(message board 90)
Address: Brgy. Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar,
Date: 16 July, 2009
Reproductive Health Bill
All factors taken equal
and constant (body built, level of hunger, etc.) will two (2 persons
eating from a plate the same amount of food that ten (10)
individuals having similar to consume in another plate of the same
size, would make a difference? Naturally the former would have eaten
or filled more food in their stomachs than the latter. Our country’s
territory or its land size has not grown from its original size. But
over time its population has increased at a rate that is considered
one of the highest in the entire Pacific rim (30 countries plus
those island nations in the Pacific). And though there are no
current available data as late as 2000, it is forecasted that our
number will double and will reach 100 million in 14 years (est.
2014). This estimate is not far-fetched or an exaggeration because
we are currently at 92.2 million Filipinos making us the 12th most
populous country in the entire planet.
At the current situation,
the continued loss of our agricultural lands taken over either thru
urban sprawl or because of its commercialization (land taken and
used as shopping centers, commercial establishments as in factories,
etc.,) has consequently exacerbated the country’s capacity to feed
Currently we have been
importing rice from Thailand and Vietnam, (to fill purportedly that
10% production shortfall as asserted by Agriculture Secretary Yap in
an interview the other day) but ironically both these countries have
been end recipients and beneficiaries of our own Rice Research
Institute more popularly known as IRRI. This institute is an
autonomous agricultural research and training organization with the
main goal of finding sustainable ways to improve the well-being of
present and future generations of our poor rice farmers and
consumers. To my knowledge however, over the years since the IRRI
was founded and while it initially concentrated its research studies
in its experimental sites in Laguna, what came out from all these
experiments, research studies and advocacies until the present time
did not make our rice producers more efficient and productive.
Instead our rice production capability has remained in ‘backwater’
from the rest of the Asian countries that adopted the techniques.
The IRRI initiatives despite of its seemingly promising start here
in the Philippines did not improve our ability to adequately feed
our people from our own rice farms.
It is not hard to think
and does not take someone to have a brilliant mind (bisan ngani kun
it aton ‘utok’ pariho la hin kadako hin ‘sarapon’ o’ anchovies/dilis
we (remember that vernacular quip, “utak dilis“) can easily
understand the simple law of ‘supply and demand’. Consumption demand
for rice increases as population grows, it is simple correlation. Of
course, other factors (please don’t use the word government
corruption as the main cause of why we are this miserable and
impoverish as the shenanigans and their unscrupulous acts are just
but BY–PRODUCTS OF AN EVER-INCREASING POPULATION, – I will qualify
this if someone in this column ask me to do so ) have contributed to
the multifarious and ever-increasing national mess we are in.
I would like to ask the
readers of this column this nagging question in my mind that needs
plausible answer. Is our seemingly unstoppable growth in population
a consequence of our religious beliefs and convictions, and our
cultural and social values?
For those who oppose the
passage of RHB 504 into law please try to give serious thoughts of
1) The Philippines holds
the world’s record of the worse peacetime maritime casualties when a
Don Sulpicio passenger ship collided with a sea- going tanker
carrying oil. While it has been found out that the principal cause
of this accident was ‘human error’ it is hard to deny that the
overloading of people beyond the ship’s capacity of more than four
thousand as against the ship’s manifest and allowable load of over a
thousand passengers has contributed to a greater number of deaths
because of overcapacity. This clearly illustrates that a high demand
(passengers) far outstrip supply (available sea-going vessels).
2) Time and again we are
greeted by our newspapers and on televisions that fights would break
out between urban poor dwellers that are being evicted (it is also
happening now in some blighted areas in the provinces) and the
police over some contested land where these slum residents had lived
for years. Scarcity of available living spaces in and around town
centers and suburbs forces marginalized people to live under
bridges, cemeteries, rubbish tips, beside railway lines, esteros
(river estuaries), street islands (medians) to name just a few of
these depressing habitations.
Even our national parks
are not spared of homeless people usually littering its lawns and
gardens that you will notice that some of them have been in the park
for quite some time judging by how they look (unkempt hair, crumpled
clothes that had seemed been worn day and night, etc.) and carrying
with them their few possessions in life like handbags and knick
knacks. And some that still carry on their hands in broad daylight
toiletries (other stuff like toothbrush, soap) as they move from one
spot to another to avoid being noticed and accosted by park
They walked around during
the day and wait until night falls when everything becomes quiet
before finding their preferred spaces to sleep for the night.
