(message board 89)
Date: July 1, 2009
American Foreign Policy
and Philippine Sovereignty
There is no doubt that the
Philippines is the most ardent supporter of the United States in the
southeast asian region. But, as to whether the American foreign
policy makers consider the Philippines its greatest ally in the
region is questionable. We pride calling ourselves the "brown
americans" in a region hostile to the aggressive and often intrusive
foreign policy of the United States. But with a colonial mentality
(or as Conrado de Quiros points out as the "mentality of the
colonized"), we still look up to the United States as a big brother,
an idol, and a friend.
In reality, the
Philippines is just one of the dots in the Pacific---insignificant
and immaterial--- before the eyes of US State Department. Singapore,
Thailand, Taiwan, and to some extent even Malaysia or Indonesia are
more important to them than our own country. The importance of the
Philippines is only as a refueling station for the patrolling
Pacific fleet (check the Visiting Forces Agreement), a R and R area
for sex-deprived servicemen (check Daniel Smith rape case), a hands
on training how to combat against the islamic jihadists (check
Balikatan exercises) and maybe a launching pad to protect American
interests in the region. To think that the US is taking care of our
own interests is not only naive but also stupid.
When the US expunged (or
gave independence to be politically correct) the Philippine
territory in 1946 after a devastating war where there were more
filipinos who died than Americans and Japanese combined, a fledgling
democracy was born so weak and battle-scarred. The Philippines, the
islands where the Japanese Empire and the American Empire decided to
use as the battleground, was so poor to start its own
self-determination. The enemy of the United States was even treated
more hospitable than the filipinos who stood against the Japs and
rallied behind the American flag. The Philippine leadership at that
time were just too gullible. In exchange for the independence, the
Americans demanded parity rights---an equal right to harvest the
bounties of the Philippines: timber, minerals, and even people. And
of course, the military bases agreement imposing on the former
colony that bases be set in strategic Philippine locations to
protect American interests in the Far East. Too weak and too poor to
contradict the wishes of the supposedly big brother, idol, and
friend, the Philippines continued the subservient relationship with
the United States.
McArthur protected the
Japanese infrastructure and industries so not to cripple Japan in
its reconstruction effort. The Philippines was relegated to the
backseat after the war. How about the filipinos who gallantly fought
side-by-sude with the Americans? Those filipinos who fought under
the American flag, the filipino veterans under the USAFFE, were not
given equal pay and benefits until 2009 when Pres. Barack Obama
thought that you can never be equal when there is a separate
benefits for whites than for browns.
When we thought the Japs
were our enemies too, our big brother cuddled them after the war and
even spared their emperor who allowed the rape and destruction of
the southeast asia. Funds to reconstruct the battlefield called the
Philippines were slow. The Japs and the Yankees were dancing after
the war while the filipinos who toiled and suffered most were
When the American economy
started to flourish again after the war, trade between the US and
Japan skyrocketed while our own hope for trade with our friend the
USA were minimal and dismal. Were we blindsided in this deal? We
remained loyal and faithful to America even to the extent of earning
the ire of communist China who supported the communist movement in
When the US and the
communist world were on a Cold War, the Philippines stood as one of
the strongest fortress for the Americans. We considered China, an
enemy of the US, our own enemy. We denounced communism as the work
of the devil and sided with the US. The fall of Vietnam to the
communist and the devastating defeat of the superpower was also our
defeat even as we also combat our internal struggles against the
communists supported mainly by China. We fought hard and we have
kept the communist insurgents at bay hoping that the US will reward
our resilience when the war is over.
Then came the collapse of
the Berlin Wall and the collapse of USSR. We thought that we could
now rest easy and enjoy the benefits of siding with our friend the
USA. When the world economy started to grow once more, we thought
that American investors would come to our shore for being close ally
of the US. No, they went instead to China, their Cold war enemy and
our former enemy too by default. Now, we thought that the US wants
to spread democracy to the world, why would they allow their
citizens to invest in areas that curtail democracy for profit and
corporate greed? We thought that laborers should be protected by
minimum wage, maximum hours of work, holiday and vacation pays as
thought by our American labor experts. No, they moved their funds to
China because there are no labor unions there, there is cheap labor
there, and there is always profitable ventures there because the
government in China does not value freedom. Now, we see again our
friend USA and his former enemy China dancing while those of us who
followed the advise of America to value freedom are again left in
the dark. Is this a case of history repeating itself? Or, maybe this
is a case of America doing the immoral thing again?
