Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. Ito’y isang dokumentong sinusumite ko taun-taon ng walang patid. Malaking kasinungalingan ang paratang na ito.

Ako raw po ay isang midnight appointee. Dapat raw po, hindi ko tinanggap ang paghirang sa akin. Bakit po ba, para si Ginoong Aquino ang makapagtalaga ng kaniyang sariling chief justice na hawak niya sa leeg? Mapapa-iling ka talaga. Ang pagtatalaga sa inyong lingkod ay dumaan sa isang masusing proseso na ayon sa ating Saligang Batas. Kasama po dito ang proseso ng Judicial and Bar Council na noon ay pinangungunahan ng dating Punong Mahistrado Reynato Puno. Matagal na po itong pinagpasyahan ng Korte Suprema. Matagal nang tapos ito. Kung may reklamo man sila sa hatol ng Korte Suprema, sana ay noon pa, ipinaglaban na nila.

Binubuhay ito para painitin ang damdamin ng ating mga kababayan at mawalaan tayo ng tiwala sa Korte Suprema at hudikatura. Di po ba’t may kasabihan na “ang isang kasinungalingan, kapag inulit ng inulit, pagtagal, ay siyang tinatanggap bilang katotohanan?” Paano po naman naging kasalanan ang pagtanggap ng isang dakilang karangalan tulad nito? Ito ay isa lamang pong paninira ng aking katapatan sa katungkulan, kasama na po ang puri at dangal ng Kataas taasang Hukuman.
Nguni’t ang kasukdulan ng pambabastos, sa aking pananaw, ay ang pagdawit ng aking may-bahay sa reklamong ito. Baka akala nila na sa ganitong paraan ako po’y madaling susuko. Mapalad po ako na mayroon akong isang mabait at matatag na kasama sa buhay, na siya ring pinagkukunan ko ng lakas at inspirasyon. Mahal na mahal kita, Tina.
Walang katotohan ang kanilang mga paratang – puro kasinungalingan. At patutunayan namin na ito ay isang pag-blackmail lamang. Lingid po yata sa kanilang kaalaman na si Ginang Corona ay una pang naitalaga bago ako naging mahistrado. Bakit, hindi po ba dito sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, mayroong isang mag-asawa, kasama ang anilang mga anak, na may matataas na puwesto?

Ang mga natitirang paratang ay ukol naman sa mga pasiya at iba pang matagal nang patakaran ng Korte Suprema. Alalahanin po natin na ayon sa ating Saligang Batas, ang Korte Suprema ay binubuo ng isang punong mahistrado at labing-apat na katulong na mahistrado. Mayroon po lamang kaming tig-iisang boto, at ito po ay pantay-pantay. Ang aking boto ay kapareho lamang ng boto ng pinakahuling naitalagang mahistrado. Ang pwersa at bisa ng aking pananaw ay kapantay lamang ng pwersa at bisa ng pananaw ng kahit sino mang mahistrado. Pantay-pantay po kaming lahat dito.
At sa mga isyu na sinasabi nilang kaugnay sa dating pangulo, wala po kaming kinakatigan dito sa hukumang ito. Ang aming pasiya ay pasiya ng buong Korte Suprema at resulta ng mga indibidwal na opinyon. Ang opinyon ng isang mahistrado ay hindi desisyon ng Korte Suprema. Kahit sinumang abogado ay magsasabi sa inyo na hindi po pwedeng yapak-yapakan ang karapatan ng sinuman sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas, habang hindi mo pa napapatunayan na siya ay nagkasala. May mandato ang korte na ipagtanggol higit sa lahat ang karapatang pang-tao ng indibidwal kontra sa labis-labis na kapangyarihan ng pamahalaan, lalong-lalo pa kung wala pang naisasampang kaso.Matagal na itong prinsipio at hindi na kailangang idebate. Ito ang tinatawag na PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE and RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.
Isampa ang tamang kaso sa loob ng wastong oras, na may tamang ebidensya, para walang magawa ang korte kung di hatulan at ipakulong ang nagkasala sa lipunan. Panagutin natin ang dapat managot, pero idaan natin sa wasto at tamang proseso sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas. Ano po ba ang napakahirap intindihin sa bagay na ito?

Ibang-iba po ang palakad sa gabinete, sapagkat doon, lahat ng miyembro ay mga alalay, alagad at utusan ng pangulo. Sa loob ng gabinete, ang utos ng hari, hindi nababali. Dito po sa Korte Suprema, ang pananaw ng punong mahistrado ay isa lamang. Gaya nga ng sinabi ko, kami ay patas at pare-pareho lamang na nagbibigay halaga at respeto sa opinyon ng bawat isa. Wala po kaming tungkulin at balak na maging sunod-sunuran sa isa’t-isa.
Ngayon, ipagpalagay na natin na malimit kasama ko ang mayorya sa botohan, maari ba namang magmistulang pagkampi ito, samantalang nakararami kaming sumasang-ayon sa isang pananaw? Kasalanan po ba na ako’y kasapi ng mayorya ng Korte sa iilang mga kaso? Marami din naman pong kaso na nasa menorya ako sapagka’t natalo sa botohan ang aming pananaw. Ito ang magpapatunay na walang nagdidikta ng boto dito sa Korte Suprema.
Kaya nga po dito natin makikita ang likas na talino at sadyang makatarungan na sistema ng hustisya sa ating saligang batas: labing-lima po kami sa Korte Suprema, upang masiguro na mangibabaw ang pananaw ng mas nakakarami. Hindi maaring magtagumpay ang pananaw ng nag-iisang mahistrado.