Weather permitting they sleep under starry skies with the din of
passing vehicles. And when rain comes they take shelter in dark
shanty sheds reserved for construction equipments, etc. in the dead
center of the park where certain public works are in progress or
been stationed permanently as maintenance outposts. But the most
hard-pressed are those ones who rely on the sidewalks in the city as
their sleeping quarters during evenings. Lying on dirty cardboards
as their sleeping mats, old newspapers as blankets and cover and
unmindful of lurking dangers or potential street violence , these
hapless people have not known any other place to live for most of
their lives. They have developed among themselves a ‘subculture’
that one striking example is, when someone who is a ‘regular’ among
those that sleep on the sidewalk had missed for one reason or
another a night stay on his allotted space on the sidewalk meant
‘eviction’ or loss of his precious spot. Yes, these sidewalk
dwellers were the first ones to start the process of ‘eviction’ and
not from those ‘Pinoy Big Brother shows.
One day when I was walking
in one of the side streets in the city of Manila and as I was
walking past a couple of wooden carts (kariton) parked on the side
kerb of the street, rain started coming down.To my surprise I saw
this sudden movement of the cardboard on top of one of these
karitons and out came the head of a man followed shortly by another,
this time a woman then again by two little children. And just for a
few seconds they were all out of their kariton and started pushing
it away from where I was standing. The kariton was their home and
obviously the staccato sound of the rain pelting down on the
cardboard cover had awakened them.
To finish off this item, I
could confidently say that the aforementioned examples of current
dismal living conditions of our countrymen were none existent 30 or
40 years ago when our country had only about 38 million Filipinos.
On the education front,
CURRENTLY THE COUNTRY’S TOTAL ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY
GRADE TO COLLEGE STANDS AT 21 MILLION. THIS NUMBER IS EQUIVALNET OF
THE PRESENT POPULATION OF AUSTRALIA A CONTINENT THAT HAS 2,967,893
SQUARE MILES IN TOTAL AREA AS COMPARED TO THE PHILIPPINES WITH A
115,830 SQUARE MILES OF LAND TERRITORY. Australia is one of the
leading economies in the Southern Hemisphere and on the top ten
countries in the world in terms of the best quality of life. But
despite of its current small population it has recently had a
contentious and heated debate in the halls of their federal
parliament (like our congress) at which stage in a woman’s pregnancy
can it be aborted and considered not a crime when such pregnancy
puts the mother’s life in danger. One pre-condition of the
legislation by which such abortion can be carried-out is the unborn
child has been determined to have some form of abnormalities or
impairment.. The bill introduced before parliament was originally
for a decriminalization of abortion of such cases when the fetus is
about 20 weeks old. But civic and religious groups as well as in the
catholic hierarchy itself as usual, registered its strong opposition
to this and to cut this story short, the opposing sides had a
‘compromise and settled for 24 WEEKS before abortion can take place
without being charge criminally.
Sex education in
Australian primary schools start at the Grave 5 level, while in
Netherlands 5 year olds are already shown and taught the parts of
their bodies and their physiological functions preparatory to more
comprehensive sex education in the latter years. Population control
methods of both countries are widely practice. Recently, Australian
high school classrooms have been introduced a more dramatic approach
against teen age pregnancies that instead of them (high school
students) being shown or required to study the human anatomy in
charts and other visual presentations like in slides, a teenager in
her 6-month pregnancy came into the classroom for the students to
see and observe. The effect of this presentation to the students was
downright shocking and had ‘stoned’ the students in that school. And
to add one more argument in this message without sounding redundant
is, both countries have one thing in COMMON… they are sparsely
populated as compared to the sizes of their lands.
From what I know and in my
mind, the ratio of teacher-to -students in a typical grade school
classroom (in the national capital region) is already a staggering
figure of 60 graders to 1 teacher. But this number of
student-to-teacher ratio has just been shattered when lately after
watching Channel 2’s ‘documentary ‘The Correspondents’ it was
revealed that in a Grade 4 class in a Metro Manila elementary
school, the teacher had a whopping 148 children under her. Hesus
Maria Hosep!!! Hin kada-mo!!! Ba-ah kun hi ako in nga maestra bangin
waray ko na tiempo para maka ‘kalot’ kun ano man it makatol hit ak
lawas while teaching!!!