In 1947, the people
expunged the parity rights as too callous a request from a
supposedly big brother, idol, and friend. 1991, the Philippine
Senate blocked the renewal of the military bases agreement for good.
More than a hundred years later of our tumultous relationship with
our American "benevolent" colonizer, we still continue to hide under
the shadow of our big brother, idol, and friend despite the numerous
occasions of betrayal, abuse, and neglect. My hope is for my country
to get out of the shadow of its former colonizer and make its own
trail to claim its inalienable right to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
To continue to be under
the dictates of America will do us no good. Let us set our own path.
Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia are more prosperous not because
they are pro-American but pro-Singaporean, pro-Indonesian, and
pro-Malaysian first and foremost. This reminds me of the defense
made by Pres. Jose P. Laurel during his trial as he was accused by
the Americans and pro-American filipinos as a Japanese collaborator,
"I am neither pro-Japanese
nor pro-American, I am pro-Filipino... There is no law that can
condemn me for having placed the welfare of my people over and above
that of America.
I am not expecting a
decoration. I do not claim to be a hero... Although human justice
may err, what matters is that I am innocent before my conscience and
my God... I shall face my Creator in full confidence that I had
dedicated my powers, my talents and energies to the service of my
country at a time when she needed me most."
Can we all say that with
dignity and confidence?
Address: Tacloban City
Date: 1 July 2009
For Mana Viring, my one
centavo "baton han imo isyo
Filipinos all across the
Philippines are already getting the actions needed to improve our
lives through leadership; however, the government is pushing our
Filipino leaders down and preventing them from leading the Filipino
people. Filipino leaders are our guiding light for our journey.
Leaders stay at the front and we follow to the direction where we
Filipino can make progress, PROGRESS IN PEACE, PROGRESS IN ECONOMY,
AND PROGRESS FOR OUR SURVIVAL AS A NATION.
For example we had then
Atty Dacut, then Fr. Edison, then Labor Leader Paquito, and many
Waraynon leaders, both young and old and dead or alive, who acted
because of our Filipino calling to change for the better. What
happened to them is Gloria Arroyo’s policy which we call
presidential order for extermination. The Philippine President can
set the leadership and condemn this kind of killing but yet, she has
not spoken a leadership condemnation, a sign of a weak leader and a
failed president who has her own selfish plan.
Siguro diri karuyag ni GMA
nga magka-ada hin ma-abtik nga Pilipino leder nga maka-atubang, ug
paki-pagdebati, kan GMA, salit, iya gin papatay an mga nasaka ha
igbaw nga mga Pilipino leder, para hi GMA la it pinaka-mabtik kuno
nga leader ngan waray iba kundi hi GMA gud la.
Siring han mga taga iba
nga nasud, hi GMA daw iton madaug kay waray man maupay nga kandidato
ha luyo nga partido, Ma-aram gad ini hi GMA nga waray ma-abtik nga
makalupig ha iya ha luyo nga partido, salit an iya gintalinguha nga
magkamatay an mga leder han ika tulo nga partido, nga amo an mga
tagawalahon “leftist”. An mga leftist an ikinahadlok nga ka-away ni
GMA kay an mga leftist pareho kan Presidente Obama, pareho han aton
mga batan-on nga Pinoy “young, restless, smart, mover, changer, and
very articulate, brave, intelligent, ”nga malulupigan ini hi GMA.
Salit hangtod nga ada pa
hi GMA ha poder, waray mabuhi kundi patay an bisan hin-o nga masaka
ha igbaw nga Pilipino leader, labi na an aton mga batan-on nga leder.
Date: June 30, 2009
This is a reply to Mr.
Morales and the other Catbaloganons who are complaining of the "TAN"
The reason the TANs are
all around because of the constituents who are "TANga!".
The great Jose Rizal said,
"TAL PUEBLO, TAL GOBIERNO"...we have this kind of
leaders/government, because we are this kind of people...in other
words, our government leaders reflect the kind of people that we
are. This also applies to the whole nation as well.
When are we going to act
instead of talk? when are we going to change? Change for the better
will only start if the individual person, in his heart, has
changed...it's that simple.
Otherwise, May God have
mercy on us, we will not see the light of day, we will always be
blind and pass on to the next generations nothing but foolishness,
cowardice, greed and immorality.
Date: 29 June 2009
This is a reply to Sankay
Thank you for clearing up
with a good post in regards to my posting.
I to am so tired of what
goes on in the world and especially in the Philippines. There are
times I support what the US does in regards for the Philippines and
there are times I do not.
