Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

Rudy-Duterte-Cartoon

I think this is the phrase that’s going around many peoples’ minds nowadays: “Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

Bakit “Salamat?”

Kasi, sa totoo lang, andaming mga bagong kaganapan na siya lang ang nakagawa, o dahil sa kanya ay ngayon lang nangyari (at least not in recent memory):

  • Mga Mayor na napipilitang harapin ang mga akusasyon laban sa kanila. Dati kasi, dedma lang sila palagi.
  • Mga opisyales ng Pulis at Militar na pinagagalitan on live TV. Maramihan pa!
  • Nalinis ang Baclaran at Divisoria. Pwede nang daanan ang kalsada.
  • Natameme ang liderato ng Simbahan sa debate tungkol sa RH Law
  • Nabawasan ang mga nag-iinoom sa kalsada
  • Mas kumonti din naman ang mga nagbi-bidyoke ng malakas ng dis-oras ng gabi.

Bakit “Po?”

Shempre, respeto lang. Kung hindi sa tao, then sa position na hawak niya.

Bakit “Mr. President?”

Kasi, kahit hindi siya ang ibinoto ng lahat, nakuha pa rin niya ang pinaka-maraming boto. Therefore, siya ang panalo. Entonces, Presidente natin siya. Anerstang?!

Bakit “Pero…?”

Kasi, parang sobra naman ang kapalit nung mga positibong pagbabago na nilista ko sa itaas. Lugi tayo, kumbaga. Misdeal, ika nga.

As of this post, lampas 800 na ang napapatay sa “Drug War.” At malaki ang posibilidad na hindi lahat sa mga napatay ay guilty. Yung iba ay napagkamalan lang. Yung iba, collateral damage — in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ewan ko lang sa iba ha, pero sa akin… medyo mahirap tanggapin ang ganito. 😐

Salamat po, Mr. President, pero…

The persecution of the Rohingyas — ASEAN’s collective shame.

Everyone knows that by continuously ignoring the plight of the Rohingyas of Myanmar (Burma), the governments of the ASEAN nations, ours included, are singly and collectively guilty of abandoning them to a fate worse than death.

Rohingya refugees

Already, the Rohingyas have been rendered stateless, with both the Burmese and Bangladeshi governments disowning them as being mere “illegal immigrants,” conveniently denying the fact that they had been living in those countries for several generations already. In Myanmar, the situation is much more dire — not only are they not considered citizens, they are also continuously subjected to cultural and religious persecution. Also, they are denied access to such basic Human Rights as education, freedom of movement, and basic government services.

Is it any wonder then why the refugees would choose to gamble with their lives, and the lives of their children, and place themselves at the mercy of human trafficking syndicates just to escape their desperate situation in Myanmar?

But now they find themselves in an even worse situation — abandoned by the human smugglers, their boats left adrift at sea. With food and water dwindling fast, the inevitable happened. People driven mad by hunger and thirst fell upon one another, killing their fellow refugees for the remaining supplies.

Normal people, when confronted by such a dire situation, would immediately think of ways to help the victims, and fast.

But, apparently, governments are a different breed. Instead of rescuing the Rohingya, they refused them entry. Instead of towing them to shore, they pushed their rickety boats back out to sea.

“Not our problem,” they said. “We are victims too” (of illegal immigration), they cried.

To which we, their constituencies — the people who voted them into office — can only reply, “governments that do not represent the sentiments of their own people are not worthy to remain in power.” 😦

The persecution of the Rohingyas — ASEAN’s collective shame.

Nice try, Marcoses… but NO.

Napansin ko lang kasi na tila bagang dumadalas yung mga online posts — sa Facebook, Twitter, Plurk — na pinupuri ang mga Marcos… na kesyo mas maayos ang buhay nung panahon ng Martial Law… na mas disiplinado ang tao… kaunti ang krimen… mura ang bilihin… etc. etc. etc.

Pero ang mas nakaba-bahala ay parang andami yatang mga batang netizens ang tila sumasang-ayon sa mga posts na ganito. Even to the point na nananawagan (nangangampanya?) na sila na para maging susunod na presidente ng Pilipinas si Marcos, Jr.