Again in an Australian
state (public) elementary school where the enrolment of one
particular grade (say, Grade 1) is fewer than 15, the school
administration would combine it with another class having less
number of kids but of the next grade level (Grade 2). These two
grades would share one classroom and they are commonly referred to
as ‘composite’ class. Both classes are given two separate sets of
lessons and activities appropriate to their grades. These composite
classes are prevalent in Australian state schools where enrollments
are low, and not because for lack of classrooms and other school
4) The ever-rising
criminality in the country can be attributed to numerous factors one
of which is, majority of these crimes committed are poverty-related.
Unsustainable growth in population of a country like ours leads most
of our people to poverty. And when endemic poverty is all around us,
crime is but a natural thing to happen.
my next life I become a house cat (uding) I would prefer to live in
a rich country, kay it akon mga dadakpon at pag-uuya-san nga mga
yatot (rats) are fatter than those rats in the Philippines that are
skinny (mag-gasa) and always hungry.
an iyo Mano Olin
Address: Samar, Philippines
Date: July 16, 2009
Good Day to all,
I am very glad to hear
about the 4Ps in Pagsanghan Samar [
] that truly helped in alleviating poverty. I am very much
glad with this, thanks to GOD FOR THIS!
But to my despair is that
I heard from a fellow friend that there are some few people able to
qualified to this program. Even though they are not so indigent yet
they availed this program. Hope there will be some one check this if
it is true.
Address: Catbalogan City, Philippines
Date: July 15, 2009
To Sangkay of Cebu
I do not condone the
mistakes and evils that the so-called "American Sponsored Marcos
Dictatorship" has done in our country. But also please acknowledge
the goods things (call them "white elephants" if you will) that the
Marcos regime has brought to the country. Be fair.
By the way, what can you
say about the Communist-NPA-Sponsored Politicians in Samar and in
other places of the country? Do you know how much damage these
politicians have done to the province/s? How many thousands and
millions of Filipinos are suffering because of these corrupt NPA-Sponsored/Protected
Looks like that you are
just looking at one side of the coin my friend....
Address: Riyadh, KSA
Date: July 15, 2009
Excuse me to disagree with
some writers in your column. Damo an mga kaupayan an nabuhat ni
Marcos han iya panahon. Drug addicts were less prominent because of
curfew hours. Maharlika highway was done.
The United States had done
also a lot of good things to our country. Same as Spain. Try to
swing the camera in Roxas Boulevard. Instead of focusing on the few
noisy demonstrators, focus it on the long lines of people trying to
get a visa in going to the United States. It is still a clear
testament of how the Filipinos deeply love the United States.
I admired most Republican
Presidents in the US most especially to Ronald Reagan who was behind
in tearing down the Iron Curtain.
I don't really care who
rule the Philippines as long as the common people prosper, not the
elite few. Mas masagwa kung Pinoy naman pero buwaya at kurakot. True
nationalism is the dynamic action and feeling to better improve the
lives of ordinary Pinoy.
Nandito kami ngayon sa
ibang bansa at nagpapaalipin para gumanda ang mga pamumuhay namin na
hindi maibigay ng independent Philippines. Aanhin mo ang demokrasya
kung wala kang makain!
Date: 14 Jul 2009
The Shifting Alliances in
When RTC Judge Clemens
issued a TRO against the provincial Bid and Awards Committee and
indirectly against the provincial governor, the political re-allignments
are being drawn slowly. The provincial vice governor has led the
charge to block the camp of Gov. Mila Tan to pursue another milking
operation that would cost the provincial government some 100+
millions in new government expenditures that are most likely to be
used to finance the 2010 elections. When politicians charge each
other with malfeasance, ordinary mortals should listen because the
politicians know the motives of their fellow politicians.
To some extent, it is good
that the governor and the vice governor are at odds. The public will
benefit from the in-fighting in terms of each trying to check and
counter-check the act of the other. The fact that the province is on
a re-enacted budget (using the 2008 budget) is a testament that all
is not well within the capitol.
Most likely, Redaja will
run against the candidate of Mila. With the support of Mila's foes
like Cata Figueroa, Ining Uy, and Mel Sarmiento, he has a
chance---albeit slim--- of beating the gubernatorial candidate of
Mila who is most likely one of her children. Mila is reportedly
planning to run for vice governor to secure her hold of the
province. As to whether the Samarenyos are stupid enough to vote
Tan-Tan-Tan for governor-vice governor-congressman of the 2nd
district is still to be seen. Well, the possibility is there.