IMHO, I think the
impression some Americans get is that the Filipinos hate Americans
in general. I tend to agree with them as it seems all you ever see
is the hatred that is generated in the forum on here for example.
I have said this on the
forum many times, I think "BOTH" sides in the Philippines are not
doing what is right for the people of the Philippines. That is my
opinion and you can agree to disagree with me.
I for one would love to
wake up one day and see the Philippines be a better and fruitful
country for "ALL" the Filipinos. Not just the rich.
I am well aware of what
the US Gov't does in many countries with it's aid. To some it may
seem that the US is interfering with that countries Gov't and then
to some it may seem that the US is controlling that Gov't.
I have not seen any
written proof of all the stories that you read about the US aid
being used wrongly. Yes the AFP gets support from the US in aid, but
I think it is up to the people that elect their Gov't to put the
Gov't on the spot and get control of the AFP.
Look what is going on in
Iran. The "people" are not happy and they are taking to the streets
for a better Iran. Do you think that there would be another movement
in the Philippines that could do this?
I think not until again
the people find that leader that is for the people and will stand up
and lead the Filipinos to a better Philippines. All these groups
have done nothing IMHO to make the Philippines better.
I am truly sorry that
again the people of the Philippines will again elect a President in
2010 that will be the same as those over the last 30 or so years.
Nothing will change for the better and the poor will remain poor and
the Philippines will stay the same.
This American loves the
Philippines and its people more then he does his own country. I
understand and I am only one person who can not do anything to make
I thank you for clearing
up the impression I was getting from you. As I said, I meet older
Filipinos who were in WWII and have said time and time again they
love Americans, I wish the same could be said for this younger
generation of Filipinos that seem to show so much anger and hatred.
Maybe you could generate a
good post that may give a better impression to both the Americans
and young Filipinos on here. It is time for healing, it is time for
understanding, and its time for both of us to make the Philippines
better for all.
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: June 29, 2009
MENSAHE KO HIT SUGAD KO
An kaupayan han bungto han
Catbalogan an waray kakurakutan, malooy man kamo han mga tawo nga
kapubrihan, sanglit kamo nga aada ha kapulitikuhan ayuda hit
kapubrihan it ira kinahanglan....
Address: Tacloban City
Date: Jun 27, 2009
This is for American
SailorJohn, my reply for your accusation
Hatred for America is
directed to specific unfair and unjust American foreign policy
towards the Philippines and the Filipinos. American hatred is NOT
directed for the freedom and peace loving individual Americans.
Filipinos do not want special favors nor special treatment from
America. Filipinos only want basic foreign policy that promotes
basic human rights. American support of tyrannical Martial Law added
with unquestioned American aid of money and weapons have not
supported basic human rights in our country, but instead promoted
destruction of humanity. At least for one time before the end of the
world, the American policy makers which include American ambassador
and officials of the US State Department, should fulfill its
worldwide rhetoric about America being the beacon of freedom and
democracy in the world. We Filipinos will appreciate if this
rhetoric is truly applied for all the Filipinos.
Our eyes are in tears and
our ears eagerly awaiting for the promise of true freedom and
democracy in our country. Then President Reagan once said “Filipinos
do not know what freedom is, so I will put my trust to my dear
friend President Marcos”. Filipinos know what freedom is from living
under tyranny. Filipinos know what democracy is from living under
dictatorship. Filipinos know what national responsibility is from
living under massive corruption. It is our Filipino natural
motivation to correct what is wrong and to do what is right even
through armed means after peaceful means are exhausted. I say this
loud and clear, it is also the American responsibility to follow up
and watch its military aid is not used to demote the democratic
values in the Philippines, one of the American values that America
upholds so dearly.
ONE EXAMPLE OF DESPICABLE
AMERICAN POLICY IS REWARDING THE AFP WITH CONTINUED MILITARY AID AS
A RESULT OF VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF PURGING LEFT LEANING
FILIPINO LEADERS. Lefttist Filipino leaders serve the purpose as
eyewitness to corruption in government and vice versa. Without left
leaders to guard, massive corruption will not slow down. It is a
healthy democratic process to have left leaders in government to
exist. LEFT LEADERS SHOULD BE CULTIVATED AND LEFT LEADERS SHOULD NOT
Today’s generations of
Filipinos are intolerant of injustice, intolerant of dictatorship,
and intolerant of corruption. Filipinos does not hate individual
American. Filipinos only hate the American foreign policy of
supporting dictatorship in our country and supporting other policies
that result to injustice, demean democracy and mockery of human
rights. Either way, Filipinos wish from America a just American
foreign policy or zero aid military or economic. Filipinos can take
care of ourselves without outside intervention and meddling.