Samakatuwid, itong mga paratang ng pagkiling laban sa akin ay bunga lamang ng malisya at kathang-isip. Malamang, umaasa ang mga kalaban ng Korte, na ako at ang ibang miyembro na di nila kayang diktahan, ay mag-bibitiw sa tungkulin.
At kung sakaling magtagumpay ang impeachment na ito laban sa akin, ano sa palagay ninyo ang mangyayari? Simple lang po mga mahal kong mga kababayan — kay Ginoong Aquino na ang gabinete, kontrolado na niya ang kongreso, at hawak na niya ang Korte
Suprema. Paulit-ulit nalang nilang isinisigaw ang checks and balances ng three co-equal branches of government, ngunit ang kanilang mga pagkilos ay patungo sa pagsakop sa buong sistema at kapangyarihan ng pamahalaan. Itong mga itinatanim niyang gawain ay siguradong mamumunga lamang ng isang diktadura; isang diktadura na nagmula sa paglilinlang at paglalason sa pag-iisip ng ating mga kababayan.
At ngayon, sasabihin ko po sa kanilang lahat: ako’y tumututol sa walang-tigil na pang-aalipusta, pangduduro at pananakot. Ako’y tumututol sa dahan-dahang binubuong diktadura ni Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
Kahapon lamang, iginigiit ng palasyo na hindi raw ang Korte Suprema o hudikatura, at ako lang daw, ang tinitira dito sa impeachment. Ito po’y malaking kasinungalingan, dahil hindi ako naniniwala na si Renato Corona lang ang tumututol sa diktadura. Walang katotohanan na si Renato Corona lamang ang gusto nilang tanggalin sa Korte Suprema. Naniniwala po ako na tayong lahat ang kinakalaban, pati na ang mga walang-malay nilang tagahanga. Sapagkat ang tunay na layunin ay wasakin ang hudikatura, wasakin ang ating demokrasya, at pairalin ang utos ng mahal na hari. Ito ang patutunguhan ng baluktot na “Daang Matuwid.”
Matagal na po akong nagtitimpi. Hindi ko po maintindihan kung bakit nanggigigil ng husto sa akin ang mahal nating pangulo, magmula pa po sa kanyang pagkaluklok sa pwesto. Tuwing kami’y nagkikita, lubos kong pinararamdam na kami’y dapat mag-ugnayan, magsama at magtulungan para sa bayan. Marami po tayong problema. Nandiyan po ang mabagal na takbo ng ekonomiya, kawalan ng trabaho, kahirapan at kagutuman. Mukhang hindi po niya naintindihan.
Kamakailan lamang, tinuya na naman po tayo ng harap-harapan. Tulad ng tunay na Kristianong BatangueƱo, tayo po ay nagpigil, at ito po ay ating pinalampas. WALA PO AKONG KASALANAN SA INYO, GINOONG PANGULO. WALA PO AKONG KASALANAN SA TAONG-BAYAN.
Sabi nila, sarili ko lang daw po ang nakataya dito. Ang pinaglalaban po natin dito ay ang kalayaan ng Korte Suprema, kalayaan ng hudikatura, at ang pagtanggol ng demokrasya sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas. Hindi po ako papayag na sumuko sa matinding pagtatangka na mapasailalim ng ibang sangay ng pamahalaan ang Korte Suprema. Una akong tututol. Una akong lalaban.
Ginoong Pangulo, ako po ang primus inter pares dito sa Korte Suprema. Ang ibig sabihin po nito, kung kailangan ipaglaban ang Korte Suprema, ako ang uuna.
Huwag na po nating isubo ang Korte Suprema sa ano pang pagsubok o batikos ng mga mapagsamantala. Yaman din lang na ang ipinaglalaban dito ay ang Korte Suprema at ang demokrasya, karangalan at katungkulan ko po na labanan itong impeachment para sa ating lahat. Haharapin ko nang buong tapang at talino ang mga walang basehang paratang na ito, punto por punto, sa Senado. Handang-handa akong humarap sa paglilitis.
Mga kasama, matapat kong sinasabi sa inyo, mahimbing ang tulog ko at tahimik ang aking konsyensya dahil sa pagpapatupad ng lahat ng aking mga tungkulin. Ako’y nanatiling matapat sa Panginoon, sa aking sarili, sa batas, at sa sinumang tao.
Para sa mga ngayon pa lang nakakarinig ng aking panawagan, inaanyayahan ko kayong makiisa sa amin. Ngayon pa lamang ay taos-puso na ang aking pasasalamat sa inyo sa inyong pagtaguyod, pakikiisa at pagpapalakas ng aming loob.
Mga minamahal kong kababayan, sa aking pagharap sa isang mapanganib na katunggali, ang aking tanging sandigan ay ang inyong pakiki-akibat, at ang paninindigan para sa Lumikha at sa ating bayan. Buong pagkukumbaba kong hinihiling ang inyong pang-unawa, subalit higit sa lahat, hinihiling kong samahan ninyo ako sa aking laban at mission.
Muli, isang maganda at maalab na hapon po sa inyong lahat. Sana’y pagpalain po tayong lahat ng Maykapal.”

I will have to find an English translation. It is dangerous to mistranslate any of the words of the Chief Justice.

Dangerous Times: Senate summons Chief Justice, who must appear within ten days.

The blaring headlines for December 15 are getting uncomfortable.

Senate has summoned the CJ for questioning
about the Articles of Impeachment!

These dangerous developments will make for an uneasy Christmas and worse will result in paralysis of the the whole judicial-legislative-executive branches of government!

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice is weakly resorting to innuendos that President B. Aquino is creating a dictatorship..

We are perturbed more by the latter news item. This is unseemly for a Chief Justice to say.
The only way out will be for CJ Corona to resign. His appointment was unconstitutional in the first place, but because of the prohibition in the Contstitution about the midnight appointment rule. Added to the fact that he was a fomer chief of staff of the appointing president at the time, he should have the decency to resign. At worst, history has proven that his series of decisions proves strong that he
was the head of a protection racket of the previous president. Read Sen. Franklin Drilon list of decisions which showed the partiality of the court packed appointments of the previous president.

He has dirtied the SC for his blind loyalty to his patron, the former president GMA who I suspect probably (in my nightmare) is laughing out loud.

I think Hon. Merceditas Gutierrez did the right thing by resigning. She has sat on many corruption cases.

Let us give the benefit of the doubt to his Honor, but the honorable thing to do is to resign. Resign with honor.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Fool's unsolicited open letter to the SC Chief Justice Corona.

