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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Si Diokno, si Ramos atbp: Paghukay sa bangkay, hindi sa kasaysayan, o may pakay pang iba?

Stop Duterte-Marcos alliance daw o tapos magbibida tungkol sa Demokrasya?

Si Diokno atbp - Pakay ay paghukay ng bangkay at hindi ng kasaysayan, o may iba pang pakay?

Tama lamang na magresign ang ilang mga namumuno sa National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), na pinangunahan ni Maria Serena Diokno. Mayroon pala silang isinusulong na mga sariling paniniwala na gusto naman nilang isaksak sa isipan ng mga Pilipino. Na si Diokno ay umakyat pa sa entablado ng anti-Marcos rally para isigaw ang kanyang sariling paniniwala kontra paglibing kay Marcos ay pruweba lamang ng pagsulong sa kanyang agendang pulitikal at bias sa kasaysayan. 

Ang nagaganap aniya ay pagbabago ng kasaysayan, at ang desisyon niya na magresign ay nangangahulugan ng pagkilos tungo sa "tamang panig ng kasaysayan".

Subalit hindi trabaho ng responsableng historian, lalo na kung ikaw ang pinuno ng NHCP na ipamukha ng harap-harapan sa mga tao ang kaniyang bias, o pagkiling hinggil sa isang kasaysayan at igiit na iyon lamang ang dapat paniwalaan. 

Tama ang kanyang nabanggit na ang kasaysayan ay binabase sa primary sources. Pero magkakaroon lamang ng katumpakan ang pananalisik na isinasagawa kung iba't-ibang primary sources ang huhukayin mo at hindi mo pipiliin kung alin lamang ang siyang makakatulong sa pagsulong ng iyong personal na pampulitikal na pakay - na dala rin marahil, sa kasong ito, ng kanyang pinanggalingan bilang anak ng isang yumao nang respetadong politiko. Isang politikong tumuligsa noon sa Hacienda Luisita Massacre at bumitaw sa Cory Aquino government dahil sa naganap na pagpaslang ng militar sa mga magbubukid.



Bias at panlilinlang

Lahat ng primary sources ay may dalang katotohanan at mayroon ding halong kasinungalingan, dahil ang mga sources ay may kani-kaniya ring bias. Bagamat ang bias ay hindi kapareho ng panlilinlang, may mga bias naman na maaaring humantong sa tahasang panlilinlang. Kayat ang kabuuhan lamang ng mga sangkap na ito ang maaaring masabing katotohanan. Sa huli, ang mapanuring estudyante ng kasaysayan naman ang magbubuo ng kaniyang sariling konklusyon.

Dahil hindi naman eksaktong siyensiya ang kasaysayan. Mas maituturing na pag-aaral ito ng tao tungkol sa mga tao para maunawaan ang nakalipas. Kaya't wala kang dapat palampasin o isantabi na mga datos.



"Marcos, Hitler, Diktador, Tuta!" ang isinisigaw ng mga rallyista.

Walang duda na si Marcos ay naging diktador. Hindi rin mapagdududahan na siya ay naging "Tuta ng Kano". Kung ganoon, masasabing siya ay Diktador na Tuta ng Kano. Ang tanong: may isinagawa bang masusing pananaliksik ang NHCP, o itinulak ng DepEd man, bilang mandato nila kung paano naging kakatwang 'diktador na tuta ng Kano' si Marcos para sa edukasyon ng mga Pilipino at para sila maliwanagan? 

May masusing pag-aaral ba na isinapubliko sa usaping ito ang NHCP na gawain nila kung sila ay totoo sa kanilang responsibilidad bilang mga historians? Ito ba ay itinuturo sa lahat ng mga pampubliko o pampribadong mga paaralan at unibersidad? O ang mga ito, kung meron man, ay sadyang iniitsipuwera? 



Millenials

Makikitang karamihan ng mga estudyanteng nagpoprotesta (tinatawag ngayong millenials dahil hindi nakasaksi sa panahon ni Marcos), ay mula sa mga pribadong Katolikong kolehiyo at unibersidad sa Maynila, kasama ng mga politiko ng oposisyon (ang tawag ngayon ay yellow oligarchy), at iba pang mga kontra-Duterte na nangunguna at prominente sa mga anti-Marcos rally na nagaganap.

Kailangan  naman nating mag-isip din at suriin kung ano ang kanilang nakatagong pakay, na mababanaag naman, at maririnig pa ng malakas sa mga kaganapang ito.


May mga makabayang grupo naman na kamakailan ay sa harap ng US embassy nagprotesta laban sa iba't-ibang mas malalim na bangungot na idinulot naman ng America sa Pilipinas.

Papel ng America

Ano ba ang tingin ng US at ilang manunulat nila tungkol sa Pilipinas, isama na natin ang ilang Pilipinong mananaliksik?

Una, hindi marahil kayang isulat ng mga historians sa NHCP na ang Pilipinas ay nananatiling isang neo-colony ng Amerika. Ibig sabihin, dahil ito ay nasakop ng America sa loob ng 50 taon at naging malaya kuno bilang isang bansa ay nanatili pa ring kontrolado o hawak sa leeg ng US, sa pamamagitan ng economic pressure, political suppression at cultural dominance. Malaki ang interes pang-ekonomiya ng US sa Pilipinas, dahil pangunahin itong pangangailangan para maging military at intelligence base ang bansa ayon sa datos.

Bisitahin natin ang ilang katunayang pangkasaysayan. 