How do you solve a problem
like Mila? I have always said that Mila can never be toppled with
another Mila-like-politico. Cata, Ining, Mel, and Jess Redaja can
never defeat Mila because people could not make a distinction
between themselves and Mila---they are all the same. Only somebody
who is starkly different from Mila can defeat her. The same thing
that only light can dispel darkness, only goodness can trounce evil,
and only faith can triumph over fear. Choosing between the lesser
evil will not work against Mila.
I am therefore hoping that
Father Noel Labendia will offer himself for a nobler mission to
cleanse the province from moral decay and degeneration. If you know
Father Labendia and has contact of him, please encourage him to
throw his hat in the ring to once and for all right the wrongs in
our beloved land.
Again, only goodness can
triumph against evil.
Address: Cebu City
Date: 12 July 2009
Most Filipinos are very
soft hearted, easily forgive and easily forget no matter how
devastating the experience from the American sponsored Marcos
Dictatorship. On the other hand, America is full of monuments and
shrines depicting the American experiences. One example is the
Shrine of Balangiga Bells in North Dakota depicting the over 200
American soldiers who were ambushed by our Filipino forefathers.
We do not have money to
build monument to enshrine the dark chaos of the American sponsored
Marcos Dictatorship that killed more than a million Filipinos both
military and civilians. The only way to let our future Filipino
generations remember the dark history is to occasionally bring it up
on the Samarnews and other blogs. It is not very effective but it is
It is our Filipino solemn
duty to pass the dark history of American sponsored dictatorship to
the next generations so that we do not repeat it again. A martial
rule is already in the planning stage again and is looking for an
American guaranteed life support again as in the past Marcos
Dictatorship. I am just banging on the bells to warn the Filipinos
and I would be more happier if I could ring the Balangiga bells to
warn my fellow Waraynons.
Just to recapture some
events during the 20 year American sponsored Martial rule in the
Philippines. About 25 percent of the AFP were either bombed or
ambushed. 25 more percent switch their loyalty openly or secretly to
the NPA and the last AFP General who openly switched to the NPA is
General Jalandani from Negros Island. Nobody wins with Martial Law
because it is immoral, it is undemocratic, and it is un-American.
American people will not support another martial law in the
Philippines and we will have to garner mass support in America
against un-American foreign policy. President Obama is unlikely to
support Martial Rule in the Philippines, unlike the cowboy, happy
trigger self righteous Republican American Presidents.
Domingo de Ramos
Address: Catarman, N. Samar
Date: July 10, 2009
Its hard to understand why
some people dwells on the past mistakes of our leaders, and keep
blaming the United States, of our own predicament and miserable
situation. Life is our own making, regardless whether you regard
yourself as intellectual giant or intellectual midget. What is past
is past, and "there's no use crying over a spilled milk".
During the Marcos Era, all
cabinet members are well disciplined. If corruption did really
exist, it was limited only among close Marcos cronies. But now,
almost all our government officials from the lowly clerk and up the
ladder are perceived to be corrupt.
The existence of our
various Party List groups has not contributed a bit to the economic
condition of our country, but to the contrary. To think that they
are empowered representatives of our marginalized sector of our
society is a farce. How can you account in having a politician
represents farmers, or tricycle drivers, when neither of these
representatives is really a farmer nor a tricycle driver. Hain na
iton nga aton An Waray representative, hasta yana kablas la kita
A poet once wrote, "Among
life dying embers this are my regrets, when I am correct nobody
remembers, but when I am wrong no one forgets". It's a sad truth.
Maybe us Samareños, need to be reminded, that if not for Marcos and
Imelda, the Leyte-Samar Bridge, benefiting us waraynons, could have
not been a reality.
Thanks and May God Bless
us all !!!
Date: July 9, 2009
Thanks for following my
travel blog (www.pinoycaver.blogspot.com), I also wish to see you or
come along with us as we nurture ourselves to our own version of
world-class natural wonders here in our beloved Samar.
In case you haven't read
it, please read my new article, either here or at my site, entitled
"Samar version of world-class natural wonders: A must see."
Thanks again and God bless
you, and all the people reading this!
Address: Makati City, Metro Manila
Date: July 9, 2009
Maupay nga udto!.. Kun
Hino man nakilala kan Ronaldo "Ronron" Gabumpa nga taga Villareal
nanawagan ako "hoy padi hain kana yana waray na ako balita ha im
ngatan na nga social sites ginbisita ko na pero waray ko gudman ikaw
Para han mga tawo nga
nakilala ha iya pakicrang nala salamat! Adi ak email add ngayan:
email@example.com salamat nga madamo.