Address: Brgy. Punong, Lapuz, Iloilo City 5000, Iloilo,
Date: June 26, 2009
I am Rodel Salamida. I am
from Iloilo City. I was advised by a friend to post a message here.
I am wondering if you
could help me. I am looking for a man named, MR. RODOLFO GARCIA
SALAMIDA. If I could find this man through you, I would be eternally
grateful. I have a picture of him if that could help.
You could contact me with
this mobile no. – 0916-7566036; or with this e-mail address -
I have been looking
forward to visit Samar. I was told that the place is beautiful. GOD
bless you! more powers to this site. Thank you!
Address: Tacloban City
Date: Jun 26, 2009
On Philippine American
Statehood brought by Catarmanon
The Philippine Statehood
as part of the United States of America is beyond the Filipino brain
dream. There is no way the Americans would approve it. First the
proposal has to pass the US Congress and the US Senate by a
difficult 3/4s of the vote. If it ever passes then it has to be
signed by the US President. Once signed by the US President, then it
becomes a law for the 50 United States to ratify by 3/4s vote again.
Each state has to vote by a difficult three fourth win. Few American
States do not like brown people and other minorities and they will
not vote for Philippine statehood. The idea of Philippine Statehood
will be met with ridicule, insult and mockery. It took over 60 years
to compensate our Filipino WWII veterans who shed blood for the
American people and the American interest, and even so they only got
small fraction of the compensation compared to the American
Local Filipinos will
embrace the Philippine statehood with resistance. Why would a rich
Filipino pay two taxes as in the case of Philippine Statehood? One
tax would be claimed by the State of the Philippines and other tax
would be claimed by the Federal Government and both taxes are very
high. The CPP and NPA will strongly disagree claiming that we do not
need American Statehood because we have many resources for our
Filipino survival but the problem is that most of our resources for
survival end up in corrupt officials’ bank accounts and properties
and only few resources goes to the Filipino people.
I have heard about these
lie and rumors of Philippine Statehood before. This rumor was
started by pro American Filipinos during the cold war to gain
American support from the Filipinos. It will never happen and we
should put all our efforts on our Filipino survival as an
independent and free and sovereign country. We can survive on our
own, we just have to get rid of undesirables in our government.
Date: 25 June 2009
After so many years of
reading the comments in the discussion forum, I had to come on here
and say a few words.
As an American who has
been married to a Filipina now going on 34 years, who has been going
to Samar since 1981 and Leyte over the last few years, I am so tired
of the hatred that is shown by those like Agidaw and Sankay towards
the US and Americans in general. Their attitudes towards anything
American has created some anger in me that should not be there.
Their lack of research on an issue and making false statments or out
right hatered towards Americans needs to stop. I love the
Philippines more then my own country and the family that I have
there is as important to me as my own children and grand children
But this hatred and anger
by these two and others has me wondering if in fact I want to retire
and live in the Philippines in the very near future. I know that the
hatred that is shown by these two goes beyond them. I am not sure
what the percentages are, but I would think that at least 60% or
more of the Filipinos like the US and Americans.
I for one do not support
either side in the politics that goes on in the Philippines. I think
both the current and past Gov't and all those 3 lettered groups are
hurting the people and the country of the Philippines. Nothing has
been done for the people IMHO over the last 30 or 40 years to make
life better for all in the Philippines. Greed is killing the
Philippines and it's people. If it is not one of the 3 lettered
groups coming into a town and taking (stealing) what it wants and at
times killing their own brothers and sisters, then it is the Gov't
failing to take action in what ever needs to be done for the people.
How can the Philippines
ever expect to grow out of it's third world image and get on it's
own two feet if it is always looking for handouts from other
countries? How much money in loans or grants has the Philippines
received over the last 30 or so years? How much of it filled the
pockets of those that are so greedy? How much money/grants/loans is
coming into Samar and Leyte this year? How much is really going to
It is so sad to visit the
Philippines and see that nothing, repeat nothing has changed at all.
The poor are still poor or poorer and the rich are getting richer.
There is no such thing as middle class in the Philippines, if there
is, there must be a very small percentage.
In closing, I think it is
time for the people of the Philippines to stand up and do what is
expected of being a Filipino. Use your voice to get the changes in
place that will make the Philippines a better country to work and
Address: Quezon City 1103, Philippines
Date: June 25, 2009
Hello fellow warayron,
I just would like to share
this information with my fellow kababayans who are now travelling
often from/to Catbalogan-Tacloban.