Hango sa United States in the Philippines, ni Larry Chin, sa bahaging 'Manila, Washington and Globalization'



Tinaguriang "Zaire ng Asia" ang Pilipinas ni Jonathan Kwitny sa Endless Enemies. Ang Pilipinas aniya, "ang isang bansa sa Asia kung saan tayo (ang America), ay nagsagawa ng mga patagong political activity, minsan ay bakbakan, at ang nagiging resulta ng mga ito ay kung ano ang ating gusto. Bawat pakikipaglaban sa mga gerilya ay lagi tayong panalo, bawat halalan, totoo man o dinaya, ay palaging nagresulta sa pagkapanalo ng kung sino ang gusto ng US government".

Ayon naman kay Gary Leupp, associate professor ng history at coordinator ng Asian Studies Program sa Tufts University: "Ang Pilipinas ay naging US colony mula 1898 hanggang 1946. Ika-sampu ng populasyon nito ay napawi sa unang ginawang US exercise in counter-insurgency sa Asia. Sinuportahan ng US ang mga serye ng malulupit na rehimen muna noong kalayaan kuno ng Pilipinas, lalo na iyong kay Ferdinand Marcos."



Sa Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines ni Walden Bello ng UP, idinetalye niya kung paano isinagawa ng World Bank, CIA at iba pang US agencies ang pandarambong sa domestic economy ng Pilipinas at kung paanong ang "Asian market crisis" noong huling bahagi ng 1990s ay direktang resulta nito.



Si Bobby Tuazon naman, Filipino investigative journalist, ay inilahad na ang sunod-sunod na administrasyon nina Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo (at paano mo ihihiwalay ang ikalawang Aquino), ay ipinagpatuloy lamang ang tradisyon ng walang humpay na pagsasamantala sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng US at foreign capital.




Si Ramos naman... ay tao ng Kano

Isang pamamaraan para malaman at maunawaan naman ang bahagi ng mga pangyayari, at tuloy malaman ang katotohanan sa kasaysayan ay kung babalikan lamang ang nakalipas na bukas ang pag-iisip. At maaaring wala ng iba pang paraan.

Isa si Fidel Ramos, dating Pangulo, ang umiingay ng paayon sa mga protestang nagaganap ngayon. Bakit kaya? At alam kaya ng mga millenials na si Ramos ang tinatayang pinaka-responsable sa mga human rights abuses na naganap noong Martial Law? Na si Ramos ang nagpatakbo ng Philippine Constabulary (PC) noon bilang Chief mula 1972-1981. Ang PC ang responsable sa pag-aresto, gayundin sa pag-torture ng mga sibilyan. 

Kamakailan, isang kilalang manunulat ng Manila Times pa ang nagsabi na si Ramos ang dapat humingi ng paumanhin sa mga pagpaslang at karahasang naganap noong Martial Law.

Ramos at the Pentagon 1998 with Defense Secretary William Cohen

Ito ay bahagi lamang ng, The United States in the Philippines ni Larry Chin, freelance journalist at nalathala sa Global Research (2002):

Former President Fidel V. Ramos is Arroyo’s “special envoy for international opportunities.” Despite his denials about the importance of his role, Ramos functions essentially as the country’s co-president.
He is also a direct agent of the Bush oligarchy.
Ramos is a senior advisor of the Carlyle Group and the head of Carlyle’s Asian advisory board. Its directors include former US president George Herbert Walker Bush, former US secretary of state James Baker, current US secretary of state Colin Powell...
Carlyle’s client list has included the likes of the bin Laden family and George Soros (a major player involved in the so-called Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s). 
During his presidency, Ramos was Washington’s best friend. As Daniel Schirmer described in 'Fidel Ramos: In the Footsteps of Marcos?': “Ramos follows the lead of Ferdinand Marcos in willingness to open the Philippines to foreign capital, with minimal restraint. He follows the lead of Marcos in solicitous attention to the claims of the U.S. military, covered over when politically expedient by gestures of nationalist intent.”
“President Ramos’s commitment to the reign of the free market in the Philippines and Asia is well known, especially since he played host to the 1996 APEC conference in Manila. Less known in the United States, perhaps, are the efforts he and his administration have made on behalf of the U.S. military in the Philippines. Since the Philippine Senate defeated the bases treaty in September 1991, the Pentagon has been trying to re-establish its military presence in the Philippines in order to be able to use that country again as a springboard for U.S. power projection. President Ramos and his administration have been the Pentagon’s main allies in this effort.”
“Ramos’ adherence to both free market ideology and US military dominance is evident in his support for the Pentagon’s policy of ‘rest and recreation’ in the Philippines (widely understood as the US military’s use of Philippine women as prostitutes). He apparently accepts as normal and legitimate the exploitation of cheap Philippine labor—in this case sexual labor—by the armed forces of the superpower.”
“As a high military official of the Marcos dictatorship Ramos supported the U.S. bases; as President Aquino’s Minister of Defense he continued this support. In November 1994 the Pentagon, with Ramos’s support, proposed to broaden the limited access agreement of 1992 with an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) giving the U.S. military rights in the Philippines, and the use of Philippine territory as a launching pad for possible U.S. intervention.”

Paglibing kay Marcos
Sa naganap na mga protest rallies, sino kaya ang tunay na nagmistulang maging tuta dala ng 30 taon, o isang buong henerasyon ng walang humpay na propaganda at pagdidikta - kayat naging miserableng tagalunok lamang sila ng kasaysayan ayon sa iba't-ibang aninong dilaw at itim?

Iba pang personalidad Sino ang iba pang mga dumalo sa anti-Marcos rally? Ilan lamang sa kanila na dumalo o humimok sa millenials ay sina...





