Friday, April 27, 2012

Let us make Kony infamous:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On Henry Sy

We paint two pictures of Henry Sy, whose company is in the news for removing pine trees in Baguio:

Here is a grouped comments which nearly floored me:

  1. Charge every customer for parking
  2. Hire the employees as temporaries and lay them off every six months)Most employees are reputed to be members of a certain sect where strikes against employers are not allowed.
  3. Build a church near or even inside(!) your mall and donate it to the Catholic diocese
  4. Overwhelm the cities with a bank branch every street corner
  5. Retain remittances in your banks even though they have cleared so you can keep the earnings and interests

Of course, businessmen dream to be the next Henry Sy. Is there a tinge of envt in the comments?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Who is responsible for our woeful Philippine Air Force?

How can we be so powerless in meeting the problem of North Korea launch of a missile in the guise of launching a satellite?

What happened to the Armed Forces modernization law? This law, together with the BCDA (Bases Conversion development Act) aimed to sell off military vast lands and use the money to buy modern weapons for our Armed Forces of the Philippines. What happened? Where did the money go? Can we blame the Congressmen and Senators who passed this ineffective law? Well the job of senators and congressmen is to pass laws, unfortunately, they think that their responsibility ends with the successful passage of the law. They did not pass a law to form an agency, or an entity to see if the money goes PROPERLY to the procurement of modern weapons.

Can we blame the president? Well yes! He cannot evade responsibility as his office is responsible for seeing to it the law is enforced. He cannot say that he just inherited the problem from his predecessor.

And we can also blame ourselves too for electing low quality public officials whose hidden agenda is to enrich themselves in office. That is where the buck stops.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Alarming: cutting pine trees under cover of darkness

Here is a damning photo I just saw in Facebook. It might be too late already though! The deed has been done.

Location: Baguio City, SM vicinity.
It is so funny that the city of baguio spent money to put up a stainless steel pine tree during one Christmas.

Photo courtesy of the artist Carlos Celdran. Re-published in the public interest.

According to SM, they are not cutting down the trees but are earth-balling them to transfer them. But exactly where they were transferred remains a mystery.

Additional reading:

Baguio Court Stops SM from cutting trees in Baguio,-triggers-protests

Thursday, April 5, 2012

So unlike a Supreme Court Justice! Hungarian president resigns due to academic misconduct

Click on Wiki article on Pal Schmitt

He was accused of plagiarisin the work of a Bulgarisn sport expert for his doctoral dissertation.
He was also accused of plagiarising more than 15 pages of a German work in 1991. And he also lifted works from another without a due reference.

Contrast this with a justice of the Supreme Court who lifted without attribution some parts of some other's works into a decision about a case involving comfort women in WW II. This only goes to show that Ethics is forgotten and ignored in the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land!

Monday, April 2, 2012

has the world forgotten that Su Kyi's party once won in 1990 elections in Myanmar?

Suu Kyi hails 'triumph of the people' after Myanmar election win

She could have been prime minister but that was not meant to be.
We want to see the generals step down quietly after their illegal forced coup. We are glad that Suu Kyi is of the forgiving kind. Here is an excerpt from the wikipedia.

In the 1990 general election, her National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010,[8] becoming one of the world's most prominent (now former) political prisoners.[9]

Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country,[10] one of only five people ever to receive the honor.[11] In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal.[12]

Further reading: wikipedia article on Suu Kyi

May she still have the fire and energy to revitalize Myanmar, with a good chance of surpassing the performance of the Philippines! We only wish success for this fine lady, the daughter of the founder of modern Burma (Myanmar).