First, i admire the fact
that there is now a good and efficient means of travel from
catbalogan to tacloban thru the existence of Vanvan and Grand Tours.
Their vehicles are far better than the buses which i used to ride in
1981 (i hate though the stinking CR of Grand tours in their tacloban
station). However, i'd like to relate an unfortunate experience that
we just had the other day.
Last Tuesday, we took the
trip with one of the vans of Grand Tours from Catbalogan to Tacloban
airport at 2pm. There was a storm Feria that we hit on the road and
i admire the way the driver was able to avoid some trees that were
already strewn on the roadsides. It was a rough ride and i bet all
the passengers were silently praying as the winds weaken as soon as
we reached the foot of San Juanico bridge. There were at least 8 of
us who were to take the 6pm flight to manila, including my brother
and his wife and a sister who came from abroad to attend a family
reunion. Thankfully, we still arrived in Tacloban at around past 4pm
Upon reaching their
station in Tacloban, the driver told us that we could not be brought
to the airport since flights has been cancelled and that the airport
offices there have been closed. All of us 8 passengers insisted that
we go to the airport to reschedule our flights with the ticket
office there. The driver said that we should ask permission from
their Station Manager (named Monroe). Monroe indeed insisted that
the vehicle should not go to the airport anymore because he is very
sure that the airport is already closed and that there is a flood at
the junction already. As we could not believe that the airport will
close because how about those passengers who didn't know that the
flights were cancelled? they would still go there as it was only
5pm. Besides the telephone at PAL airport has been very busy, and
therefore is being used. Mr. Monroe finally gave-in but with an
arrogant voice said that he is concerned about the safety of the
vehicle and asked if i know how much the vehicle cost. (I ignored it
and remained calm, being the CFO in our company, I approve and
canvass all requests for SUVs and vehicles of our officers and sales
agents). I asked him if indeed the airport is closed, can we ride
back to the city and pay the additional P50 because anyway the van
will return to the city. Having been away from for more than 25
years, i'm not very familiar with Tacloban anymore. I noticed that
there were no taxis for hire when we arrived 2 days earlier. What if
we won't get any ride back to the city because of the bad weather?
With stern voice Monroe instructed the driver not to take-in any
passenger on his way back.
On the way to the airport,
i was able to finally connect to the PAL telephone and confirmed
that the office is open and that they never closed during the day,
and yes, one of the male passengers was right when he said that
there's usually no flooding in the area because there was no flood
anywhere on the way to the airport at that time.
The driver who gave the
false information to Monroe that there is flooding took all the
verbal complaints from the irate passengers. Is this how they treat
their customers? Especially in times of a seemingly perilous
situation, how could they treat their riding public like this? We
were tourist in our own country, in our own hometown yet and we get
this kind of treatment. How could we even dream of even
approximating the tourism-rich neighbors like Singapore, Thailand,
HK, whose drivers are so polite and yes Mr. Monroe, their vehicles
are much more expensive than the Toyota Hi-las we rode (the Benz,
BMW and Lexus are used as taxis there too). Not to look far, the
drivers in Cebu, Davao, CDO and Iloilo are likewise more courteous
than my fellow warays. I'm sad...
My sister said that the
owners of this transport company are professionals and are known to
be good and mild mannered Catbaloganons. Could you please take note
of this and "retrain" your personnel to be smart businessmen and
Damo nga salamat, unta
magtalinguha kita nga mai-angat naton an "standard" han aton mga
binuhat at pamamatasan para han kauswagan han WARAY nga "lahi".
From a proud Pinoy and
Address: Blk 4 Lot 65, Cavite City, Philippines
Date: June 23 2009
Hello po sa inyong lahat
salamat nga taga Samar kam hiako taga Samar gaak ipinagmamalaki ko
na ako nga taga Samar ak.
Domingo de Ramos
Address: Catarman 6400, N. Samar
Date: 23, June 2009
It seems to me that "SANKAY"
seems to dominate this message board with some of his nonsense
ideas. Have it ever occurred to you, that have we elected Statehood
under the United States, maybe we don't need to be sending our
people abroad as DOMESTIC HELPERS.
Address: Tacloban City
Date: Jun 20, 2009
General Tabaquero and his
men and women in Reqion 8
Like every general of the
AFP, General Tabaquero is a YES MA’AM ! and a YES SIR! type of
general. Instead of being a statesman and a forward mover for the
Fiipinos, his main concern is to get another star over his shoulders
by kissing the politicians who are responsible for promoting ranks.
