December 31, 2007

Bagong Taon

Bagong taon sa ospital.

Sabi nga nila, there's a first time for eveything.

Happy new year sa inyo.

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Mahatma Gandhi

Nang mabasa ko ang quote na iyan ni Gandhi, di ko maiwasang hindi ito i-apply sa ating pagse-celebrate ng Pasko.

I like the first Christmas. I do not like the way us Christians celebrate Christmas.

I like the idea of a Savior who chose to be born in simplicity. I do not like the way us Christians celebrate Christmas with extravagance.

I like the idea of a Savior who chose the message of poverty as a source of power. I do not like the way us Christians fought for power and drove the world into poverty.

Our Christmas is so unlike the first Christmas.

Isang simple at mapagpalayang Pasko sa inyong lahat.

December 22, 2007

Sana bawasan ang presyo ng libro

First time kong mamili ng pamasko sa aking mga pamangkin / inaanak. Makunat kasi akong tito / ninong dahil hindi ako nagreregalo kapag Pasko (sa totoo lang, kahit birthday). Pero ngayong taon, naisipan kong magregalo na. Baka kasi makalimutan na ng aing mga pamangkin / inaanak ang aking pangalan.

At siyempre, in something so predictably Paeng, ang regalo ko ay...tantararaannn...mga libro.

Dahil gustong gusto kong nakakatanggap ng libro, nagiging paborito ko na ring pangregalo ang libro lalo na sa mga mas bata sa akin. Books bring back a lot of good memories and my worldview has been mostly shaped by books (along with newspaper columns and progressive music).

Yun nga lang, reading has become a lost art lalo na sa mga bata. Madalas sinisisi dito yung existence ng mas interactive (although not necessarily mas informative) na media. Pero sa pamimili ko kanina, may nadiskubre akong malamang mas malaking dahilan kung bakit ang konti na lang ng nagbabasa ngayon.

Ang mahal na kasi ng libro. Sa kamahalan niya, mapapapunyeta ka.

Sana naman murahan na uli ang mga libro. Naalala ko pa na nakarami ako ng libro dati dahil mahal na ang P30 noon para sa isang pocketbook na American publisher. Nakakabili pa ako ng first print na bagong libro for only P5! E ngayon, ang children's book na local, mababa na ang P80. Paano nga naman gaganahang bumili ng libro ang mga bata niyan.

December 10, 2007

Anong nangyari?

Isang buwan pagkatapos ng "belated" na autopsy finding kay Mariannet Amper na nagsasabing baka daw panggagahasa at hindi kahirapan ang nagtulak sa kanyang magpakamatay, ano nang nangyari? Bakit wala nang balita?

O baka naman press release lang ang autopsy finding kuno para malihis ang sisi sa iba?

December 2, 2007

Tutal advent naman

Kung ngayon kaya sa panahon natin dumating si Hesus, ano kayang nangyari? Mabibitay pa rin kaya siya?

December 1, 2007

Spin doctor na naman

The PNP claims Faeldon managed to escape by posing as a journalist and making his way to the lobby then into the service bay of the hotel before slipping out into the streets.

What a stupid way to put a spin on a story. E natakasan nga sila, ibig sabihin di nila nakitang umalis, so paano nila naconclude na nagpose si Faeldon na journalist?

Ayan na naman, gumagawa ng justification sa katarantaduhan na ginagawa nila sa media.

C'mon, PNP. Try coming up with a better excuse next time.

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Isa pang spin:

Sen. Antonio Trillianes and Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim intended to install themselves as leaders of a revolutionary transition government which they planned to have established if they had succeeded in mustering sufficient numbers of civilians and soldiers during their takeover of the Manila Peninsula hotel, a high Philippine National Police official claimed Saturday.

Senior Supt. Asher Dolina, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in the National Capital Region told the Inquirer that this was gathered from documents police recovered in the Manila Peninsula Hotel after last Thursday’s six-hour siege at the hotel in Makati.


Hindi na ba kayo nagtataka na ang mga kalaban ng gobyerno, lagi na lang mga tangang may dalang dokumento ng mga plano nila? Pag may napatay na NPA kuno, laging may dokumento na nakasulat nang detalyado ang mga plano. Pag may napigilang coup d'etat o mutiny, laging ring may nadadampot na ganung klaseng dokumento.

Ang galing naman ng mga nagpa-plot laban sa gobyerno, laging may dalang comprehensive workplan sa kanilang bulsa. Mahina siguro mga memorya nila.

Pag ako kaya nadampot, anong dokumento naman ang makukuha sa akin?