At nailabas tuloy ang totoong pakay:

Biglang "Rally vs Duterte" ayon sa mainstream media.

Biglang Rally vs Bongbong Marcos ayon sa isang Tarp.

Photo credits to their owners.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A poignant story: From Marinduque to Broome (Western Australia) in 1891

Bumibiyahe na pala sa iba't ibang bansa ang mga Pilipino para makahanap ng trabaho noong 1800's pa lamang. Isa na rito si Thomas (Tomas) Puertollano, tubong Suha, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque na naglakbay papuntang Australia. Ito ay para sa isang peligrosong hanapbuhay: ang pagsisid at pagkolekta ng mga perlas.


"...We were considered under the Western Australian government as flora and fauna. So were part of the flora and fauna policies that state government had. You could not own land... You were segregated from the European community and you were used to do pearling and all that sort of thing without wages... We were considered as wildlife, as nomadic people." (Kevin Puertollano)
Fr, Martin Puertollano of Sta. Cruz was key in unearthing the old records of Thomas and the Puertollanos from the Sta. Cruz Church baptismal archives. Screencap from i-Witness

Deborah Ruiz-Wall, a Filipino-Australian journalist and researcher who specializes in Aboriginal studies and oral history wrote for this I-Witness documentary by Howie Severino the following:


Estranghero sa kalooban ng bayan
Damdamin ay nagising sa haplos ng kaluluwa
Ng lahing itinangay ng agos
Namumunong agos sa Broome at Torres Straits
Pilipino ay lumitaw sa pampang
At di na bumalik sa pusod ng pinagmulan
Dito na rin sila yumao
Iinilibing ang kanilang kayumangging alabok
Na ngayoy kasalamuha ng lupaing pula at karagatang bughaw

So, from Marinduque in 1891, Thomas Puertollano sailed to Broome, Western Australia along with other Filipinos to dive for pearls, to live there and never to return. And they were called

Manila Men



(An I-Witness documentary, first airing on GMA-7 Saturday, November 26, 2016, 11pm)

For most of his life, aboriginal Australian Kevin Puertollano had wondered about the Filipino great grandfather he never met.

Twenty-one-year-old Thomas (Tomas) Puertollano left his coastal village in Marinduque in 1891 never to return.

He joined thousands of other young men from around Asia in a boom town in northwestern Australia where they became pearl divers. The Filipinos in this migration wave were all called Manila Men regardless of their origins.

Pearl diving was good money but a very dangerous job, exposing divers to sharks and saltwater crocodiles as they spent up to eight hours a day in heavy suits on the sea floor gathering shells.

Thomas married an aboriginal woman and became a respected member of Australian society, yet was never granted citizenship. He started a family that up to now still cooks adobo and retains the Catholic religiosity of their forebear.

125 years later, accompanied by his sister and cousin, Kevin finally journeys for the first time to Thomas's homeland and connects with relatives in Marinduque he never met.

Howie Severino and his documentary team witness this unusual clan reunion and decide to follow Kevin back to Australia.

There they meet the rest of Kevin's musical and close-knit family, and hear of the painful struggles of aborigines and other minorities in Australia.

They also learn of Thomas's own heart-breaking tragedies towards the end of his life.

Kevin, his sister Roma, and their cousin Patricia brought something back from Marinduque, and in a simple ceremony at Thomas's grave, use it to reconnect him to his homeland at last. (Howie Severino)

Reconnecting Thomas to his homeland with something from Marinduque. 
Screen cap from i-Witness

“Manila Men” by Deborah Ruiz-Wall features stories narrated by descendants of the Filipino immigrants called "Manila Men" who came to Australia in the late 1800’s. Their work primarily revolved around pearl farming in the areas of Broome and Torres Straits in Australia. Ruiz-Wall’s book compiles and documents these descendants’ search for their Filipino roots.

Book launch was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with its President, Dr. Raul Sunico, Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, and the author herself who welcomed these descendants of the first “Manila Men” – now balikbayans - at the book launch.

Monday, November 28, 2016

PH at US: War ng commercial media at social media magkaparehong umaapoy

Sa Pilipinas at sa US, halos magkaparehong magkapareho ang kasalukuyang bangayan ng mainstream media laban sa alternative media o tinagurian ngayong social media. Hindi matanggap ng commercial / mainstream media sa America na matinding nawalan sila ng kredibilidad sa usapin ng pamamahayag at ang puntahan na ng mga mambabasa ngayon ay Facebook, Twitter at mga online news sites.


Maihahalintulad ang isinagawa ng mga mainstream, na kontrolado ng malalaking korporasyon, na pagmamanipula hindi lamang ng mga balitang pampulitika o panggagatong sa mga protesta sa kalye, kundi mga poll survey, mga prediksyon sa kalalabasan ng eleksiyon at pakikipagsabwatan sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno na nag-iisang ang pakay ay lokohin, manipulahin at baluktutin ang isip ng masa.

Trump at Duterte

Ano ba ang pagkakaiba ng pagkahalal bilang presidente ni Donald Trump at ni Rody Duterte? Hindi ba't pareho lamang silang pinagtulung-tulungang wasakin ng mainstream media - sa radyo, telebisyon at peryodiko? Hindi ba't sa parehong pagkakataon ay Facebook, Twitter at online news sites ang sinundan ng mga followers para sila ay suportahan? Sa social media ay gamay ng mga followers kung sino ang nasa likod ng mga ito at kung nasaang panig sila ng pulitika.