Most AFP Generals would bend over and lie to give false information
for what their superiors want to hear, in hopes of pleasing the boss
and eventually promoting additional star.
The worst ever yet for an
AFP General is to become corrupt just like any Filipino politician.
One example is General Garcia who stole almost 300 million pesos
from AFP supply and logistical budget. The result is not only the
poor foot soldier being cheated for benefits and better weapons, but
also the Filipino people who are mostly the victims. I believe the
AFP foot soldiers resort to cowardly mission operation because their
weapons are inferior as a result of corruption from top to bottom
levels of government.
Every breach of democratic
value will come to haunt back against the AFP members and their
families. When the AFP members retire and get old, their children
and grandchildren will become the victims of their own doing and the
cycle repeats over and over again. Our own AFP does not see and
cannot see what is happening because there is this short term
inspiration we call American military aid. Cut this military aid and
our own AFP will see far into our own Filipino horizon. But what can
we Filipinos do? All kinds of American aid to our country are the
sources and life line of corrupt politicians.
Date: June 19, 2009
On Gen. Tabaquero's claim:
Is Gen. Tabaquero ignorant
or merely comical when he declared that the insurgency problem in
the region will be solved before the end of President Arroyo's term?
article] He is ignorant if
he is not aware of the real ground situation. He is comical if he
merely wants to say a generic declaration to appease his
commander-in-chief. Who in this world believe the claim of Gen.
The insurgency in Samar
and Leyte is a difficult problem to solve that cannot be merely
stopped through heavy militarization. The figures cited are as
doubtful as Gen. Tabaquero's claims.
The government should not
rely solely on the use of force to get rid of insurgents. It should
focus on the root causes of the disenchantment of the people on the
government. Focus more on providing jobs decent enough to raise a
family. Focus on a genuine land reform that would provide adequate
support to the farmer-beneficiaries. Focus on rural development to
provide meaning to the lives of folks who are easy prey of leftist
ideas. Focus on eradication of corruption in government so funds
intended for programs to alleviate the condition of the poor will go
where they are intended.
So long as our government
is more focused on crippling or killing a fellow Filipino to
surrender his political beliefs, the insurgency problem will remain.
Ideologies or beliefs do not necessarily die when the ideologue or
the believer die, they are just passed to another ideologue or
Communism is a spent
ideology. It's been proven to be an unsuccesful social experiment.
Russia collapsed. China is already a pseudo-capitalist. North Korea
is starving to death. Cuba is about to puff like a pan-de-putok in
due time. This is the best time to defeat communism in our country
but we cannot because we could not offer a better "ism" to those who
decided that Marx, Lenin, and Mao are right.
To Gen. Tabaquero, be
candid and honest with your statements, sweeping erroneous and
outrageous statements will not do any favor to your fight against
Marita Flores Strand
Address: Krenken 6-A, Odda, Norway
Panawaga ko ini kon hino
man an nakaporot inin ATM nakon dida ha may metro bank june 15, 2009
pakiusap gadla kay waray man ito solod nga akon atm. Kon pwd la
pakihatag dida han akon sister inlaw Hayde Flores nga ada it iya
trabho ha Elegance Salon San Francisco St. Catbalogan Samar. Maawa
nman kong sino nakadampot ng atm ko. Kailangan yan ng mga student ko
dito kaya pls. kon ikaw man it naka porot pakiuli nala dida han akon
hipag nga ada ha parlor ha Catbalogan.
Address: Ubanon,Catbalogan, Samar
Date: June 14, 2009
Please be informed that
ENGR. ZOSIMO ‘JUN’ CORDOVA, JR. passed away June 6, 2009. His
remains lie in state at Samar Memorial Chapel, Catbalogan, Samar.
Internment scheduled June
15, Monday, 8:30 am after the Requiem Mass which will be held at Our
Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Catbalogan City.
The bereaved family
requests pious readers to pray for the eternal repose of the soul of
Engr. Zosimo ‘Jun’ Cordova Jr.
From the CORDOVA FAMILY
Address: Compesao, Borongan 6800, Eastern Samar
Date: June 14, 2009
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in Borongan. Thank your very much.
Date: June 10, 2009
1. Not the right
presidency to oversee cha-cha
Let me reiterate my stand
that we should oppose whatever form or shape of changes to our
charter this twilight months of GMA's presidency. The GMA presidency
does not have the moral ascendancy to propose changes to the
constitution. While their main purposes are said to be economic in
nature, opening the charter for tinkering will eventually open the
floodgate for personal, political, and evil interests to play. GMA
should be thankful to the people that they allowed her to stay in
power. She should bow out from power and start repairing her
tarnished image as a leader.
