Archive for March, 2010

It is next to impossible for presidential aspirant Gibo Teodoro to escape responsibility for the Maguindanao massacre. He admitted that he warned Mayor Toto Mangudadatu of the violent nature of the Ampatuans. That, in itself is clear proof that he is aware of the heavy firearms that GMA gave to them.

Thus, Teodoro could have removed the threat posed by the Ampatuans. As Defence Secretary, he was very capable of mandating the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to conduct a search and arrest manoeuvre in Maguindanao. Was it not the AFP who arrested the Ampatuans, disbanded their private armies and confiscated their huge armoury? But that happened “post facto.” (more…)

One classmate confided to us what will happen during and after the May 2010 elections in the Philippines. I cannot reveal his name for security reasons. This is actually a sequel to my fearless forecast in the January 2010 issue of Sentinel. In his email, he wrote:

“I do have some personal knowledge of the degree of corruption in this government and definitely on a ranking of 1 to 10, this admin deserves at least a 9. No other regime comes close when it comes to government contracts. I am speaking based on 40 years of banking experience when I extended credit to contractors. I issued them certifications which are a prerequisite to bidding on contracts. Suffice it to say that during Marcos’s time up to Estrada, the usual percentage of kickback for public works contracts was 10%, perhaps 15% under Erap (Estrada). This has gone up to 30 to 35% nationwide and 40% in the case of Pampanga because of President Niña Bonita. I believe our class president does have some inkling of this but cannot speak up in public. (more…)

On Cory and restoration of democracy

Yes, you are absolutely correct! Other than what you have mentioned, Cory (Aquino) was not the (only) one who worked to restore our democracy from the dictatorship (of Marcos). They were the countless and many nameless nationalists, left-leaning activists, student sympathizers, farmers and many more who sacrificed their lives to voice out the need to restore our democracy. Cory was just the convenient figurehead, so that aspiring presidentiables would not fight amongst themselves. Cory was the compromise and convenient figurehead.

(That was) the reason why Cory’s term was not expected to last. Her “inner core” amassed so much wealth and Cory tolerated corruption of her relatives. Many of us, remnants of the last 4 decades, should voice out (that) Cory’s legacy is not really as clean and as “saintly” as they want the young generation to believe. – Jose Manansala, Jr. (more…)

OVERSEAS PINOYS CARE MOVEMENT was formed by yours truly in the internet via Facebook. It aims to share with poor and needy Filipinos some of the blessings we enjoy in our adopted countries. We have members and supporters from more than 20 countries all over the world. They are Filipinos and other nationalities alike.

Our initial project is FLIP FLOPS FOR A CAUSE. We hope to collect and distribute flip flops to poor schoolchildren and their families in the Philippines, specifically in the province of Laguna. Flip Flops are also known as thongs or Japanese sandals or slippers. These can be old but wearable, or new, preferably in kids’ or small sizes. Our objective is at least 500 pairs by Christmas 2010. We hope to get enough to send before the start of the Philippine school year in June. (more…)

The adverse effects of the worsening drought brought about by El Niño — the drying up of farmlands and the plunging water levels in dams, have begun to plague various areas of the country. Sen. Richard Gordon thinks that the government’s “weak risk assessment” has not helped one bit in easing the problems brought by the phenomenon.

Asked if government efforts in assessing the risks posed by El Niño were lacking, Gordon said, “Yes. The government does not listen to many of our scientists.” (more…)