I know the pundits will say it was a poorly conceived desperate act. Some would even call it stupid but if nobody is going to do something, anything, what will become of us?
I didn’t go rushing to Makati to demonstrate my support for the group because I don’t support juntas. And both Trillanes and Lim were strangely quite about what sort of government would replace Mrs. Arroyo had they succeeded in overthrowing her yesterday.
The presence of junta advocates like former UP president Dodong Nemenzo at the scene turned me off.
The most dangerous threat to democracy is a coalition between ideologues and men in uniform, no matter how pure of heart they are.
When a group like that takes over government, civil liberties and human rights take the back seat. (Look at what happened to America after the neocons and rightwingers took over the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Justice Department, Congress and mainstream media.)
Trillanes and Lim could have drawn the crowds if only they used the occasion to call for a snap election following the resignation of Mrs. Arroyo and Noli de Castro. Unfortunately, they chose not to.
Be that as it may, I thank Trillanes and Lim for being courageous enough to stand up and fight.
These are the words we live by:
“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely” – Hunter S. Thompson
Norbie Gonzalez seen below sucking on his favorite fruit admitted he “paid scant attention to an intelligence report that warned of the possibility Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was planning a move such as the takeover of the Manila Peninsula hotel.” (READ STORY HERE).
“We got some hints but these were not believable. Pero nangyari, so totoo pala.” he said.
Gonzalez added, “we have to intensify our intelligence.”
Gonzalez also ignored intelligence reports about a plot to assassinate Rep. Wahab Akbar a couple of weeks before it was carried out.
So the intelligence is good; it’s Norbie’s intelligence that’s questionable.
He should stick to what he does best.
News that something would happen today started making the text rounds last night but it still came as a surprise. I thought that if any action would happen it would be in conjunction with the rally being called by bishops and other civic leaders for tomorrow.
So far, Malacanan is reacting calmly to the break-out of Trillanes and Lim. They seem to be confident that the move by the detained soldiers will fizzle out. PNP Chief Razon is in Camp Crame monitoring the situation. He said they have put up check points. Norbie Gonzalez, on DZMM radio, is treating it as a simple propaganda war. The government channel is still airing Home Shopping Network.
Except for former VP Guingona, Bishop Tobias, and a priest no other opposition political figure has joined the Trillanes/Lim group.
If this thing fizzles out, people might stay away from tomorrow’s rallies.
(UPDATE) 12:00 PM
The soldiers have just entered the Manila Penninsula. What is this fixation with hotels among putschists? The food supply, in case they have to hold out for a few days.
Vivian Yuchengco, Philippine Stock Exchange director and close friend of Mike Arroyo, said, “If you don’t cover it, they will go away” She added, “If I were the one, I would put snipers on them. Really.”
AFGMA chief, Mr. Esperon, said, “We intend to terminate this commotion as soon as possible.”
AFGMA spokesman said that MP guards did not flip. They were ordered to stay with their prisoners.
Gilbert Teodoro, “I want to reassure our people, we will apply the full force of the law”
My column in Business Mirror is about intellectual development and moral standards keeping pace with material growth.
Hardware and software
Every Filipino wants the Philippines to become first world. So, like citizens of other developing countries, we don’t object to a lot of money being spent for building infrastructure. However, sometimes the focus on infrastructure can be overdone.
(Speech on personal and collective privilege at the House of Representatives by PDP Laban Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. of Makati City, November 26, 2007, on the congressional options on the “weak” impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.) (READ ORIGINAL HERE)
Do not treat us like comfort women
MR. Speaker, I urge, nay, I plead with the leadership of the House not to dignify the Pulido impeachment complaint with any further formal proceeding.
That complaint was regarded by all, and we mean all, but one of its members—to wit, Rep. Egay San Luis—as a total sham.
This House had a heyday shredding the Pulido impeachment; so much so that its sole endorser, Representative San Luis, all but agreed it was baseless when he asked this representation and his other interpolators to amend the impeachment he had endorsed. He had been of the mistaken view that an impeachment is the same as a congressional investigation. Representative San Luis admitted that all he wanted was an honest search for the truth about ZTE.
Not surprisingly, when the Pulido complaint was referred to the Committee on Justice, it took just two meetings to arrive at everyone’s original and immediate conclusion: it was baseless and empty on its face.