Sa US, 'Americanism vs Globalism (Establishment)'; sa Pilipinas, Pagbabagong Gusto ng Masa vs Yellow Oligarchy (Political Opposition)

Sa Amerika, noong malapit na ang nakaraang eleksiyon at hindi na maitago na tila walang nagawa ang kanilang walang humpay na propaganda para pabagsakin si Trump, ang mainstream media pa, kahit walang pruweba, ay hayagang nag-akusa na nakikialam daw ang Russia sa pulitika ng US. Finger pointing.

Sa Pilipinas naman, may pagkakataon na naging laman ng mainstream media ang pag-hack diumano ng mga Chinese-speaking technicians ng mga computers ng gobyerno, gayundin sa ibat-ibang bansa sa Asia. Finger pointing din. Pero kadalasan ay maingat din ang mga nag-aakusa na pangalanan ang China bilang nasa likod nito diumano.

Sa ngayon ay talagang hindi na kontrolado ng US media ang pagtangkilik sa kanila ng masa. Minuto lang kasi basta naglabas sila ng balitang pulitikal ay agarang naanalisa at napapabulaanan ang kanilang mga balita ng mga social media users.

Tuloy, social media na lamang ang tinatangkilik ng 62% ng mga users. Konklusyon na mas maimpluwesya ngayon ang social media kaysa sa The New York Times, The Washington Post at iba pang peryodiko at isama na maging online news sites na pag-aari ng mainstream.

Kapareho lang dito

Sa Pilipinas ay ganito rin ngayon ang ingay. Pumaimbabaw pa nga ang Mocha Uson Blog, masigasig na DU30 supporter sa social media dahil nilampaso niya sa Facebook engagement ang pinakamalalaking pangalan sa mainstream na gumagamit din ng social media. Kanya-kanyang malisyosong atake ang ginawa kay Mocha na siyang makatarungang dinipensahan naman ng social media users.




Tuloy pa rin ang pagiging arogante ng mainstream media

Sa US, dahil arogante ang mainstream ay nagkaisa ang mga ito para baligtarin ang kanilang pagkatalo sa pamamagitan ng planong pagwasak sa mga online news sites, Facebook at Twitter na kalaban nga nila. Ang gawain nila noon na mag-manufacture ng fake news ay ibinibintang nila ngayon sa online news sites ng alt-media. Subalit ang totoo, sa kanila lamang natuto ang ilang magagaling. Ginaya lamang ang istilo ng mainstream, kayat nagkalat ang mga satirical web sites katabi ng may mga seryosong plataporma. Dose of their own medicine, 'ika nga.

Sa Pilipinas ngayon, ganun din ang walang humpay na labanan. 




Fake News Ruse: Establishment Declares War On Alternative Media

By Kurt Nimmo, Blacklisted News

The effort to shut down the alternative media following the election victory of Donald Trump is kicking into high gear.

On November 16 PolitiFact declared it would “fight back against fake news” and produced a hit list of alternative media sites.

Blacklisted News is included on a list compiled by a site created specifically to target alternative media the establishment wants eliminated.

Targeted news sites include Activist Post, Consortium News, the Corbett Report, Global Research, the websites of Lew Rockwell and Paul Craig Roberts, WikiLeaks, and many others. A few sites on the list are in fact fake news websites and others satirical.

The targets are diverse politically, from the alt right website Drudge Report to the more progressive Consortium News and Counterpunch.

It should be noted PolitiFact is a creation of the corporate newspaper the Tampa Bay Times and is regularly accused of political bias. The site boasts it won the Pulitzer Prize, a clear indication of its establishment status.



Prior to the PolitiFact effort, a website called Is It Propaganda Or Not surfaced. It posted a list of “fake” news websites and claims the Russians are involved.
"We assess that this overall Russian effort is at least semi-centralized, with multiple Russian projects and influence operations working in parallel to manage the direct and outsourced production of propaganda across a wide range of outlets… There are varying degrees of involvement in it, and awareness of involvement. Some people involved seem genuinely unaware that they are being used by Russia to produce propaganda, but many others seem to know full well."
Democrats claimed the Russians were meddling in US politics when it became obvious Donald Trump actually had a chance to win the White House. There is virtually no evidence the Russians had anything to do with the outcome of the election, the hacking of the DNC, and even less evidence it is nefariously exploiting American and European alternative news websites to push propaganda.

This is part of a concerted effort to eventually deny “fake news” websites access to the web or at best relegate them to a far corner not reached by corporate search engines and more importantly eschewed by advertisers.

The corporate media no longer controls the news cycle. The propaganda it receives and reports from the government is now critically analyzed and debunked on social media within minutes. Millions of Americans no longer watch the corporate alphabet news networks or read corporate newspapers. In May, Pew Research reported 62% of US adults get their news from social media. Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr are more influential than the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other corporate establishment newspapers and websites.

It remains to be seen if Google, Twitter, and Facebook will take more draconian measures to shut down alternative media posts and links to websites targeted by the establishment. A transfer of the Internet’s Domain Naming System now underway also may threaten sites the government says are fake or foreign propaganda.

How do we fight back against this? First and foremost, Facebook and Twitter must be reminded they have a responsibility to the First Amendment and the free exchange of ideas.



Facebook et al. are, of course, privately owned corporations and as such can deny service to anybody they want. The vast majority of the names of the fake news hit list, however, are legitimate news websites. Blocking access to them is not only a terrible public relations move, but also reveals they are tools for government coercion and censorship.