A Satire, A Fool's letter to the Hon. Chief Justice Corona:

An Open Letter to Chief Justice Corona

How are you doing Sir? May the Christmas Season finds you well in the spirit of quiet contemplation over the previous events which brought the Judicial and Executive branches of government figuratively near to boxing blows.

The Philippines after all is the country of the great Manuel Pacquio, who in case he is not in the ring, is a noble congressman from Sarangani, a province of Mindanao. You have chosen to be quiet, showing either you are a gentleman, or simply you cannot answer
the thunderous public charges of partiality and dereliction of duty.

Did you not rule that Neri does not have to answer to Congress or Senate regarding some
hanky-panky because of "executive previlege"? In effect you have legalized corruption and the nation is poorer and the perpetrators richer.

Did you not with the SC as a colleagial body ruled that the UP Law faculty in contempt because it dared one of your esteemed brother in the SC to resign because of ``plagiarism''? Instead of upholding freedom of speech, you have given the country
a scare and a signal that the SC is a sacred cow, beyond reproach, beyond criticism because it is perfect and cannot commit an error!

Perrhaps in the mistaken belief that your life's biography will include the fact that you have attained the highest esteemed place in Philipine judiciary is enough, you have not given much thought what the future generations will talk about you.

First, in the land of the good ol whipping boy the U of the S of A, your appointement will never even be considered. The fact that you are a former Chief of Staff of the sitting president during your appointment time, is a red herring to members of the American Congress and Senate.

Perhaps the fact that people of the Philippines have voted entertainment people and crocodiles to congress and the senate may have blinded you to accept the appointment as a ``medal`` in your professional legal life. But that medal is tarnished,
not by your enemies but by the decisions you have made proving that you have a big ''utang na loob''

I am that you requesting that you resign, following the lady from the Ombudsman who had the decency to resign before she got to face a long
trial. Yes, sir, resign before you continue to make people lose respect for the supreme court. Resign and enjoy the spectacle of seeing President Noy in quandary what to do in case you have stepped down. Resign, before you can add more damage to the SC and the Philippines.

Are not graduates of Ateneo often told to be "men for all seasons"? Instead you have chosen to be a man for the previous president.

Syria's Assad: brinkmanship before the final downfall?

Just how many Syrians have to die before Assad's government will be forced by history to go down?

Syrian security forces under the Assa's regime control still continues to assert authority over the disaffected people of Syria. The death toll, of the increasing spate of anti-government protests according to the UNCHR has now reached 5,000!

Read UN: Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s death toll soared at 5,000; US singled out Russia for blocking.

Syria is ignoring calls from the UN human rights commissioner for ICC (International Criminal Court) investigation of human rights violations with the situation in Syria labelled intolerable.

Read: Syria blasts call for ICC investigation

On the other hand, Russia and China continues to stall efforts to punish Syria via sanctions in the United Nations in contrast to most of the Islamic countries such as Turkey.

Syria's strongman Bashar Assad may soon follow the fate of Libya's Muammar Khadaffi.We hope he will not bring the whole country of Syria to full chaos, where respect for law, decency, tolerance has gone out of his suffering country.

The only option now is for Bashar to step down, saving the country and even himself.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Corona impeached! Shall we be cheering?


Philstar comes
this startling news that Corona is to be impeached.

With clinical precision and with the numbers, congressmen-allies of President Aquino moved quickly yesterday to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona for alleged betrayal of public trust, violation of the Constitution, and graft and corruption. Since the ruling party has the numbers, this is almost a sure thing.

We feel a little sorry about this, but Chief Justice Corona has brought this kind of confrontation by his amazing indiscreet display of blind loyalty to his patron, former president Arroyo. Unfortunate that the whole Supreme court suffers from this perception of bias.
From the silly excuse of "executive privilege" for covering up the corruption under her former administration, he has in effect condoned and abetted corruption!

And the blatant citation of contempt for U.P Law faculty for their strong commentaries about a fellow SC justice "plagiarism" marks the highest level of ignorance of the purpose of Supreme court, not only as the last resort for the carriage of Justice but as a protector of free speech.

But what gets the people's ire was its declaration of unconstitutionality of the "Truth Commision" as it specifically targeted the arroyo administration! Is there a more horrid example of bias for support of their patron>

The best thing to happen is for other Justices to resign on the grounds of loss of confidence. They have to be renominated throught the crucible of public scrutiny in Congress for their reappointments.

I dont know what will happen in this historical crossroad but let us help President Aquino in his mandate to create the New Filipino, stamping out corruption, and gaining investor confidence for the country and in one generation to let those "househelpers" and "maids" find noble work in their own country.

Re: President Noy vs Corona

Some bloggers focus on the "emotional" outburst of Pres. Aquino against the Supreme Court. They talk of the ideal separation of the Executive division and the Judicial divisions of government which is enshrined in the Phil. Constitution as a form of interchecking and balancing. They vent their anger on Pres Aquino for such "bullying attack" on a co-equal branch of government, even suggesting that he be cited for contempt of the SC.

Yet what these bloggers are willing to do is play Deaf and Dumb. The Supreme Court as a whole has not done its part in strengthening the moral fiber of the country, instead it has now by its actions

1. legalized corruption indirectly by preventing former executives like Neri to tell the truth and nothing but the truth about corruption in high places due to the convenient reason of "executive privilege".

2. stifled the "freedom of expression" by citing for contempt the Law faculty of the University of the Philippines about a fellow SC justice involved in a "plagiarism" case.

3. proclaimed as unconstitutional the formation of a truth commission to investigate the previous administration engagement in corruption and rights violations, rigging the 2004 presidential elections, and profiteering from government contract, re supply of helicopters to the PNP.

People engaging and abetting graft and corruption can laugh to their graves but history will be harsh on them and will be swept aside to the dustbin where they belong.

We ask the justices who consciously voted to issue decisions in support of their former patron Pres Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, (Note tht Corona was a former Chief of Staff) to do the right thing: reverse decisions (again!), which they are very fond of doing or resign and avoid future prosecution of dereliction of duty!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lamentations from a Filipino emigrant:

Commenting on the Presidents "unmitigated" outburst about the Supreme Court and the possibility and legality of the Supreme Court citing his Excellency for contempt:

I personally think that before the Supreme Court goes about citing anybody, the collective government of the Philippines should stick together and work together towards the attainment of substancial solid waste management program.