What’s wrong with this?!

Actually, andaming mali. Marami talaga… pero foremost na marahil yung lantarang pag-deny ng mga taong ito sa mga malagim na kaganapan nung panahon na ‘yun.

Buti na lang marami pa ding mga hindi nakakalimot sa katotohanan.

Never Again2

Martial Law and the Marcoses? NEVER AGAIN!

 

Nice try, Marcoses… but NO.

The Act of Killing.

Pakshet! Kakaibang kilabot talaga yung naramdaman ko nang mapanood ko finally itong pelikulang matagal nang pinag-uusapan online.

The_Act_of_Killing_(2012)Nung 2012 ginawa ng isang American-British film director na naka-base sa Denmark itong documentary ito na tungkol sa mga kaganapan sa Indonesia mula 1965 hanggang 1966.

Anong kaganapan? The almost total extermination of the leaders, members and sympathizers (even those simply accused of being so) of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). Conservative estimates place the total deaths at 500,000 people, with some historians even claiming 1M+ people murdered.

Hindi ko na ikukwento yung history nung event kasi pwede n’yo naman itong i-google. Pero what bears sharing is HOW the story was told — the director convinced the actual perpetrators to do the acting!

Opo. Kakaiba talaga!

Actual members (now quite old) of rightist para-military and vigilante groups (even village youth gangs) that did the killings tell their story of why, when, where and how they committed the murders.

And get this, sila rin mismo ang nagrere-enact nung mga pag-patay, sa paraang gusto nila — kaya may straight drama kunwari, may mala-musical, at may mala-action film ang pagsasadula.

And they were quite proud of what they did. Grabe!

And that, probably, is the main reason why this is one of the most chilling films I have ever watched. Hindi masyadong pulido yung acting itself kasi hindi naman sila professional actors, pero it was their experience that was harrowing.

The way the killers reminisced about…

  • what their feelings were when they abducted, tortured and subsequently butchered their victims
  • how their victims reacted upon finding out that they were to be killed
  • how they disposed of the bodies, or the pieces, depending on what method of killing they employed
  • how good they felt after the murders and how they looked forward to the next ones.

All these painted a stark picture of exactly how inhuman humans can become once you mix fear, intolerance, lies, ideology, religion, prejudice and hate together in one setting.

I pray that such a thing never happens again ever; not anywhere, not to anyone. 😦

The Act of Killing.

On the ongoing Sabah Crisis…

Ang hirap sabayan yung palitan ng opinyon online tungkol sa nangyayaring karahasan sa Sabah ngayon. Andaming mga magkakabuhol-buhol na claims, counter-claims, accusations, counter-accusations, and plain old pamba-balagbag na mababasa.

Sino ba talaga ang may karapatan?

May malice involved ba sa timing ng paglusob?

May trayduran bang nagaganap?

May mga nang-udyok ba?

Haays.

Gan’to na lang. I’ll just register my position regarding the Sabah Crisis via this image:

sabah shirt

Gets? 🙂

On the ongoing Sabah Crisis…

Yet another reason why totalitarian states suck.

This is the Korean Peninsula seen from outer space (via a NASA Satellite image). Guess which part is ruled by Kim Jong-un and his cabal?

And it’s not just the obvious lack of development that’s glaring; there’s also the cyclical famine, a nationally-cultivated (nurtured, even) xenophobia and paranoia, and a general lack of freedom.

China’s not looking too hot, either 😦

Korea At Night 2012

Yet another reason why totalitarian states suck.

RH Bill dati, RH Law na soon! :-)

Kakaiba talaga ang feeling habang inaabangan ang mga boto ng Kongresista at Senador tungkol sa RH Bill. Daig pa ang nanonood ng Azkals match. Hehehehe.

Ngayon, malapit nang matapos ang proseso! Kakapasa lang (overwhelmingly) ng RH Bill sa Kongreso for the 3rd and final reading! At mukhang ganun din ang mangyayari sa Senado!

RH Law… malapit nang ipanganak!