Finally, corporations are sensitive to public opinion and how that reflects on their bottom line. A large number of people emailing Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms and expressing their opposition to the targeting of alternative news may have an impact on what ultimately happens.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Private media, bias-media, puta-putang media

Para sa kanila, ang sistemang umiiral ay hindi na dapat mabago pa. At ang gamit nga nila, tulad ng nakagawian na sa mahabang panahon, ay ang mga lokal na presstitutes o puta-putang media nga. To live forever on the fat of brainwashed minds. 

Image mula sa Mocha Uson Blog

Ang 'private media' pala na binabanggit ay hindi yung isang naka-base sa Barcelona na pinakamalaking producer ng pornographic films at literatura sa buong mundo. Kapangalan lamang pala nung 'Private Media Group' na may ari, ayon sa pananaliksik, ng 4 na magazine, 4 na pay-TV channels, at production line ng mga sex toys at mga kung ano-ano pa.

Ang private media pala na nasa balita ngayon at panay na ang ingay (at sila pa ang nagrereklamo dahil sila ay nababalewala na raw, ha?), ay yung tinatawag natin na 'commercial media'. Tawag naman ng social media sa mga ito ay 'bias-media'. Sa labas ng bansa natin ay binansagan naman ang private media na 'presstitutes'. Pinaghalong press at prostitute. Kaya ang simpleng translation lamang nito ay 'puta-putang media'.



Marami talaga ang bangayan ngayon sa ibat-ibang panig ng mundo sa usapin ng private media. E di lalo na sa Pilipinas na buong kahambugan na isinisigaw na "freest press in Asia". May problema diyan. Ibig sabihin, kahit anong gustong isulat ay pwedeng isulat - totoo man o hindi.

Marami namang bansa ang tumutuligsa sa private/commercial media sa kanilang mga teritoryo dahil ito ang gumagatong, tumatrabaho at sukdulang nag-uudyok pa sa mga makapangyarihang bansang Western (hindi lahat pero US ang nangunguna), na palaganapin at ipagpatuloy ang kanilang sariling agenda; supilin ang ano mang nais na gawin ng mga bansang may sariling kalayaan para sila lamang ang amo.


Mga bingi sa tinatawag na professional ethics at mga pamantayan sa media reporting ang karamihan sa private/commercial media. Ano ang resulta? Pagkahati-hati ng lipunan sa mga usaping pulitikal at walang katapusang panggugulo para pahinain ang gobyerno at bansa.

Hindi lamang sa Pilipinas

Tuloy ngayon, halimbawa ay sa Africa, ang tulak ng ilang mga bansa ay makiisa sa China para labanan ang Western imperialism na isinusulong ng malalaking media outlets. Problema rin ito ngayon sa India, Latin America, gayundin sa mga bansang sakop dati ng Soviet Union.

Walang tigil sa kabobomba ng negatibo at mapanlinlang na mga balita (fake news), ang mga presstitutes na ito laban sa mga gobyernong ibig nilang ikontrol, hawakan sa leeg o palitan. Bomba sa pamamagitan ng mga babasahin, radyo, telebisyon at maging mga pelikulang gawa sa kanila. Isinusulong nila na dapat ay ang kanilang kaisipan at mga pamantayan lamang ang masunod na kung saan sila lamang ang pwedeng magdikta. 

Sundin dapat ito ng sa tingin nila ay mahihinang uring mga bansa, o dati nang sunud-sunurang mga bansang napailalim na sa kanilang kapangyarihan at itinuring na silang amo habang panahon. 

Para sa kanila, ang sistemang umiiral ay hindi na dapat mabago pa. At ang gamit nga nila, tulad ng nakagawian na sa mahabang panahon, ay ang mga lokal na presstitutes o puta-putang media nga. To live forever on the fat of brainwashed minds.



Ano kaya ang kahihinatnan ng usaping iyan?

Kung tutuusin, ang paglabag sa freedom of the press ay nangyayari lamang kung ang gobyerno ay nakikialam sa desisyon ng mga pribadong nagmamay-ari ng media. Hindi naman lingid sa atin na ang mga nagmamay-ari ay iyong mga may matinding koneksiyon sa mga corrupt na pulitiko na sako-sako ang salapi (kung hindi man mga pulitiko na mismo o kanilang angkan ang may-ari). 

Konektado rin sila sa mga maimpluwesyang businessmen na handang maglagay (dokumentado pa na kahit labag sa batas, ang iba rito ay foreign investors), at media groups na kumokontrol sa kanila, gayundin ang mga grupo na kinokontrol naman nila.

Dahil dito, pansariling interes lamang talaga ang pangunahing pakay at kailangang protektahan nila ito gamit ang kanilang medium. Kung ano mang mga matatamis na pakay 'daw' ang gusto nilang gawin ay isa lamang itong pantasya. Pinadadama ka lamang paminsan-minsan, sabay bawi. 


Paikot

Sa ganitong gawain, nagagawa nilang hugisin, lokohin, paikut-ikutin, baluktutin at paglaruan ang pag-iisip ng madla, ang public opinion. Walang pinagkaiba sa paggamit ng mga gimik sa mga patalastas para maibenta lamang ang isang produkto, o artista o pulitiko, sukdulang sila ay magsinungaling at harap-harapang manloko. Sa ngalan ng salapi.

Napapapikit na lamang si Pilipino. Pero dati yun. Hindi na ngayon. Mabilis na siyang magising ngayon at mabalik ang ulirat sa realidad at totoong papel ng private media, commercial media, bias media o presstitutes sa Pilipinas.