The Philippines is the only country in Asia without a waste management program. Anyone can build a house and a latrine anywhere and pollute the water sources. Too much politicking without regard for the people.

The government can also improve the economy and provide reasonably humane and fair employment for the people; control population growth and stop cowering to the dictates of the Catholic Church.

The Philippines has the distinct dishonor of being the number one source of housemaids and domestic workers for the world!

Tuberculosis is a common disease. People live in garbage dumps and landfills. The cities are filthy and crowded.

The gap between the rich and the poor is so stark. What happened?

Notes: I have forgotten to cite or give attribution. But I think this was posted in FB by a very close relative.

Why it had come to this?

Following the oral outburst of President Noy about the Supreme Court, the political blogging world is ablaze with endless analysis and hypotheses.

People are asking if the Supreme Court can charge the President of the Republic of the Philippines with contempt of court.

For the record, the SC has cited the U.P. Law faculty with contempt for its comments on one of its esteemed members, the very Honorable Del Castillo, involved in a "plagiarism" case.

Some of the comments in this "hot" event.

- Pres. Noy is resorting to "mob" rule and "popularity" for not getting what he wants.

- Why would the Supreme Court cite anyone, least of all the President for contempt for the comments he made? It should be defending that right! Unless he SC is filled with corrupt and inept judges, it should champion freedom of speech!

This is what we get when there is no delicadeza in the Supreme court. This would not come to a head if GMA did not appoint her FORMER chief of staff to the highest position. Utang na loob rules the day.

The onus is on the SC not Noy to prove the welfare and morals of the nation are foremost in their minds, and not the welfare of the previous president.

How can you stamp out corruption when the SC has given protection to former govt. heads with the lame excuse of "executive privelege"? The SC has in effect legalized corruption!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Iran: What me sorry?What vienna convention?

The Iranian government is showing that it condones the attack and ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, Iran. Recall that Britain has moved for the adoption of stronger economic sanctions against Iran due to the report of the International Atomic Agency that Iran is secretly builing a nuclear weapons program.

As a retaliation, and perhaps after listening to their leaders about Iran being falsely accused, mobs of nihilistic youths/students attacked and ransacked the British Embassy on Tuesday. The silent tacit approval of the government was evident in the general inaction of Iran guards and policemen towards the demonstrators.

This is in clear violation of Article 22, Vienna convention, to wit:

The premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, are inviolate and must not be entered by the host country except by permission of the head of the mission. Furthermore, the host country must protect the mission from intrusion or damage. The host country must never search the premises, nor seize its documents or property. Article 30 extends this provision to the private residence of the diplomats.
It is worth noting that Iran is a signatory to this convention!

Iran has been emboldened by the lackluster response of the international community before in 1979 where the US embassy was attacked and more than 40 people were hostaged by a "nationalistic" mob.

Further reading:

AP, Google News: Iran releases 11 students in British embassy attack

Taiwan News: Britain orders Iran remove all diplomats from UK within 48 hours

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

American Presidential Elections: Sex favors in return for business, job help

Update: Dec. 04, Cain's presidential campaign is effectively dead as support is dwindling for his candidacy. We think this is good for the Republican party and for the U.S. as a whole. We expect the leader of the most powerful single nation to be a man or woman of upright character.

Is the Republican presidential candidate Mr. Hermann Cain a sex-starved candidate?
This libelous conclusion may be formed by anyone following the campaign of Mr. Cain.
The latest juicy tidbits is cbsnews

Meanwhile the campaign manager of Mr. Cain warns a libel suits may be in order. See cbs news. On the other hand, the Cain people dismiss this kind of "close" friendship as between two consenting adults and Mr. Cain has personally denied wrongdoing after acknowledging knew the woman involved.

We dont want to write down what Mr. Cain has done to other women, but here is a link NY Daily news

The Republican Party should act quickly or respond appropriately if it does not want to lose the elections.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pakistan-US tensions ratcheting up!

Pakistan and the United States are supposed to be allies, but events compounded by miscommunications or mistrust is increasing the degree of separation between the two with regards to battling remnants of the Taliban.

The news item Wall Street Journal: Afghans Say Pakistan Fired First in NATO Attack mentioned that 25 Pakistani soldiers died and 25 wounded when fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded two military outpostts in Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Some sources say that Pakistani forces fired first provoking a disproportionate response from US forces.

The US should not alienate further the military establishment in Pakistan. Even though suspicions are rife that the it gave refuge to Bin Laden in a military controlled area, it is still an ally. The solution is beyond military, this calls for more civilian cooperation as Pakistans [regligious] militancy is fearsomely growing. Soon the prospect of a nuclear powered Pakistan in Islamic control and unsympathetic to the US will be a specter taking on more solid reality.

Friday, November 18, 2011

President Arroyo as a criminal

We now have the spectacle of a once powerful president, a daughter of a past president, who has accomplished the following in her years of governing:

1. Participated actively in pursuing contracts with ZTE.
2. Had a secretary of agriculture transfer a lot of money to her presidential campaign.
3. Supported the politically savvy Ampatuan family and got 100% votes in their area of influence
4. Travelled around the world, costing the Republic more than a billion of pesos!
5. Prevented a logical family planning program because she is a good Catholic.
6. Selected a classmate of her husband to head the Ombudsman

We could add more, but let us pause at that. It is good that a court of Pasay has already issued a warrant of arrest for the former president and a current Pampanga congresswoman. It will be interesting to watch the Supreme Court which she packed with loyal justices "fight" with the Executive branch. It is not Pinoy's fault but hers that it came to this!

Further reading:

1. Gloria now under Arrest

2. Philstar: gloria arrested!

The clock is winding down for Bashar Assad of Syria

The United Nations has charged that Syria's ruling government forces has committed mass murder of more than 250 children, including one 12 year old so she would not grow into a demonstrator! Times of India

The Arab League, except for the client state of Lebanon and Iraq, has imposed economic sanctions on Syria. The move will add more pressures to the current Assad's leadership. For more details: Nov 27, WSJ:Arab League Overwhelmingly Imposes Sanctions on Syria

Bashar Assad, who inherited the mantle of the country's leadership from his strongman father Hafez Assad is in trouble!

