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Please respect Romy Neri’s right to be silent

Posted by geronimonadal on February 19, 2008

images1.jpegTo the all-righteous, all pure of intentions Black and White Movement, pardon me for spoiling your party. While I agree with you that GMA’s administration is corrupt and that the President should resign for the sake of the Filipino nation and while I agree that it might be good for the country if Romy Neri actually “tells all”, I do not agree with the methods and ways you people use the “mass” and or similar religious rituals to harass, intimidate, make a judgments of, bamboozle and pressure Romy Neri and others to “tell the truth”. I do not agree we should offer at the altar of so-called search for truth the right of Romy Neri or any other person to be silent. Not even Manoling Franciso’s (who must have been under tremendous pressure to come up with a bombastic [read: acceptable to the crowd]) homily can erase the fact that “human freedom” and “conscience” (which includes the right to be silent) is supreme and superior even to the so-called “search for truth”. You do not destroy the human person just to get what you want – however “great” or “important” that issue is. While we all seek the truth, we must respect the freedom of the human person to act in whatever way he or she deems right, in this case, to be silent. Otherwise, we will have a situation of the tyranny of the many, the tyranny of the morally arrogant, the “tyranny” of your kind of “morality” – a morality of either you are with us or against us. While we demand for the “truth”, we must also empathically defend Romy Neri’s right remain to silent in accordance to his best lights. It is when we are so eager to sacrifice the human person and human dignity to attain certain political objectives that we become who we loath.

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Gloria in hot waters

Posted by geronimonadal on February 17, 2008

While I agree with Mon Casiple’s observation that Jun Lozada has awaken the middle class: 

“Not today. If there is one thing that Jun Lozada did, it was to galvanize the middle class into rethinking their own mindset of political cynicism and passivity. Lozada as the middle class epitome of “everyman” was adopted by them as their own hero. Not an abstract symbol but a breathing, living human exemplar–with all the weaknesses of a human being.    

In fame, he became more accessible to the middle class who showed him their sympathy and empathy–a Teflon-like proofing no telling and re-telling of his “dark” past by the Arroyo family barkers can dent. By their attacks, he became the underdog–a double-proofing that is giving him a 92 percent texted-in support in the “1 against 100 GMA mob” showdown sponsored by a media network.

But the story is not Jun’s–it is the middle class’ own epiphany. Events are now being dictated by the tempo of its own political advance. The specter of another middle class-led people power has arisen. The dramatic street play may or may not come to pass but all political actors are now constrained by the middle class’ political stand.” 

It was not only the middle class that was awaken by Jun Lozada. Apparently, Jun Lozada has also awaken the senses of business and the economic elite to the reality of the excesses and the corruption of the Arroyo administration. This Sunday’s rally was populated by the likes of Ramon del Rosario, Rafael Alunan, Cesar Purisima, Bertie Lim, etc. In fact, its the same Cory Aquino squad together again. This should be a cause of concern for Gloria Arroyo as there might be actual funding for protest rallies in the days ahead. And if the momentum is sustained and catches fire in the provincial areas, Gloria is in real hot waters.

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Imbestigahan ang Daang Hari scam ni Manny Villar

Posted by geronimonadal on February 16, 2008

Habang nandito na tayo sa pag-iimbestiga sa mga kurakot at mga anomalya sa ating pamahalaan. Siguro napapanahon na rin na tingnan ang P68 million C5 Merville Access Road ni Manny Villar.

Sabi ni Villar sa press statement niya noong December 1, 2007 na “the opening of the new access road will benefit thousands of commuters and will usher in major development in the area.” Talaga lang ha? Hindi kaya to benefit him and his real estate corporations? Sino nga ba ang tunay na nakinabang sa baku-bakong road system? Ito ba ang nagprepresentang maging pangulo ng bansa? Naku po. Tama na. Sobra na. Maawa ka naman sa Pilipinas.