Nonetheless, according to the dominant view, the referral to the justice committee inoculated the President from another impeachment within the year. If the aim of the Pulido complaint was to inoculate the President, this was achieved by its referral to the Committee on Justice.
It may well be that Mr. Pulido has earned his retainer—unless he prepared his complaint in the same mental obscurity with which it was subsequently endorsed.
Therefore, there is no need to dignify his baseless complaint with a further formal proceeding.
At long last, dissatisfaction is evolving into anger and stones are replacing words. Read this report from Mindanews.
I don’t know about you but I would like to see this happening everywhere all the time. But next time they shouldn’t wait for her to leave.
On second thought, they shouldn’t even allow her to enter their town.
Here’s the report from Mindanews:
Evacuees Throw Stones at Presidential Venue in Iligan
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / Nov 23) – Angry evacuees from flooded areas here pelted stones at the high school library here where President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo met local officials and gave P6 million for flood relief on Thursday.
The incident happened shortly after the President left the library of the Iligan City National High School aboard a helicopter.
There were no reports of local officials and social welfare officers hurt although the latter called up the police to pacify the evacuees and secure the exit of the officials.
Ellen Tordesillas is the only major journalist who does in-depth reports on the status of the trial and detention of the soldiers accused of mutiny and rebellion. No one does it better so we will, as often as possible, aid in disseminating her invaluable reports on the injustice being perpetrated by Mr. Hermogenes Esperon on loyal members of the true AFP. (READ HERE or HERE.)
Arraignment by batches
by Ellen Tordesillas
There are many things not right about the spe-cial general court-martial of Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda, Brig. Gen. Danny Lim and 26 other officers allegedly involved in the plan to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo’s bogus presidency in February 2006.
But last Friday, there was a feeling among the accused, their lawyers and their relatives that there was something more sinister but they just couldn’t put their fingers on it.
Alex Magno writes a column for the Philippine Star. He also has a cushy job in a government financial institution, courtesy of Gloria Arroyo.
Whenever he has a chance, he defends Mrs. Arroyo and insults her detractors. In today’s column he paints the Aquinos as cruel and unforgiving.
This is how Magno goes about his earning his keep:
First, he elicits sympathy for Pablo Martinez:
“Sgt. Pablo Martinez is a typical parolee in every sense. Well, in nearly every sense.
He has been detained for over 24 years. He is 70 years old, ill and broken. In the many long years he spent in jail, he has found his God and intends to become a preacher when he finds his freedom.”
Then he absolves Martinez and his companions and adopts the version of the assassination purveyed by the government then,
“The team of lowly enlisted men escorting him maintain the story that we all know. Aquino was shot by Rolando Galman and the security detail, in turn, shot Galman dead. Galman, according to the story, was deployed by an influential conspiracy to kill the leader of the anti-Marcos opposition. The soldiers, for their part, responded in the manner they were trained to.”
(Yes Maggot, we were all familiar with that story. And very few among us believed it. Then and now.)
Magno then presents the story most people believe but he makes it appear that it’s only Mrs. Aquino who does,
Kasi naman Sen. Benigno Aquino III, Ninoy’s only son, said, “I sincerely hope that the pardon that was granted to one of my father’s assassins is not a vengeful act against our family as we continue to stand firmly in holding this government accountable for its actions.”
So Sergio Apostol responded with, “Kelan pa gumanti ang Presidente? Hindi marunong gumanti ang Presidente.”
At sino naman ang maniniwala sa sinabi niya?
Apostol had to come up with something else.
So he said, Gloria Arroyo pardoned one of Ninoy Aquino’s assassins without knowing it.
“I don’t know whether it’s coincidence or not, but I think the President [was] not aware when she signed,” Apostol said. (READ IT HERE)
Now we know Gloria, the renowned micro-manager, affixes her signature to documents without even bothering to find out their contents.
And gazillions of pesos were handed out in Malacanan and she didn’t know about it either.
The Cotabato Air Transport Office told pilots to avoid having to make an emergency landing at the General Santos International Airport because thieves stole the runway lights and electric wires. (READ STORY HERE)
Airport manager Nathaniel Nazareno said, “It would take a long time before passenger, private, and military aircraft could use the GenSan airport during night time.”
Pilots are warned: Bring flashlights and night vision goggles or don’t plan to make your next emergency landing in General Santos anytime soon.