2. Not the right body to
The CHA-CHA through
CON-ASS is the least desirable mode of charter change. The current
members of the House of Representatives are not the right persons to
propose amendments or revisions to the constitution---their
reputations are as tarnished as their benefactor from Malacanang.
3. Not the right time to
While it is true that
there are so many things that may be desired upon our current
constitution, this is simply not the right time. The 2010 elections
should be held as scheduled. The nation is already in an election
mode and we should go on with it.
The better mode is through
Constitutional Convention or CON-CON. The better time is after the
No to CON-ASS! No to
Address: Tacloban City
Date: 9 June 2009
Kompanyiero’s pro American
comment is not pro-American at all. The real pro-American lives by
the true American ideals namely: FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, EQUAL JUSTICE,
and INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. The continued American support
for the Marcos Dictatorship for 20 years by pampering with almighty
dollars and equipping with military weapons to control the Filipinos
by force is not only an insult to the American ideals Americans are
preaching to the world but also a deadly hell for the Filipinos.
America is supposed to be the world’s beacon of freedom and
democracy but America really is just another Hitler, Stalin and
Fidel Castro by its policy and Filipinos should not believe in
An American interest is
what it is which is a selfish interest to benefit from. It was an
American interest to harvest our natural resources earlier in the
colonization. It was an American interest to use Filipinos as pawns
and our country as military shield against American foes during the
cold war. Other American cold war pawns in the world benefited
billions of dollars per year in economic aid like Greece, Spain, and
Turkey, while Philippines which housed the biggest American Air and
Naval Bases in the world only got misery from American sponsored
There were great damages
from living under decades of American supported dictatorship which
every Filipino should blame America. Our national psychology is no
longer the same; we distrust our neighbors; we distrust our
government and its officials, and as a result we cannot regain our
economy. Even after many years had passed, the remnant of the Marcos
Dictatorship which is the NPA establishment is still lingering
around with no end in sight. Instead of reaching out to the NPA, the
never- ending American –influence over our Filipino administration
is fueling the fire causing more misery and denial of human rights
and freedoms. American influence was and still is a nightmare for
Like a predator, America
is praying on weaker countries in the world and we Filipinos are
just another victim.
Rodrigo Lamoste Tan
Address: Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Hi, to my all barkadas,
batch and kababayan. May mama Vic of Catbalogan musta. Kaupay na
ngay an san aton ciudad. Taga Balud, Ipao at Hamorawon kumsta.
Date: June 8, 2009
It's anecdotal and highly
speculative for anyone to assert that America could be involved or
behind the passage of the unpopular Cha Cha. Whenever fear and
uncertainty dominate a public discourse such as the Cha Cha, the
good old blame game comes into play. This is an easy way to find
solace and comfort in dealing with a very emotional issue. Even
though the absence of concrete evidence's overwhelming, America
somehow becomes an unwilling participant based on pure discernment
of previous events involving America vis-a-vis the Philippines.
And rightly so. Ever since
America paid Spain $20 million 1898 dollars to acquire the
Philippines, Americas has been protective of her new found property.
America has tutored, guided, aided the Philippines until democratic
principles are firmly rooted in the land. Unfortunately, in recent
past, Philippine democracy has fallen into shaky ground. This scary
scenario led America to indirectly or subtely enter the country's
internal political processes as it's done in other parts of the
globe to protect her interests.
In the middle east,
Afgahnistan, Pakistan, and even Mactan, Cebu, American shadow of
influence is very visible, utilizing her foreign policy of
containment to keep islamic terrorism and radical nationalism at
bay. Ditto in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Again this picture
portrays America's breeched on others' sovereignty.
But America utilizes
gentle persuasion in these countries, employing the mighty dollar.
If Filipino legislators received gifts from America to sway their
votes on Cha Cha, this suspicion can be confirmed based on the power
of money. And who can refused such an offer. With the dollar,
America gets what America wants.
America just want order
and stability in the region, not to mention help to fight terrorism.
Since her nuclear arsenal can't check her enemies, the mighty dollar
can. The recipient of money helps in these efforts. The critics get
jealous. If these realities are hard to swallow, there always the
power of the ballot as an alternative.
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: June 8, 2009
Much as I would like to
accept the challenge of A. Morales, my high regards for Mana Embang
restrains me from convincing her for I know that she does not need
persuasion to embark on what is right and proper. Besides, as A.