The country's army is now rife with desertions and the continued harassment on the populace is building a wall of impending general uprising, which may topple him and his rule, which already happened to Mummar Qaddafi of Libya. Already the Arab League has suspended Syria! And much worse,fellow Arab countries like Libya, Tunisia and Turkey has derecognized his regime.

Israel, its "enemy" may not like this, since the future is so unpredictable. Who knows Assad may be replaced by a more militant adventurous leader, who wants to erase the shame of losing the Golan Heights in two major wars with Israel, and to retaliate against the bombing by the IAF of a reactor Operation Orchard.

We prefer that a stable Syria contributes to the relative calm in the Middle East, a powder keg about to blow up anytime with intrasigent non-arab Iran waiting and watching.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Iran, fooling the world about its secret nuclear weapons program??!!

I would not be surprised if Iran explode a nuclear device sometime in the future. Already there are intelligence reports that Iran received key assistance from a Soviet scientist for developing fast multiple detonators which will compress fissile material to start an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction, in other words an ATOMIC BOMB!

Iran is really not viewed as a friendly country by ARAB states except for Syria and formerly Libya. It continued subterfuge in misleading the world about its nuclear power ambitions is not lost on Israel, the US and Western countries. Russia and China are the two irresponsible world powers which encouraged and still encourages Iran in providing under the table scientific and military support. In fact Russia has provided the latest anti-aircraft missile systtem to Iran.

We will not be surprised if Israel, alone if necessary , do a long range military operation to shutdown the nuclear capability of Iran. Iranian leaders have long targeted Israel for destruction! Their antisemitic cries are actually a smokescreen for envy and jealousy that Islamic countries have against Israel in science, technology, culture and commerce. For too long, Iran with the connivance of Russia and China has issued false hopes that it only continue to pursue peaceful uses for nuclear power. The stories of Fukushima and Chernobyl are lost and forgotten by Iran.

We are afraid we may witness the tragedy of those who play with fire will be consumed by fire.

Monday, October 24, 2011

What has Gaddhaffi done for Libyans?

Circulating in facebook is a list of 16 accomplishments of Gaddhaffi (chadaffy, khaddafi) which the reader is challenged to deny:

What the late dictator has done for Libya:

  1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

  2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

  3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.

  4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$ 50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

  5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

  6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming
    land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.

  7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2, 300/mth accommodation and car allowance.

  8. In Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.

  9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.

  10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now
    frozen globally.

  11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would
    pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until
    employment is found.

  12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all
    Libyan citizens.

  13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US $5 ,000

  14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15

  15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

  16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

Of course in return for these "blessings", the former dictator vigorously opposed any form of public dissent and supported state terrorism, the grosses example being the Lockerbie PanAm and Munich restaurant bombings.

But we pass on giving judgment to the late Khaddaffi. We only hope that the above listed benefits are continued by the new administration in Libya. Long live Libya and the Libyan people!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Inglorious end in a cold freezer for a dictator

We cannot believe that former conservative audiences will want to view the corpse of Mummar
Gaddafy, the colonel who ruled with an iron fist in Libya. Even the 24 hour rule of burying a dead
Muslim is not being followed. And the circumstances of his death! Local newspapers tried outdo
each other in presenting gory images of the mob surrounding Gaddafy and the bloodied body of
Gaddafy. Videos of the shooting (but not showing who pulled the trigger) were even available for
viewing in Muslim countries.

Here is the latest photo of what where the body of Gaddafy is now. It is stored in a supermarket freezer!
and the Libyan public can view the dead body with gauze mask to hide the decaying odor.

We hope that Gaddafy's soul will not be greeted by 40 virgins in his idea of heaven.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thought provoking sign of the times, steve jobs and starving african kids

I read more than two FB postings sharing a post of Willie Concepcion containing the following image:

The glaring composition can jar someone out of his "complacency", but Willie may have caught a certain unpalatable truth. We expect more of these images as indeed constant bombardment of these kind of pictures of starving children has the opposite effect of NOT gaining the viewer's sympathy. Instead the children will become a forgotten statistic.

Click for Wiliie's original posting

Friday, October 7, 2011

Spratly is nearest to the Philippines

Here is Google Earth's map of the Spratly and the countries surrounding the islands group. Clearly the Philippines can lay claim to it based on nearness to the area (from Palawan). The islands are between the words Spratly and Islands.

More, we believe it is part of the Philippines as historically it is occupied by Filipinos after Captain Cloma laid claim to the islands. Marcos had the selfish reaction of having him incarcerated instead and should be relegated in the footnotes of Philippine history future generations.

Unfortunately our political leaders do not have the guts to run this country free from corruption as politics is used as a tool for personal wealth accumulation! It is a pity to see the philippines behave like a rich beggar in the world stage. We should be militarily strong as the Philippines may not have someone to turn to. Alas it may be overrun by the events in the future.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

On the ouster of the dean of UP-Cebu, an open statement from the Student Council

We are republishing a letter, already seen in Facebook!, about the ouster of the dean of the University of the Philippines, Cebu. We hope that deans, chancellors even must be conscious of the general sentiments of their constituencies, which must not play secondary to the designs and wants of friends and artificially created allies or personal agendas.

We are willing to give space for the reply of Dean Avila to this open statement

Response to Monsod

by UpCebu Sc on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 8:41pm

UP Cebu dean’s ouster movement did not come from made up stories and unfounded complaints. It rooted from seven years of the dean’s patent autocratic leadership. The campaign was not launched and participated by only a handful. In fact, over 70% of UP Cebu constituents signed the manifesto in favour of Dr. Avila’s ouster. On March 8, 2011, UP Cebu held a one-day strike participated by hundreds of constituents.

Under the UP Charter provision on democratic governance in the University that should be based on collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency and active participation of its constituents, Dr. Avila failed to involve full participation in the design of the program of UP Cebu's autonomy.