Domingo de Ramos
Address: Catarman, N. Samar
Date: July 8, 2009
To all Samarenos,
Samar is the third largest
island of the Philippine archipelago, and despite the abundance of
our natural resources, our province is one of the poorest in our
country today. Why not all of us outshine each other in putting up
innovative ideas that we can practically adopt on how to improve the
economic condition of our people and province?
Maybe, some of our bright
minds can offer suggestions, such as on how to improve the
unreliable electrical power system in our province, improvements of
our roadway networks, health centers, livelihood programs,
educational centers, vocational training for our youths, irrigation
system, feeder roads, etc.
Let’s utilize this message
board to our advantage, as a sounding board of our patriotic and
practical ideas for progress. Maybe our elected officials will
listen and do the right move.
Address: Cebu City
Date: 7 July 2009
Sangkay Bottom Bourgeoisie
(BOBO) says: “Americans love the Filipino people; only mental giants
can comprehend this”
What qualifies a mental
giant? This American Filipino Bobo cannot comprehend the enormous
crisis that millions of Filipino families were destroyed during the
20 year rule of American sponsored dictatorship in the Philippines.
I am only a mental midget just like most Filipinos you are
insulting, but I can see America providing money and weapons and
life support to the Marcos dictatorship , similar with “America
providing money and weapons to a criminal act”. In a court of law
and American justice, this is called “aiding and abating a criminal
with malicious intent and premeditation” which is punishable by
death sentence. If America truly loves the Filipino people as Bobo
is claiming, then America should have ceased quickly the American
life support for Dictator Marcos so that more Filipino families
would have been spared of their lives including our beloved leader
Ninoy Aquino. The American life support for the dictatorship lasted
for 20 years.
American Bobo is preaching
again the American self-righteousness over other people in the
world. Ironically, President Dubya Bush in his speech on 911 attack;
he claimed that “ if you are helping the terrorists, then you are
also a terrorist” But America helped Dictator Marcos terrorize the
Filipino people for 20 years; so would this qualify America as the
Sangkay please enjoy your
American hotdogs and your American freedom, we Filipinos here also
enjoy our special Cebuano zoriso (Cebuano style Filipino Hotdog)
with fried rice.
Address: San Francisco, USA
Date: Jul 7, 2009
Why the Philippines wont
be a strong leader Nation in ASIA. In my observation it’s because of
the so-called “Filipino mentality”, Majority of the population is
poor, Politician and Business Leaders are corrupt.
Majority of the Filipinos
are religious but not spiritual. On Sundays or fiestas they’ll
attend church mass in droves, but once mass is over, specially men,
would go to sabong, majhong, inoman with kompares, visit the No 2.
In contrast the wives naman ay tomataya sa jueting or tsismis sa
kapit bahay or naka babad sa wawawe t.v. show.
When the election comes,
whoever has the most money mostly wins for buying the poor’s vote.
This majority part of the population figured out that since the
candidate’s promises never come true, it’s better to accept money
Then the politician that
won the election, who spent lots of money, would go on overdrive to
recoup his money spent during the election. And because of this,
these politicians are easy target and very vulnerable to accepting
bribes from China and other foreign countries that flashes dollars.
Because of this
environment, its common practice from giant companies or common
citizens to attach money, wither for processing a business permit,
crossing at customs checkpoints or getting government approval on a
multi-million dollars project.
I am impressed though with
some posting here and I can tell that the sender are intelligent
because their words used and sentence construction are excellent,
unlike mine very elementary – ako ay high school graduate lang.
Now, because of these
national problems, USA is to be blame? Let’s examine countries that
has US military presence and receiving military aid. These includes
Japan, Germany, France and Britain, yet they are G7 members and very
Last observation, the
experienced “SABONGEROS” (cockfighters), WHY would they spend a
bundle of money to import the popular and sought after roster from
Texas? What is wrong with the local Philippines roster? They are the
same gender – male, but their character measures the deference.
Finally, coach can only
effectively coach his players when he is on the sideline for the
VISTA can provide a different VISION.
Thank you Mr Rey Gaspay
for me able to share my opinion in this website.
Address: Cebu City
Date: 6 July 2009
Our Filipino party is
over; past generation is gone. Now is our time to do what is right
and to correct what is wrong. No one will pick up the trash but us.