Morales mused, whether Sharee Ann Tan listens to her or not is
another thing. What we should do instead is to muster enough voice
to compel from Congresswoman Sharee Ann Tan the much needed
transparency, competence and accountability that we expect from her
incumbency, and altogether go out of the virtual and into the real
Address: Tacloban City
Date: Jun 6, 2009
We can anticipate the
outcome of the Cha-cha by looking at the historical perspective.
Just recently, we had a forceful change of government from Erap to
Gloria. Erap was no friend of the United States, and as a matter of
fact Erap was closer to China. Many American congressmen and
senators went to the media as I saw it in CNN, and made mockery of
Erap as being communist lover. Erap’s demise was instigated by
forces loyal to Americans. The Filipino anti American-policy
sentiment became even worst after we selected Fernando Poe Jr as
running candidate for president against Gloria Arroyo who was
preferred to win by American officials. I heard and saw this from
CNN that the American state department allocated budget and spent
its own advertising and influencing in the Philippines to ensure
Gloria Arroyo wins the election which she eventually won. Some
American political analysts even called the American support for
Arroyo as unethical and America should have stayed neutral.
Going back in time after
the Philippines had it independence and in the early 1950s, Luis
Tarok won the representative seat but was denied his seat at the
Philippine Congress because the American Administration deemed him
too liberal and more nationalistic Filipino. This reminds me of Joma
Sison who is the most nationalistic Filipino alive today and
Filipino nationalism is not an interest of the US.
We can go back further in
time when President Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s was pampered by
America to rule as Philippine dictator that lasted almost 20 years.
President Marcos was provided billions of money and military support
ensuring complete control of the Filipinos. While the American
interest then was to contain Chinese and Russian influences in the
Pacific during the cold war, the Filipinos never had economic
benefits but misery under the American supported Marcos
To day, the same miserable
faith is happening for all Filipinos under President-ala Dictator
Arroyo. America is here again intervening and ensuring Cha-cha is
passed and the American preferred Gloria Arroyo is extended to
power. The math is very clear; there are no other contenders in 2010
that will pass the American test for the Philippine president’s
American loyalty, but only President Arroyo. It will not be
surprising if intensified American intervention and campaign is
already happening which was started by a visit by US Defense
secretary Gates promising more military aid and benefits to our AFP
officer corps, similar to our past Marcos dictatorship. Those
culprits listed by Samokmisay may have already been contacted by
American officials; their families can go to US without visas and
perhaps under-the-table benefits.
Date: June 2009
It's perplexing to me
whether or not money, (fruit of evil) when utilized or spent to sway
or influence other's decision or conscience, is criminal. It is
alluded by someone who made a laundry list of lawmakers receiving
money to pass charter change via con ass. It is alleged by many
observers that during elections money talks; i.e.; got money win an
election contest. It is written in many tales that wealthy persons
spent tons of money to marry a pretty girl. Clearly, I don't sense
any criminality in utilizing money to impose one's will; immoral
maybe, but not illegal.
Unless the money is stolen
or laundered, then the recipient is guilty by association. Dirty
money (disciple of the devil) can get anyone into big trouble.
Misappropriating money like pocketing government money for one's use
is a crime; roads don't get repaired, jobs don't get available, etc.
The giver and the receiver of these kinds of money are culprits and
should be incarcerated.
Once again, it's never a
felony to spent money to pursue one's goal or effect one's
intentions. When lawmakers vote on an issue based on a bribe or
grease money, they don't break any law; they only break their
conscience. They can buy votes, but they can't sell influence; a
felony according to existing statues. Many candidates can get
elected using good money, not other people's money or government
money, a criminal offense.
Address: Dumalo-ong, Gandara, Samar
of Tongress people courtesy of Marlowe Carmelo of the Philippine
Jury Advocacy who according to Ellen Tordesillas' report if accurate
would mean some or perhaps all of them voted according to the
dictates of their pockets:"
You'd concluded that some
or perhaps all... never believe your self unless you can justify
what you are saying. We, in district 1, perhaps, in all regions
voted for our Representative. I'm not saying all of us voted for one
particular but we did a democratic way of electing our
representative. And there they won-our congressman. Why don't you
think that they voted for it somehow, it will help to their
Address: Paranaque 1709, Metro Manila
RE: Calling for Jimmy
Castillo Lim's Family
Please read these links.
All his friends will appreciate any help to contact his family.
Marami pong Salamat!!