Ang tagumpay ng kababaihan ay tangumpay ng bayan!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

🙂

RH Law

RH Bill dati, RH Law na soon! :-)

The Invisibles.

Opo. Tama ang basa ninyo sa title. Hindi “Incredibles”… Invisibles.

Invisible, as in hindi makita, hindi kayang makita, hindi kasama sa mga mahahalagang estadistika ng lipunan.

May isa pang depenisyon ang Invisible — mga ayaw makita. At ito yung malungkot na sitwasyon na pinupunto ko.

Napakaraming mga “invisible” na tao sa ating lipunan. Mga taong nasa paligid natin pero kadalasa’y dinidedma lang… mga taong tina-trato na parang wala lang… mga taong ipinanalangin na sana’y maglaho na lang na parang bula.

Bakit?

Mas madali ba silang talikuran kaysa tulungan?

Mas simple bang sila’y dedmahin kaysa pakinggan?

Is it less painful to look through them than at them?

Sino nga ba ang mga taong madalas nabibilang sa “The Invisibles?” 

  • Mga baliw na gumagala sa kalsada
  • Mga pulubi (matatandang nakaabang sa stop light, mga “batang envelope” na umaakyat sa jeep, mga tropang “tambol-sayaw”, mga paslit na “kalabit-penge” atbp.)
  • Mga “rugby boys”
  • Mga street evangelists at nagse-sermon sa bus na humihingi ng limos
  • Mga pamilyang natutulog sa bangketa
  • Mga batang nanghahalukay ng makakain sa basurahan
  • Mga may matitinding kapansanan

Kayo? Sino ang mga “The Invisibles” na naka-enkwentro na ninyo?

The Invisibles.

Tulungan natin ang mga biktima ni Sendong (call for donations)

Kagabi, sa X-mas party ng Akbayan na ginawang fund-raising activity para sa mga nasalanta ng Bagyong Sendong sa Iligan City at Cagayan de Oro City, ang mga (bonggang-bonggang) bisita ay nagpatak-patak para makalikom ng perang magagamit sa nagaganap na Rescue-Relief-Rehabilitation drive sa Mindanao.

Nakalikom sila ng higit PhP 920,000.00 at ito’y dinala na sa area ngayong araw. Marami ding relief goods na isi-ship sa lalung madaling panahon.

Tuloy po ang panawagan for donations at volunteers. Tulong-tulong tayo sa pag-ayuda sa mga biktima ng sakuna!

Malungkot man ang kanilang Pasko ngayon, huwag nating hayaaang mag-hari ang kawalang pag-asa sa kanilang mga puso.

Mabuhay ang Bayanihan! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Tulungan natin ang mga biktima ni Sendong (call for donations)

Living under the gun… it ain’t fun.

The recent ambush-slay of a Philcoa executive is just the latest in a long list of murders involving “unknown gun-wielding assailants.” Prior to this attack there was the killing of a doctor in Quezon; the assasination of the PUP Vice-President; the killing of DSWD Makati Assistant Chief, Mila Dumaguit (the murder being recorded on CCTV cameras)…

The yet unsolved murder of Ramgen Revilla only underscores the seriousness of the situation. Doubtless, this won’t be the last incident.

Bakit nagkaganito tayo? We were quite peaceful once, right? I remember my Lolo’s stories about how safe it was, during the 50s and 60s, to walk the streets of Manila; more so the provinces.

An’yare?! Exactly when did we become this gun-crazy, shoot-em-up-just-like-that nation?!

Was it because of World War 2? Was it Marcos’ fault? Is the grinding poverty a key factor, or the people’s chronic distrust of government’s capacity to protect them from criminals?

Or have we been conditioned to “shoot first and ask questions later” from watching too many cowboy and indian movies? FPJ movies? Lapid movies?

Ewan.

Basta ang alam ko, I don’t want my kids to grow up in this kind of society. If we can’t change it, we’ll just have to leave it behind. For their sake. 😦

Nga pala, today, yet another “unknown assailant” shot basketball star, Ali Peek, in the neck.

’nuff said.

Living under the gun… it ain’t fun.