No one will clean the house but us Filipinos. No one else but us can
change things here in the Philippines. We have two choices: Jump off
the ship and look for fertile lands or stay here in the Philippines
and do something. Staying idle and day dreaming is absolutely the
For those Filipinos who
chose to jump off the ship and leave the Philippines, here is an
example of an article I have read. Most of the Chinese students then
applied for asylum to the United States but, there was this Chinese
student who studied in America in the 1990s. While studying, he
discovered and pioneered new techniques and processes for using stem
cells from human tissues. Many corporations in America knowing the
economic significance of his work offered him multi-million dollar
annual pay for his expertise. The Chinese government offered him
less money but more in power of position. The Chinese government
offered him top position as Dean of Faculty in one of China’s
prestigious universities. At the age of 27, he was the youngest Dean
of any university in the world.
The life of this young
Chinese is AN ORDINARY EXAMPLE OF PATRIOTISM PREVAILING OVER MONEY.
Money cannot buy heroism and pride of one’s country. You can only
take finite amount of money in your limited lifetime. The rest of
your money is an extra weight to carry until you finally die and
your money is wasted. Where is President Marcos’ extra weight of
money today? Most Chinese who jumped off the ship are swimming back
as fast as they can back to China. The proud Filipinos overseas can
do the same by swimming back to the Philippines carrying with them
the power of knowledge. Just as the Chinese Communist government
did, Filipino government can make this happen also.
The work of this Chinese
and once an American student has continually made dramatic results
for the world. For example, just recently because of unavailability
of stem cell treatment in America, an American family brought their
blind daughter to China in hopes of getting the daughter to see.
Chinese doctors successfully treated the blind girl using stem cell
treatment from the pioneering work of this American student now a
Dean in China.
The mother raised hell
against her own American government asking why stem cell treatment
never was available in America. The answer was very simple. The
Republican political party which ruled America for decades, is so
traditionalist and so conservative that they cut the funding for
research as a result of “false belief that manipulating stem cell is
playing like God and humans should not play like God and humans
should die when God decides”.
The American Republican
political party is like the conservative political parties in the
Philippines who falsely think “leftist should not exist and should
be exterminated as they are threat to our unique Filipino oligarch
democracy”. Today in America, a more liberal President Obama is in
power, American funding for stem cell research was restored but they
are behind by the Chinese advances. We Filipinos should also elect a
more liberal president who would welcome our leftist brothers and
sisters with wide open arms. I am looking forward for this occasion
when the NPA and CPP are finally integrated as our equal citizens
with the same rights and privileges afforded by our laws.
For those Filipinos who
cannot leave but stay in this old beaten, abused, sinking ship, what
else can we do but DO SOMETHING. The bolder and smarter the way we
do is even better and there is no limit to the things we can do. Of
all the knowledge combined, the smartest way is to organize or join
an existing organization that shares your beliefs and values, and
become active to your organization like it is your own family. Being
active means you are part of the decision making inside your
organization. We should also form alliances with other organizations
to form a bigger power similar to the LAKAS and KAMPI which formed
an alliance at GMA’s initiative. Beware of lies and rumors to
discredit your organization as this is always how politics is played
anywhere. This includes the NPA, CPP, Lakas, Kampi, Laya, Bayan,
Gabriella and many more.
Bottom Bourgeoisie (BOBO)
Date: July 4, 2009
It's the fourth of July,
United States of America's birthday party celebration; fireworks
bursting in air, beaches teaming with humanity, barbecue grill
firing, and concerts singing patriotic songs and yelling slogan like
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone
in a festive mode. Puerto Rico is one of those invited to the party.
Sorry, the Philippines is not after her leaders opted for
The independence that our
leaders asked and granted is based, in my opinion, on personal
hubris, self-interest, and distorted vision. Although it's a
democracy, America in the late 19th century was mired with social
issues, like race, social justice, and equality. And our leaders had
first hand experience with the social conditions. Segregation and
discrimination were the rules rather than exceptions. Our leaders
could not envision Filipino people being treated like other
minorities. More so that American culture is alien and spoken
language is hard to learn even up to this very day. But little did
they know that American can change for the better with the passage
Today, America elected a
black president, not to mention a Catholic a few years earlier. Our
leaders of old could not fathom the depth and breadth of the present
American transformation. Had they have known this social
renaissance, they would have thought twice before asking for
independence. The Philippines would have been a territory like
Puerto Rico and Guam, showered with economic prosperity and plenty.
