He was a pebble in Joma’s shoe

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 24th, 2014

An interesting backgrounder from the Inquirer on Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma might explain why Communist Party of the Philippines founder, Jose Maria Sison, was seen popping a bottle of Dom Perignon.

    MANILA, Philippines—Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma Austria, both members of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) Central Committee, were the ones “in charge,” according to government intelligence sources before their arrests on Saturday.

    Reports as of November 2012 described Tiamzon as the “top New People’s Army (NPA) leader” while Wilma was described as “head of the CPP National Finance Commission.”

    In March 2002, a faction led by Tiamzon opposed peace talks with the government. Then Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jose Mabanta said Tiamzon had questioned some political decisions that the Central Committee had taken, particularly on efforts to open peace talks with the Arroyo administration.

    Tiamzon was reportedly concerned “that this compromise could defeat the teachings that the party has propagated through the years and destroy the legitimacy of armed struggle if some members of the party will subscribe to the hope for change apart from revolution.”

    According to the military, Tiamzon also questioned exiled CPP founder Jose Maria Sison’s decision to raise the number of Central Committee members from 15 to 30, a move that could tilt power in the party in Sison’s favor.

    Sison’s faction, which has been holding talks with the government, questioned the reportedly luxurious lifestyle of Tiamzon and his wife and had assigned a party man to audit the NPA’s finances, according to the military.

    Tiamzon, along with fellow communist guerrilla leader Jorge Madlos, has a standing arrest warrant for alleged involvement in violent incidents, including attacks on civilian targets.

    In August 2012, President Aquino reiterated that the P5.6-million bounty for the capture of Tiamzon still stood.

    A 2007 release by the Philippine Information Agency described Tiamzon as a sociology graduate from the University of the Philippines.

    Austria was first arrested on Oct. 4, 1989, in San Juan City. But she escaped from prison on Christmas Day of the same year by losing herself in a crowd of visitors leaving Camp Crame in Quezon City.

    She was arrested again on May 4, 1994, in Malolos, Bulacan. Twelve days later, then President Fidel Ramos ordered the release of Wilma “in a gesture of peace and national reconciliation.”

    Ramos gave the directive after a surprise visit to the Philippine Heart Center where Wilma was confined for hypertension and asthma.

    A December 1989 Inquirer report said Wilma hailed from San Pedro, Laguna, and was a BS Statistics student at UP when she joined the underground movement, according to a military dossier.—Inquirer Research

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Who would’ve thunk?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 23rd, 2014

Agence France-Presse reported:

    BERLIN — German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine, a newspaper reported Sunday.
    The Bild am Sonntag said that a box packed with 340 grams of cocaine valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200) were seized at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig in January.
    The narcotics, posted from an unnamed South American country, were in liquid form and had been poured into the condoms and placed in the package addressed to the main postal center at the Vatican.

Condoms and cocaine in the Vatican? It’s something I never expected. Or am I just naive?

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Nuts and Volts

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 21st, 2014

Sen. Miriam Santiago and Defense Secretary Voltaire “Volts” Gazmin were paired in a mixed-doubles tennis tournament. The name of their team was “Nuts and Volts.”

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All hands on deck!

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 20th, 2014

When the US decides on a new enemy or better yet reviving an old one now that the war on terror is getting old, it mobilizes its entire propaganda arsenal. All hands on deck, ika nga.

Putin’s Russia is the new enemy. His cronies, his anti-gay position, his penchant for shirtless photos, his handling of the Sochi Olympics… everything Putin has become fodder for serious discussion and comic routines. Have you noticed all the anti-Putin jokes on late night TV? There are now more Putin jokes than Kim jokes. I’m guessing the next crop of Hollywood movies will demonize less Arabs and more Russians.

I’m not judging, I’m just observing how the American propaganda machine works.

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Missing plane porn: titillating the news consumer

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 19th, 2014

As usual, media has turned that missing Malaysian Airlines tragedy into porn. The only things we know are: (1) a Malaysian Airlines jet bound for Beijing went missing;(2) search has not yielded any results so far.

Everything else about the tragedy is media-fueled speculation which, in this case, is the same thing as the titillation that people who dish out porn thrive on. The experts that media invites to weigh in on the tragedy act as lotion so they can prolong jerking off the public before its genitals go up in flames.

As an old reporter told me, “that’s the business. Sasalsalin namin ang storya hanggang matuyo. Ratings, pare, ratings.”

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National Fruit

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 17th, 2014

After naming adobo the national food and malunggay the national vegetable, Congress is now accepting nominations for national fruit. I’m torn between Boy Abunda and Vice Ganda.

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On St Mary street, Cubao

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the March 17th, 2014

Parked my car along St Mary, a side street perpendicular to Nepa-Q Mart where I get my weekly supply of fruits. As I walked towards the market a rat slightly smaller than a kitten ambled past. The fur on its rump and half its tail was gone, eaten up by some skin disease that looked like vitiligo or psiorasis or eczema or leprosy. I didn’t have enough time to take a skin sample for diagnosis so I won’t be able to tell you what it is.

At any rate, I always thought rats were hardy little creatures that could live well anywhere, that’s why I was amazed to see one suffering from a skin disease.

“Jesus,” I told myself, “I have to talk to that rat about moving to a new neighborhood.” But the overwhelming stench of dried piss on that part of the street fronting Two Bubble Laundry and a siomai stall made me realize that it would be futile trying to talk the rat into moving out, he probably thinks he already died and gone to heaven.

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