Norwegian Foreign Minister meets President Duterte

This news is from Norway, as of posting time no PH media report
Norwegian Foreign Ministerr Borge Brende and President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao Nov. 25, 2016. Photo: Presidential Photographers Division (PPD)

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was back in the Philippines on Friday, with plans to meet the island nation’s controversial new president, Rodrigo Duterte. Between Duterte and US President-elect Donald Trump, Brende faces challenges galore.
Foreign Minister Børge Brende met school children waving handmade Norwegian- and Filipino flags on a visit to the Philippines two years ago. Now he'll be meeting the country's controversial new president along with other government officials, to discuss peace, trade and foreign aid. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl
Foreign Minister Børge Brende met schoolchildren waving handmade Norwegian- and Filipino flags on a visit to the Philippines in 2014. Now he’ll be meeting the country’s controversial new president along with other government officials, to discuss peace, trade and foreign aid. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl
“This is an opportunity to take up some of the concerns Norway has,” Brende told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on the phone from Manila Friday morning.
Duterte has generated headlines worldwide for his often rough language and his campaign against drugs in the Philippines. The anti-drug campaign has spread to nightly shootings, by masked men, and the loss of more than 3,000 lives in recent months, with victims tied to the drug trade and including drug addicts. Since Duterte assumed office earlier this year, the murder rate in the Philippines has risen by 60 percent.
Duterte recently said that as many as 30,000 more people can be killed in the war on drugs. The murders by allegedly unknown assailants, and Duterte himself, have been condemned in both the EU and the US, but Duterte enjoys widespread support both at home and among Filipinos living abroad who want a crackdown on crime.
Stepping into the fray is Brende, who had several other items on his agenda in the Philippines this week. High among them are the peace talks between the government of the Philippines and the country’s communist movement, which Norway has nurtured for years, along with business and trade issues. Thousands of Filipinos work on board Norwegian ships, for example, and Brende opened the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s new training center for Filipino seafarers in Manila, with the association’s managing director Sturla Henriksen.
Photo: Karl Norman Alonzo

Brende attracted attention from local media in the Philippines when he visited to oversee emergency aid issued after a typoon three years ago. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl
Brende attracted attention from local media in the Philippines when he visited to oversee emergency aid issued after a typoon three years ago. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl
In addition to meeting Duterte, Brende also had meetings planned with the Philippines’ foreign minister Perfecto Yasay and its peace minister, Jesus Dureza. Brende said on national radio in Norway Friday morning that it’s most important to maintain dialog, also on issues of disagreement.
“It wouldn’t be right to say that we will cooperate closely (with Duterte),” Brende said, “but if you’re going to try to get someone to change their behaviour, you have to speak with them.” Brende also stressed the close ties otherwise between the Philippines and Norway, which also is home to many people from the Philippines.
“Now there’s also a lot of momentum in the peace process that started 15 years ago,” Brende said. He intended to meet those involved as well as take part in a business event involving Norwegian companies in the Philippines.
Brende said it would be “exciting” to meet and talk with Duterte, and that he thinks Duterte will listen. While Norway has been quick to offer millions in foreign aid to the Philippines during various natural disasters in recent years, the Philippines also helped free a Norwegian hostage from the clutches of Islamic insurgents in the southern Philippines.
“Norway has, for years, had tight cooperation with the Philippines,” Brende said. “There are large Norwegian investments in the country and the peace process, so I think that will contribute to us being heard.” - newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

Norwegian foreign minister signs guest book, Davao City.


From Norway Today

The peace process in the Philippines was the main topic of Foreign Minister Børge Brende on Friday when he met outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

– Duterte expressed confidence on Norway and mentioned that the process is on track. I have a good hope that we can find solutions.

This could end the conflict that has lasted for nearly 50 years, says Brende to news agency NTB on a jagged line telephone from Manila.

In addition to meeting with Duterte, Brende also has held talks with Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay, peace minister Jesus Dureza and representatives of the guerrillas.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mysteries surround the opening of Christ’s tomb - sweet aromas, electromagnetic disturbances

“Sweet aromas” and “electromagnetic disturbances” surprised the observers of this historic event

By Sylvain Dorient, Aleteia

On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016, the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ was removed. As the group of scientists and religious authorities had access to the place, rumors immediately began to run around. Some rumors claimed it was possible to perceive a “sweet aroma” emanating from the tomb, reminiscent of the olfactory manifestations commonly associated with both Marian and saintly apparitions. Secondly, it was alleged that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances. As soon as they were placed vertically on the stone in which Christ’s body rested, the devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work at all.

Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, was given permission to visit the site, and remains reluctant about the rumors associated with the alleged “sweet scent.” In addition to stating that a smell is easily suggestible, she also noted she did not perceive any particular perfume at all. On the other hand, during the last partial opening, made by the architect Nikolaos Komnenos in 1809, the chronicler also made mention of a “sweet aroma.” People who are interested in the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher are well acquainted with this text, so it is possible that they might respond to unconscious suggestion about having perceived such a smell.

Electromagnetic disturbances

But the journalist is much less hesitant regarding the electromagnetic disturbances recorded by the scientists’ instruments. The phenomenon was confirmed by one of the scientists authorized to access the tomb. Later, one of the heads of the building and construction team, Antonia Moropoulou, indicated that it is really hard to imagine that someone would be willing to put in danger his or her reputation just because of a “publicity stunt.” Moreover, the journalist testifies to the scientists’ surprise during the opening of the slab: they hoped that the grave would be much lower than it was. Their conclusion: previously performed analyses with the instruments seemed to have been distorted by an electromagnetic disturbance.

It seems, lacking any other explanatory element, the tomb of Christ indeed affected instruments sensitive to electromagnetic disturbances. However, possible explanations on the motives for such a phenomenon do not fall short of speculation among those who are passionate about the Holy Sepulcher. And, needless to say, those speculations range from the most elaborate to the most ridiculous.