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Those self-righteous Black and White Movement zealots

Posted by geronimonadal on February 14, 2008

When I heard about the incident at the Senate where Lea Navarro allegedly badmouthed the Defensors and making personal judgments over how they raise their kids, I just felt the need to say enough to these Black and White zealots.

You know them. They are “pushy”, self-righteous and “feel morally superior” above all other Filipinos. If you are with them, you feel that they consider themselves as God’s gift to the Filipino nation and that they seem to have all the answers to the burning issues of the times. You can immediately sense that they truly believe that if you are not with them, you are against them and therefore you are either corrupt, a coward, or less a person. Most of them are “unelectable” and would not even win in a barangay election. They are the ANC revolutionaries without any concrete constituencies. To the Black and White Movement zealots: who the hell gave you the right to speak for us?

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Better than winning the presidency

Posted by geronimonadal on October 12, 2007

Fighting Global WarmingTwist of fate. if Al Gore was proclaimed the winner of last US presidential elections, he would not have been even considered for the Nobel Peace Prize. By losing the presidential elections, Al Gore got more than anything he prayed for: the gratitude and respect of a world that is now slowly undertaking measures to combat global warming. Thanks to his resolute advocacy to raise our awareness, Al Gore is now bigger and greater than George W. Bush.

clipped from newsinfo.inquirer.net
(UPDATE) Gore, UN body win Nobel Peace Prize
“His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change,” the citation said. “He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.”

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Erap should stop using his sick mother as props

Posted by geronimonadal on September 30, 2007

erap.jpgThere is something terribly wrong about it. Erap, in an all consuming desire to continue to be relevant and in the political limelight, is using her sickly mother as props. I have nothing against close family ties but in this particular case, there is no doubt that Erap is using his mother’s frail condition to drum up the “underdog” image to further his political aims. This is sick. This is evil. No mother deserve this kind of treatment. There are limits to political opportunism and a sick mother who is almost on her deathbed is definitely one of them.

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We Need Another Martial Rule

Posted by geronimonadal on September 21, 2007

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I am a martial law baby. I was four years old when martial law was declared in the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. I can still hum and sing from memory parts of Bagong Lipunan song: “May bagong silang, may bago nang buhay…sa bagong lipunan. Magbabago ang lahat tungo sa pag-unlad. Ating itanghal: Bagong Lipunan.” Whenever I hum and sing said song, I feel a rush of patriotism and pride. I am proud to be a Filipino. No, I will not brush aside the atrocities and the human rights violations commited by the Marcos regime (the irony of it all is that one of the chief implementors of martial rule, Juan Ponce Enrile, is a senator of this Republic) but I will also not swallow hook, line and sinker that Martial Law was totally bad for our country. History is always logical by hindsight and the kind of path Martial Law took in our country was for the worse but in another time and given our learnings, the imposition anew of martial rule might be good for this country. Only this time, martial rule should be used to improve our economy, get rid of monopolies and fight crime. Human rights must be upheld at all times but some freedoms must be limited and regulated, especially the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression. We are an unruly people. We do not follow the law. Blood is thicker than water and everything else (how else do you explain the irrational attacks of Luli Arroyo on the hapless Joey De Venecia just to defend her father? do you see a possibility of Luli Arroyo, if confronted by overwhelming evidence that his father intervened and interfered in government contracts, denouncing his father? no way.) Power is the only currency as much as the Filipino is concerned. Wonder why the Filipino is law-abiding in other countries? Its because he or she has no power and when you are powerless , you better be obedient. Of course, martial law will not be good for our country if Gloria Arroyo is the President. She has lost all credibility and moral highground.