Si Randy David na nga lang ang mag-explain

Ang daming nagtatanong sa akin kung paano daw ieexplain ang ginawa ni Trillanes at Lim nung Huwebes. Nagtataka sila bakit daw ako hindi natatangahansa ginawa nila. Nasagot ko naman nang maayos ang kanilang tanong at gusto ko rin sanang maipaliwanag dito, pero nung mabasa ko ang column ni Prof. Randy David, sabi ko eto na lang ang ipopost ko dahil nakuha niya (at naexplain nang mas maayos) ang aking insight sa Makati Standoff.

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The silence of the camps
By Randy David

Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a former Navy lieutenant senior grade, are two of the smartest officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They are highly regarded by their men and by their contemporaries in the officer corps. Few senior officers in the Philippine military today can match their popularity among the soldiers. It is significant that they have also led repeated coup attempts against the government of the day. They are not novices in the art of military mutiny.

Knowing this, one is hard-pressed to understand why they would venture into something like Thursday’s standoff at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, with hardly any arms to defend themselves, only to surrender without a fight to the police forces sent to arrest them. It just doesn’t make sense. The two detained officers, together with their fellow officers and security detail, strolled out of the courtroom during a break in the hearing of the 2003 Oakwood mutiny. They had no fear of being re-arrested. Only a handful of civilian supporters accompanied them in their unhurried walk to the five-star hotel in which they were to make their statement. If this was going to be a coup, it was rather unusual if not suicidal. They came virtually without arms.

While they called on the Filipino people to join them in their bid to oust President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, they didn’t sound like they were desperately waiting for people power to pick up the cause they were espousing. If they were banking on popular mobilization, then they were one day too early. They should have stretched their stay at the Peninsula till the following day, Bonifacio Day, when huge rallies were expected. In fact, this possibility was what worried the government forces. So why did Trillanes and Lim give up so quickly?

We can only speculate that their action was meant to spark a mutiny that they thought was waiting to happen. But because we did not see troops marching in the streets or moving in trucks and choosing sides, we are now led to think that the Magdalo officers badly miscalculated. In fact, the spokesmen of the Arroyo government lost no time in assuring the public that the military chain of command remained intact and that the rebels were totally isolated.

But, if indeed they were alone in this doomed and foolish adventure, how do we explain the fact that, at the height of the standoff, no military commander, apart from the chief of staff, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., came out or was presented to reiterate support for the Arroyo government? Why did the government rely exclusively on police forces to deal with what was openly declared as a bid to remove the existing government? Was Ms Arroyo afraid that, if compelled to declare their loyalty, a good number of the nation’s soldiers might actually side with Lim and Trillanes?

In short, what did the silence of the camps during this six-hour siege signify? I doubt if General Esperon or Ms Arroyo knows. Perhaps if they know anything at all about the state of mind of the soldiers in the camps today, it might be something that is likely to give them sleepless nights in the next few weeks or months. Could this be the real reason for the sudden imposition of a midnight curfew -- that they are seriously spooked by the possibility of troop movements quietly taking place in the coming days?

For it is hard to believe that the soldiers barricaded in their barracks would not care less about what was going on in Makati City last Thursday. If they saw what the rest of the nation saw, and they remained silent, I would consider that a meaningful silence. In a time like ours, when images from live media pack more power than the most stirring statements, what might the silence of citizens and soldiers possibly indicate? Are their senses stunned and their will paralyzed? Or are their souls shaken and courage awakened in their hearts? Who knows?

Who would know what it means for a soldier or a citizen to see a young senator of the republic, filled with idealism, being shackled and handled like a sack of potatoes by his captors as he is led to a waiting police bus? Who would know what it means for any viewer to see an 81-year-old prince of the Catholic Church, hobbled by age, his left hand tied to the right hand of another priest, being led to a waiting police bus after having just said a prayer of hope? Who would know what it means for someone to see a whole line of media people, their hands bound in plastic restraints proudly held up above their heads, being led to a waiting police bus for “processing” as suspects? Such were among the most memorable images from Thursday’s episode.

I only know that one would need to be blind and insensitive to view these snapshots as achievements of the rule of law. You take one look at General Lim and Senator Trillanes side by side General Esperon and Colonel Bacarro -- and you can tell at once who among these soldiers have their ideals intact. You take one look at Bishop Julio Labayen and former Vice President Tito Guingona side by side Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye -- and you know at once who the liars are.

There is a mutiny in the making not just in the camps but in the hearts of the rest of us. We were beginning to forget what social anger is all about, and what it means to take responsibility for the nation our heroes bequeathed to us. Thursday set us on a new path. We are starting to see what General Lim meant when he said: “Dissent without action is consent.”