Now, all the country can do is to be grateful to American
benevolence and friendship grounded on moral certainty.
It's unfortunate that many
of us mental midgets blame America for all our imperfections and
transgressions. We hate America for supporting a dictatorship that
blew a pestilential wind across the archipelago, suspending the writ
of habeas corpus, usurping powers, and declaring martial law. But
American did not elect our despot; it was we who put him into
office. American support in kind and in spirit was intended for the
Filipino people and not for the despot and his henchmen. As a matter
of fact, an American president called the despot as "our son of a
bitch in Asia, but he is our very own sob. As you see, America loves
the Filipino people, but only mental giants can comprehend, not
Today, independence day in
America, let's join and toss for the home of the brave and the land
of the free. This is the least we can do.
Address: Cebu City
Date: 3 July 2009
The Philippines is still a
significant value for America
The Philippines still
carry a significant military value for the United States in today’s
world politics. The United States can still use the Philippines as a
military radar base for anti missile system against China which is a
rising world power. Our country is a perfect location because it is
close to China. The near location compensates for the radar system
abnormalities as a result of the curvature of the earth.
During the cold war (US vs
Russia), American ships and air bombers carrying nuclear bombs were
stationed in our country for quick delivery to targets. The American
Marcos Dictatorship allowed the station of nuclear bombs, and any
Filipino who protested against the presence of nuclear bombs end up
down six feet under with nobody knowing. Even Fernando Poe Jr led a
protest of hundreds of Filipinos in front of then Clark Air Base but
only when Marcos was gone.
Because of the presence of
nuclear bombs, America’s enemy will not hesitate to bomb the
Philippines let alone using nuclear bombs as well. North Korea will
not hesitate to hit American presence here in the Philippines.
Filipinos should worry and should not allow American military
presence in our country anymore. We are not fortunate of American
military presence as other countries do where American presence is
compensated with billions of dollars in economic aid. Here in the
Philippines, America just cheaply bribes our lawmakers to provide
great favors for American interest and that is why more Filipinos
are poor and do not benefit from the American presence . Billions of
economic aid is costly; bribery is cheap and why provide economic
aid when Filipino lawmakers can be bribed to control and forcefully
make Filipinos quiet about American military activities in our
military value was a network of cable sensors was laid out across
the China Sea by the United States during the cold war, and was
maintained by the US Navy base at then Subic Bay.
Address: Dumalo-ong, Gandara, Samar
Para ha mga Gandariño,
Pakibisita na la an "gandara-samar.ning.com".
Let us make this page grown for the reunion of all Gandariños all
over the world.
Para kan Mr. Ray Gaspay,
salamat hin madamo ha "samarnews.com".
Para kan Ricky Bautista,
Komusta na Trekker?! Mamingaw na an kabukiran, mga lungib, falls han
Samar. I am following your blogsite, keep up the nice stuff!
Paghirot la pirmi.
Address: Brgy. Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar
I would rather have a
country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by
the Americans, because however bad a Filipino government might be,
it can always be improved.” 
Rightly so, the late
Manuel L. Quezon unknowingly prophesied that over the years the
Philippines will be run and governed to a nearly ‘hellish’ state by
persons whom the people have put their trust when they elected them
to public office. Quezon perhaps had only in his mind that those who
will come after his time and will be at the helm of government will
look after what is best for the country and to think in the most
unlikely chance that future elected officials will run the country
like hell was nothing but pure rhetoric and wild imaginings on his
mind at that point when he quipped those words. And this is in order
to convince the American leadership at that time that he and his
party were hell -bent in securing the country’s independence no
matter what it entails.
Have we really been better
off since then and under the present economic conditions that we are
in? The nationalist words and persuasiveness of Quezon and the other
leaders have begun to crack and crumble in the direction he least
expect in the face of the economic difficulties that confront us
now. National manifestations past and present by our people tend to
show that we seem to be jumping to the sea from a sinking ship and
as an example is the on-going program hosted by Mr. Michael
Garfinkel in TFC’s ‘Citizen Pinoy’. 99% of the topics and issues
raised in this program are all immigration related. These are
Filipino Americans trying to sponsor from the Philippines family
members that can join and live in America. These Fil-Ams have only
one common reason and desire, and that is to yanked-out their kins
out of the country because of that general feeling of hopelessness
that to continue to live in the Philippines as ordinary citizens is
tantamount of denying and depriving oneself the chance of a better
quality of life.