The stone they found where the body of Christ would have rested.

Only the tomb of Christ?

The opening of the slab and the revelation of the stone where the body of Christ would have rested have demonstrated the tomb indeed matches the Jewish tombs of the 1st century. But according to Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, the essential core of the issue is to be found elsewhere. “I would be delighted if a scientific expert proved that this stone was indeed where Christ rested, but even if it were proven otherwise, it would still be a sign of the Resurrection.”

The journalist, who has been a resident in Jerusalem for the last 17 years, was part of the exclusive, privileged group that was granted access to the place. As she confesses: “The church of the Holy Sepulcher is a disconcerting place. At first I did not like it very much. I was expecting a beautiful church and I found this place of strange architecture, which does not recall anything of the biblical scenes. There is no trace of the garden of the tomb, for example.”

“But gradually I developed an attachment, during the processions in which I participated along with the Franciscans. It is not a place to visit, but rather a place to pray. Thanks to a friar, I was able to walk all the way in, until I reached the rock that supported the body of Christ, something I could not have imagined … I felt somehow weightless, but I remember all the details. I will never go visit the Holy Sepulcher in the same way.

“Right now, they have replaced the marble slab on top, and one can only partially see the crypt, through an opening [protected with a shielded glass]. But I know the stone is there. I had the habit of genuflecting before the tomb of Christ, and then I reflected and thought it was absurd, as there was no real Presence there, and that one should rather genuflect in front of the Blessed Sacrament. But in the Holy Sepulcher, in front of this tomb, there is a ‘real absence.’ An empty tomb. A miracle before which all knees bend, in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell.”

Translated from the Spanish

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Motorcycle Diaries ni Jay Taruc features Marinduque's acidic blue rivers (Video)

'Motorcycle Diaries ni Jay Taruc', (GMA-7, Thursdays, 10 pm) featured a TV-documentary last Thursday, Nov 17 on some Marinduque places affected by the Marcopper mines - closed down since 1996.

In particular the feature explores quite thoroughly, and evidently with great care and effort, a blue river and waterfall (called Hinulugang Amerikano), in Brgy. Puting Buhangin and another similar blue river in Brgy. Hinapulan. Spectacular shots of the earthen dams and the rivers are shown, and interviews conducted by the host with local residents of said places. In Hinapulan, mothers and school kids, who have no choice but to cross the affected river in going to school, share problems they encounter. 

Other interviews made with the local environmental advocacy group, MACEC Marinduque (Ms. Beth Mangol), local scientists, the Boac MPDO (Luna Manrique), and no less than DENR Secretary Gina Lopez.


 Lush vegetation covers the waterfall and the acidic cloudy blue waters
in Puting Buhangin-Bol River. Photo: RV. Nardo

In August this year, I posted a series of articles about these blue rivers. This was based on information posted by Facebook friends (including the Boac MPDO), and based on additional research. The posts were likewise presented as a challenge for the newly-appointed environmental secretary.

The waterfall in Brgy. Puting Buhangin (Boac), has attracted many local youths because of the natural beauty of the place and the unique color of the running water. Apparently visitors to the said place, mostly young people who may not have been born yet when the environmental tragedy happened, were not aware of the dangers.

Another story on the previously not publicized acidic waters flowing down Hinapulan River, site of the Marcopper Tailings Spill in 1996, was also published by me. 

But not far from the mine site is another beautiful blue river hidden somewhere in Puting Buhangin, discovered last summer by unsuspecting, young, adventuresome Marinduquenos who apparently tried its inviting, cool waters


(Video) Motorcycle Diaries: Hinulugang Amerikano falls, maganda sa mata, mapinsala sa balat



(Video) Motorcycle Diaries: Ang nakabalot na panganib sa ganda ng Hinapulan Creek




(Video) Motorcycle Diaries: Hinapulan Creek exploration, water samplings collected, interview with MACEC


Friday, November 18, 2016

Former President Marcos laid to rest today

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi

Former President Marcos laid to rest at LNMB in private soldier's burial ceremony
True to Governor Imee R. Marcos' word that the family wants only a simple soldier's burial for Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM), he was laid to rest at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) today in a private ceremony.
The burial followed more than 27 years after Marcos' death in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, in September 28, 1989.
It arose as a promise of President Rodrigo R. Duterte during this year's presidential campaign. He then ordered the burial last July 11.
On November 8, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled the said order as lawful, clearing the burial of any legal impediments.
The ruling followed several rallies by pro-burial groups including mass action like the Kailian March from Ilocos Norte to the SC, and the 'Illumin8' prayer walk and vigil on the night preceding the release of the final decision.
Keeping the funeral simple, the Marcoses chose a palochina or pine wooden coffin for the former president, World War II veteran, medal of valor recipient, and former defense secretary.
"Ako at ang aking pamilya ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat na nagpatotoo sa karapatan ng aking ama na mapanatag sa [LNMB]," said Gov. Marcos on behalf of the family.