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Luli Arroyo: Walang Modo

Posted by geronimonadal on September 19, 2007

luli2251.jpgAnd to think that I use to look up to Luli Arroyo as the one saving grace in the First Family. Instead of answering the question as to why the First Gentlemen was present during a ZTE-Abalos meeting in Wack-wack, Luli Arroyo launches into an ad hominem attack on Joey de Venecia, i.e. alluding to Joey’s past drug addiction. She used to have class, now she is just one of the Arroyo kids – arrogant, holier-than-thou and too naive to believe that their father (who is undoubtedly the padrino behind a lot of shady deals and corruption in government) can do no wrong. In debate, when one employs an ad hominem attack,i.e. attacking the person of the opponent instead of facing squarely the issues, it only means one thing: you do not have any rebuttal. Well, you know Luli, I would rather have a former drug addict who speaks the truth than you who seems to be so clean on the outside but full of vile and venom in the inside.

It is understandable for Luli to try to defend her father. Perhaps, what she should do is ask her father the truth rather than blindly parroting the line that her father does not interfere with the affairs of government. The only consolation that I have is the thought na hanggang 2010 na lang itong mga ito.

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Bakit Tila Walang Patid Na Pagnanakaw?

Posted by geronimonadal on September 19, 2007

images.jpegThe whole nation was glued to their TV monitors. Here’s a young man, no less than the son of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, speaking softly and deliberately his truth. He spoke of corruption, of bribery, and of being shocked at the audacity of the First Gentlemen and the COMELEC Chairman to bully him to withdraw from a huge government project. More importantly he spoke of his real intentions: he wants to see some reform in his lifetime or in his son’s lifetime.

In the middle of his stunning revelations, I found myself asking: why is there a seeming frenzy to bag juicy government contracts and get fat commissions quickly? I have long accepted the fact that total eradication of corruption in the Philippines is a long term goal and therefore I am open enough not to be shocked by some degree of corruption in government in the short term, but the present situation is overwhelming. Bakit parang bastusan na ito? A lot of pundits have put in their two cents worth on why there seems to be frenetic activities of corruption today. In my view, the answer might be simpler than those already advanced. Bakit tila walang patid ang mga pagnanakaw? It has been the fodder of rumor mills that Gloria and Mike are actually separated – separated de facto and that they are just waiting for the end of Gloria’s term to formalize it and live their separate (hopefully happy) lives. They have to put on the charade of a happy and intact family. Mahirap maghiwalay ngayon dahil Presidente pa si Gloria. Hindi daw maganda tingnan. Thus, there are two groups operating in Malacanang, each trying to bag separate deals for their respective principals. They know that 2010 is near and their principals need to amass their “retirement benefits”. Whereas in past administrations there was only one King and the rest of the “alipores” had to fight for the crumbs falling from the table, the separation de facto of Mike and Gloria has created a “two-king” scenario (both trying to outdo each other) at pinaghatian na ang mga kalakal ng gobyerno – kay Ma’am ito, kay Mike ito. The domestic problems of Gloria and Mike have monstrous ramifications. The breakdown of their household is threatening to lead to the breakdown of this country. Yan ang haka-haka ko. Sabi nga ni Occam – sa lahat ng mga sagot, ang pinakasimple at payak marahil ang tama.

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Unsolicited Advice to GMA

Posted by geronimonadal on September 18, 2007

I pity the President. After all these years of trying to recover from the Garci scandal and trying hard to keep the Philippines on track in its economic development and just when she is about to surmount the last remaining political challenges, Mike Arroyo spoils it all. I posit that the single biggest destabilizer of this government is Mike Arroyo and because he is the husband of the President, he pulls the President down with him. Mike is the cause of a lot of PGMA’s problems. Mike is a greedy moron who jumps at every opportunity to make a fast buck. Mike Arroyo is not solely PGMA’s problem though (of course and by hindsight, the fact that she married Mike several years ago should have brought to fore questions of Gloria’s judgment), it is ours as well. My unsolicited advice to the President: hiwalayan mo na yang si Mike at ipakulong iyan. Save your self. Save this country. Being married to him does not include answering for his sins or covering up for him. In any case, hiwalay na naman talaga kayo at pagkatapos ng 2010, hindi naman kayo magsasama. Iiwan ka naman talaga ni Mike, that’s why nagpa-fund-raising yan. Have pride naman, Madam President.

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