The dean’s unpopular and recurring decision to abolish the high school was opposed not only by UP Cebu students and alumni but also by the Cebu community. UP Cebu high school provides quality and accessible education to poor but deserving students. To abolish the high school because it is non-income generating only proves that UP is geared towards trekking the road to commercialization where deserving kids from poor families do not have a place.

Dr. Avila proved his autocratic leadership when he granted non-voting members of the Executive Committee voting power to favourably cause the closure of the UP High School of the Professional Education Division (PED). Immediately after, the committee sent a proposal to abolish the high school to the Office of the University Chancellor. Without waiting for the Chancellor’s reply, the dean issued a memorandum directing the high school to stop accepting applicants. Worse, he
issued another memorandum ordering the high school to request permission to hold all activities from the Office of the Dean to suppress further opposition from the constituents and the alumni.

Dr. Avila did not listen to his constituents despite the vehement calls for genuine leadership and democratic governance. Instead, he stood firm on his unilateral decision to remove the student
representative from the Executive Committee. He even declared it as final and non-negotiable. He
reasoned out that we were only following the 2006 Revised UP System Code wherein no student
representative is in the committee. He also added that UP Cebu is the only campus in the UP system
that has a student representative in the Execomm. Instead of viewing this as a problem, he should
be proud. He is in the position to encourage other UP administrators to follow the example of UP
Cebu and to include the students in its decision making so that we may march towards progress and
democratic governance.

The student representative plays a vital role in representing the students, airing out their
concerns and upholding their right to take part in the decision making of the college. With the sole
representative of the students gone, how are we supposed to inform the administration of our
problems? How is the college able to perform and march towards progress when it refuses to listen to
its constituents?

Dr. Avila also hired then Supervising Administrative Officer Al-sidry Shariff despite his lack
of credentials and complaints against him for qualified theft. He did not act on reported issues of
harassment by Mr. Shariff against university staff and security guards.
We suggest that Prof. Monsod visit UP Cebu. She should take a look at the now defunct
soccer field beside the Arts and Sciences building. Dean Avila has allowed the developer Green
Peaks to dump their excavated material on the field without benefit for the college other than five
trucks of garden soil. His non-action on the encroachment of Green Peaks on UP Cebu property now
endangers the UP high school from land slide due to softening of the soil as caused by heavy rain.

But the last straw was the retrenchment of the 15 guards. We could not understand how his
administration could dare to do it to honest and hardworking men who worked for years to ensure
the safety of UP Cebu constituents. The winning bidder was willing to absorb all 15 guards. Even UP
Cebu Security Committee Chairperson Prof. Karl Roque was supportive of the retention of the UP
guards. Dean Avila and his crony Supervising Administrative Officer Al-Sidry Shariff, however, refused
the retention of the 15 UP guards for the unfounded reason of inefficiency. Such excuse to terminate
the UP guards was clearly shallow and can readily be remedied. Moreover, the replacement of guards
does not necessarily ensure efficiency.

The students of UP Cebu urge Prof. Monsod to not base her assertions on few documents
provided by one party only. As a professor who served the university for 40 years, she should
be sensible enough to ask for documents from both parties so she could formulate her opinions
scientifically. We challenge Prof. Monsod to know all the things behind every complaint filed by UP
Cebu constituents against Dr. Avila. It is clear; however, that Prof. Monsod’s stand on Dr. Avila’s
dismissal as dean is driven by her utter dislike to the new UP President Alfredo E. Pascual.

UP Cebu Student Council 2011-2012
Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante (NKE)
League of Filipino Students (LFS)- UP Cebu
UP Cebu students

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quo Vadis Pinoys?

I am still amazed by the current relevance of one of my earliest post in published on May 30, 2008, where I posted a forwarded message from my former colleague and friend who have taken up gardening and assisting pastors in his area. For the benefit of our readers I am reposting the contents.

When I was small, the Philippine peso was P2.00 to the US dollar. The president was Diosdado Macapagal. Life was simple. Life was easy.

My father was a farmer. My mother kept a small sari-sari store where our neighbors bought sang-perang asin, sang-perang bagoong, sang-perang suka, sang-perang toyo at pahinging isang butil na bawang.

Our backyard had kamatis, kalabasa, talong, ampalaya, upo, batao, and okra.

Our silong had chicken. We had a pig, dog & cat. And of course, we lived on the farm.

During rainy season, my father caught frogs at night which my mother made into betute (stuffed frog), or just plain fried. During the day, he caught hito and dalag from his rice paddies, which he would usually inihaw.

During dry season, we relied on the chickens, vegetables, bangus, tuyo, and tinapa. Every now and then, there was pork and beef from the town market.

Life was so peaceful , so quiet, no electricity, no TV. Just the radio for Tia Dely, Roman Rapido, Jonny de leon Tawag ng Tanghalan and Tang-tarang-tang. And who can forget Leila Benitez on Darigold Jamboree?

On weekends, I played with my neighbours (who were all my cousins). Tumbang-preso, taguan, piko, luksong lubid, patintero, at iba pa. I don't know about you, but I miss those days.

These days, we face the TV, Internet, e-mail, newspaper, magazine,grocery catalog, or drive around. The peso is a staggering and incredible P44.00 to the US dollar.

Most people can't have fun anymore. Life has become a battle.

We live to work. Work to live.

Life is not easy. It was in Saudi Arabia in 1983. It was lonely, difficult, & scary. It didn't matter if you were a man or a woman. You were a target for rape. The salary was cheap & the vacation far between. If the boss didn't want you to go on holiday, you can't.

They had your passport. Oh, and the agency charged you almost 4months of your salary (which, if you had to borrow on a "20% per month arrangement" meant your first year's pay was all gone before you even earned it).

The Philippines used to be one of the most important countries in Asia .

Before & during my college days, many students from neighboring Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and China went to the Philippines to get their diplomas. Like Thailand, they went to study agriculture in UP Los Banos and earned their bachelors in the Phils and now we import rice from them. Its opposite now.

Philippines used to be the exporter of any agriculture products but now its different. We import because not much land (farms) they can cultivate due to private sectors who focused on developing houses, buildings, supermarkets, mall and others.