She added, "Kasama namin kayong nangarap at nanalangin sa halos tatlong dekada na makita ang araw na ito. Kaya naman ako po'y humihingi ng dispensa at pang-unawa sa naging pasya ng aking pamilya na gawing payak, pribado at taimtim ang paglibing sa aking ama upang hindi na masaling ang mga nagdaramdam."
The Ilocano community shared that they would always be grateful for what FEM had done, not only for Ilocanos but for all Filipinos.
"Ang paghihimlay sa kanya ay tanda ng paghihilom, kapatawaran, at kapayapaan tungo sa progresibong kinabukasan ng ating bansang Pilipinas. Ipinagmamalaki ka namin sa buong mundo, Apo Lakay!"
Loyalists groups echoed the message of national unity and healing: "Ipagpatuloy natin ang pagsisilbi sa kapwa at sa ating bansa, gayundin ang paghikayat ng katahimikan, kapayapaan, at pagkakaisa."
The family statement continued, "Dama namin ang inyong matinding hangaring maihatid ang aking ama sa kanyang huling himlayan… Hinding-hindi namin malilimutan ang inyong malasakit at sakripisyo na nagpatupad sa makasaysayang pagtitipong ito.
"Walang hanggang pasasalamat. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas."

Above text and photos courtesy of FEMarcos Presidential Center

"... and forgive those who trespass against us..."

Added photos from BBM:




Thursday, November 17, 2016

Big break for Brgy. Sayao and Sayao Bay, their natural treasures awaiting to be discovered

Construction of Sayao Seawall! Big break for Brgy. Sayao indeed, thank God! And my reminiscences there...

Cong. Lord Allan Velasco thanks the Duterte administration and DPWH as the construction of Sayao Seawall in 2017 has been prioritized by the national government. Kung hindi lamang nagkaroon ng interruption noong 2013...


From FB of LordAllan Quinto Velasco:

Noong taong 2012, hiniling ng mga taga-Barangay Sayao sa Mogpog ang pagpapagawa ng seawall dahil sa pinsalang dulot ng malalaking alon kapag ang tubig ay tumataas at umaabot hanggang kalsada at sa mga kabahayan.

Para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan sa Mogpog, lumapit sa DPWH at kay Sec. Mark Villar si Cong. Lord Allan Jay Velasco upang isulong ang proyektong ito na maipagawa ang seawall sa Barangay Sayao.


The coast of Sayao as it looks today. Photo: LAV

Nais naming magpasalamat sa DPWH at sa kasalukuyang administrasyon sa kanilang kagyat na aksyon sa ating inilapit na proyekto. Ating napag-alaman na ang Barangay Sayao Seawall project ay kasalukuyang pino-proseso at maaari nang maisagawa sa 2017 dahil ito ay napabilang na sa priority projects ng DPWH.

Asahan po natin ang patuloy na pagsisikap ng ating mambabatas pará sa ikauunlad ng ating minamahal na probinsya ng Marinduque. - LAV


Many will be lured to visit this beautiful place once the seawall is constructed.
Photo: LAV

For several weekends in 2012, together with some staff of Cong. Lord Allan Velasco (it was during his first term), barangay Sayao and Guisian became my favorite hideaway. Once shunned by natives due to the presence of  rebels, occasional encounters with government forces, by that time it had been declared a rebel-free area.

There was no end to our amazement discovering many hidden sites such as a waterfall, Guisian shore cliffs where you could dive, several caves and jaw-dropping seascapes such as a little known isthmus leading to a cone shaped hill. 

Most of all, many of the local folks' narratives, from their WW2 adventures in the area to stories that dwell in the realm of mystery have yet to be shared by them. 

I posted some of our weekend adventures in Sayao Bay. It has become my favorite spot in the island of Marinduque. 

A 10-year old boy's tidal garden (in circle) has survived after all.
There's a unique story behind it, please read on. Photo: LAV

Seeing photos posted by Cong. Velasco, such as the one above, I am reminded of that tidal garden story (shown in red circle), that I wrote about four years ago:

A 10-year old boy's tidal garden

Excerpts:
The barangay kagawad saw that I took pictures of some transplanted mangrove seedlings (above) not very far from the estuary, but where no other mangroves stood. Did you know that it's just a small 10-year-old boy who planted those mangroves there, he asked us. No one had asked that boy to do that, he said, he just did it by himself. Then some neighborhood fishermen voiced their opinion, the kagawad said, that it wasn't right to plant there, that those mangroves would never grow there anyway, that it's such a waste of time, that those plants would just be run over by bancas going ashore, that in fact those mangroves, if they survive, would only serve to limit the space where their boats could move more freely.
The boy learned about the complaints, the next thing he did was to install a few long sticks to mark his unique dream tidal garden, just so any thinking boatman would not cross it and not destroy what he was creating.
The boy's tidal garden (2012). Against all odds.

The grown-ups' voices were repeated thereafter, the same arguments, but this time, the kagawad found an opportunity to express his own voice telling the big guys: 'Pabayaan na lamang natin siya at suportahan na lamang ang kanyang ginawa'. (Let's just leave him alone, and just support what he has done).
They have listened so far, and nothing more has been heard from the grown-ups since then, the considerate kagawad said.
The boy's transplanted mangrove seedlings in 2012.
Children play in the sand at low tide.

Read more related stories:

Sayao caves, fishes and a tidal garden story

Sayao Bay's twists and turns

Turbulent past is evident in the shores of Sayao Bay

Sunrise in Sayao Bay (Video)


Sayao Bay Sunset

Busay sa Sayao, Sayao Falls and its message

Sayao's mangrove-lined estuary


Guisian

Revisiting Guisian in Mogpog, Marinduque

Guisian shore cliffs plunging into the sea

Sayao Falls' flare for surprises

Sayao Falls
This rocky isthmus known as Bagtasan connects Susong Dalaga hill (from where the photo was taken), and the highly populated sitio Manlumod in Guisian. The main village is nestled farther down behind the hill towards left.

Susong Dalaga Hill

Susong Dalaga Hill
Susong Dalaga Hill from Bagtasan isthmus

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