Who can forget ‘Nicole’ a
rape victim who for a while was fighting for justice and bring to
the ‘can’ the US service man who raped her. But in an alleged
exchange for a US visa to enter the country she completely abandoned
her case. She had realized that it was not worth pursuing if it can
be swapped to something that would settle her for good in America
and possibly secure her future. Will she think twice not to forget
her humiliation and despondency during the court trial had she
belong to a politically powerful wealthy family that can leave and
enter America at the flick of a finger?
There are countless
stories of Filipinos that to dream for a better life is to go out of
the country by any means possible. The late American comedian Bob
Hope has these words; If America can only be reach by swimming, then
a multitude could be seen swimming towards the shores of America,
and I would say that a big number of those swimmers that could be
seen would be Filipinos.
The words of the late
Pres. Quezon for all its unfortunate twists and turns have just been
validated for what he meant when in a recent survey report, the
Philippines is the most corrupt country in South East Asia. This
assessment could have turned him from his grave as the earlier part
of his pleadings to the Americans is now an unfortunate reality.
Foreign and independent
economic surveys point to the Philippines as lagging behind in its
economic fundamentals. One essential economic index that we have
miserably failed to contain is the rising value of currencies
(money) of our major foreign trading partners as against our own.
Historically, the Philippine peso has continuously slid in value to
the US dollar. It used to have an exchange rate of 2 pesos to 1 US
dollar shortly after the war. Now as of yesterday (30 June) it has
an exchange value of 48.16 to a dollar.
One alarming and
disturbing sign is our money has also been going down in value even
to our non-traditional trading partners in the region like Thailand.
The baht (Thailand’s official currency) is 0.707630 as against ours.
To put it simply, we have to have 1.41342 pesos to 1 baht. If baht
continues to appreciate in value against our own money, it won’t be
long for our OFW’s to populate Thais’ households serving as house
helps as their baht becomes attractive to ever searching-for work
Filipinos. The Thais would now become new bosses to us and Mr. Chip
Tsao of Hongkong upon learning this would be laughing in his
Kairu man naton,
nawa-warayan na gud kita hin nga sinisiring nga ‘Filipino pride’ kay
manga-ngamu-han kita hit aton igkasi –Asian nga di ngani ma-aram
One of our pre-occupations
that we love to do is talk about politics and upon hearing the word
‘election’ we seem to be thrown in a frenzy and agitated mood.
Pareho gud kita hin nga mga bangka (cockroach) nga gin wisikan hin
mapaso nga ‘lanot’ nga nagka-kali-lisang gud largo pagka-dungog nga
may ti-abot nga elek-siyon!!!
Ano man hiton nga it nga
aton mga pini-pili nga mga lideres/congressmen at governors ay di
man gud naton hin gagamitan para hit kaupayan hit kadam-an nga ta-wo.
Maru-upay pa gad para ha akon it nga mga ‘tagutu’ ha kisame kay
kinaka-on hiton it mga namok para maka-turog ako hin maupay.
Amo la, an iyo Mano Olin.
Domingo de Ramos
Address: Catarman 6400, N. Samar
Date: July 2, 2009
In response to Sankay of
1) I believed in your
patriotic idea, same as what our leaders before believed, that "We
would rather see the Philippines run like HELL by Filipinos, rather
than run like HEAVEN by the Americans. Geewhizz!! they are right!!!
2) In regards to our
Filipino Veterans, they are smiling now, despite the long wait, in
having granted their just compensation from the United States
despite of everything. Do you think it’s also time for our Spanish
Colonizers to give our forefathers reparation payments for enslaving
them for three hundred years? However, don't get me wrong, I love
all mestiza Kastila, they are so beautiful.
3) Sangkay, don't you
know, that all qualified Filipno U.S. Veterans were lately granted
U.S. Citizenship, and free to migrate to the United States. This
could have happened long time ago, had it not been keep secret to
our veterans, practically to those from far flung provinces, like
Samar, and maybe Leyte, devoiding them of such opportunity. Is this
the attitude of a self serving country like the U.S. as per your
4) However, One thing I
disagree with U.S. today, is promoting "SAME SEX MARRIAGE FOR
BAKLINGS AND TOMBOYS. Hope we don't imitate this idea.
SANGKAY MORE POWER TO
YOU!!!. KEEP UP WITH YOUR IDEAS.
Address: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date: July 2, 2009
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Gandara all over the globe:
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