What happened now?

Whats the government doing?

Checking their own pocket, their own personal interest and pork barrels.


Until 1972,like President Macapagal, President Marcos? was one of the most admired presidents of the world.

The Peso had kept its value of P7.00 to the US dollar until I finished college . Today, the Philippines is famous as the "housemaid" capital of the world.

It ranks very high as the "cheapest labor" capital of the world, too. We have maids in Hong Kong, laborers in Saudi Arabia, dancers in Japan, migrants and TNTs in Australia and the US, and all sorts of other "tricky" jobs in other parts of the globe.

Quo Vadis, Pinoy? Is that a wonder or a worry? Are you proud to be a Filipino, or does it even matter anymore?

When you see the Filipino flag and hear the Pambansang Awit, do you feel a sense of pride or a sense of defeat & uncertainty?

If only things could change for the better...... . Hang on for this is a job for Superman. Or whom do you call?Ghostbusters. Joke. Right?

This is one of our problems.

We say "I love the Philippines .. I am proud to be a Filipino."

When I send you a joke, you send it to everyone in your address book even if it kills the Internet.

But when I send you a note on how to save our country & ask you to forward it, what do you do?

You chuck it in the bin.

I want to help the maids in Hong Kong ...

I want to help the laborers in Saudi Arabia ...

I want to help the dancers in Japan ...

I want to help the TNTs in America and Australia ...

I want to save the people of the Philippines ..

But I cannot do it alone. I need your help and everyone else's.

So, please forward this e-mail to your friends.

If you say you love the Philippines, prove it. And if you don't agree with me, say something anyway.

Indifference is a crime on its own .

Juan dela Cruz

Friday, July 8, 2011

Now the true story of the previous Arroyo presidency is being told

If there is something about the previous GM Arroyo presidency, it is that she was successful
in projecting a false image of the extent of corruption at the top of the executive branch. With documented proof that even bishops have been seduced by money to buy luxurious vehicles, and handling windfall ad placements to some favored friends and of generals being generously rewarded for their loyalties (only Gen. Angelo Reyes made the supreme acknowledgment of corruption), it is now clear that the presidential regime of former Pres. GM Arroyo was one one of the most corrupt, perhaps next to the corruption under the Marcos regime.

We want more details about the fertilizer scam, the ZTE scandals, what was she doing in a hotel in China with a contract? Hopefully we shall know the full extent of her corruption. Now out of power but still powerful with friends and allies in Congress and senate, it is refreshing that the public is exposed now to the details of the mediocre and corrupt presidency    of Madame Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

So unlike the father, sigh....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Aftermath of bin Laden execution, Pakistanis disclose identity of CIA station chief in Pakistan

Is this out of spite?

The successful snatch and killing of Osama bin Laden, the self-acclaimed mastermind of the twin tower bombing by two commandered commercial planes without advance warning to the Pakistani intelligence community may have made some people inside Pakistan orchestrate a disclosure of the CIA station chief in Pakistan. Pakistan though it is harboring KNOWN terrorists without its blessing is a recipient of billions of dollars of military aid from the U.S.This is what the U.S. gets in return for the successful elimination of bin Laden.

The best course of action against this Islamist state is for the U.S. to shift favor to India which suffered a terrorist bombing in Mumbai (Bombay of old) in the recent past. What's irritating is that Pakistan is ignoring appeals of Indian leaders to bring to justice the perpetrators of this cowardly dastardly deed, who are known to hide in Pakistan. In an unbiased view, India is more tolerant of religions (there are Muslims in Indian aspects of life) compared to absence of HInduism in Pakistan. Moreover, India suffered much from Islamic terrorism. The U.S. and India should be closer and not treat Pakistan as favored partner.

Of course due to vagaries of politics, the U.S. is finding it expedient to support Pakistan to help in reigning extreme elements in Afghanistan. But if Pakistan as a country behaves as if it is in cahoots with the extremists(Pakistan suffers too from extremists), there is no cure but for the U.S. to decrease aid spending for Pakistan.

Disclaimer: the blog post is only an exercise for free academic debate.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Why not excommunicate boxers ?!!

In a news item the bishop of Marbel whose diocese includes Sarangani, lamented the fact that boxing another person is a like boxing the Holy Spirit!

Also the fact that Pacquiao indulges in his sport while being a congressman is a "conflict of interest" and in fact is the reason of the famous boxer's absence in congress.

So we challenge the good bishop to place an excommunication order over Pacquiao if he is really concerned. Of course medical groups have already weighted in the dangers of boxing in Britain and other countries so he should no feel alone and weighted by the gravity of such action.

On the other hand, we have Pacquiao as a model Filipino who rose from poverty to the top, with dedication to the bloody sport and serious study of the "sweet" science of boxing" inspiring other thick skulled Filipinos to enter the field of boxing, in spite of the fact that you can even die in the ring! like what happened to the late Jangalay, a photo of his falling down on the canvas still haunts this blog author.

The fact is boxing is one of the outlets open to the majority of Filipinos who has remained healthy even if he grows up in a crowded polluted metro. It is actually an indictment on the way the country is run, that Philippines have a reputation for producing good boxers.

Going back to the good bishop, the fact is that blasphemy or sin against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable, so he could issue an obvious nonpopular excommunication order not specifically on Pacquiao but to all boxers. and while he is doing it, he should also excommunicate bull fighters,which is a more bloody spectator sport. Will the good bishop do it?

Monday, March 28, 2011

march 29: It is 5 days the murder of journalist Marlina Flores Sumera remains unsolved!

We will mark this day as the start of our counting days till justice is served to the late journalist Madame Marlina Flores Sumera, who was murdered by an unknown professional assailant March 25, 2011. We do not get discouraged of the innumerable unsuccessful previous cold cases of murdered journalists.

If we wont remember, who will?

How long will the Noynoy administration solve and bring justice to the killing of journalist Marlina Flores Sumera?

You thought that the killings of journalists done with so much impunity during the GMA administration will miraculously stop during this first year of the Noy^2 administration?

The Philippines remain alas, cursed by politics and vested interests. And journalists, either doing their broadcasting work or doing social work for the benefit of small people are still prime targets of the preservers of the status quo: to make the Philippines remain a backward country.

