As the year draws to a close a few hours from now, allow me to reflect on the things that happened in the year that we will leave behind. Never has there been a time more challenging than these times. Never have we been faced by such pressing issues such as war, global warming, oil supply problems, social and political turmoil, incurable diseases, technology dilemmas and moral degradation — all at the same time. Continue reading I'm Amazed: A 2008 Year-End Reflection
As the year draws to a close a few hours from now, allow me to reflect on the things that happened in the year that we will leave behind. Never has there been a time more challenging than these times. Never have we been faced by such pressing issues such as war, global warming, oil supply problems, social and political turmoil, incurable diseases, technology dilemmas and moral degradation — all at the same time. Continue reading I’m Amazed: A 2008 Year-End Reflection
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Drum roll, please…
SWS 3rd Quarter Survey Results:
De Castro – 29%
Villar – 28%
Legarda – 26%
Malacanang, as early as now, eyes several other people as successors to PGMA — Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte. These people are being considered aside from VP Noli de Castro who has been enjoying wide popularity in recent SWS surveys.
And, as early as now, I think it doesn’t take a genius to see that their additional choices don’t have a slight chance in hell at winning the presidency even with Malacanang’s so-called “political machinery”. In a country as disillusioned as ours, popularity is still a major factor for winning. And while popularity isn’t everything (as proven by the many “celebrities” who lost in their quest for electoral positions in the previous elections), it is still undeniably a major consideration or shall I say, a significant determinant of a candidate’s winnability. Continue reading Choosing the Palace Successor: Philippine Presidential Elections 2010
It was a long wait. Was it two years? And now Joc-Joc Bolante, the alleged “mastermind” of that “fertilizer scam” issue is finally here. And just like our “very optimistic” expectation before that Romulo Neri will spill the beans on the NBN-ZTE broadband scandal, I must say that we are none the wiser to assume that we can ever get something out of Joc-Joc’s mouth or head. If it took him two years to evade questioning, what guarantee do we have that the man came back here after much “reflection” of the grave offense he has done to this country and its people? So the guy did not tell the truth, what were you expecting, really?
Personally, I think we simply gave the man a chance to fabricate and weave a “good” story that would be fool-proof or looking at it from a different angle, we may have just given the guy a chance to “toughen” himself up and train himself to lie straight-faced. Two years is a long time, and mind you, for some people, guilt feelings wear-off over time. And for all we know, that is exactly what happened to Joc-Joc. We should have been more vigilant, more persistent and more “concerned” to not have let two years pass us by without grilling the guy while the guilt feelings might still be there and where “Freudian slips” may have given us the truth we’ve always wanted to know. There’s an adage appropriate for that — ah, yes. “Strike while the iron is hot.” So now, however you strike the guy, there’s no way you can mold him to what you want because he’s now “too tough” for any possible “strike”. Our senators can grill him all they want, stress him out, scrape-off his ulcers, turn him backwards and inside out and hang him by a pole for all he cares, but the guy — to my mind — will never “talk” or “sing” for that matter. Continue reading Of Joc-Joc Bolante, Tango and Choices
* Note: I am cross-posting this “verse” from my “private” blog which most people might find very disturbing, rebellious and explicit. I call it the “blog of and about the darker side of me“. Obviously, as much as I’d like to, I can’t even post the blog’s URL and I’ve blocked it from search engines as well.
This one post is actually the “tamest” article I’ve written there. This is not the original article. This is actually the “watered-down” version of it and I would want to share it here. I wish I could share more. :) Continue reading Lie To Me
As you may have noticed, I have been out since Monday. Just got back late Thursday. My dear brother-in-law Eugene Marmol passed away Friday morning following an accelerated pneumonia that compounded his recent heart surgery at the Philippine Heart Center. He has been ill since late last year but we never could have expected such a sudden death. He was a good man, too good a man to die, and at such an early age. He was just 28 years old. He had a bright future ahead of him. But God must have a plan for him, even better than any of us can give Eugene. We would like to thank all those who sympathized with us, attended the wake and the interment and those who have supported us, specially my mom-in-law, who was most devastated by this tragedy.
** Photo taken at the La Salle Medical Center in Dasma – Cavite on February 11, 2008 where Eugene was initially confined **
The following video is a tribute made by Eugene’s friends and was shown prior to laying Eugene to his final resting place at the Manila Memorial Park – Sucat. The outpour of love and sympathy has been overwhelming. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and classmates have stayed with us and comforted us in this time of grief. Thank you so much.
See you in another life, brother!
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