We call on the Noy^2 administration to exert more efforts and to be conscious everday of the developements and progress or lack thereof in bringing justice to the slain journalist who left behind three young children. If nothing is done, the blood of Madam Sumera will be upon the administration of this Noynoy^2 administration whose head is a member of the rich landed gentry.

Madame Sumera was killed last Friday, 5 days to this date while waiting for a jeepney transport. Her killer was thought to be hird cold blooded professional. May her soul rest in peace an galvanize the ordinary people to act if the government will not act!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Foreign nations to intervene in Libyan fratricidal war.

The Libyan government of Col. Muammar Khadafy used tanks, and figther planes in dislodging rebels from towns. Now it is focusing in Benghazi, the largest held rebel area.

But the recent vote of Security Council of the the United Nations to institute a no-fly zone in some parts of Libya has emboldened even France to do some military action real soon!

Click on New York Times:France vows Libya action soon!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Follow Political blog rankings at our sister site [SEO,Ranks, Blogging, Webapps & Marketing]

Good news, now webmasters and readers following political blogs now have weekly political blogs rankings from daily data coursed from, starting at March 6, 2011,[March 7 actually] which you can find at SEO, Ranks, Blogging, Webapps & Marketing.

It is not perfect yet, I still have to do some manual corrections, but it is a good start. And it includes Google Pagerank and Alexa rankings!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Topblogs Rankings of Philippine Political Blogs, March 2, 2011

We are surprised by the results of checking the Google Page and Alexa rankings of the political blogs listed in No blog got a google page rank greater than zero! This listing is only temporary and was taken at around 7:00 p.m. We are planning to create a new blogging site just for SEO, Page Rankings, Blogging and Web Marketing! Stay tuned!

We hope that Google pageranks and Alexa rankings will improve in the forseable future for most of the blogs listed here by the end of 2011!

There was something wrong with our Python program. Will fix this before midnight hopefuly and post a new table.

The rankings were taken at around 9:00 PM. It will take two days for the rankings to be normalized for 12:00 Noon if there is an Internet connection always.

I forgot to update to the latest table. Here it is:

Topblogs Politics Blogs Daily Rankings for 2011-03-02
Today Prev Chg Blog Behind Google PR Alexa
1(1,902) NEW Talakayan at Kalusugan 0 0 535928
2(1,255) NEW The Big NM 647 2 640903
3(1,229) NEW Pagod Ka Na Bang Maging Si Juan? 26 3 3911732
4(1,168) NEW Pinoy Buzz 61 3 1370741
5(1,083) NEW New Philippine Revolution 85 3 2027796
6(885) NEW Philippine Election Update 198 0 5454481
7(863) NEW PinoySoundingBoard 22 3 1333120
8(857) NEW Rising Sun 6 4 748603
9(605) NEW Cooperatives Philippines 252 0 6320001
10(594) NEW 11 4 1690021
11(461) NEW Ang Bag-ong Balatukan 133 3 9480929
12(447) NEW PINOY POINT 14 0 5571950
13(429) NEW BORN TO BE A HERO 18 1 25329874
14(359) NEW Official Website of the City Government of Tacloban 70 4 6422033
15(317) NEW The Warrior Lawyer 42 0 4764584
16(306) NEW Ohnoy 11 2 8878396
17(301) NEW Pedestrian Observer 5 4 5781788
18(246) NEW The Official Weblog of JR Lopez Gonzales 55 0 26378175
19(246) NEW Opposite of Apathy 0 4 17354619
20(226) NEW Philippine Cooperative Blog 20 1 14491776
21(216) NEW The Way It Is 10 5 9077638
22(215) NEW Juan Country 1 3 5557453
23(192) NEW Politics and Governance 23 0 13119954
24(180) NEW Jaime de Guzman : akosiliet 12 0 5025604
25(175) NEW smoke 5 2 -1
26(171) NEW mountain top experience 4 3 5901025
27(168) NEW Malayang Halalan 3 2 23378807
28(166) NEW tinesabillo 2 2 7484221
29(159) NEW CleveArguelles dotcom 7 2 5451901
30(150) NEW Philippine 2010 Election Updates and Results 9 2 2010
31(148) NEW Kodao Productions 2 4 5425447
32(145) NEW Voice from the Resistance 3 0 16939371
33(110) NEW how well do you know philippine law 35 0 -1
34(104) NEW Politics for Breakfast 6 2 10210281
35(101) NEW Pinoy Law Student 3 3 7187685
36(101) NEW Just a Glimpse and more... 0 2 26546867
37(93) NEW Pinoy Shouts! 8 0 15761581
38(93) NEW myepinoy's BLOG 0 3 10810786
39(93) NEW Liberal Views 0 1 -1
40(84) NEW to know Him more, and to serve Him better 9 0 -1
41(82) NEW The Citizen On Mars 2 4 1208307
42(73) NEW Karl Ramirez | Music, Film, Activism 9 3 11106635
43(68) NEW Pilipinas Ngayon 5 0 8566
44(68) NEW mackybaka! 0 2 18403784
45(63) NEW Benigno Noynoy Aquino 5 1 -1
46(63) NEW strictly law and politics 0 3 -1
47(57) NEW The Right to Speak 6 3 -1
48(56) NEW Peter Lavina New Blog 1 4 14400114
49(56) NEW Davao City Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta 0 2 26435176
50(55) NEW Papi for President 1 0 -1
51(53) NEW City of Bogo Blog Site 2 0 13642605
52(46) NEW MayorLito Atienza's Blog: Buhayin Nating Muli ang Maynila 7 2 -1
53(45) NEW Genius Bordering on Insanity 1 1 26428433
54(42) NEW Batang Tibak 3 0 16794495
55(41) NEW Mandirigma 1 3 642
56(41) NEW Kartilyaonline 0 2 11157369
57(33) NEW BotoMoto 8 1 18949657
58(32) NEW Cebu Elections 1 2 26843163
59(28) NEW Crowned Princess Royal of Denmark Since 1971 Official Site 4 0 382
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